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 >
MAGGIE AND MICHAEL GET DRESSED by Denise Fleming
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 12, 2016

"The joyful celebration of common activity radiates from every page. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Michael's mother informs him that it is time to get dressed, but he has other ideas. Read full book review >
A BRAVE BEAR by Sean Taylor
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 12, 2016

"There are lessons here to be sure, but it is a warm family story most of all. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A tiny cub tries a very big leap but learns that growing up comes with some bumps along the way. 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 >