ONE, TWO, THREE by Tom Slaughter
COLORS
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

For children at the very dawn of numeracy, Slaughter's paper collages offers one-to-ten counting (and modern art) practice on a set of commonplace, easily recognizable items—an apple, eyeglasses, buttons, beach balls, and the like—all rendered with utmost simplicity in bright primary colors. Read full book review >
MY BIG BOY BED by Eve Bunting
FICTION
Released: Sept. 22, 2003

"A humorous, gentle look at a very common experience. (Picture book. 2-4)"
With a wagon full of toys and blankets in tow, one little boy makes the journey from baby to little boy as he moves from a crib to a big boy bed. Read full book review >

BRIAN AND BOB by Georgie Ripper
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Then they get back to doing what they do best: snoozing, hanging out at the food bowl, and looking around—la dolce vita. (Picture book. 2-5)"
An improbable tale, but a happily-ever-after one, so young readers will suspend their disbelief as they pull for the reunion of Ripper's guinea pig protagonists. Read full book review >
FELIX AND THE WORRIER by Rosemary Wells
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Not one of Wells's best, but sure to satisfy Felix fans. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Trying to sleep, Felix is awakened night after night by the Worrier, who comes to nag him. Read full book review >
FULL MOON BARNYARD DANCE by Carole Lexa Schaefer
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Visually charming, though a bit weighed down by the blatant message. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Free-spirited watercolor-and-ink illustrations show a barnyard full of animals going down to the pond at night for a rousing dance. Read full book review >

WHERE WILD BABIES SLEEP by Ann Purmell
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Though Siomades's constructs are more sophisticated than those of Eric Carle or Ellen Stoll Walsh, very young viewers will have no trouble focusing on the various mothers' large-eyed faces, and the loving expressions thereon, in this brief sleepy-time read. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Along with snippets of basic natural science, this animal portrait gallery showcases a set of handsome painted-paper collage scenes, shot against plain white backgrounds, and depicting various wild mothers tenderly regarding sleeping offspring. Read full book review >
HUSHABYE LILY by Claire Freedman
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"A bedtime treat for the ears. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A noisy farmyard is keeping Lily awake, but Mother Rabbit solves the problem by taking her on a tour of the grounds, allowing her to see for herself how all of the animals are preparing for bed. Read full book review >
WHAT MAKES THE SEASONS? by Megan Montague Cash
NATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Unfortunately, this bare-bones presentation will not satisfy anyone's curiosity. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A disappointing look at the changes of the seasons that leaves out much of the science. Read full book review >
THESAURUS REX by Laya Steinberg
DINOSAURS
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Great, super, terrific, cool. (Picture book. 2-7)"
A delightful romp through the world of words (language, vocabulary, terminology) as readers follow young Thesaurus Rex through his busy day exploring his world and the words that can be used to describe his actions. Read full book review >
GOOD NIGHT, SLEEP TIGHT by Claire Freedman
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"A real bedtime treat for both parents and children alike. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Archie the bear is having a hard time getting to sleep despite the valiant efforts of his babysitting grandmother in a soothing story that's certain to appeal to even the most resistant young sleeper. Read full book review >
YOU ARE SPECIAL, LITTLE ONE by Nancy Tafuri
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"A gratifying read to be shared while cuddling. (Picture book. 2-6)"
This companion to I Love You, Little One (1998) reads like a love song. Read full book review >
ABC by Alison Jay
ABC BOOKS
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Very, very nice. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Many of the elements that appear in Jay's whimsically mysterious paintings—the oversized fruit, the winsome blue crescent moon, the elongated figures with plump midsections and attenuated limbs—reappear in this abecedarian. 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 >