ANTOINETTE by Kelly DiPucchio
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"A reassuring tale that celebrates the uniqueness of each dog (or person) and the creation of a purposeful life. Three cheers for the winning Antoinette, who 'could not—would not—give up!' (Picture book. 2-7)"
The beloved puppies of Gaston (2014) are back, this time with Antoinette's story of self-discovery as she reveals that every dog has a gift to share. Read full book review >
TUGBOAT BILL AND THE RIVER RESCUE by Calista Brill
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"An old-fashioned story with timeless appeal. (Picture book. 2-5)"
"The Hudson River is smooth or choppy. It is blue or gray. It is swift or sluggish depending on the day." Read full book review >

STEPPIN' OUT by Lin Oliver
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"Perhaps an accurate portrayal of toddler life but missing a bit of wonder. (Picture book/poetry. 2-5)"
The babies from Little Poems for Tiny Ears (2014) grow into toddlers and explore their world. Read full book review >
TUCKER DIGS EASTER! by Leslie McGuirk
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"Skip this for toddlers still learning about Easter activities and go with Aly Fronis and Sanja Rescek's This Little Bunny (2016) instead. (Board book. 2-4)"
Tucker the lively white terrier returns in his fourth holiday board book (Gobble, Gobble, Tucker, 2014, etc.). Read full book review >
MAMA, LOOK! by Patricia J. Murphy
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"A cheery springboard for small nature lovers to have their own 'Mama, look!' opportunities. (author and illustrator's note; suggestions for families) (Picture book. 2-4)"
What's better than a young child enjoying a nature walk with Mama? Read full book review >

MIGHTY, MIGHTY CONSTRUCTION SITE by Sherri Duskey Rinker
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"Sure to be a hit with fans of the prior title even if they wonder about that odd-looking building. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Vehicles from the popular Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site (2011) are up-and-at-'em in a new title focused on industry and teamwork. Read full book review >
YOU DON'T WANT A UNICORN! by Ame Dyckman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"Best seen as a joke gift for a unicorn lover. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A child ignores the advice of an unknown narrator and learns by experience why a pet unicorn is a bad idea. Read full book review >
BEAR LIKES JAM by Ciara Gavin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"Comfortable. (Picture book. 2-5)"
In his third outing (Room for Bear, 2015; Bear Is Not Tired, 2016), Bear learns to share jam and eat his vegetables. Read full book review >
WHAT WILL GROW? by Jennifer Ward
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"Rich with organic material, this choice is as warm and patient as the ground that nurtures the seeds to new life. (Informational picture book. 2-5)"
Pine cones. Acorns. Dandelion fuzz. Sunflower seeds. Children are delighted by these natural treasures. But what will become of these little nuggets of life? Read full book review >
GOOD MORNING, WORLD! by Jennifer Hilton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A slight but pleasant faith-based morning story. (Board book. 2-4)"
Anthropomorphized animals follow typical morning routines including play and prayers. Read full book review >
VERY VEGGIE DEVOS FOR LITTLE ONES by Pamela Kennedy
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"For VeggieTales fans; others may be mystified by the reverent rhubarb and pious peas. (Board book. 2-4)"
A collection of 30 Christian devotions re-enacted by the anthropomorphic vegetables and fruits from the animated VeggieTales films. Read full book review >
THE STORY OF PASSOVER by Francis Barry Silberg
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Board-book audiences need a story that is simpler and easier to understand than this one. (Board book. 2-4)"
The events of the Jewish holiday of Passover are presented for young children. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Laini Taylor
March 27, 2017

In bestselling YA writer Laini Taylor’s new fantasy novel, Strange the Dreamer, the dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he's been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever. What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving? “Lovers of intricate worldbuilding and feverish romance will find this enthralling,” our critic writes. View video >