THE MIDSUMMER TOMTE AND THE LITTLE RABBITS by Ulf Stark
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 15, 2016

"An engrossing episode, infused with magic and with moments light and dark as well as lots of small furry animals. (Illustrated fantasy. 5-10)"
The gruff but large-hearted Scandinavian gnome usually associated with Yuletide takes an offseason turn when a summer storm brings a company of homeless woodland creatures to his door. Read full book review >
BEFORE I WAKE UP... by Britta Teckentrup
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 15, 2016

"This charming bedtime read-aloud, a German import, assures children that a new day awaits them. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A child dreams of sailing across the sky and sea, accompanied by a favorite stuffed lion. Read full book review >

MARISOL MCDONALD Y EL MONSTRUO / MARISOL MCDONALD AND THE MONSTER by Monica Brown
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 15, 2016

"Marvelously mismatched Marisol McDonald brings her unique perspective to the exploration of the universal topic of fear. (author's note, bilingual glossary) (Picture book. 5-8)"
When Marisol McDonald hears a bump in the night, her imagination goes wild, making her certain there must be a monster beneath her bed. Read full book review >
A MORNING WITH GRANDPA by Sylvia Liu
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 15, 2016

"A fine example of contemporary multicultural literature. (glossary, sources) (Picture book. 4-8)"
Debut author Liu scores with a sweet story about the joys of intergenerational relationships. Read full book review >
CRABBING by Tilda Balsley
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 15, 2016

"Great nibbles of science and culture and an important culinary tradition all rolled into one. (Picture book. 4-8)"
One granddad, two boys, and fish heads for the line: a perfect recipe for crabbing. Read full book review >

ART BARN by Sam Williams
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"Substitute any of the more realistic and genuinely engaging introductions to preschool routines that are available. (Board book. 2-4)"
Busy art featuring cartoonish stuffed animals introduces young children to typical preschool activities in whimsical Noah's Park, a sort of combination theme park and preschool. Read full book review >
THE DADDY STORE by Sanne Miltenburg
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"Visit the library or bookstore for a new read instead. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A flier from the Daddy Store starts a young boy to thinking about his dad's flaws. Read full book review >
BABY ANIMALS DAY & NIGHT by Phyllis Limbacher Tildes
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"A simple book with interesting possibilities for repeated reading, especially likely to hold the attention of both babies and their preschool-age siblings. (Board book. 6 mos.-3)"
Full Review: As she did in Baby Animals Spots & Stripes (2014) and Baby Animals Black & White (1998), Tildes uses detailed black-and-white illustrations to catch infants' eyes, here highlighting four unusual animals. Read full book review >
FINDING WILD by Megan Wagner Lloyd
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"If the essence of 'wild' remains elusive, perhaps that is partly the point—'wild' can't be contained but is hidden and waiting to be discovered. (Picture book. 4-10)"
The wild world can be found close by, even in the city. Read full book review >
THUNDER BOY JR. by Sherman Alexie
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"An expertly crafted, soulful, and humorous work that tenderly explores identity, culture, and the bond between father and son. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Thunder Boy Smith Jr. hates his name. Read full book review >
RACCOON WANTS TO BE FIRST by Susanna Isern
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"A sweet, feel-good tale with a satisfying conclusion. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A Spanish import delivers a lesson on boastfulness. Read full book review >
PRINCESS LI / LA PRINCESA LI by Luis Amavisca
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"While it is rare and refreshing to see a lesbian couple appear in a picture book outside the context of motherhood, the love affair between Li and Beatrice isn't likely to extend to their readers. (Picture book. 4-8)"
This bilingual Spanish/English picture book celebrates an interracial love affair between two women. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Emma Straub
author of MODERN LOVERS
May 30, 2016

In Emma Straub’s new novel Modern Lovers, friends and former college bandmates Elizabeth and Andrew and Zoe have watched one another marry, buy real estate, and start businesses and families, all while trying to hold on to the identities of their youth. But nothing ages them like having to suddenly pass the torch (of sexuality, independence, and the ineffable alchemy of cool) to their own offspring. Back in the band’s heyday, Elizabeth put on a snarl over her Midwestern smile, Andrew let his unwashed hair grow past his chin, and Zoe was the lesbian all the straight women wanted to sleep with. Now nearing fifty, they all live within shouting distance in the same neighborhood deep in gentrified Brooklyn, and the trappings of the adult world seem to have arrived with ease. But the summer that their children reach maturity (and start sleeping together), the fabric of the adult lives suddenly begins to unravel, and the secrets and revelations that are finally let loose—about themselves, and about the famous fourth band member who soared and fell without them—can never be reclaimed. “Straub’s characters are a quirky and interesting bunch, well aware of their own good fortune, and it’s a pleasure spending time with them in leafy Ditmas Park,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >