THE GRIZZLY BEAR WHO LOST HIS GRRRRR! by Rob Biddulph
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"This may not be GRRRRReat, but it's pretty darned good. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Two bears vie for the title of Best Bear in the Wood in this picture book. Read full book review >
HAP-PEA ALL YEAR by Keith Baker
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"An infectious, pea-sized romp. (Picture book. 2-8)"
Having conquered the alphabet (LMNO Peas, 2010), numbers (1-2-3 Peas, 2012), and colors (Little Green Peas: A Big Book of Colors, 2014), Baker's goofy spherical seeds return to revel in the seasons and holidays in this book of months. Read full book review >

COLORS by John J. Reiss
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"Basic yet striking, this book and its companions make fine additions to the ever expanding concepts bookshelf. (Board book. 1-4)"
A concept board book invites little ones to explore and name colors; companion volumes do the same for shapes and numbers. Read full book review >
MY BEST POP-UP CONSTRUCTION SITE BOOK by DK Publishing
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"Despite the sound effect, an unexceptionable addition to the fleets of like fare for diapered diggers. (Pop-up informational book. 2-4)"
With an electronic rattle and roar, heavy machines dig and dump, haul and lift as an apartment building goes up. Read full book review >
LITTLE PENGUINS by Cynthia Rylant
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"A very warm and satisfying bedtime book and a paean to penguins and winter delights. (Picture book. 1-5)"
"Winter is here." Read full book review >

I'LL WAIT, MR. PANDA by Steve Antony
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"Certainly young readers will find Mr. Panda funny, will be tickled at the hyperbole, and may find the idea of a huge doughnut delectable to contemplate while waiting for their own surprises. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A penguin is rewarded for patience. Read full book review >
PUSH! DIG! SCOOP! by Rhonda Gowler Greene
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"Painless counting practice for construction-truck fans. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Anthropomorphic mother and father construction trucks teach their young ones how to do their jobs in this counting book/singalong. Read full book review >
I LOVE MUSIC by Marion Billet
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"Consider this an unessential novelty unless sturdy books with nonanimal sounds are sought. (Board book. 1-3)"
Recorder, piano, violin, guitars, drums, and xylophone are played by a pig, elephant, cat, zebras, bears, and mice respectively, while chips embedded in each page play an appropriate snippet of music. Read full book review >
PANCAKES! by Lotta Nieminen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 24, 2016

"Real food may not be 'required,' but only the most unfeeling caregiver would fail to provide it after such an appetizing teaser. (Informational novelty. 2-4)"
With help from sliders and spinners, even the youngest sous-chefs can pretend to mix ingredients, pour batter, and dish up a yummy pancake. Read full book review >
WE SANG YOU HOME by Richard Van Camp
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"The parents' certainty that their baby is 'the best of all of us' is an affirmation every baby should hear. (Board book. 3 mos.-2)"
In words and pictures, a pair of parents celebrates their little one. Read full book review >
THE CHRISTMAS FOX by Anik McGrory
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"A lovely, gentle, and open-ended introduction to the story of the birth of baby Jesus. (Picture book. 2-7)"
A young fox follows other animals into a stable, where he makes a newborn baby smile. Read full book review >
BEARS IN THE SNOW by Shirley Parenteau
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"Adults: get ready for your children to ask you to lie facedown in the snow at the top of a hill. (Picture book. 2-5)"
The same four bears who puzzled out an issue with chairs (Bears on Chairs, 2009, etc.) again face the problem of where to fit four bear bottoms. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >