BLIP! by Barnaby Richards
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"A sweet introduction to sequential art. (Graphic early reader. 4-6)"
What happens if your spaceship crash-lands on an alien planet and your vocabulary happens to be very limited? Read full book review >
LITTLE MOUSE'S BIG BOOK OF BEASTS by Emily Gravett
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Sweet and silly, this metafictive romp is sure to please even the most anxious readers. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Little Mouse makes a triumphant return, this time trading a pen for a paintbrush to tackle fearsome foes. Read full book review >

FIRST LIGHT, FIRST LIFE by Paul Fleischman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"An origin tale as messy as humans can be. (author's note) (Picture book/folklore. 4-8)"
In this multicultural mashup, the duo behind Glass Slipper, Gold Sandal: A Worldwide Cinderella (2007) weaves a wonderfully chaotic creation story. Read full book review >
YOU'RE MY BOO by Kate Dopirak
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Boo-tiful. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A day in the life of a family is more than the sum of its adorable parts. Read full book review >
THIS IS ME by Jamie Lee Curtis
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"An excellent springboard for school-age kids to discover who they are and where they come from. (Picture book. 5-9)"
In their latest venture, Curtis and Cornell tackle the question of identity and deconstruct it to a level young people can understand. Read full book review >

IF SNOWFLAKES TASTED LIKE FRUITCAKE by Stacey Previn
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Like the fruitcake-flavored flakes, pass on this one. (Picture book. 4-8)"
An imaginative look at snowflakes and what we might do with them if they tasted of anything but winter. Read full book review >
CREATION by Cynthia Rylant
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Child-friendliness substitutes for awe in this cozy rendition. (Picture book/religion. 3-7)"
The Creation story, interpreted with minimalist art. Read full book review >
EVERYTHING IS AWKWARD by Mike Bender
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"(Mostly) totally awkward fun. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The team behind Awkward Family Photos (2010) unveils a playfully cringeworthy collection of kid-centered photos submitted to their website, celebrating the idea that "everything and everyone is awkward." Read full book review >
OWL SEES OWL by Laura Godwin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"A perfectly paced, holistically rendered home-away-home story. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Leaving the tree trunk where family slumbers, a fledgling owl explores the night world. Read full book review >
OTIS AND THE KITTENS by Loren Long
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Keep on puffin', Otis! (Picture book. 4-8)"
When there's an emergency on the farm, can friendly tractor Otis save the day? Read full book review >
YELLOW TIME by Lauren Stringer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Lovely, indeed. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Autumnal bliss is at the heart of this poetic celebration of yellow foliage. Read full book review >
WHAT'S THAT NOISE? by Isabel Minhós Martins
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"More engaging fun than many higher-tech devices. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Every page demands that readers physically interact with this book's images. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jeff Chang
September 20, 2016

In the provocative essays in journalist Jeff Chang’s new book We Gon’ Be Alright, Chang takes an incisive and wide-ranging look at the recent tragedies and widespread protests that have shaken the country. Through deep reporting with key activists and thinkers, personal writing, and cultural criticism, We Gon’ Be Alright links #BlackLivesMatter to #OscarsSoWhite, Ferguson to Washington D.C., the Great Migration to resurgent nativism. Chang explores the rise and fall of the idea of “diversity,” the roots of student protest, changing ideas about Asian Americanness, and the impact of a century of racial separation in housing. “He implores readers to listen, act, and become involved with today’s activists, who offer ‘new ways to see our past and our present,’ ” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A compelling and intellectually thought-provoking exploration of the quagmire of race relations.” View video >