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 >
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 >
Kirkus Interview
Jeff Chang
September 20, 2016

In the provocative essays in journalist Jeff Chang’s new book We Gon’ Be Alright, Chang takes an incisive and wide-ranging look at the recent tragedies and widespread protests that have shaken the country. Through deep reporting with key activists and thinkers, personal writing, and cultural criticism, We Gon’ Be Alright links #BlackLivesMatter to #OscarsSoWhite, Ferguson to Washington D.C., the Great Migration to resurgent nativism. Chang explores the rise and fall of the idea of “diversity,” the roots of student protest, changing ideas about Asian Americanness, and the impact of a century of racial separation in housing. “He implores readers to listen, act, and become involved with today’s activists, who offer ‘new ways to see our past and our present,’ ” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A compelling and intellectually thought-provoking exploration of the quagmire of race relations.” View video >