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 >
CREATION by Cynthia Rylant
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Child-friendliness substitutes for awe in this cozy rendition. (Picture book/religion. 3-7)"
The Creation story, interpreted with minimalist art. Read full book review >

EVERYTHING IS AWKWARD by Mike Bender
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"(Mostly) totally awkward fun. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The team behind Awkward Family Photos (2010) unveils a playfully cringeworthy collection of kid-centered photos submitted to their website, celebrating the idea that "everything and everyone is awkward." Read full book review >
OWL SEES OWL by Laura Godwin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"A perfectly paced, holistically rendered home-away-home story. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Leaving the tree trunk where family slumbers, a fledgling owl explores the night world. Read full book review >
OTIS AND THE KITTENS by Loren Long
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Keep on puffin', Otis! (Picture book. 4-8)"
When there's an emergency on the farm, can friendly tractor Otis save the day? Read full book review >

YELLOW TIME by Lauren Stringer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Lovely, indeed. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Autumnal bliss is at the heart of this poetic celebration of yellow foliage. Read full book review >
WHAT'S THAT NOISE? by Isabel Minhós Martins
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"More engaging fun than many higher-tech devices. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Every page demands that readers physically interact with this book's images. Read full book review >
WHAT IS A CHILD? by Beatrice Alemagna
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"If this did not follow the familiar trajectory of a book read before bedtime, it would be tempting to pull it entirely out of the category of children's picture books. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A striking, illustrated musing on children and childhood. Read full book review >
AS A BOY by Plan International
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 19, 2016

"An uneven if well-intentioned offering. (Picture book. 4-8)"
An NGO's follow-up to previous books about girls' education and empowerment offers a well-meaning companion message of solidarity. Read full book review >
A MOST MYSTERIOUS MOUSE by Giovanna Zoboli
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 18, 2016

"It's an odd book, but for anyone who has mice on the brain like this cat, there are more than enough cute ones in this book to satisfy.(Picture book. 4-8)"
An unnamed cat experiences a metaphysical crisis. Read full book review >
OTTO AND THE SECRET LIGHT OF CHRISTMAS by Nora Surojegin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 15, 2016

"An intriguing read-aloud for younger children and an entertaining choice for independent readers who like fantasy. (Fiction. 5-10)"
A white, elflike man named Otto searches for a mysterious thing called Christmas in this illustrated novel first published in Finland. Read full book review >
SKY PIG by Jan L. Coates
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 15, 2016

"Piggie pipe dreams come to life in this agreeable book. (Picture book. 3-7)"
One little piggie dreams of flying…can it really happen? 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 >