BRUNHILDA'S BACKWARDS DAY by Shawna J.C. Tenney
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"A tale about doing nice things for others that goes down easily. (Picture book. 4-7)"
What goes around comes around for one witch who loves to make trouble—i.e., make people miserable. Read full book review >
HOT ROD HOT DOG by Todd H.  Doodler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"Young audiences will join in the general applause, and they may come away with a broadened notion of what a 'win' looks like too. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Doodler concocts an updated—and considerably tweaked—version of "The Tortoise and the Hare." Read full book review >

CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"A frontier adventure that spotlights one of the many significant roles ethnic Chinese played in American history. (Picture book/biography. 5-10)"
Themes of racial discrimination, saving nature, and food and cooking are braided seamlessly in this picture-book biography. Read full book review >
PIRATE'S PERFECT PET by Beth Ferry
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"As Capt. Crave says, 'Shiver me Shih Tzus!' There's some fun here. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A petless pirate goes on a mission to secure an ideal companion. Read full book review >
AROUND AMERICA TO WIN THE VOTE by Mara Rockliff
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"A lively look at the ingenuity of women suffragists near the end of their long road to the vote. (historical note, source note, bibliography of children's titles) (Informational picture book. 5-8)"
Rockliff introduces Nell Richardson and Alice Burke, whose five-month, 10,000-mile crusade for women's voting rights drew crowds and made colorful newspaper copy in 1916. Read full book review >

ZAP! NIKOLA TESLA TAKES CHARGE by Monica Kulling
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"Storywise, this admiring introduction to one of the foremost inventors of the electrical age sparkles, but it doesn't provide a steady, dependable source of information. (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
Nikola Tesla arrived in the United States nearly penniless, but he had engineering skills and a grand dream. Read full book review >
I LOVE LEMONADE by Mark Sommerset
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"Guaranteed hysterics for readers with strong stomachs. (Picture book. 4-8)"
"Revenge is a drink best served cold," reads the book's ominous epigraph. Read full book review >
POPPY PICKLE by Emma Yarlett
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"Moral of the story: an excess of imagination may get you into trouble, but it's clearly worth it. (Picture book. 4-6)"
The perils of imagination reach their peak when a little girl unleashes an extraordinary ability. Read full book review >
THERE'S A BEAR ON MY CHAIR by Ross Collins
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"Silly, laugh-out-loud fun. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A bear has settled himself in a mouse's chair, and nothing will move him. Read full book review >
THE INFAMOUS RATSOS by Kara LaReau
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"A nicely inventive little morality 'tail' for newly independent readers. (Fiction. 5-8)"
Two little rats decide to show the world how tough they are, with unpredictable results. Read full book review >
RETURN by Aaron Becker
Kirkus Star
by Aaron Becker, illustrated by Aaron Becker
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"A fantastic final leg to a reading journey that altered, expanded, and enriched the landscape of children's literature—and surely many young people's lives. (Picture book. 3-8)"
This breathless finale to Becker's Journey trilogy (Journey, 2013; Quest, 2014) takes readers back to the intricate interior of an alternate world where crayons wield power. Read full book review >
THE SOUND OF SILENCE by Katrina Goldsaito
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"An inviting tale that will stretch inquisitive and observant young minds—and may even lead children to a greater appreciation of that golden commodity, silence. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Like a Zen koan, this story draws readers' attention to silence, that vanishingly rare attribute of modern family life. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
author of SEINFELDIA
August 22, 2016

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong’s new bestseller Seinfeldia is the hilarious behind-the-scenes story of two guys who went out for coffee and dreamed up Seinfeld —the cultural sensation that changed television and bled into the real world. Comedians Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld never thought anyone would watch their silly little sitcom about a New York comedian sitting around talking to his friends. NBC executives didn’t think anyone would watch either, but they bought it anyway, hiding it away in the TV dead zone of summer. But against all odds, viewers began to watch, first a few and then many, until nine years later nearly 40 million Americans were tuning in weekly. In Seinfeldia, TV historian and entertainment writer Armstrong celebrates the creators and fans of this American television phenomenon, bringing readers behind-the-scenes of the show while it was on the air and into the world of devotees for whom it never stopped being relevant, a world where the Soup Nazi still spends his days saying “No soup for you!” “Armstrong’s intimate, breezy history is full of gossipy details, show trivia, and insights into how famous episodes came to be,” our reviewer writes. “Perfect for Seinfeldians and newcomers alike.” View video >