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
Yoojin Grace Wuertz
February 27, 2017

In Yoojin Grace Wuertz’s debut novel Everything Belongs to Us, the setting is Seoul in 1978. At South Korea’s top university, the nation’s best and brightest compete to join the professional elite of an authoritarian regime. Success could lead to a life of rarefied privilege and wealth; failure means being left irrevocably behind. For childhood friends Jisun and Namin, the stakes couldn’t be more different. Jisun, the daughter of a powerful business mogul, grew up on a mountainside estate with lush gardens and a dedicated chauffeur. Namin’s parents run a tented food cart from dawn to curfew; her sister works in a shoe factory. Now Jisun wants as little to do with her father’s world as possible, abandoning her schoolwork in favor of the underground activist movement, while Namin studies tirelessly in the service of one goal: to launch herself and her family out of poverty. But everything changes when Jisun and Namin meet an ambitious, charming student named Sunam, whose need to please his family has led him to a prestigious club: the Circle. Under the influence of his mentor, Juno, a manipulative social climber, Sunam becomes entangled with both women, as they all make choices that will change their lives forever. “Engrossing,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “Wuertz is an important new voice in American fiction.” View video >