DUMP TRUCK DUCK by Megan E. Bryant
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2016

"A fine addition to the truck shelf. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Bouncy rhythms and catchy rhymes will entrance truck-loving tots as they listen to this tale of truck ducks doing their jobs. Read full book review >
OWL HOWL AND THE BLU-BLU by Paul Friester
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2016

"One wonders how much longer the forest animals will respond sympathetically to Little Owl's howls. (Picture book. 2-5)"
In her third outing (Owl Howl, 2011, etc.), Little Owl once again howls, this time in a toddler-esque fit over an escaped Blu-Blu.Read full book review >

LITTLE CHICKIES / LOS POLLITOS by Susie Jaramillo
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 26, 2016

"A thoroughly engaging, ingeniously designed Latino celebration. (Board book. 1-5)"
A concertina-style board book features the Spanish nursery rhyme "Los pollitos dicen" on one side and an English translation on the other. Read full book review >
SAFE IN A STORM by Stephen R. Swinburne
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 26, 2016

"From young preschoolers afraid of thunderstorms to school-aged children learning to deal with worrying aspects of the larger world, this encouraging story offers a hopeful view of the protective power of caring adults. (Picture book. 2-7)"
A soothing story follows adult animals as they protect their young and offer words of comfort during stormy times. Read full book review >
I'LL NEVER LET YOU GO by Smriti Prasadam-Halls
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 26, 2016

"Not really high or low, this effort takes the middle road. (Picture book. 2-5)"
The theme of unconditional love, in both good and bad times, is offered in rhyme alongside pictures of loving pairs of animals. Read full book review >

THE MOUSE WHO REACHED THE SKY by Petr Horácek
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 26, 2016

"Young listeners will delight in the gentle humor and embrace the story's warmth and mild suspense. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Together, friends can do almost anything. Read full book review >
BLUE AND OTHER COLORS by Phaidon Publishing
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 25, 2016

"An excellent read to kick-start an evolution in budding artist's minds. (Board book. 18 mos.-3)"
The fine art of Matisse introduces little readers to colors. Read full book review >
GROWING TOGETHER by Taro Gomi
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 25, 2016

"Strikingly illustrated and pleasingly subtle, these books will grow with their readers provided they aren't destroyed in the first few readings. (Picture book. 2-4)"
The Japanese author/illustrator of Everyone Poops returns with a quartet of gerunds. Read full book review >
ANIMAL TALK by Cynthia Weill
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 23, 2016

"A beautiful, playful, childcentric approach to language learning—and if it spawns conversations about dialects, so much the better. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Continuing her First Concepts in Mexican Folk Art series, Weill presents 15 animals and their sounds in both English and Spanish, accompanied by models crafted by Fuentes and Broa. Read full book review >
IN THE ANTARCTIC by Ella Bailey
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 12, 2016

"An appealing introduction to Antarctica that appropriately fosters a child's sense of wonder without adding a layer of worry about its future. (Informational picture book. 2-5)"
After a last breakfast with her parents on a frozen coast, a young Adélie penguin spends a long summer feeding in the cold ocean, followed by an even longer dark winter resting on the ice until the sun rises the following spring. Read full book review >
THE BEST DAYS ARE DOG DAYS by Aaron Meshon
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 12, 2016

"When the duo brush their teeth, the spread has just two words in gigantic type: 'MINTY! / BEEFY!' That sums it up: a dog story with a fresh approach and something with solid flavor to chew on. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A French bulldog narrates a simple but charming story about the activities of his day with a parallel look at similar behavior by his human companion, Sis. Read full book review >
MY HOUSE by Byron Barton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 12, 2016

"The targeted diaperati will likely be similarly enervated by this bland open house. (Picture book. 1-3)"
A ginger cat introduces young viewers to his personal house and world. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >