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 >
ON BIRD HILL by Jane Yolen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"An imaginative and original depiction of one of life's everyday miracles. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A young dog-walker recalls the memorable experience of watching a chick hatch. 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 >