ANNO'S CHINA by Mitsumasa Anno
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"It's been a hair over two decades since a new book by Anno (Anno's Magic Seeds, 1995) last made its way to our shores; this tour, breathtaking in its own right, is therefore doubly welcome. (Picture book. 5-10)"
The Japanese master of quotidian detail takes readers up China's Yellow River in this new book, first published in Japan in 2009. Read full book review >
THE FROG AND THE BOY by Mao Xiao
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"Little ones will have fun mimicking the characters without realizing they're learning Chinese at the same time. (glossary) (Bilingual picture book. 3-8)"
Who knew a human boy and a frog could have so much in common? Read full book review >

RORY THE RABBIT by Yimei Wang
by Yimei Wang, illustrated by Chunmiao Li, translated by Adam Lanphier
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"Young children will relate to Rory's dilemma and respond to the adorable illustrations, but non-native readers will struggle to use the book as a learning tool. (glossary) (Bilingual picture book. 5-12)"
When Rory the rabbit discovers he's different from his rabbit friends, he feels self-conscious and decides to find another tribe. Read full book review >
PICKING TURNIPS by Xu Zhou
by Xu Zhou, illustrated by Xu Zhou, translated by Adam Lanphier
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"An ambitious but not entirely successful reboot of a familiar favorite. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A little mouse's "uncle's uncle's uncle" is the source of a lightly fractured version of Tolstoy's "The Gigantic Turnip." Read full book review >
BUDDY IS SO ANNOYING by Wenzheng Fu
by Wenzheng Fu, illustrated by Wenzheng Fu, translated by Adam Lanphier
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"Visually appealing and wryly amusing. (Picture book. 4-6)"
A tale of best friends, one a human child and one a very anthropomorphized boar named Buddy. Read full book review >

I WANT THAT LOVE by Tatsuya Miyanishi
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"Only the coldblooded will fail to be moved by this poignant story. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Innocent trust turns a domineering bully into a caring protector who makes the ultimate sacrifice in this prehistoric tale of personal growth. Read full book review >
KAMIK JOINS THE PACK by Darryl Baker
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"A keen introduction to a way of being in the world. (Picture book. 5-7)"
The fundamentals of dog sledding emerge in this story of two youngsters, one a boy and the other a dog, eager to join the team and run. Read full book review >
THE FOURTH BONNIEST BABY IN DUNDEE by Michelle Sloan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"He truly might be the bonniest baby in Dundee, or in any town. (Picture book. 2-8)"
Take one proud big sister, mix in the love of all the grannies in town and a baby beauty contest, and you have the fixings for a jolly read-aloud. Read full book review >
POPO'S LUCKY CHINESE NEW YEAR by Virginia Loh-Hagen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"One of the best of its genre; attractive and informative, and a must for the growing Chinese New Year shelf. (Picture book. 4-8)"
PoPo helps her granddaughter learn Chinese New Year traditions in this intergenerational celebration of family and culture. Read full book review >
ONE CHEETAH, ONE CHERRY by Jackie Morris
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"The aesthetic pleasures are very strong, but one-on-one adult guidance will be necessary to help young mathematicians make sense of these complex images. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Exquisite watercolor-and-gold-leaf paintings of animals and objects that look as if they tumbled out of medieval illuminated manuscripts distinguish this counting book. Read full book review >
LOOK UP by Ruth A.  Musgrave
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"A solid introduction to things seen above. (Board book. 1-3)"
Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! A plane! And lots of other things! Read full book review >
SWIMMING WITH SHARKS by Heather Lang
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"A clear, well-organized presentation likely to make readers and listeners want to know more about the 'Shark Lady' and her favorite creatures. (more about sharks, selected sources) (Picture book/biography. 4-8)"
Fascinated with sharks from childhood, Eugenie Clark spent a lifetime researching these "magnificent and misunderstood" creatures. 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 >