DALMATIAN IN A DIGGER by Rebecca Elliott
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 1, 2017

"Preschoolers enamored with construction equipment will enjoy this cheerful tale, which is simple enough for little ones just transitioning into real stories. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Four animals with heavy construction equipment arrive to build a treehouse as a surprise for a Dalmatian puppy. Read full book review >
THIS & THAT by Mem Fox
by Mem Fox, illustrated by Judy Horacek
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"A master of the bedtime hush, Fox shines. (Picture book. 2-5)"
An adult mouse spins tales to lull a young mouse to sleep. Read full book review >

ONE LONELY FISH by Andy Mansfield
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"It's a fish-eat-fish world out there; kids need to learn how to count in order to survive. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Count from one to 10 with this nimble concept creation. Read full book review >
BEE by Patricia Hegarty
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"There are few enough books written for very young children about honeybees that this beautiful book is worth a look. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A hexagonal, die-cut window frames a honeybee as she scouts for nectar and then informs her hive of forage. Read full book review >
PLANT THE TINY SEED by Christie Matheson
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"Preschoolers need to learn how plants grow. This supplies the basics, but novelty (an arguably waning term for app imitators on paper) is not a substitute for compelling art. (notes) (Picture book. 2-5)"
This companion to Matheson's two previous titles featuring interactivity (Tap the Magic Tree, 2013; Touch the Brightest Star, 2015) encourages listeners to tap, press, and swipe their way through gardening. Read full book review >

GOOD NIGHT, BABY ANIMALS YOU'VE HAD A BUSY DAY by Karen B. Winnick
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"Shared one story at a time, this book offers toddlers a first experience with 'chapters.' (Picture book. 2-4)"
In six separate sections, different baby African and/or Asian mammals spend an active day in the wild before nestling down to sleep. Read full book review >
PLAY WITH ME! by Michelle Lee
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"A nice, gentle reminder that it takes two to make a friendship work. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Two friends with different ideas of fun find a way to play together. Read full book review >
MAKE A ROBOT! by Sago Mini
by Sago Mini, illustrated by Sago Mini
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"An effective and silly page-turner. (Board book. 1-3)"
The Sago Mini characters create robots. Read full book review >
THE ITSY BITSY DUCKLING by Jeffrey Burton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"Toddlers are better served by a chorus of the original, accompanied by the finger motions. (Board book. 1-3)"
Yet another remake of the classic fingerplay. Read full book review >
SPRING HARE by Eugene Yelchin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"A celebration of the heights of imagination as the eponymous spring hare lives up (and up and up) to its name. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A bright-eyed, tawny hare joins a red-haired, fair-skinned child on a high-flying adventure in Yelchin's first wordless picture book. Read full book review >
BUNNY BUS by Ammi-Joan Paquette
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"For those who have room on the seasonal shelf as well as bus-obsessed readers. (Picture book. 2-4)"
A smiling, bunny-shaped bus generously picks up one and all until it breaks down. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"A comprehensive treasury of memories, verbal art, and play. (notes, bibliography, index) (Folklore. 1-10)"
An ebullient collection of African-American playtime lore, traced to its sources. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 14, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >