TIME FOR (EARTH) SCHOOL, DEWEY DEW by Leslie Staub
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 21, 2016

"ET or not, the first day of school will be ootay. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Dewey Dew's first day of school might look an awful lot like most kids', though it's a pretty safe bet they aren't extraterrestrials. Read full book review >
ON THE FIRST DAY OF KINDERGARTEN by Tish Rabe
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 21, 2016

"While this is a fairly bland treatment compared to Deborah Lee Rose and Carey Armstrong-Ellis' The Twelve Days of Kindergarten (2003), it basically gets the job done. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Rabe follows a young girl through her first 12 days of kindergarten in this book based on the familiar Christmas carol. Read full book review >

RAPPY GOES TO SCHOOL by Dan Gutman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 21, 2016

"Fans of rap and dinos will enjoy this; others may want something with more story. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Following series opener Rappy the Raptor (2015), Gutman and Bowers team up again to bring readers another chapter in Rappy's life story: the first day of school. Read full book review >
BEAR'S BIG DAY by Salina Yoon
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 21, 2016

"Going to school doesn't mean leaving childhood behind; stuffed lovies have a place still. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Bear may be big enough for school, but that doesn't mean he has to do everything by himself now. Read full book review >
DISOBEDIENCE SCHOOL by Kati Hites
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 21, 2016

"Winnie is sure to meet the challenge of school with the same verve she exhibits trying to teach her dog. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A little girl works through her school nervousness by setting up Winnie's Disobedience School for her dog, whose behavior needs some work. Read full book review >

THE PEOPLE OF THE TOWN by Alan Marks
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 21, 2016

"Ultimately, the uneven presentation makes this Mother Goose collection a supplemental purchase. (Picture book/nursery rhymes. 3-6)"
Over the course of one day, readers are introduced to some familiar and not-so-familiar nursery rhyme characters. Read full book review >
MAYBE MOTHER GOOSE by Esmé Raji Codell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 21, 2016

"While there's rhyme, this text lacks reason. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Nursery rhymes provide playful opportunities for a diverse classroom. Read full book review >
IT CAME IN THE MAIL by Ben Clanton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 21, 2016

"Surprisingly, no snails included. Still, more fun than bills and junk mail. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Sending mail to…a mailbox? Clever! Read full book review >
A BOY, A BALL, AND A DOG by Gianna Marino
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 21, 2016

"A glad frolic, perfect for a windy day. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A game of catch between a boy and his dog takes an unexpected turn. Read full book review >
SPLASHDANCE by Liz Starin
by Liz Starin, illustrated by Liz Starin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 21, 2016

"It's a consciously silly pretense, but discussion possibilities abound, and there's no question it's funny. (Picture book. 4-7)"
After being excluded, a polar bear gets her turn to shine. Read full book review >
CITY SHAPES by Diana Murray
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 21, 2016

"A visual feast of cityscape shapes. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Rhyming text and brilliant multimedia collage combine to follow a girl's journey through her beloved city. Read full book review >
GOOSE ON THE FARM by Laura Wall
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 21, 2016

"Fans of the other titles in the series will enjoy this run-of-the-farm story, though it lacks the charm of Tad Hill's Duck and Goose books. (Picture book. 4-6)"
The latest book about Sophie and Goose describes an ordinary field trip to a farm. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Chris Cleave
June 14, 2016

In bestseller Chris Cleave’s latest novel Everyone Brave Is Forgiven, it’s London, 1939. The day war is declared, Mary North leaves finishing school unfinished, goes straight to the War Office, and signs up. Tom Shaw decides to ignore the war—until he learns his roommate Alistair Heath has unexpectedly enlisted. Then the conflict can no longer be avoided. Young, bright, and brave, Mary is certain she’d be a marvelous spy. When she is—bewilderingly—made a teacher, she finds herself defying prejudice to protect the children her country would rather forget. Tom, meanwhile, finds that he will do anything for Mary. And when Mary and Alistair meet, it is love, as well as war, that will test them in ways they could not have imagined, entangling three lives in violence and passion, friendship and deception, inexorably shaping their hopes and dreams. “Among all the recent fictions about the war, Cleave’s miniseries of a novel is a surprising standout,” our reviewer writes, “with irresistibly engaging characters who sharply illuminate issues of class, race, and wartime morality.” View video >