MUSEUM ABC by Metropolitan Museum of Art
MUSIC AND THE ARTS
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"If it were in a bigger format, one might be tempted to keep it on the coffee table. (Picture book. 2-6)"
For anyone interested in developing the visual vocabulary of a small child, this is the way to do it. Read full book review >
MERWIN by Christopher Hart
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Merwin does pull a fast one on the zookeeper by claiming he is Merwin in disguise, giving a small 'what is reality' twist to the story, but it's not enough to elevate it beyond its one-note joke into an entertainment. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Cartoonist and bestselling author of drawing books, Hart's first picture book is goofy all over, but whether or not that is intentional is open to debate. Read full book review >

SNOWMEN AT NIGHT by Caralyn Buehner
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"It would be difficult not to fall in love with this rollicking flight of imagination created by a terrific combination of talent. (Picture book. 2-6)"
The work of this husband-and-wife team best known for The Escape of Marvin the Ape (1992) is always special; here it comes together in a delightful story about the nocturnal activities of snowmen that is refreshingly original and visually sparkling. Read full book review >
ONE BEAUTIFUL BABY by Martine Oborne
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Counting has never been such a delight. (Picture book. 1-3)"
Beginning with "one sweet smile" peeking out from a warm and cozy crib, a mother and child number all the things, from one to ten, that it takes to make up "one beautiful baby." Read full book review >
OLIVER FINDS HIS WAY by Phyllis Root
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"A simple yet highly relevant tale for young readers. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Most children experience the gripping fear of losing their bearings and the overwhelming relief of finding their way again at least once in their lifetime. Read full book review >

DON’T YOU FEEL WELL, SAM? by Amy Hest
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Just the thing to share with a little one struggling with a bout of the sniffles. (Picture book. 2-6)"
The direful sound of a toddler's cough in the night is the focus of this poignant sequel to Hest's Kiss Good Night (2001). Read full book review >
K IS FOR KITTEN by Niki Clark Leopold
ABC BOOKS
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"A frisky feline frolic through the alphabet. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A tiny ginger kitten is rescued from the alley in this alphabetic adventure. Read full book review >
AT THE EDGE OF THE WOODS by Cynthia Cotten
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Still, the peaceful forest crew and comforting color palette make this a soothing read, if not a great counting tool. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Cartwright's (Going Home, not reviewed, etc.) mossy greens, golden yellows, and smoky blues evoke a late summer in the woods as numbered sets of forest animals go about their business. Read full book review >
LOVE SONG FOR A BABY by Marion Dane Bauer
POETRY
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Fortunately, the beautiful illustrations need no addition for them to shine. (Picture book. 2-5)"
The lyrical verses of this tribute to all the things there are to love about a baby, begins as a mother tells her young son about his earliest days. Read full book review >
POETRY
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Just like this.' (Picture book/poetry. 2-5)"
A collection of original poems offers cheery readalouds for very young children. Read full book review >
MINERVA LOUISE AND THE RED TRUCK by Janet Morgan Stoeke
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Her text is equally simple, and equally entertaining and transporting. (Picture book. 2-5)"
The ever-amiable, though unworldly, Minerva Louise (Minerva Louise at the Fair, 2000, etc.) returns for more goofiness. Read full book review >
FROGGY GOES TO THE DOCTOR by Jonathan London
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Froggy is typically good at offering a little direction to young readers—about sportsmanship, for instance, or how not to eat in restaurants—but no such is tendered here, be it positive or negative example, except for a slight introduction to the event. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A lightweight addition to the often charming Froggy canon. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >