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 >

TOM CAT by Noah Woods
by Noah Woods, illustrated by Noah Woods
ANIMALS
Released: May 25, 2004

"Bouncily expressive Tom is winningly colored in gray, black, and magenta; other visuals are less interesting. (Picture book. 2-4)"
A computer-generated cat interacts with parents and objects in this tale with a confused message. Read full book review >
A LOVELY DAY FOR AMELIA GOOSE by Yu Rong
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2004

"A sunny tale to share with members of the diapered set who aren't yet up to the emotional Sturm und Drang of Jane Simmons's Daisy or Lucy Cousins's Maisy. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Amelia Goose rises from her cozy bed, strolls outside to greet the bees and birds (they answer back, cheerily), plays in the pond with Frog until bedtime, and then retires. Read full book review >
CAT SKIDOO by Bethany Roberts
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2004

"This will be best for sharing one-on-one or with small groups since many of the smiles and laughs are in the details. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Two chubby, frisky kittens race around the house and yard playing cat skidoo, which seems to entail chasing everything that moves while wreaking havoc. Read full book review >

BEACH DAY! by Patricia Lakin
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2004

"A great follow-up to the team's Snow Day (2000). (Picture book. 2-5)"
What at first blush appears to be an early-early reader with all the questionable charm of Dick, Jane, Sally, and Spot turns out to be a modest, yodeling read along (or at least reading the oversized words). Read full book review >
THE BABYSITTER SINGS by Phillis Gershator
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: May 1, 2004

"Young children and their parents, too, will enjoy this reassuring rhythmical tale. (Picture book, 1-5)"
Cheerful tropical pinks, yellows, greens, and blues enliven this charming Caribbean nursery tale. Read full book review >
ZIGBY DIVES IN by Brian Paterson
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2004

"This is an appealing addition, sure to please the preschool set. (Picture book. 2-5)"
In the third installment of the Zigby series, the titular zebra enjoys another unexpected adventure, this time underwater. Read full book review >
GOOD NIGHT PILLOW FIGHT by Sally Cook
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: May 1, 2004

"The end shows finally darkened windows but, delightfully, a child has the last (whispered) words. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A boisterous romp through bedtime ensues as children resist going to sleep. Read full book review >
THE VERY BEST DADDY OF ALL by Marion Dane Bauer
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 2004

"A beautiful celebration of fathers of all species, complete with a separate greeting card to share. (Picture book. 1-5)"
Just in time for Father's Day, Newbery Honor author Bauer offers a companion to My Mother Is Mine (2001). Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2004

"The simple, thoughtfully told story includes repetitive phrases and a predictable structure with an emotionally satisfying ending as Mr. Seahorse sends his babies out into the watery world. (Picture book. 2-6)"
The striking single seahorse gracing the cover of this tribute to aquatic fatherhood could never be mistaken as anything other than one of Carle's consummately creative collage creatures. Read full book review >
THE ROWDY ROWDY RANCH/ALLÁ EN EL RANCHO GRANDE by Ethriam Cash Brammer
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 2004

"Likely to be especially useful in studies of family and rural life, as well as in comparisons of the ways in which students' families resemble and differ from Tito's large, expressive Latino family. (Picture book. 1-4)"
Brammer's nostalgic tale, a grown-up's remembrance of a boyhood trip to his grandparents' ranch, zeroes in on the excitement of encountering an unknown place for the first time and of enjoying a family reunion full of cousins, aunts, and uncles. 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 >