FRANKIE THE BLANKIE by Jennifer Sattler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"Why couldn't Doris have just kept Frankie as her beloved blankie? (Picture book. 3-5)"
Doris the gorilla tries to make others respect her attachment to her blankie. Read full book review >
DON'T SPLASH THE SASQUATCH! by Kent Redeker
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"Formula aside, there are many belly laughs to be had from the sheer 'just-because' wackiness of this creation. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Sasquatch is a weird and wacky critter with a penchant for water; he wants to sit beside the pool, but he doesn't like to get wet, because it makes his fur "all squizzlefied," a situation predictably set up for disaster. Read full book review >

RATTLESTILTSKIN by Eric A. Kimmel
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"This adaptation is uneven, fluctuating between clever—the story's title—and pedestrian—the tale itself. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Kimmel's Southwestern take on "Rumpelstiltskin" kicks off when the protagonist's mother brags of her gifted daughter to all her friends. Read full book review >
CIRCLE by Jeannie Baker
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"A visually striking account of godwit migration—pair it with Sandra Markle's similar but more concrete The Long, Long Journey (2013), illustrated by Mia Posada. (Picture book. 4-9)"
Baker (Mirror, 2010, etc.) turns her eye to a story that parallels the migration of the godwit with a white, wheelchair-using child who wishes for flight. Read full book review >
GOODNIGHT UNICORN by Pearl E. Horne
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"For unicorn die-hards only—and they'll have to brush their teeth after. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A celebration of unicorns falls squarely under the heading of "camp" in this latest takeoff on Margaret Wise Brown's best known work. Read full book review >

MY LITTLE SISTER AND ME by Maple Lam
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"Lam's words and drawings offer tangible evidence to the intangible love between siblings. (Picture book. 3-5)"
For the first time, a boy walks his younger sister home all by himself. Read full book review >
THE AIRPORT BOOK by Lisa Brown
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"Instructional, comforting, and threaded with multiple air-travel story strands, this travelogue delivers at many altitudes. (Picture book. 2-6)"
This good-humored introduction to air travel follows a multiracial family (black dad, white mom, two brown kids) through the airport, down the jetway, and onto their plane. Read full book review >
BLOCKS by Irene Dickson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"Like Ruby, Benji, and Guy, readers will want to share Blocks! (Picture book. 2-4)"
A cleverly simple book builds skills as well as towers. Read full book review >
THE BELL IN THE BRIDGE by Ted Kooser
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"A bucolic story with more adult than child appeal. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A lonely boy finds but never meets a kindred spirit in this summer reverie. Read full book review >
SAM AND JUMP by Jennifer K. Mann
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"Kids with their own favorite toys will identify with this gentle, tender tale of Sam and Jump's special bond. (Picture book. 3-7)"
When a small boy forgets his precious stuffed rabbit at the beach, he fears the worst. Read full book review >
EVERYONE by Christopher Silas Neal
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"There is no shortage of outstanding picture books that address children's feelings of anger, frustration, anxiety, and joy. This is not one of them. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Neal explores the well-trodden notion that everyone has feelings. Read full book review >
MORE-IGAMI by Dori Kleber
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"A gem. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Joey loves things that fold, like maps, his accordion, and even his foldaway bed, so when he sees a classmate's mother folding an origami crane, he's captivated. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >