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 >
CHRISTMAS IN THE BARN by Margaret Wise Brown
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Despite these minor quibbles, a new edition of any of Brown's work is a gift worth celebrating. (Picture book/religion. 2-6)"
Brown's Nativity story, first published in 1952, is updated with new art from the illustrator of the popular Llama Llama series. Read full book review >

THE WATER PRINCESS by Susan Verde
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Though told by two outsiders to the culture, this timely and well-crafted story will educate readers on the preciousness of potable water. (Picture book. 5-8)"
An international story which tackles a serious global issue with Reynolds' characteristic visual whimsy. Read full book review >
MAGRITTE’S APPLE by Klaas  Verplancke
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Absurdity at its best. (biographical note, selected works) (Picture book. 4-8)"
Magritte's brand of surrealism is inherently intriguing to children; Belgian artist Verplancke builds on that interest, inventing a playful narrative that explores his compatriot's subjects and style while showcasing his own formidable talent. Read full book review >
A FAMILY IS A FAMILY IS A FAMILY by Sara O'Leary
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"A-plus fabulous. (Picture book. 3-8)"
A picture-book affirmation of family diversity. Read full book review >

TURN ON THE NIGHT by Geraldo Valério
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"More than a bedtime story: a treat from a masterful artist. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A little girl falls asleep—clutching her picture book and her stuffed-animal hen—and a joyous, wordless adventure unfolds. Read full book review >
POND by Jim LaMarche
Kirkus Star
by Jim LaMarche, illustrated by Jim LaMarche
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"A loving portrayal of a never-forgotten connection with the natural world. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Matt, his sister, Katie, and his best friend, Pablo, revive a pond in the woods and enjoy it throughout the seasons. Read full book review >
HANK'S BIG DAY by Evan Kuhlman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Excellent layout, text, and illustrations make for a thoroughly satisfying story. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Pill bug Hank's day moves from ordinary to extraordinary when Amelia, a dark-skinned girl with huge eyes and black braids, gives him a ride on her pilot's helmet. Read full book review >
KING BABY by Kate Beaton
Kirkus Star
by Kate Beaton, illustrated by Kate Beaton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Long live King and Queen Baby! (Picture book. 3-8)"
King Baby rules. Read full book review >
THE JOURNEY by Francesca Sanna
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"A necessary, artful, and searing story. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-12)"
A timely, powerful picture book about refugees. Read full book review >
APE & ARMADILLO TAKE OVER THE WORLD by James Sturm
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Ape and Armadillo might not have conquered the world in this outing, but they should win plenty of fans who will want to read more about this dynamic duo. (Graphic early reader. 5-10)"
An unlikely pair of pals engages in creative plans that exercise their imaginations and test their friendship. Read full book review >
DEAR DRAGON by Josh Funk
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"A playful celebration of difference (and poetry). (Picture book. 3-8)"
Two pen pals get to know each other over several months, and when they meet, each discovers that the other is a little different than imagined. 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 >