WHEN AN ELEPHANT FALLS IN LOVE by Davide Cali
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 20, 2016

"A wry exploration of the symptoms of falling in love. (Picture book. 4-8)"
An elephant in love, it turns out, behaves an awful lot like a besotted human being. Read full book review >
BE WHO YOU ARE by Todd Parr
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 20, 2016

"A simple spin on Parr's It's Okay to Be Different (2001) but still worth shouting from the rooftops. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A call to celebrate unique characteristics and individuality. Read full book review >

THE SNOW ANGELS' CHRISTMAS by M.J. Michaels
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 20, 2016

"This muddled effort tries hard to be cute and clever, but it doesn't stand out among the many excellent choices available for Christmas Eve reading. (Picture book/religion. 3-6)"
The Nativity story is retold from the viewpoint of helpful snowman-shaped angels. Read full book review >
SUPER TURBO SAVES THE DAY! by Lee Kirby
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 20, 2016

"An episodic eyeful that's abundantly cute and silly. (Graphic/fantasy hybrid. 5-8)"
On an otherwise quiet snow day, a group of classroom pets discovers that there is evil afoot—or rather a-paw. Read full book review >
PIGGY by Trevor Lai
by Trevor Lai, illustrated by Trevor Lai
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 20, 2016

"Pass on this porky paean to friendship; stick with Piggie with a side of Elephant. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Into the crowded field of porcine protagonists comes Piggy, a friendless pig who loves to read. Read full book review >

BLUE PENGUIN by Petr Horácek
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 13, 2016

"Sweet. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Shunned by the other penguins, the titular penguin's days are filled with loneliness and his nights with dreams. Read full book review >
LOTUS AND FEATHER by Ji-li Jiang
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 13, 2016

"Gracefully told and illustrated, a gentle, positive encounter with a beautiful bird in an unfamiliar world. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The rescue of a crane restores an unhappy girl as well. Read full book review >
HEDGEHUGS AND THE HATTIEPILLAR by Steve Wilson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 13, 2016

"A delightful way to share metamorphosis with the littlest listeners. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Hedgehog best friends Horace and Hattie are back, this time marveling at the wonder that is metamorphosis. Read full book review >
CHICKEN STORY TIME by Sandy Asher
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 13, 2016

"This book may make free-range storytimes de rigueur. (Picture book. 3-7)"
One chicken at storytime might be fun, but more than one…. Read full book review >
THE LONELY GIANT by Sophie Ambrose
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 13, 2016

"Sweet and effective. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A little yellow bird helps a menace mend his destructive ways. Read full book review >
GOODNIGHT EVERYONE by Chris Haughton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 13, 2016

"An infectious bedtime story, sure to prompt yawns in readers and their preschool listeners as well. (Picture book. 1-5)"
When the sun sets and all the animals are sleepy, Little Bear is still wide awake, but finally, the cub too, yawns and, after a good-night kiss from Great Big Bear, drops off to sleep. Read full book review >
THE FRIEND SHIP by Kat Yeh
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"A sweet, simple story with a nicely offbeat heroine. (Picture book. 3-6)"
All the animals are welcome to come aboard. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Clinton Kelly
January 9, 2017

Bestselling author and television host Clinton Kelly’s memoir I Hate Everyone Except You is a candid, deliciously snarky collection of essays about his journey from awkward kid to slightly-less-awkward adult. Clinton Kelly is probably best known for teaching women how to make their butts look smaller. But in I Hate Everyone, Except You, he reveals some heretofore-unknown secrets about himself, like that he’s a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks, and perhaps the world’s least enthused high-school commencement speaker. Whether he’s throwing his baby sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career or heroically rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with aplomb. With his signature wit, he shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations, like deciding whether it’s acceptable to eat chicken wings with a fork on live television (spoiler: it’s not). “A thoroughly light and entertaining memoir,” our critic writes. View video >