THE NIAN MONSTER by Andrea Wang
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"Ai ya—not the happiest New Year tale. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A little girl in Shanghai outwits a Lunar New Year monster. Read full book review >
SCRIBBLE AND AUTHOR by Miri Leshem-Pelly
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"Vivid, offbeat, and instructive. (Picture book. 4-8)"
An unseen author guides a scribble through the elements of story creation. Read full book review >

WHAT I LOVE ABOUT YOU by Susan Farrington
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"This could be a conversation starter about the manifestation of love between an adult-child reading pair…once they've parsed the attention-getting artwork. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Farrington's picture-book debut looks at all the things an adult caregiver loves about a child. Read full book review >
LITTLE LEK LONGTAIL LEARNS TO SLEEP by Bette Killion
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"While Killion's efforts to highlight a little-known creature and teach a moral lesson are commendable, the preachy tone may turn off kids and adults alike. (Picture book. 4-9)"
Combining elements of the traditional folk tale and an Aesop's fable, Killion offers a moral tale about how the now-threatened argus pheasant learned to sleep through the night. Read full book review >
COUNTING THROUGH THE DAY by Margaret Hamilton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"A gentle counting book that adds some higher numbers to children's repertoires. (Concept book. 3-6)"
A pink-cheeked, white tyke with a bob haircut counts through the day, from rising to bedtime. Read full book review >

BILLIE'S YUMMY BAKERY ADVENTURE by Sally Rippin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"New-to-preschool tots will find a kindred spirit in both adventurous spirit and emotional development. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Billie B. Brown continues to learn preschool lessons in this trim, little series (Billie's Underwater Adventure, 2016, etc.). Read full book review >
KNOCKS IN THE NIGHT by Tilde Michels
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"Quiet and nifty. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A sudden snowstorm leaves forest animals out in the cold. Read full book review >
MARGARASH by Mark Riddle
by Mark Riddle, illustrated by Tim Miller
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 29, 2016

"A sweet tale of a mutual passion and an unlikely friendship. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A young boy's misguided dismissal of legend lands him in the clutches of the possessive Margarash. Read full book review >
BEEP! BEEP! by Sam Hearn
by Sam Hearn, illustrated by Sam Hearn
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 29, 2016

"Toddlers who need the board-book pages will be confused by the story, and there are better choices for preschoolers fascinated by cars and trucks. (Board book. 1-3)"
Like Eric Barclay's Counting Dogs (2015), a sturdy "book in a box" that will hold up to rough handling. Read full book review >
ARE PIRATES POLITE? by Corinne Demas
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 29, 2016

"As a manners book, hide your doubloons. But as a pirate book, it's yo-ho-ho and away you go! (Picture book. 3-6)"
Mutinous manners and piratical politeness are the name of the game in this swashbuckling story. Read full book review >
BIG BEAR, SMALL MOUSE by Karma Wilson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 29, 2016

"Fluent and friendly, this frolic will encourage preschoolers and emergent readers to recite and chant along with each reread. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Forest-animal friends launch a string of contrasting terms to illustrate opposites just as a storm brings everyone together in Bear's cozy lair. Read full book review >
PLENTY OF LOVE TO GO AROUND by Emma Chichester Clark
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 22, 2016

"A pleasant but not particularly fresh story that fails to capture the irresistible personality of Plum as established in her first outing. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A female mutt named Plum makes friends with a neighbor cat in this sequel to Love Is My Favorite Thing (2015). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >