MAMA WILL BE HOME SOON by Nancy Minchella
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 2003

"A sunny tale. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Lili's mother is going away on a trip and Lili cannot help but miss her and yearn for her return. Read full book review >
LITTLE MONKEY SAYS GOODNIGHT by Ann Whitford Paul
ANIMALS
Released: April 7, 2003

"The only drawback is that when listeners reach the end, they'll ask to start again. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Called to bed, Little Monkey won't go until he says good night. Read full book review >

THANKS, MOM by Ed Emberley
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2003

"Brilliant color use, elements of pure geometry, a simple text built for speed and engagement, and a classic turning of the tables gives readers both an eyeful and a first taste of allegory. (Picture book. 2-5)"
This fun romp is first and foremost a visual lollapalooza involving a group of circus animals decked out in nuclear-strength color costumes on great fields of white, which provide even further amperage. Read full book review >
MOMMY LOVES HER BABY/DADDY LOVES HIS BABY by Tara Jaye Morrow
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2003

"This comforting volume assures young readers that a parent's love is as natural, innate, and immutable as all the things that come naturally to the animals. (Picture book. 1-3)"
This creative take on the familiar theme of parental love is two stories in one. Read full book review >
WHAT JAMES LIKES BEST by Amy Schwartz
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 2003

"Especially amusing are 'Auntie's funny hair' and Mommy's reaction when James and his playmate throw toy fruit down the stairs. (Picture book. 2-5)"
James is on the go in these four short stories targeted toward the preschool set. Read full book review >

MI CARRITO by Alma Powell
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: April 1, 2003

"Designed for ages two to four, these board books will also have a place in the hands of kindergarten and first-grade students, giving beginning readers in either English or Spanish a bite-size opportunity for read-alone success. (Board book. 2-6)"
First-timer Powell, wife of Secretary of State Colin Powell, offers a straightforward text of four sentences, in each edition, allows a young bear to detail the handy uses he finds for his wagon—pushing, pulling, going uphill and down, etc. Irregularly occurring rhymes add a hint of musicality to each version, and the illustrations supply details not included in the words, allowing young listeners to supplement the telling. Read full book review >
MY GRANDMA IS COMING TO TOWN by Anna Grossnickle Hines
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 2003

"For so many children whose favorite family members live far away, Hines (Whistling, below, etc.) handles this issue with style, never forgetting to give kids credit for solving problems. (Picture book. 2-4)"
This joyous story impressively invokes a toddler's love for his distant Grandma. Read full book review >
WEMBERLY’S ICE-CREAM STAR by Kevin Henkes
FANTASY
Released: April 1, 2003

"A sweet treat worth waiting for. (Board book. 1-3)"
Henkes (Owen's Marshmallow Chick, 2002, etc.) winningly brings another of his characters to the board-book crowd. Read full book review >
ONE FOR ME, ONE FOR YOU by C.C. Cameron
NUMBERS AND COUNTING
Released: April 1, 2003

"And though the message is lightly delivered, what will really grab those readers is the art from the talented Lin (Olvina Flies, below, etc.): bright, fascinating tapestries of light, color, pattern, and activity. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Though the message in Cameron's debut is that sharing makes everybody happy, it plays out against a background of great familiarity: an unmediated disagreement over the division of the spoils. Read full book review >
BUBBA AND BEAU GO NIGHT-NIGHT by Kathi Appelt
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2003

"No one will be able to resist the local flavor and sly fun of this boy and his dawg. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Following on the heels of their debut, this tale features Bubba and Beau out on the town for adventures with a whole new cast of interesting friends. Read full book review >
ONE WIDE SKY by Deborah Wiles
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2003

"Rich oil paintings illustrate the beautiful things suitable for counting in this quiet (and sometimes funny) look at nature. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A backyard comes alive as outdoor adventures of the human and animal inhabitants unfold side by side, then slowly wind down at nightfall. Read full book review >
I LOVE MY MAMA by Peter Kavanagh
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2003

"Lovely details will make this a special favorite for elephant fans. (Picture book. 1-4)"
Mother and baby elephant share their day stamping across the plains, taking a dip in the water, and finally snuggling into the tall grass. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
author of SEINFELDIA
August 22, 2016

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong’s new bestseller Seinfeldia is the hilarious behind-the-scenes story of two guys who went out for coffee and dreamed up Seinfeld —the cultural sensation that changed television and bled into the real world. Comedians Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld never thought anyone would watch their silly little sitcom about a New York comedian sitting around talking to his friends. NBC executives didn’t think anyone would watch either, but they bought it anyway, hiding it away in the TV dead zone of summer. But against all odds, viewers began to watch, first a few and then many, until nine years later nearly 40 million Americans were tuning in weekly. In Seinfeldia, TV historian and entertainment writer Armstrong celebrates the creators and fans of this American television phenomenon, bringing readers behind-the-scenes of the show while it was on the air and into the world of devotees for whom it never stopped being relevant, a world where the Soup Nazi still spends his days saying “No soup for you!” “Armstrong’s intimate, breezy history is full of gossipy details, show trivia, and insights into how famous episodes came to be,” our reviewer writes. “Perfect for Seinfeldians and newcomers alike.” View video >