MOUSEQUERADE BALL by Lori Mortensen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 17, 2016

"It is an enchanting evening to remember (and a fine reminder that even a primary concept can get dressed up). (Picture book. 2-5)"
From one to 10 and back again, the mice get ready for the ball. Read full book review >
ART BARN by Sam Williams
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"Substitute any of the more realistic and genuinely engaging introductions to preschool routines that are available. (Board book. 2-4)"
Busy art featuring cartoonish stuffed animals introduces young children to typical preschool activities in whimsical Noah's Park, a sort of combination theme park and preschool. Read full book review >

BABY ANIMALS DAY & NIGHT by Phyllis Limbacher Tildes
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"A simple book with interesting possibilities for repeated reading, especially likely to hold the attention of both babies and their preschool-age siblings. (Board book. 6 mos.-3)"
As she did in Baby Animals Spots & Stripes (2014) and Baby Animals Black & White (1998), Tildes uses detailed black-and-white illustrations to catch infants' eyes, here highlighting four unusual animals. Read full book review >
ON BIRD HILL by Jane Yolen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"An imaginative and original depiction of one of life's everyday miracles. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A young dog-walker recalls the memorable experience of watching a chick hatch. Read full book review >
LEO CAN SWIM by Anna McQuinn
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"A welcome addition to the toddler bookshelf. (Picture book. 1-3)"
Leo is back (Leo Loves Baby Time, 2014, etc.), and now he happily attends a community swim class with Daddy.Read full book review >

BUSY BUSY by Lucy Scott
by Lucy Scott, illustrated by Lucy Scott
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"Busy, busy, fun, fun! (Picture book. 2-4)"
A day in the life of a busy, busy toddler. Read full book review >
PLAYTIME? by Jeff Mack
by Jeff Mack, illustrated by Jeff Mack
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"A simple, fun-filled goodnight book. (Picture book. 2-4)"
How do you get a chimp to sleep? Read full book review >
DON'T SPLASH THE SASQUATCH! by Kent Redeker
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"Formula aside, there are many belly laughs to be had from the sheer 'just-because' wackiness of this creation. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Sasquatch is a weird and wacky critter with a penchant for water; he wants to sit beside the pool, but he doesn't like to get wet, because it makes his fur "all squizzlefied," a situation predictably set up for disaster. Read full book review >
THE AIRPORT BOOK by Lisa Brown
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"Instructional, comforting, and threaded with multiple air-travel story strands, this travelogue delivers at many altitudes. (Picture book. 2-6)"
This good-humored introduction to air travel follows a multiracial family (black dad, white mom, two brown kids) through the airport, down the jetway, and onto their plane. Read full book review >
BLOCKS by Irene Dickson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"Like Ruby, Benji, and Guy, readers will want to share Blocks! (Picture book. 2-4)"
A cleverly simple book builds skills as well as towers. Read full book review >
TEN HUNGRY PIGS by Derek Anderson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"A snack-time (and storytime) treat. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Peanut-butter-and-jelly's a great snack for a pig and a duck…until nine unwanted guests show up. Read full book review >
HICCUPS! by Holly Sterling
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 5, 2016

"No one ever enjoys this particular affliction, and it's certainly not a new literary device, but young listeners will still gleefully 'Hic! Hic!' hiccup along. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A little girl is determined to cure her dog's hiccups. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Chris Cleave
June 14, 2016

In bestseller Chris Cleave’s latest novel Everyone Brave Is Forgiven, it’s London, 1939. The day war is declared, Mary North leaves finishing school unfinished, goes straight to the War Office, and signs up. Tom Shaw decides to ignore the war—until he learns his roommate Alistair Heath has unexpectedly enlisted. Then the conflict can no longer be avoided. Young, bright, and brave, Mary is certain she’d be a marvelous spy. When she is—bewilderingly—made a teacher, she finds herself defying prejudice to protect the children her country would rather forget. Tom, meanwhile, finds that he will do anything for Mary. And when Mary and Alistair meet, it is love, as well as war, that will test them in ways they could not have imagined, entangling three lives in violence and passion, friendship and deception, inexorably shaping their hopes and dreams. “Among all the recent fictions about the war, Cleave’s miniseries of a novel is a surprising standout,” our reviewer writes, “with irresistibly engaging characters who sharply illuminate issues of class, race, and wartime morality.” View video >