MARY HAS A BABY by Mieke van Hooft
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"The book's charming art is hampered by the inferior translation of the text. (Picture book. 3-6)"
This Nativity story, first published in Belgium and Holland, uses rhyming verse and innovative paper-collage illustrations to present the narrative of the birth of Jesus. Read full book review >
MERVIN THE SLOTH IS ABOUT TO DO THE BEST THING IN THE WORLD by Colleen AF Venable
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"A book to hug close and then share with a friend. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A slow-jam of a meta-picture book leads up to a best thing, indeed. Read full book review >

GIVE AND TAKE by Lucie Félix
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Simple exercises to enhance fine-motor development and build shape recognition. (Novelty board book. 1-3)"
Placing big, die-cut geometric shapes into appropriately shaped niches reinforces several simple concepts in this minimalist import. Read full book review >
WHAT WILL WE CHOOSE? by Elly van der Linden
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Toddlers are better served by actual conversations. (Picture book. 2-4)"
This guessing game book has almost too many choices for young children. Read full book review >
THE WOLF WHO WANTED TO BE A SUPERHERO by Orianne Lallemand
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Superpowers may fail, but true friends are always there in need. (Picture book. 5-7)"
An inept wolf discovers there's more to being a superhero than sporting a "super-mind-boggling" costume. Read full book review >

MIKA THE BEAR IS AFRAID OF THE DARK by Yann Walcker
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"The long polar night will never be the same. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Mika is a young white polar bear whose imagination works double-time—particularly at bedtime. Read full book review >
GREAT by Glen Gretzky
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Fun and effort trump commercialization and competitiveness every time in sports, and this book tells a plain truth that Gretzky learned early. (Picture book. 4-8)"
If you have a hankering for hockey, when the Gretzky family weighs in, sit up and listen. Read full book review >
FARMER FALGU GOES ON A TRIP by Chitra Soundar
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"A quiet discovery that home is best. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Falgu, an Indian farmer, is trying to escape his noisy farm. Read full book review >
THE JOURNEY by Francesca Sanna
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"A necessary, artful, and searing story. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-12)"
A timely, powerful picture book about refugees. Read full book review >
BENNY AND PENNY IN HOW TO SAY GOODBYE by Geoffrey Hayes
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Another sweet, empathetic day with Benny and Penny. (Graphic early reader. 5-8)"
The sixth title in the Benny and Penny graphic early reader series captures children's transitory emotions with quiet, forgiving humor. Read full book review >
POND by Jim LaMarche
Kirkus Star
by Jim LaMarche, illustrated by Jim LaMarche
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"A loving portrayal of a never-forgotten connection with the natural world. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Matt, his sister, Katie, and his best friend, Pablo, revive a pond in the woods and enjoy it throughout the seasons. Read full book review >
WHAT'S UP, CHUCK? by Leo Landry
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"It's a kindhearted beginning chapter book, but second-graders may wish it had some vomit jokes. (Early reader. 5-8)"
Based on the title, readers might expect a book of gross humor. Instead they'll find a sweet story of friendship and competition in which everyone can be "best of the forest." Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >