PLAY WITH ME! by Michelle Lee
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"A nice, gentle reminder that it takes two to make a friendship work. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Two friends with different ideas of fun find a way to play together. Read full book review >
GOOD NIGHT, BABY ANIMALS YOU'VE HAD A BUSY DAY by Karen B. Winnick
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"Shared one story at a time, this book offers toddlers a first experience with 'chapters.' (Picture book. 2-4)"
In six separate sections, different baby African and/or Asian mammals spend an active day in the wild before nestling down to sleep. Read full book review >

PLANT THE TINY SEED by Christie Matheson
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"Preschoolers need to learn how plants grow. This supplies the basics, but novelty (an arguably waning term for app imitators on paper) is not a substitute for compelling art. (notes) (Picture book. 2-5)"
This companion to Matheson's two previous titles featuring interactivity (Tap the Magic Tree, 2013; Touch the Brightest Star, 2015) encourages listeners to tap, press, and swipe their way through gardening. Read full book review >
BEE by Patricia Hegarty
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"There are few enough books written for very young children about honeybees that this beautiful book is worth a look. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A hexagonal, die-cut window frames a honeybee as she scouts for nectar and then informs her hive of forage. Read full book review >
ONE LONELY FISH by Andy Mansfield
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"It's a fish-eat-fish world out there; kids need to learn how to count in order to survive. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Count from one to 10 with this nimble concept creation. Read full book review >

THIS & THAT by Mem Fox
by Mem Fox, illustrated by Judy Horacek
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"A master of the bedtime hush, Fox shines. (Picture book. 2-5)"
An adult mouse spins tales to lull a young mouse to sleep. Read full book review >
DALMATIAN IN A DIGGER by Rebecca Elliott
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 1, 2017

"Preschoolers enamored with construction equipment will enjoy this cheerful tale, which is simple enough for little ones just transitioning into real stories. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Four animals with heavy construction equipment arrive to build a treehouse as a surprise for a Dalmatian puppy. Read full book review >
THE QUEEN IS COMING TO TEA by Linda Ravin Lodding
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 1, 2017

"A fanciful offering for those who take tea. (Picture book. 2-5)"
It's time for tea! Read full book review >
COUNTING COLORFUL SHAPES by Isabel Hill
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 1, 2017

"While not a child's first counting book, it is a beautiful one and an inspiration to caregivers to help their children find shapes in their own neighborhoods. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Close-up photographs of architectural details give young readers a counting challenge. Read full book review >
RIBBIT by Jorey Hurley
by Jorey Hurley, illustrated by Jorey Hurley
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A visually impressive, mostly well-executed offering. (Informational picture book. 2-5)"
The life cycle of a frog is shown with illustrations and minimal words in this picture book. Read full book review >
PAX AND BLUE by Lori Richmond
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Nicely pitched to young readers' empathies. (Picture book. 2-5)"
An ordinary city pigeon follows a little boy onto a subway train. Read full book review >
TONY by Ed Galing
Kirkus Star
by Ed Galing, illustrated by Erin E. Stead
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Readers will hear the 'clip-clop, clip-clop, clip-clop' in every image of this astonishing book. (Picture book. 2-12)"
Poet Galing (1917-2013) leads Tony, a dairy delivery horse, through the veil of memory, encantatory phrasing—circling and repetitious—calling him plodding from pre-dawn into the present, his sturdy flank barely expanding with the effort. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Clinton Kelly
January 9, 2017

Bestselling author and television host Clinton Kelly’s memoir I Hate Everyone Except You is a candid, deliciously snarky collection of essays about his journey from awkward kid to slightly-less-awkward adult. Clinton Kelly is probably best known for teaching women how to make their butts look smaller. But in I Hate Everyone, Except You, he reveals some heretofore-unknown secrets about himself, like that he’s a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks, and perhaps the world’s least enthused high-school commencement speaker. Whether he’s throwing his baby sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career or heroically rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with aplomb. With his signature wit, he shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations, like deciding whether it’s acceptable to eat chicken wings with a fork on live television (spoiler: it’s not). “A thoroughly light and entertaining memoir,” our critic writes. View video >