THIS IS THE BABY by Candace Fleming
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Aug. 12, 2004

"This baby is a fun, giggly romp. (Picture book. 2-4)"
As this story reveals, dressing a toddler can be like performance art. Read full book review >
SUPERMARKET! by Charlotte Doyle
FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"Little ones will love this. (Picture book. 1-3)"
Riding high in a shopping cart, a toddler tears up the grocery store in this satisfying romp. Read full book review >

SING A SONG OF SIXPENCE by Jane Chapman
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"From 'Hey Diddle, Diddle' to 'Pussy Cat, Pussy Cat,' this is a bountiful treasury of gems. (Anthology. 2-5)"
You can judge this book by its cover. Read full book review >
WHAT’S IN BABY’S MORNING by Judy Hindley
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: July 1, 2004

"Burroughes's sunny watercolors are soft and expressive, bringing the text to life with visual imagery just right for this tale of quiet happenings. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Hindley repeats and answers the titular question as baby, family, and "little Hup" tickle and giggle through the morning. Read full book review >
SWIMMING WITH DOLPHINS by Lambert Davis
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2004

"But without the employment of plot, conflict, character, purpose, and imagination, the one-note story swims aimlessly adrift. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Billed as a "celebration of ocean life and the miracles of our natural world," this visually stunning picture book exhibits the beauty of Common dolphins in all their splendor, and in much the same impressive illustrative style as Davis's previous collaboration, Whales Passing (2003), written by Eve Bunting. Read full book review >

DOES A DUCK HAVE A DADDY? by Fred Erlich
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2004

"Choose Marion Dane Bauer's If You Were Born a Kitten (1997) instead. (Picture book/nonfiction. 2-5)"
It's difficult to say much against these related titles, but it's also difficult to praise them. Read full book review >
SUPER SAM! by Lori Ries
by Lori Ries, illustrated by Sue Ramá
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: July 1, 2004

"Imaginative and fun, Sam's antics will amuse and possibly inspire young listeners. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Brief text and bright, bouncy illustrations combine to create an appealing, if slight, story. Read full book review >
FLYAWAY KATIE by Polly Dunbar
COLORS
Released: July 1, 2004

"Exuberant, to say the least. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A joyous cure for a case of the doldrums. Read full book review >
BUZZY’S BOO-BOO by Harriet Ziefert
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2004

"Then again, this little read may be just what the doctor ordered. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Ziefert and Bolam team up again in this short but sweet foray into the bumpy landscape of childhood tumbles. Read full book review >
ONE SOME MANY by Marthe Jocelyn
COLORS
Released: June 8, 2004

"Too bad it tries to be so many things. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A combination concept and counting book, this would work better if it were one or the other. Read full book review >
WHAT DO I DO? by Hui Hui Su-Kennedy
FICTION
Released: June 1, 2004

"A cheery look at life from a small child's perspective. (Picture book. 2-4)"
An ethnically diverse group of preschoolers enjoys all the aspects of an active-filled day. Read full book review >
33 USES FOR A DAD by Harriet Ziefert
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 1, 2004

"Altogether, a fun way to show children that dads do many things in families and to tell dads they're appreciated. (Picture book. 2-8)"
Like moms, dads need credit for all the "jobs" they do in the family. 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 >