NANOBOTS by Chris Gall
by Chris Gall, illustrated by Chris Gall
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"Action oriented with a sci-fi feel, this will have robot-obsessed readers clamoring for more. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A young, white inventor creates a team of microscopic robots, each with its own power, who discover that together they can solve problems, big or small. Read full book review >
BOO! HAIKU by Deanna Caswell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"As with the first, this just begs to be read aloud to a group of preschoolers, who won't be able to help shouting out their answers. More please. (Picture book/poetry. 3-5)"
In their second collaboration, Caswell and Shea use the same format as in their Guess Who, Haiku (2016) to ask readers to identify some common Halloween creatures. Read full book review >

HOCUS POCUS, IT'S FALL! by Anne Sibley O’Brien
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"A buoyant welcome to the season. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Using the same pattern and format as their Abracadabra, It's Spring! (2016), O'Brien and Gal return to celebrate autumn. Read full book review >
MONSTERS GO NIGHT-NIGHT by Aaron Zenz
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"Combine monsters, ridiculousness, and audience participation for a delightfully raucous result. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Though this book is all about monsters' bedtime routines, don't be fooled—this will induce not sleep but its opposite. Read full book review >
88 INSTRUMENTS by Chris Barton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"This celebration of a child's agency in choosing a means of artistic expression strikes just the right note. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Finding just the right instrument to play means a lively trip to the music store to try them all out. Read full book review >

WALTER'S WONDERFUL WEB by Tim Hopgood
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"Not the strongest choice in terms of either shape learning or reflecting nature; still, this may get readers outside in search of webs. (Picture book. 2-4)"
A spider with no talent for making traditional spider webs teaches young children about shapes as well as perseverance. Read full book review >
GIRAFFES RUIN EVERYTHING by Heidi Schulz
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"A young child learns to navigate the nuances of social relationships, with help from a spotted, lanky friend. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Towering legs and long necks can get in the way of a friendship. Read full book review >
GOODBYE SUMMER, HELLO AUTUMN by Kenard Pak
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"A visual success conjuring up the best about the seasons' changes. (Picture book. 3-7)"
As a child walks through woods and town, summer turns to fall, and the natural world is met with a friendly hello. Read full book review >
EMERSON BARKS by Liza Woodruff
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"While Emerson is an appealing character, Jules Feiffer's Bark, George (1999) remains the clear choice in accounts of caterwauling canines. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A tiny, gray dog with a loud, annoying bark tries to stop bothering his neighbors. Read full book review >
WHAT NOISE DO I MAKE? by Brian McLachlan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 15, 2016

"McLachlan shows an astute understanding of how to produce belly laughs in the young; this funny read-aloud would also be a terrific prelude to a zoo visit. (Picture book. 1-3)"
Canadian artist McLachlan creates a new twist on the often pedestrian visualizations of animal noises depicted in many picture books in this genre. Read full book review >
ONE NORTH STAR by Phyllis Root
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 15, 2016

"A bright, populous countdown for nature lovers, Midwestern or otherwise. (Picture book. 5-7)"
A cumulative tally of flora and fauna in Minnesota—the North Star State. Read full book review >
THE HIGHEST MOUNTAIN OF BOOKS IN THE WORLD by Rocio Bonilla
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 15, 2016

"Kids will appreciate Lucas' need to read and imagine and also understand the message that there is more than one way to fly. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A picture-book homage to reading. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
author of SEINFELDIA
August 22, 2016

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong’s new bestseller Seinfeldia is the hilarious behind-the-scenes story of two guys who went out for coffee and dreamed up Seinfeld —the cultural sensation that changed television and bled into the real world. Comedians Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld never thought anyone would watch their silly little sitcom about a New York comedian sitting around talking to his friends. NBC executives didn’t think anyone would watch either, but they bought it anyway, hiding it away in the TV dead zone of summer. But against all odds, viewers began to watch, first a few and then many, until nine years later nearly 40 million Americans were tuning in weekly. In Seinfeldia, TV historian and entertainment writer Armstrong celebrates the creators and fans of this American television phenomenon, bringing readers behind-the-scenes of the show while it was on the air and into the world of devotees for whom it never stopped being relevant, a world where the Soup Nazi still spends his days saying “No soup for you!” “Armstrong’s intimate, breezy history is full of gossipy details, show trivia, and insights into how famous episodes came to be,” our reviewer writes. “Perfect for Seinfeldians and newcomers alike.” View video >