CHRISTMAS IN THE BARN by Margaret Wise Brown
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"She also included a rabbit family (mother, father, and baby) throughout many of her illustrations, in tribute to Brown's best-loved works. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Brown's quietly understated text, first published in 1952 with different illustrations, provides the words for this simple, sweet, and satisfying introduction to the Nativity story. Read full book review >
UNDER MY HOOD I HAVE A HAT by Karla Kuskin
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"The text is short and simple enough to use with toddlers who are just beginning to listen to real stories, but the rhyme, rhythm, and attractive illustrations on lime-green backgrounds will also appeal to older preschoolers and even beginning readers. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Kuskin's short, catchy poem (first published in 1964) about bundling up for winter weather serves as the text in this simple, sweet story about a little girl and her dog playing in the snow. Read full book review >

BEATRICE DOESN’T WANT TO by Laura Numeroff
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"While big people might see the end coming, the target audience will enjoy the twist and wish for further adventures. (Picture book. 2-6)"
"Beatrice didn't like books. She didn't even like to read. Read full book review >
BABY GOOSE by Kate McMullan
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Oversensitive parental readers may be pleased by that, and certainly by the tongue-in-cheek art; babies will, as ever, enjoy hearing the playful nonsense. (Nursery rhymes. 0-3)"
McMullan brings babies to center stage in 27 thematically arranged, deftly altered Mother Goose rhymes—"Hark hark the dogs do bark / The babies are coming to town," "Oh, the Baby Duke of York / He had ten thousand men," "Baby Foster went to Gloucester," etc. Lemaître illustrates each with a cartoon-style scene, featuring diaper-clad toddlers accompanied by a varied and recurring cast of farm animals, pets, bugs, bath toys, and dancing sausages. Read full book review >
DAN YACCARINO’S MOTHER GOOSE by Dan Yaccarino
POETRY
Released: Sept. 28, 2004

"Mother Goose reinterpreted lives on. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Yaccarino casts 34 traditional Mother Goose nursery rhymes into an unconventional urban setting. Read full book review >

POETRY
Released: Sept. 20, 2004

"All in all, the rhymes aren't particularly funny or memorable—a middling sort of collection in a crowded genre. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Fyleman, best known in the US for her poem "A Fairy Went A-Marketing," was a well-known children's writer and editor in England in the first decades of the 20th century. Read full book review >
HANDS by Lois Ehlert
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Photos of a lush open-up paint box, brushes, and paint splotches are irresistible—have some paints ready for readers to use themselves. (Picture book. 2-4)"
An unseen first-person protagonist tempts readers to try their hand at crafts by showing various tools up close. Read full book review >
HANUKKAH, OH HANUKKAH by Susan L. Roth
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"While other related information such as why the menorah is lit is not included, this will serve as a fun, simple artistic introduction to the holiday for the youngest child. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Bright collage art using a wealth of textured, patterned papers and lace bring this traditional holiday song to life. Read full book review >
JOEY AND JET by James Yang
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"An excellent introduction to what can usually be a difficult concept for youngsters. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A game of fetch teaches young children how to describe locations. Read full book review >
WOW! CITY! by Robert Neubecker
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Filled with energy and excitement, this works as a travel guide for the very youngest readers and fun title to share for programs and lap-sit reads. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A young girl comes down from her mountain home for a visit to New York City with her father. Read full book review >
SLEEPING CUTIE by Andrea Davis Pinkney
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Nothing here on the level of some of the Pinkneys' other work—the attractive, brightly colored ink illustrations emphasize sweetness over artistic richness—but the musical interlude adds a lively touch of nightclub excitement to this bedtime story. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Cutie LaRue is sweet as cream—until bedtime rolls around. Read full book review >
TOM AND SMALL by Clara Vulliamy
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Vulliamy's winsome watercolor characters are all smiles in this happy bedtime story that should dispel all fears of leaving loved ones behind on the first day of school. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Vulliamy's follow-up to Small (2002), pre-schooler Tom's favorite little mouse doll, follows a familiar path blazed by the now-classic George Shrinks. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >