SCHOOL'S FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL by Adam Rex
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 28, 2016

"A unique point of view makes this school book stand out. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Rex offers a different perspective on the first day of school: that of the newly constructed school building itself. Read full book review >
MEET THE BOBS AND TWEETS by Pepper Springfield
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 28, 2016

"Falls far short of the Seuss it attempts to achieve; here's hoping Volume 2 can gain some traction. (Fiction. 5-8)"
Bob Seven and Tweet Seven may seem to be in the wrong families, but they're a perfect fit as friends. Read full book review >

SUPER RAWR! by Todd H.  Doodler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 28, 2016

"This book's squishy cover is not the only padded thing here. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Superheroes + dinosaurs = two great tastes that don't necessarily go together. Read full book review >
SUPER BUGS by Michelle Meadows
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 28, 2016

"Not captivating but fun for some. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A simple, rhyming text describes one day in the life of bugs with enormous eyes and red capes as they save many other insects from harm. Read full book review >
BLUE & BERTIE by Kristyna Litten
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 28, 2016

"A gentle story with a sweet message that doesn't hit readers over the head. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Mismatched animals who become friends are a common theme in picture books, and this one is visual proof that a real friend is "true blue." Read full book review >

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 >
Kirkus Interview
Swan Huntley
June 27, 2016

In Swan Huntley’s debut novel We Could Be Beautiful, Catherine West has spent her entire life surrounded by beautiful things. She owns an immaculate Manhattan apartment, she collects fine art, she buys exquisite handbags and clothing, and she constantly redecorates her home. And yet, despite all this, she still feels empty. One night, at an art opening, Catherine meets William Stockton, a handsome man who shares her impeccable taste and love of beauty. He is educated, elegant, and even has a personal connection—his parents and Catherine's parents were friends years ago. But as he and Catherine grow closer, she begins to encounter strange signs, and her mother, Elizabeth (now suffering from Alzheimer’s), seems to have only bad memories of William as a boy. In Elizabeth’s old diary she finds an unnerving letter from a former nanny that cryptically reads: “We cannot trust anyone . . . “ Is William lying about his past? “Huntley’s debut stands out not for its thrills but rather for her hawkish eye for social detail and razor-sharp wit,” our reviewer writes. “An intoxicating escape; as smart as it is fun.” View video >