FIND-A-SAURUS by Mark Sperring
DINOSAURS
Released: Nov. 1, 2003

"Sure to be a hit with young children, but fun for adults as well. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Marty's mom has told him all about dinosaurs and now he wants to find one to be his pal in Sperring's highly imaginative picture book debut. Read full book review >
MY FIRST KWANZAA by Karen Katz
FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2003

"A solid, sweet, and meaty choice for holiday reading. (Picture book. 2-5)"
With colorful collage and mixed-media illustrations alongside brief, yet informative text, Katz's latest offers youngsters an engaging introduction to the African-American holiday. Read full book review >

GOOD NIGHT ENGINES by Denise Dowling Mortensen
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Oct. 20, 2003

"Mortensen has written just enough text to engage the sleepy child while the soothing cadence will help ease the youngster into a contented slumber. (Picture book. 2-5)"
This little charmer is clearly intended for the vehicle-obsessed toddler. Read full book review >
GIGGLE-WIGGLE WAKE-UP! by Nancy White Carlstrom
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 14, 2003

"This boisterous tale is just the thing to chase away the doldrums and start Monday, or any other day, with a bang. (Picture book. 2-5)"
In an ebullient burst of playful language, Carlstrom's tale whisks readers through a youngster's Monday routine. Read full book review >
THIS LITTLE PIGGY’S BOOK OF MANNERS by Kathryn Madeline Allen
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"Amusing, cheerful instruction for the young formative preschooler. (Picture book. 2-5)"
In a parody of the traditional nursery rhyme, Allen has created a humorous paradigm for etiquette and social behavior. Read full book review >

THE WAY THE STORM STOPS by Michelle Meadows
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"Still, a gentle and comforting book to share with anyone afraid of thunderstorms. (Picture book. 2-6)"
In this simple rhymed tale, a young girl's mother comforts her until the storm subsides. Read full book review >
TIME TO PEE! by Mo Willems
POTTY TRAINING
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"Those kids move from doubt to magnificent relief to pride in a happily encouraging progression, making this offering number one in the potty department. (Picture book. 2-4)"
That most basic of functions, subject of countless earnest tomes, at last receives a treatment whose instructional value is equaled by its entertainment value. Read full book review >
LITTLE OWL AND THE STAR by Mary Murphy
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"The story is short and simple enough for toddlers and will make a wonderful introduction to the Christmas story for young listeners. (Picture book. 2-5)"
In this simple and touching Christmas story, Little Owl meets a bright and shining star who invites the young owl to follow along in the sky. Read full book review >
YOU CAN DO IT, SAM by Amy Hest
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"Endearing characters add to the sweetness and fulfillment that younger children will identify with, making this third Sam and Mrs. Bear story quite a delicious morsel. (Picture book. 2-4)"
A warm gesture of generosity has Sam and Mrs. Bear up before dawn, baking, wrapping, and delivering small cakes in red gift bags to the sleeping neighbors' doors on their snowy street. Read full book review >
THE VERY BEST DOLL by Julia Noonan
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"The short text, simple plot, and large, appealing illustrations make this a good choice for younger preschoolers as well as for story hours with a theme of dolls or toys. (Picture book. 2-5)"
In this sweetly old-fashioned story, little Nell is a soft cloth doll with a polka-dot dress and button eyes who accompanies her little owner everywhere. Read full book review >
ONE, TWO, THREE by Tom Slaughter
COLORS
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

For children at the very dawn of numeracy, Slaughter's paper collages offers one-to-ten counting (and modern art) practice on a set of commonplace, easily recognizable items—an apple, eyeglasses, buttons, beach balls, and the like—all rendered with utmost simplicity in bright primary colors. Read full book review >
MY BIG BOY BED by Eve Bunting
FICTION
Released: Sept. 22, 2003

"A humorous, gentle look at a very common experience. (Picture book. 2-4)"
With a wagon full of toys and blankets in tow, one little boy makes the journey from baby to little boy as he moves from a crib to a big boy bed. 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 >