THE LION INSIDE by Rachel Bright
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 31, 2016

"Mostly funny and fun to read but slightly off-kilter. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A timid mouse decides that he must risk confronting a lion in order to make himself heard. Read full book review >
PRINCESS! FAIRY! BALLERINA! by Bethanie Deeney Murguia
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 31, 2016

"Traditionally minded readers will enjoy the story of three girls who expand their play possibilities. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Three friends each propose the perfect play activity for a rainy day. Read full book review >

THE PERFECT DOG by Kevin O'Malley
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 31, 2016

"While this book doesn't do anything new, it's a shoo-in for lovers of dogs and humor: funny and charming. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A white child in a dress and a bow lectures readers about how to pick the perfect dog. Read full book review >
FISH by Liam Francis Walsh
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 31, 2016

"A full-bodied story with an economy of style, this will be particularly rewarding for emerging readers. (Picture book. 3-7)"
This picture-book debut from a New Yorker cartoonist presents a child and a dog and their escapades while fishing. Read full book review >
BE YOUR OWN DOG by Keri Claiborne Boyle
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 31, 2016

"Not too amusing, not too original, not too necessary. (Picture book.3-7)"
Teddy is a large, gray-brown dog who enjoys his life as "leader of the pack," until he receives the unwanted present of a cat companion. Read full book review >

CAN I TELL YOU A SECRET? by Anna Kang
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 31, 2016

"A tenderhearted book on overcoming fears. (Picture book. 4-8)"
"Pssst!" says Monty the little green frog. "Could you come here for a sec?" Immediately, readers are drawn in to a private conversation with the wide-eyed amphibian. "Can you keep a secret?" Read full book review >
BEAR'S BIG BREAKFAST by Lynne Rowe Reed
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 31, 2016

"Welcome to the spring bookshelf, Bear. So glad you like berries! (Picture book. 3-6)"
After waking up from hibernation, Bear is starved. Breakfast is in order, but the perplexed ursine cannot put a paw on exactly what it should be; it starts with the letter B…. Read full book review >
THE BLOBFISH BOOK by Jessica Olien
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 31, 2016

"Fine for a metafictive read-aloud but not so great as science. (Informational picture book. 4-7)"
The world's ugliest animal speaks up. Read full book review >
THE LONELY LION CUB by Amelia Cobb
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 31, 2016

"The Doctor Dolittle premise and kid-friendly setting don't make up for pacing, plot, and writing weaknesses. (Fantasy. 5-8)"
A girl who can talk to animals helps a lonely new arrival at the zoo. Read full book review >
A CHARMED LIFE / UNA VIDA CON SUERTE by Gladys E. Barbieri
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 31, 2016

"With illustrations that suggest a sunny memory, Felicia's story shows the ways that she's part of a continuing cycle, rather than an outsider, and does it without belaboring the point. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A young Latina girl has an unexpected encounter while accompanying her mother to work in this bilingual picture book touching on the immigrant experience. Read full book review >
THE STORY CIRCLE / EL CIRCULO DE CUENTOS by Diane Gonzales Bertrand
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 31, 2016

"This fully bilingual title is marginal at best—not recommended. (Bilingual picture book. 5-9)"
After a storm floods their school, a group of racially diverse children is left with no books. Read full book review >
WHERE DID ALL THE DINOS GO? by Jim Benton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 31, 2016

"Despite the title, not a fact-based book but rather one catering to toddlers whose favorite T-shirts sport cheery, cartoon dinos. (Board book. 1-3)"
Full Review: A board-book version of a hide-and-seek game is set in a fantasy world where dinosaurs live among us. 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 >