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 >

OLLIE by Olivier Dunrea
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 25, 2003

"Plenty of white space reinforces the simplicity and keeps the focus on the appealing goslings; the large typeface and small trim size make these volumes especially appropriate for the youngest audience. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Dunrea's group of cleanly attractive mini-volumes featuring gosling friends Gossie and Gertie grows by two. Read full book review >
ZEE by Michel Gay
by Michel Gay, illustrated by Michel Gay
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 18, 2003

"Charming from A to Zee. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Anxious for his parents to wake up so he can climb in bed for a snuggle, Zee tries to serve them breakfast in bed. Read full book review >
BYE, BYE! by Nancy Kaufmann
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 15, 2003

"A good choice for first-day jitters, whether for parents or children. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Piggy has a hard time saying goodbye to his father on the first day of school, but then he finds that the day is over much too soon. Read full book review >
IS IT CHRISTMAS? by John Prater
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

"There isn't much plot here outside the steps of getting ready for the holiday, but parents may find this useful to introduce toddlers and younger preschoolers to the concept of preparing for Christmas gradually. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Roly-poly, golden-brown Baby Bear lives with Grandbear (who could be either a grandmother or grandfather bear) in a cozy home with all the accoutrements of modern life. Read full book review >
GOOD NIGHT, SAM by Mary-Louise Gay
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

"Charming. (Picture book. 2-3)"
Readers who love the Stella series will be glad to see that her brother Sam has his own second story. Read full book review >
CREEPY THINGS ARE SCARING ME! by Jerome Pumphrey
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

"Litzinger's bright mixed-media paintings evince a variety of emotions of fear, wonder, and relief through the gentle, soft expressive faces of the child, while the scary images have just the right touch of humor to make a menacing concept bearable. (Picture book. 2-4)"
In a child's imaginary world of nighttime darkness, the simplest noises and shadows on the wall can creep into the preschooler's mind, looming large and frightening. Read full book review >
BAD DOG MAX! by Marina Windsor
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

"Although Max doesn't really present any new tricks in the crowded pack of available stories about dogs, preschoolers will connect with the subtle theme of reassurance that even those who engage in wayward behavior are still loved by their families. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Max is a female Australian cattle dog who gets into constant mischief around the house, stealing clothing and food, digging holes in the yard, and scaring the mailman. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Laini Taylor
March 27, 2017

In bestselling YA writer Laini Taylor’s new fantasy novel, Strange the Dreamer, the dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he's been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever. What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving? “Lovers of intricate worldbuilding and feverish romance will find this enthralling,” our critic writes. View video >