BABIES RUIN EVERYTHING by Matthew Swanson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 19, 2016

"Such a familiar theme needs something to distinguish the book that revisits it, and that something is missing here. (Picture book. 5-7)"
A long-winded, first-person treatise on a well-worn theme is delivered by a new big sister. Read full book review >
LA MADRE GOOSE by Susan Middleton Elya
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 19, 2016

"Not one of Elya's stellar efforts. Such previous offerings as Little Roja Riding Hood (2014) and No More, Por Favor (2010) are far better examples of her snappy language-integration skills. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Elya's spin on Mother Goose offers a collection of nursery favorites spiced with a Latin American twist. Read full book review >

WHO WANTS A TORTOISE? by Dave Keane
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 19, 2016

"A sweet read-aloud for first-time tortoise owners. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A nameless, pigtailed, sassy child in a pink gossamer skirt wants only one birthday present: a puppy; in the box, however, is not a puppy but a tortoise. Read full book review >
WHAT COULD IT BE? by Sally Fawcett
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 14, 2016

"Quibbles aside, this is an easy-to-interpret interactive addition for the concept shelf. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Geometric shapes surround us. With a little imagination, children can recognize and identify them in the various objects they encounter in their daily lives. Read full book review >
THE BIG MONSTER SNOREY BOOK by Leigh Hodgkinson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 12, 2016

"Another way to banish imagination's monsters, as well as being great fun to read, alone or aloud—with, of course, exaggerated sound effects. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Large monsters are hungry for little monsters when they wake from their snoozes…but one little monster has a clever plan to scare them off. Read full book review >

MACAVITY! by T.S. Eliot
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 12, 2016

"Young readers won't need to know the story's literary origins, they'll just enjoy the romp of a conniving cat. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Here's another rerun from T.S. Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats. Read full book review >
HELLO, MY NAME IS TIGER by Jennifer P. Goldfinger
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 12, 2016

"With savvy restraint, Goldfinger presents the magic of just watching three children raptly engaged in play. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A kid who stands out for dressing as a tiger finds he's not as alone as he thought in a gentle story about making new friends. Read full book review >
OGRES AWAKE! by James Sturm
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 12, 2016

"Guaranteed to make readers feel like they've woken up on the right side of the bed. (Graphic early reader. 4-7)"
The Knight and Edward find their kingdom besieged by sleeping ogres—what should they do? Read full book review >
THAT STINKS! by Alan Katz
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 12, 2016

"Like a pun, this book will either go over really well or flop. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Katz's (sub)titular show and tell has a room full of racially diverse students making proclamations that would normally get them sent to the principal's office, giving this book a forbidden-fruit vibe. Read full book review >
CAPTAIN FREDDY COUNTS DOWN TO SCHOOL by Elizabeth Shreeve
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 12, 2016

"While not as strong as Sue Ganz-Schmitt and Shane Prigmore's Planet Kindergarten (2014), it's a great choice for space fans and a good way to introduce kids to distraction as a coping technique. (bibliography, further reading) (Picture book. 4-8)"
A boy anxious about his first day of school settles his nerves with some pretend play. Read full book review >
MISSION: BACK TO SCHOOL by Susan Hood
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 12, 2016

"Hood and Lundquist? Mission accomplished. And grown-ups with fledgling spies? Add some secret-agent supplies to your shopping lists. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In a clever take on the back-to-school theme, Hood presents the first day of school as a secret agent's mission, with steps to complete. Read full book review >
DIRT + WATER = MUD by Katherine Hannigan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 12, 2016

"A creative approach + math and science + a map = a book that both entertains and teaches. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A little girl and her dog play outdoors in a story that utilizes math and science concepts. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Morgan Matson
July 25, 2016

The Unexpected Everything is a YA feel-good story of friendship, finding yourself, and all the joys in life that happen while you’re busy making other plans. Andie has a plan. And she always sticks to her plan. Future? A top-tier medical school. Dad? Avoid him as much as possible (which isn’t that hard considering he’s a Congressman and he’s never around). Friends? Palmer, Bri, and Toby—pretty much the most awesome people on the planet, who needs anyone else? Relationships? No one’s worth more than three weeks. So it’s no surprise that Andie’s got her summer all planned out too. Until a political scandal costs Andie her summer pre-med internship, and lands both she and Dad back in the same house together for the first time in years. Suddenly she’s doing things that aren’t Andie at all. “Romance fans will find plenty to enjoy, as Andie gradually lets down her guard and risks the messy and unpredictable wonder of first love,” our reviewer writes. “A novel best read on a lazy summer day with sand between the toes.” View video >