FREE AS A CLOUD by Bai Bing
by Bai Bing, illustrated by Yu Rong
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2017

"Perhaps 'Sweetie' would more aptly be named 'Bittersweet.' (Picture book. 2-7)"
A bird learns the value of freedom in this import from China via Australia. Read full book review >
TOAD ON THE ROAD by Stephen Shaskan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 16, 2017

"A catchy, cautionary tale. (Picture book. 2-7)"
Little toads should never play in the road! Read full book review >

ON DUCK POND by Jane Yolen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 11, 2017

"Another fine entry for a 'sense of wonder' collection. (Picture book. 2-5)"
The splash and chatter of a raft of ducks temporarily disrupts the peace of a wildlife-filled pond. Read full book review >
TOUCANS, TOO by Bethanie Deeney Murguia
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 2, 2017

"Wonderfully wacky. (Picture book. 2-7)"
Cockatoos and their toucan buddies (Cockatoo, Too, 2015) are once again the stars of a wacky adventure. Read full book review >
NAPTASTROPHE! by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 2, 2017

"The only truly distinctive twist on this oft-told tale is the title, but humorously naming a meltdown just may make it palatable enough (for parent and child alike). (Picture book. 2-5)"
A little bunny proves she doesn't always know best when it comes to naptime. Read full book review >

BARNYARD BOOGIE! by Tim McCanna
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 9, 2017

"It's nothing innovative or heretofore unseen, but it is a good addition to storytimes on barnyard animals, music, or finding one's talent. (Picture book. 2-7)"
A more musical barnyard there never was! Read full book review >
BABY BOO, I LOVE YOU by Sheryl Haft
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 2, 2017

"Both young listeners and caregivers will relish this ode to their own favorite Baby-Boos. (Picture book. 1-3)"
What child hasn't felt boundless love for a special doll or toy? Read full book review >
STACK THE CATS by Susie Ghahremani
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 2, 2017

"Thanks to its gentle inconsistencies, this is a book that can expand children's thought processes. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Counting from one to 10 is the usual math activity in simple picture books, but this one takes on other mathematical operations, too. Read full book review >
THE ITSY BITSY DUCKLING by Jeffrey Burton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"Toddlers are better served by a chorus of the original, accompanied by the finger motions. (Board book. 1-3)"
Yet another remake of the classic fingerplay. Read full book review >
CARROT AND PEA by Morag Hood
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 4, 2017

"Wonderfully understated humor, thought-provoking illustrations, and a spot-on theme about the enriching nature of embracing differences combine to create a story that is much more than the sum of its parts. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Lee, a pea, and Colin, a carrot, are improbable friends in this picture book. Read full book review >
DIFFERENT? SAME! by Heather Tekavec
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 2, 2017

"Informative fun. (Informational picture book. 2-6)"
Groups of animals demonstrate sameness and difference. Read full book review >
BIG LITTLE HIPPO by Valeri Gorbachev
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 4, 2017

"Sure to be a big hit at storytime for little ones. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A little hippo makes a big difference. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 20, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >