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 >
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 >

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 >
JANE FOSTER'S COLORS by Jane Foster
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"Lovely, modern, age-appropriate design makes this and its companions excellent choices for sharing with babies and toddlers. (Board book. 0-2)"
This sturdy, fresh, and simple board book, along with two simultaneously publishing companions, builds on Foster's earlier success (Jane Foster's 1 2 3, 2015). 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 >
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 >
SHAPES by Fleur Star
Kirkus Star
by Fleur Star, illustrated by Jemma Westing
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 5, 2016

"A winning series that is truly for all board-book readers and their grown-ups. (Board book. 2-4)"
DK presents a concept book with tactile elements accompanied by print and Braille text. Read full book review >
CARS GO by Steve Light
Kirkus Star
by Steve Light, illustrated by Steve Light
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 5, 2016

"Make some vroom for this one on your shelves. (Board book. 6 mos.-3)"
In his fifth vehicular exploration, Light brings eight cars to life with dynamic visuals and playful onomatopoeia. Read full book review >
MY ANIMALS by Xavier Deneux
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2016

"In one word: perfect. (Board book. 0-2)"
Some well-known animals are introduced to the littlest readers. Read full book review >
PLAYGROUND by Mies van Hout
Kirkus Star
by Mies van Hout, illustrated by Mies van Hout, translated by Ineke Lenting
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2016

"Thrilling. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A playful book about play. Read full book review >
MR. KING'S MACHINE by Geneviève Côté
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2016

"Environmentalism for the nursery. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Mr. King—a vaguely lion-ish animal who stands upright—builds and uses an invention that harms his ecosystem in several ways. He quickly agrees with his friends' concerns and creates another that is beloved by all. 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 >