MY LOVE FOR YOU ALL YEAR ROUND by Susan L. Roth
Released: Dec. 1, 2003

"The comforting text, combined with the stunning collages, provides a compelling exploration of the year and its seasons for young readers. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Roth revisits the theme of My Love for You (1997), this time giving it a seasonal ambiance. Read full book review >
PIG ON A SWING by Jenny Nimmo
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 15, 2003

"Children will oink, growl, and bump along with this one. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Finding the playground empty, Tim wants to go home, but he's intrigued when his Mum asks what's sitting on the obviously empty swings. Read full book review >

FIND-A-SAURUS by Mark Sperring
DINOSAURS
Released: Nov. 1, 2003

"Sure to be a hit with young children, but fun for adults as well. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Marty's mom has told him all about dinosaurs and now he wants to find one to be his pal in Sperring's highly imaginative picture book debut. Read full book review >
MY FIRST KWANZAA by Karen Katz
FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2003

"A solid, sweet, and meaty choice for holiday reading. (Picture book. 2-5)"
With colorful collage and mixed-media illustrations alongside brief, yet informative text, Katz's latest offers youngsters an engaging introduction to the African-American holiday. Read full book review >
GOOD NIGHT ENGINES by Denise Dowling Mortensen
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Oct. 20, 2003

"Mortensen has written just enough text to engage the sleepy child while the soothing cadence will help ease the youngster into a contented slumber. (Picture book. 2-5)"
This little charmer is clearly intended for the vehicle-obsessed toddler. Read full book review >

GIGGLE-WIGGLE WAKE-UP! by Nancy White Carlstrom
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 14, 2003

"This boisterous tale is just the thing to chase away the doldrums and start Monday, or any other day, with a bang. (Picture book. 2-5)"
In an ebullient burst of playful language, Carlstrom's tale whisks readers through a youngster's Monday routine. Read full book review >
THIS LITTLE PIGGY’S BOOK OF MANNERS by Kathryn Madeline Allen
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"Amusing, cheerful instruction for the young formative preschooler. (Picture book. 2-5)"
In a parody of the traditional nursery rhyme, Allen has created a humorous paradigm for etiquette and social behavior. Read full book review >
THE WAY THE STORM STOPS by Michelle Meadows
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"Still, a gentle and comforting book to share with anyone afraid of thunderstorms. (Picture book. 2-6)"
In this simple rhymed tale, a young girl's mother comforts her until the storm subsides. Read full book review >
TIME TO PEE! by Mo Willems
POTTY TRAINING
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"Those kids move from doubt to magnificent relief to pride in a happily encouraging progression, making this offering number one in the potty department. (Picture book. 2-4)"
That most basic of functions, subject of countless earnest tomes, at last receives a treatment whose instructional value is equaled by its entertainment value. Read full book review >
LITTLE OWL AND THE STAR by Mary Murphy
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"The story is short and simple enough for toddlers and will make a wonderful introduction to the Christmas story for young listeners. (Picture book. 2-5)"
In this simple and touching Christmas story, Little Owl meets a bright and shining star who invites the young owl to follow along in the sky. Read full book review >
YOU CAN DO IT, SAM by Amy Hest
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"Endearing characters add to the sweetness and fulfillment that younger children will identify with, making this third Sam and Mrs. Bear story quite a delicious morsel. (Picture book. 2-4)"
A warm gesture of generosity has Sam and Mrs. Bear up before dawn, baking, wrapping, and delivering small cakes in red gift bags to the sleeping neighbors' doors on their snowy street. Read full book review >
THE VERY BEST DOLL by Julia Noonan
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"The short text, simple plot, and large, appealing illustrations make this a good choice for younger preschoolers as well as for story hours with a theme of dolls or toys. (Picture book. 2-5)"
In this sweetly old-fashioned story, little Nell is a soft cloth doll with a polka-dot dress and button eyes who accompanies her little owner everywhere. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Brad Parks
author of SAY NOTHING
March 7, 2017

In Brad Parks’ new thriller Say Nothing, judge Scott Sampson doesn’t brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: a prestigious job. A beloved family. On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, he is about to pick up his six-year-old twins to go swimming when his wife, Alison, texts him that she’ll get the kids from school instead. It’s not until she gets home later that Scott realizes she doesn’t have the children. And she never sent the text. Then the phone rings, and every parent’s most chilling nightmare begins. A man has stolen Sam and Emma. For Scott and Alison, the kidnapper’s call is only the beginning of a twisting, gut-churning ordeal of blackmail, deceit, and terror; a high-profile trial like none the judge or his wife has ever experienced. Their marriage falters. Suspicions and long-buried jealousies rise to the surface. Fractures appear. Lies are told. “The nerve-shredding never lets up for a minute as Parks picks you up by the scruff of the neck, shakes you vigorously, and repeats over and over again till a climax so harrowing that you’ll be shaking with gratitude that it’s finally over,” our critic writes in a starred review. View video >