THE NUTCRACKER by Grace Maccarone
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"A disappointing effort that fails to capture the magic inherent in the ballet. (bibliography) (Picture book. 5-8)"
This large-format retelling of the story from the popular holiday-season ballet focuses on the family party scene and the battle between the mice and the soldiers, with just a brief concluding visit to the Land of Sweets. Read full book review >
GEORGE BALANCHINE’S <i>THE NUTCRACKER</i> by New York City Ballet
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"An appealing production overall and a helpful introduction for children preparing to see the ballet, but it's one that needs some real little girls as artist's models. (Picture book. 4-8)"
This introduction to the ballet closely follows the production of the New York City Ballet, as originated by George Balanchine. Read full book review >

CANDY CANE LANE by Scott Santoro
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Readable but forgettable. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A little girl rescues a damaged, plastic choirboy statue that mysteriously comes alive and leads a group of rejected Christmas statues back to the girl's house. Read full book review >
MY FIRST BOOK OF HOCKEY by Editors of Sports Illustrated for Kids
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"This book has all the gripping power of dull blades. (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
An introduction to the game of hockey for the newest of newcomers. Read full book review >
THE DARKEST DARK by Chris Hadfield
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"An uplifting, valuable addition to the 'scared of the dark' bookshelf and a must for the budding space explorer (or really, any dreamer). (Picture book. 4-8)"
Young Chris is afraid of the dark until he sees the Eagle land on the moon and is moved by the beauty of space. Read full book review >

SCOUT AND THE SAUSAGE THIEF by Gill Lewis
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"A bit silly but good fun. (Fantasy. 5-8)"
Scout, a female German shepherd, is very excited to be trying for her Care in the Community badge at Sausage Dreams Puppy Academy. Read full book review >
BLIP! by Barnaby Richards
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"A sweet introduction to sequential art. (Graphic early reader. 4-6)"
What happens if your spaceship crash-lands on an alien planet and your vocabulary happens to be very limited? Read full book review >
LITTLE MOUSE'S BIG BOOK OF BEASTS by Emily Gravett
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Sweet and silly, this metafictive romp is sure to please even the most anxious readers. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Little Mouse makes a triumphant return, this time trading a pen for a paintbrush to tackle fearsome foes. Read full book review >
FIRST LIGHT, FIRST LIFE by Paul Fleischman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"An origin tale as messy as humans can be. (author's note) (Picture book/folklore. 4-8)"
In this multicultural mashup, the duo behind Glass Slipper, Gold Sandal: A Worldwide Cinderella (2007) weaves a wonderfully chaotic creation story. Read full book review >
YOU'RE MY BOO by Kate Dopirak
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Boo-tiful. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A day in the life of a family is more than the sum of its adorable parts. Read full book review >
THIS IS ME by Jamie Lee Curtis
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"An excellent springboard for school-age kids to discover who they are and where they come from. (Picture book. 5-9)"
In their latest venture, Curtis and Cornell tackle the question of identity and deconstruct it to a level young people can understand. Read full book review >
IF SNOWFLAKES TASTED LIKE FRUITCAKE by Stacey Previn
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Like the fruitcake-flavored flakes, pass on this one. (Picture book. 4-8)"
An imaginative look at snowflakes and what we might do with them if they tasted of anything but winter. 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 >