REX by Simon James
by Simon James, illustrated by Simon James
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 12, 2016

"A cozy bit of new-family making—perhaps better not taken too literally. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Single parenting, T. Rex style. Read full book review >
I'M A GIRL! by Yasmeen Ismail
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 12, 2016

"A rallying cry to be enthusiastically true to oneself. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A spirited young child is proud to be a girl—even if everyone mistakes her for a boy. Read full book review >

SING WITH ME! by Naoko  Stoop
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 12, 2016

"Plenty of opportunity for adult-baby interaction and early-literacy singing skills. (Picture book. 1-4)"
Thirteen nursery songs, with hand motions included, to share with young ones. Read full book review >
UNLIKE OTHER MONSTERS by Audrey Vernick
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 12, 2016

"A quirky friendship story with lots of humor. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A young monster breaks a taboo against friendship—kind of. Read full book review >
BELLA UP, UP, AND AWAY by Ryan O'Rourke
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 12, 2016

"A delightful nautical and aerial feline caper. (Picture book. 4-8)"
When her new pal accidentally drifts out to sea, a spunky cat attempts a daring rescue. Read full book review >

MAGGI AND MILO MAKE NEW FRIENDS by Juli Brenning
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 12, 2016

"Perhaps next time Maggi and Milo will learn about the golden rule. (Picture book. 4-7)"
In their second outing, Maggi and her huge dog, Milo, visit a park where they make three new friends. Read full book review >
MITZI TULANE, PRESCHOOL DETECTIVE IN WHAT'S THAT SMELL? by Lauren McLaughlin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 12, 2016

"Despite misgivings, it's a sweet story centering on a bright, black birthday girl, and on that front it takes the cake. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Mitzi Tulane may be a preschool detective, but she is also a birthday girl. Read full book review >
FRECKLEFACE STRAWBERRY AND THE REALLY BIG VOICE by Julianne Moore
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 12, 2016

"Fans of Freckleface Strawberry and her friends will welcome their return, but better stories about school, friendship, and embracing individuality abound. (Picture book. 5-7)"
A young boy discovers that his loud voice is (mostly) not appreciated at school. Read full book review >
SHAPES, RESHAPE! by Silvia Borando
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 7, 2016

"An imaginative counting book that also encourages shape recognition and vocabulary building. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Counting down from 10, readers view colorful, neatly stacked shapes with a hint of the rearrangement—into familiar forms—that will follow after the page turn. Read full book review >
SHAPES AT PLAY by Silvia Borando
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 7, 2016

"Offers nothing unique in a market full of concept books about shapes. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Against stark-white pages, identical red triangles, identical yellow squares, and identical blue circles are arranged and rearranged into familiar items amid a text heavily punctuated with exclamation marks. Read full book review >
LITTLE BLUE TRUCK'S HALLOWEEN by Alice Schertle
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 5, 2016

"Beloved Little Blue takes a bit of the mystery—and fear—out of Halloween costumes. (Board book. 2-4)"
A lift-the-flap book gives the littlest trick-or-treaters some practice identifying partygoers under their costumes. Read full book review >
THE BEAR WHO STARED by Duncan Beedie
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 5, 2016

"A nicely understated lesson in politeness for the very young. (Picture book. 3-5)"
He didn't mean to annoy all the other animals. He was just naturally curious. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Morgan Matson
July 25, 2016

The Unexpected Everything is a YA feel-good story of friendship, finding yourself, and all the joys in life that happen while you’re busy making other plans. Andie has a plan. And she always sticks to her plan. Future? A top-tier medical school. Dad? Avoid him as much as possible (which isn’t that hard considering he’s a Congressman and he’s never around). Friends? Palmer, Bri, and Toby—pretty much the most awesome people on the planet, who needs anyone else? Relationships? No one’s worth more than three weeks. So it’s no surprise that Andie’s got her summer all planned out too. Until a political scandal costs Andie her summer pre-med internship, and lands both she and Dad back in the same house together for the first time in years. Suddenly she’s doing things that aren’t Andie at all. “Romance fans will find plenty to enjoy, as Andie gradually lets down her guard and risks the messy and unpredictable wonder of first love,” our reviewer writes. “A novel best read on a lazy summer day with sand between the toes.” View video >