LET’S COUNT THE PUPPIES by Katharine Kunhardt
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2004

"The crowded counting arena offers more successful choices from a pedagogical standpoint, but lab lovers may consider this a sweet treat. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Plump Labrador retriever puppies are the starring characters in this counting book with a determinedly cheery text and photographs of the appealing dogs from a single puppy waving a paw up to 12 pups posed on a bench. Read full book review >
LITTLE DUCK LOST by Erica Briers
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2004

"This classic quest story, embellished with touches of whimsy, is bound to become a beloved favorite of little ones. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A mislaid duckling struggles to find his way home in this warm debut for the author. Read full book review >

ANNA’S BOOK by Barbara Baker
FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2004

"Perfect for preschoolers. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Introducing Anna, eager, curious, playful, demanding, self-centered, but as sweet and lovable as any toddler can be. Read full book review >
THE BABY’S BOOK OF BABY ANIMALS by Kay Chorao
POETRY
Released: Jan. 1, 2004

"A winsome assortment of cuddlesome creatures adds to the overall appeal. (Picture book. 1-5)"
Chorao provides readers with a compelling mixture of old and new poems, songs, and rhymes in a treasury of verse that can be read for years to come. Read full book review >
HELLO PEANUT! by Rachel Anderson
FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2004

"Families expecting a new addition will enjoy the playful nature of this tale. (Picture book. 2-4)"
A curly haired little girl follows the growth of her baby brother in her mother's stomach by comparing his size to things she knows. Read full book review >

DON’T FORGET I LOVE YOU by Miriam Moss
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2004

"Moss's non-judgmental tone and happy resolution diffuse the tensions of a commonplace scenario and makes this the ideal tale to share after the hectic whirl of a busy day. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Moss perfectly captures the hustle and bustle of the daily mad dash to school and work in all its frenzied glory. Read full book review >
BETTY’S NOT WELL TODAY by Gus Clarke
FICTION
Released: Dec. 15, 2003

"This first American edition is well worth the price of a sturdy paperback. (Picture book. 2-7)"
A girl and her doll are sick in bed. Read full book review >
PEA POD BABIES by Karen Baicker
ADVENTURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2003

"MPSLUGetc Baicker's tale will resonate with all youngsters, addressing their need to be recognized for their individuality. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Clearly aimed at multiple birth siblings, this comical tale reminds readers that just because babies, peapod or otherwise, look the same does not mean they are the same. Read full book review >
MY LOVE FOR YOU ALL YEAR ROUND by Susan L. Roth
Released: Dec. 1, 2003

"The comforting text, combined with the stunning collages, provides a compelling exploration of the year and its seasons for young readers. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Roth revisits the theme of My Love for You (1997), this time giving it a seasonal ambiance. Read full book review >
PIG ON A SWING by Jenny Nimmo
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 15, 2003

"Children will oink, growl, and bump along with this one. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Finding the playground empty, Tim wants to go home, but he's intrigued when his Mum asks what's sitting on the obviously empty swings. Read full book review >
FIND-A-SAURUS by Mark Sperring
DINOSAURS
Released: Nov. 1, 2003

"Sure to be a hit with young children, but fun for adults as well. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Marty's mom has told him all about dinosaurs and now he wants to find one to be his pal in Sperring's highly imaginative picture book debut. Read full book review >
MY FIRST KWANZAA by Karen Katz
FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2003

"A solid, sweet, and meaty choice for holiday reading. (Picture book. 2-5)"
With colorful collage and mixed-media illustrations alongside brief, yet informative text, Katz's latest offers youngsters an engaging introduction to the African-American holiday. 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 >