CHARLES DICKENS'S GREAT EXPECTATIONS by Jack Wang
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 8, 2016

"There is no question that the book is an attractive novelty, but, as with others in its series, it will serve its audience better as a teething toy than a gateway to literacy. (Board book. 1-3)"
The Dickens classic, reduced to 12 words and illustrated with felt dolls. Read full book review >
PEPPA PIG AND THE YEAR OF FAMILY FUN by Candlewick Press
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 8, 2016

"Even confirmed Peppa fans aren't likely to love this one. Stick with Maisy's Seasons (2011). (Pop-up picture book. 2-4)"
From seed planting in spring to a mud bath the following spring, Peppa and her rotund family roll through the four seasons. Read full book review >

TINY BLESSINGS FOR BEDTIME by Amy Parker
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 8, 2016

"Whether used as beginning prayers or to teach an attitude of gratitude, this lovely title and its companion do their parts to start mindfulness in the cradle. (Board book. 6 mos.-3)"
Thick pages, a padded cover, and simple text ensure that this board book will survive a toddler's daily mindfulness practice. Read full book review >
THE OPPOSITE ZOO by Il Sung Na
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 8, 2016

"A beautiful treatment of a familiar subject that repays close looking again and again. (Picture book. 2-4)"
In exploring the concept of opposites at a zoo in nighttime, Na also explores a looser look than in many of his earlier books. Read full book review >
WILD BACKYARD by Kate Riggs
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 8, 2016

"Young children will be captivated by the exceptional illustrations but not much more. (Board book. 2-4)"
Well-known backyard animals and their immediate surroundings are represented in this beautifully illustrated board book. Read full book review >

TO THE RESCUE! by Kate Riggs
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 8, 2016

"This book needs a rescue of its own. (Board book. 6 mos.-2)"
A board-book survey of rescue vehicles. Read full book review >
WAKE UP, WEATHER by Rita Marshall
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 8, 2016

"Young children preferring a light touch will enjoy this one, others can look elsewhere. (Board book. 2-4)"
A frog experiences different kinds of weather in this sweetly illustrated board book. Read full book review >
WEATHER by Jill McDonald
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 8, 2016

"While McDonald's art is delightful and the Hello, World! series appears to be promising, she should stick to topics that are close to home. (Board book. 2-4)"
Two youngsters learn about weather and the clothing it requires in this simple introduction that launches the Hello, World! series. Read full book review >
WHERE'S THE ELEPHANT? by Barroux
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 8, 2016

"Unique. (Picture book. 2-7)"
This almost-wordless picture book uses a familiar format to teach about deforestation and habitat loss. Read full book review >
MAISY GOES TO LONDON by Lucy Cousins
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 8, 2016

"As a visit with Maisy goes, it's a typically colorful day, but readers should be aware they'll have to mind the gaps. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Maisy the mouse and her pals visit London. Read full book review >
BYE-BYE BINKY by Maria van Lieshout
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 8, 2016

"Simple words and big concepts will make this a godsend to parents at their wit's end. (Picture book. 2-4)"
This book seeks to use the power of persuasion to vanquish that most formidable of opponents: toddlers. Read full book review >
THE VERY COLD, FREEZING, NO-NUMBERS DAY by Ashley Sorenson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 8, 2016

"Though the hortatory text is a bit much, the illustrations make this book one worth counting. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Numbers are trapped in ice and must be rescued from a frozen fate in a counting book that encourages interaction with each page. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >