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 >

KISS IT BETTER by Smriti Prasadam-Halls
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"While it's certainly true that kisses make most things better, most kids don't need yet another book, no matter how sweet, to tell them so. (Picture book. 2-6)"
This book extols all the wondrous things that kisses can make better. Read full book review >
LITTLE FOX, LOST by Nicole Snitselaar
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 14, 2016

"While the puffy cover seems to signal 'gift shop book' and the rather bland story does not stand out from the crowd, young ones will surely be comforted by the reuniting of Mama and Little Fox. (Picture book. 1-5)"
A Québecois import offers a cautionary wintertime tale. Read full book review >
STOWAWAY IN A SLEIGH by C. Roger Mader
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"This stowaway is here to stay as a new Christmas classic. (Picture book. 2-7)"
A larger-than-life cat's face with glowing, green eyes peeks out of a red sack on the cover of this story about a stowaway in Santa's sleigh, with those compelling eyes silently begging the reader to open the cover. Read full book review >
OLD DOG BABY BABY by Julie Fogliano
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"Tender, joyous, and altogether wonderful. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Love and trust abound between a patient, old family dog and a very young baby. Read full book review >
ABC ANIMALS! by Rufus Butler Seder
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"The Scanimation entices, but it does not carry this alphabet book to fulfill its function. (Novelty board book. 2-6)"
In sturdy board-book style, this alphabet book is the latest addition to Seder's bestselling Scanimation books. Read full book review >
MUSIC IS . . . by Brandon Stosuy
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Altogether, a jazzy modern romp through musical styles that really is for everyone. (Board book. 18 mos.-3)"
This smart board book uses contrasts to introduce musical vocabulary to potential prodigies. Read full book review >
JANE FOSTER'S BROWN BEAR COLOR BOOK by Jane Foster
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Colorful Brown Bear is a lovely addition to a handsome series, but give Stripy Tiger a pass. (Board book. 18 mos.-3)"
Readers explore a rainbow of colors as they search for the titular bear. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Clinton Kelly
January 9, 2017

Bestselling author and television host Clinton Kelly’s memoir I Hate Everyone Except You is a candid, deliciously snarky collection of essays about his journey from awkward kid to slightly-less-awkward adult. Clinton Kelly is probably best known for teaching women how to make their butts look smaller. But in I Hate Everyone, Except You, he reveals some heretofore-unknown secrets about himself, like that he’s a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks, and perhaps the world’s least enthused high-school commencement speaker. Whether he’s throwing his baby sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career or heroically rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with aplomb. With his signature wit, he shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations, like deciding whether it’s acceptable to eat chicken wings with a fork on live television (spoiler: it’s not). “A thoroughly light and entertaining memoir,” our critic writes. View video >