ANTOINETTE by Kelly DiPucchio
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"A reassuring tale that celebrates the uniqueness of each dog (or person) and the creation of a purposeful life. Three cheers for the winning Antoinette, who 'could not—would not—give up!' (Picture book. 2-7)"
The beloved puppies of Gaston (2014) are back, this time with Antoinette's story of self-discovery as she reveals that every dog has a gift to share. Read full book review >
TUGBOAT BILL AND THE RIVER RESCUE by Calista Brill
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"An old-fashioned story with timeless appeal. (Picture book. 2-5)"
"The Hudson River is smooth or choppy. It is blue or gray. It is swift or sluggish depending on the day." Read full book review >

STEPPIN' OUT by Lin Oliver
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"Perhaps an accurate portrayal of toddler life but missing a bit of wonder. (Picture book/poetry. 2-5)"
The babies from Little Poems for Tiny Ears (2014) grow into toddlers and explore their world. Read full book review >
MAMA, LOOK! by Patricia J. Murphy
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"A cheery springboard for small nature lovers to have their own 'Mama, look!' opportunities. (author and illustrator's note; suggestions for families) (Picture book. 2-4)"
What's better than a young child enjoying a nature walk with Mama? Read full book review >
MIGHTY, MIGHTY CONSTRUCTION SITE by Sherri Duskey Rinker
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"Sure to be a hit with fans of the prior title even if they wonder about that odd-looking building. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Vehicles from the popular Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site (2011) are up-and-at-'em in a new title focused on industry and teamwork. Read full book review >

YOU DON'T WANT A UNICORN! by Ame Dyckman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"Best seen as a joke gift for a unicorn lover. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A child ignores the advice of an unknown narrator and learns by experience why a pet unicorn is a bad idea. Read full book review >
BEAR LIKES JAM by Ciara Gavin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"Comfortable. (Picture book. 2-5)"
In his third outing (Room for Bear, 2015; Bear Is Not Tired, 2016), Bear learns to share jam and eat his vegetables. Read full book review >
WHAT WILL GROW? by Jennifer Ward
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"Rich with organic material, this choice is as warm and patient as the ground that nurtures the seeds to new life. (Informational picture book. 2-5)"
Pine cones. Acorns. Dandelion fuzz. Sunflower seeds. Children are delighted by these natural treasures. But what will become of these little nuggets of life? Read full book review >
THE TREE by Neal Layton
by Neal Layton, illustrated by Neal Layton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A feather-light tribute to finding common ground—or make that common air space. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A tree in a deep rural clearing proves to be a small village in jeopardy. Read full book review >
SLOPPY WANTS A HUG by Sean Julian
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Short, simple, sweet—and more than likely to spur some similarly slobbery affection between parent and child. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Dewdrop the fairy is willing to give every forest creature a hug—except for Sloppy the tree dragon. What has Sloppy done? Read full book review >
TONY by Ed Galing
Kirkus Star
by Ed Galing, illustrated by Erin E. Stead
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Readers will hear the 'clip-clop, clip-clop, clip-clop' in every image of this astonishing book. (Picture book. 2-12)"
Poet Galing (1917-2013) leads Tony, a dairy delivery horse, through the veil of memory, encantatory phrasing—circling and repetitious—calling him plodding from pre-dawn into the present, his sturdy flank barely expanding with the effort. Read full book review >
PAX AND BLUE by Lori Richmond
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Nicely pitched to young readers' empathies. (Picture book. 2-5)"
An ordinary city pigeon follows a little boy onto a subway train. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Yoojin Grace Wuertz
February 27, 2017

In Yoojin Grace Wuertz’s debut novel Everything Belongs to Us, the setting is Seoul in 1978. At South Korea’s top university, the nation’s best and brightest compete to join the professional elite of an authoritarian regime. Success could lead to a life of rarefied privilege and wealth; failure means being left irrevocably behind. For childhood friends Jisun and Namin, the stakes couldn’t be more different. Jisun, the daughter of a powerful business mogul, grew up on a mountainside estate with lush gardens and a dedicated chauffeur. Namin’s parents run a tented food cart from dawn to curfew; her sister works in a shoe factory. Now Jisun wants as little to do with her father’s world as possible, abandoning her schoolwork in favor of the underground activist movement, while Namin studies tirelessly in the service of one goal: to launch herself and her family out of poverty. But everything changes when Jisun and Namin meet an ambitious, charming student named Sunam, whose need to please his family has led him to a prestigious club: the Circle. Under the influence of his mentor, Juno, a manipulative social climber, Sunam becomes entangled with both women, as they all make choices that will change their lives forever. “Engrossing,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “Wuertz is an important new voice in American fiction.” View video >