FIRST WORDS by Scholastic Inc.
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"While an admirable effort to give toddlers what they love, this and its companions are overly busy and prove that less is more with young children. (Board book. 1-3) "
In this primer of common words for toddlers to learn, there are flaps to lift, textures to feel, and photos to name. Read full book review >
WHAT TIME IS IT, DANIEL TIGER? by Maggie Testa
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"A terrific resource for fans of Daniel Tiger and newcomers alike. (Board book. 2-3)"
Animated PBS character Daniel Tiger helps readers tell time. Read full book review >

OLIVIA LOVES OWL by David McPhail
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"McPhail's soft but unsentimental pen-and-ink drawings completed with muted watercolors strike a pleasant balance between real toddler activities and imaginative play. (Board book. 1-4)"
Following the formula established in Ben Loves Bear (2013), Bella Loves Bunny (2013), and Peter Loves Penguin (2014), McPhail here completes his board-book tour of the seasons. Read full book review >
THE SNURTCH by Sean Ferrell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"Original in its visual and linguistic presentation of behavioral problems, this important call for understanding should sit on library, classroom, and bedrooms shelves—the high ones, just above a Snurtch's reach. (Picture book. 2-8)"
The Snurtch sits in Ruthie's seat at school, all furry, spiky, goofy, and googly-eyed, waiting—just as she expected. Read full book review >
AT NIGHT by Helga Bansch
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 28, 2016

"With the feel of a fine and handsome tintype, this Austrian import makes night newly beguiling. (Picture book. 2-6)"
For all but a few, the night is a foreign country. Read full book review >

BIG BERRY by Dan Yaccarino
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"This playful little tale and its companions are spoiled by the imposition of moral lessons. (Board book. 1-3)"
The lesson of this and every other story in the Happyland board-book series is proclaimed right on the cover. Read full book review >
SOME PETS by Angela DiTerlizzi
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"Exuberant in its visuals and narratively well crafted but with slight blind spots. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Children and animals mingle at a pet show in this picture book. Read full book review >
WALTER'S WONDERFUL WEB by Tim Hopgood
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"Not the strongest choice in terms of either shape learning or reflecting nature; still, this may get readers outside in search of webs. (Picture book. 2-4)"
A spider with no talent for making traditional spider webs teaches young children about shapes as well as perseverance. Read full book review >
WHAT NOISE DO I MAKE? by Brian McLachlan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 15, 2016

"McLachlan shows an astute understanding of how to produce belly laughs in the young; this funny read-aloud would also be a terrific prelude to a zoo visit. (Picture book. 1-3)"
Canadian artist McLachlan creates a new twist on the often pedestrian visualizations of animal noises depicted in many picture books in this genre. Read full book review >
MAXWELL THE MONKEY BARBER by Cale Atkinson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 15, 2016

"Atkinson's jungle denizens will easily charm one and all. (Picture book. 2-7)"
"Come to Maxwell's Barbershop! / For a trim or for a chop!" Read full book review >
TRICK OR TREAT, POUT-POUT FISH by Deborah Diesen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"Another branded entry that offers little beyond the minimum requirements. (Board book. 1-3)"
The Pout-Pout Fish brand expands. Read full book review >
PEEKABOO PALS OPPOSITES by Becky Davies
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"An excellent resource for little ones fiddling with the building blocks of language. (Board Book. 2-4)"
The animal world is filled with opposites. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Andrea Beaty
August 30, 2016

In Andrea Beaty and David Roberts’ new picture book Ada Twist, Scientist is like her classmates, builder Iggy and inventor Rosie: scientist Ada, a character of color, has a boundless imagination and has always been hopelessly curious. Why are there pointy things stuck to a rose? Why are there hairs growing inside your nose? When her house fills with a horrific, toe-curling smell, Ada knows it’s up to her to find the source. Not afraid of failure, she embarks on a fact-finding mission and conducts scientific experiments, all in the name of discovery. But this time, her experiments lead to even more stink and get her into trouble! Inspired by real-life makers such as Ada Lovelace and Marie Curie, Ada Twist, Scientist champions girl power and women scientists, and brings welcome diversity to picture books about girls in science. “Cool and stylish,” our reviewer writes. View video >