HERE TO THERE AND ME TO YOU by Cheryl Keely
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 12, 2017

"A fine introduction to bridges and the great truth of connectivity. (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
Bridges are great metaphors, but they are pretty cool in their own right. Read full book review >
VIVIAN AND THE LEGEND OF THE HOODOOS by Terry Catasús Jennings
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 10, 2017

"A story that honors both tradition and its young protagonist's desire to live in the present. (bibliography) (Picture book. 4-9)"
Paiute protagonist Vivian tries to find a way to connect her people's traditions with the modern world. Read full book review >

OTIS THE OWL by Mary Holland
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 10, 2017

"May inspire budding owl enthusiasts. (additional information, activities) (Informational picture book. 4-7)"
A photographic guide to a young barred owl's first few months of life. Read full book review >
HONEY GIRL by Jeanne Walker Harvey
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 10, 2017

"Though a bit rough around the edges, this very personal story should engage animal-loving readers. (additional information, activities) (Informational picture book. 5-9)"
Honey Girl is well-known in her habitat of the waters off northern Oahu. Read full book review >
MOONLIGHT CRAB COUNT by Neeti Bathala
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 10, 2017

"A useful introduction to citizen science. (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
On a late spring night under a full moon, Leena, her mother, and her dog count horseshoe crabs on an island beach. Read full book review >

WHEN THE RAIN COMES by Alma Fullerton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 8, 2017

"A beautiful introduction to life and culture on a little-known island nation—and a delightful read whether for the first or the 100th time. (author's note) (Picture book. 3-9)"
Although set in faraway Sri Lanka, Fullerton's rhythmic tale holds a universal message: that even the smallest and youngest among us can summon up the courage to face, and overcome, the most gargantuan challenges. Read full book review >
ROBINS! by Eileen Christelow
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Anthropomorphic but basically sound and as infectious as the ubiquitous bird's own 'Cheerily-cheerily, cheerily-cheerup, cheerup!' (author's note, glossary, sources) (Informational picture book. 5-10)"
Two young robins ("robin teenagers!") chattily describe their first spring and fall. Read full book review >
THE TREE by Neal Layton
by Neal Layton, illustrated by Neal Layton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A feather-light tribute to finding common ground—or make that common air space. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A tree in a deep rural clearing proves to be a small village in jeopardy. Read full book review >
SLOPPY WANTS A HUG by Sean Julian
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Short, simple, sweet—and more than likely to spur some similarly slobbery affection between parent and child. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Dewdrop the fairy is willing to give every forest creature a hug—except for Sloppy the tree dragon. What has Sloppy done? Read full book review >
WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE FAVORITE? by Bob Shea
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"While not the funniest addition to the series or to the genre, this latest outing should please fans of Ballet Cat. (Early reader. 4-8)"
The feline dancer returns for a new adventure, in which cousins vie for the affection of their grandmother. Read full book review >
COUNT YOUR CHICKENS by Jo Ellen Bogart
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"There is so much feathered fun here, it's pure poultry in motion. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Unfolding in short, bouncy rhymes, this atypical counting book fills its pages with a flock of chickens enjoying a day at the county fair. Read full book review >
THINGS TO DO by Elaine Magliaro
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"When the day is just waiting be filled with fun, one of the 'things to do' may well be to share this with some children. (Picture book. 4-7)"
In rhyming text, a child imagines the furtive joys of a range of anthropomorphized concepts and objects. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Yoojin Grace Wuertz
February 27, 2017

In Yoojin Grace Wuertz’s debut novel Everything Belongs to Us, the setting is Seoul in 1978. At South Korea’s top university, the nation’s best and brightest compete to join the professional elite of an authoritarian regime. Success could lead to a life of rarefied privilege and wealth; failure means being left irrevocably behind. For childhood friends Jisun and Namin, the stakes couldn’t be more different. Jisun, the daughter of a powerful business mogul, grew up on a mountainside estate with lush gardens and a dedicated chauffeur. Namin’s parents run a tented food cart from dawn to curfew; her sister works in a shoe factory. Now Jisun wants as little to do with her father’s world as possible, abandoning her schoolwork in favor of the underground activist movement, while Namin studies tirelessly in the service of one goal: to launch herself and her family out of poverty. But everything changes when Jisun and Namin meet an ambitious, charming student named Sunam, whose need to please his family has led him to a prestigious club: the Circle. Under the influence of his mentor, Juno, a manipulative social climber, Sunam becomes entangled with both women, as they all make choices that will change their lives forever. “Engrossing,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “Wuertz is an important new voice in American fiction.” View video >