HIPPOPOTAMISTER by John Patrick Green
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"A charming book with a solid message about changing one's life through hard work, imagination, and openness to new experiences. (Graphic fantasy. 5-8)"
A hippo discovers that the possibilities are limitless. Read full book review >
MR. PARTICULAR by Jason Kirschner
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"A particularly appropriate tale just right for a choosy crowd. (Graphic picture book. 4-7)"
A young superhero holds his team back due to his many aversions. Read full book review >

LEO CAN SWIM by Anna McQuinn
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"A welcome addition to the toddler bookshelf. (Picture book. 1-3)"
Leo is back (Leo Loves Baby Time, 2014, etc.), and now he happily attends a community swim class with Daddy.Read full book review >
A GOOFY GUIDE TO PENGUINS by Jean-Luc Coudray
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"From the creator of the Benjamin Bear books, absurdist humor carries across species. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Silly untruths about penguins unfold in comic-book style. Read full book review >
THE LITTLE GOLDEN KEY by Roberto Aliaga
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"The accomplished art, however, does not compensate for the story's lack of suspense, humor, or lyricism. (Picture book. 3-5)"
This Spanish import presents the day that three mice find a key and speculate on what it might unlock. Read full book review >

BUSY BUSY by Lucy Scott
by Lucy Scott, illustrated by Lucy Scott
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"Busy, busy, fun, fun! (Picture book. 2-4)"
A day in the life of a busy, busy toddler. Read full book review >
THE GIRL WHO SAVED YESTERDAY by Julius Lester
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"A powerful tale that should help children of all ages embrace the fact that dead does not have to mean gone. (Picture book. 4-9)"
In this age of automaticity, electronic immediacy, and carpe diem, this book delivers a rare exultation: remember the Ancestors.Read full book review >
WHAT THIS STORY NEEDS IS A MUNCH AND A CRUNCH by Emma J. Virján
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"Nitpicking aside, schools and libraries should plan on picnicking with this pig in a wig. (Early reader. 5-8)"
Super silliness helps new readers practice. Read full book review >
BEARD BOY by John Flannery
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"Comically charming, this one-of-a-kind story celebrates the unique bond that connects father, son, and facial hair. A refreshing cut for young readers. (Picture book. 5-9)"
In this illustrated ode to the beard, an impatient son seeks to invent and claim a beard of his own to connect with the cool brush of his father. Read full book review >
PLAYTIME? by Jeff Mack
by Jeff Mack, illustrated by Jeff Mack
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"A simple, fun-filled goodnight book. (Picture book. 2-4)"
How do you get a chimp to sleep? Read full book review >
A FAIRY FRIEND by Sue Fliess
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"Enchanting stuff for lovers of fairies. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A little girl and her dog follow a series of recommended procedures from a book about fairies in order to find a fairy companion for the girl. Read full book review >
FRANKIE THE BLANKIE by Jennifer Sattler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"Why couldn't Doris have just kept Frankie as her beloved blankie? (Picture book. 3-5)"
Doris the gorilla tries to make others respect her attachment to her blankie. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >