1 BIG SALAD by Juana Medina
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 7, 2016

"From layout to text to artwork, this counting book takes 'playing with your food' to a new level. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Photographs of salad ingredients, embellished with details done in black ink, create whimsical arrays from one through 10. Read full book review >
CARLOTA WOULDN'T SAY BOO by José Carlos Andrés
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 6, 2016

"A tale gently told of finding our inner strengths. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Once upon a short time ago, there was a girl named Carlota who had a unique power: everyone understood her just from her gestures and glances. Read full book review >

OPEN UP, PLEASE! by Silvia Borando
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 2, 2016

"Good for sparking discussions about unintended consequences—but discomfiting when read without preparation. (Picture book. 5-8)"
In a nearly wordless escapade, glued-on flaps form cage doors, and lifting them frees a series of grateful animal captives. Read full book review >
TILLY'S BIG PROBLEM by Rose Stanley
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 1, 2016

"Message-laden but creative spin on finding a trusted adult. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Tilly has a problem in her life and does not know where to turn for help. Read full book review >
A HOT CUP OF CHOCOLATE by Rose Stanley
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 1, 2016

"A useful tale of a boy's attempts to help a friend whose parents are separating. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Can hot chocolate help solve a problem? Read full book review >

"OH, NO," SAID ELEPHANT by A.H. Benjamin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 1, 2016

"Kids will giggle over Elephant's attempts to play and cheer when he finally triumphs. The underlying message reassures without being apparent. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Poor Elephant. Every time that Leopard, Monkey, and Zebra want to play a new game, Elephant says "Oh, no, I'm not good at that." But he tries anyway. Read full book review >
NURSERY RHYME CLUES AND CRIMES by Walter Foster Jr.
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 1, 2016

"Will the puzzle pieces last any longer than the thin plastic sleeves in which they're packaged? It's no mystery. (Nursery rhymes/novelty. 2-4)"
Pre-K Poirots eager to find out what happened to Humpty Dumpty, Little Miss Muffet, and other nursery-rhyme victims can literally assemble the clues in this set of jigsaw puzzles. Read full book review >
MY SUNFLOWER by Martin Taylor
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 1, 2016

"A sunny alternative when it's impractical to go outside and watch real flowers pop up. (Informational pop-up/picture book. 3-5)"
A small seed germinates and grows to a life-size flower in a series of pop-ups. Read full book review >
SHAPES by Shanti Sparrow
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 1, 2016

"Simple enough for very young children but intriguing enough for older preschoolers to return to even past their board-book days; beautiful for all. (Board book. 1-4)"
Subtle elements of design are used to introduce more than just basic shapes in this sophisticated board book. Read full book review >
ALEX AND THE WATERMELON BOAT by Chris McKimmie
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 1, 2016

"Readers may find this book confusing and difficult to follow, though it does effectively evoke the turbulence of both a cityscape and a child's emotions after a flood. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Rabbit, Alex's "most favourite stuffed toy," has hopped out the window and is now gone. In a city flooded after days of endless rain, Alex sets out to rescue Rabbit. Read full book review >
YOU BELONG HERE by M.H. Clark
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 1, 2016

"This lyrical picture book will draw readers under its soft wing, lulling children with its velveteen artwork and assured affirmations of each creature's special nook in such a spectacularly varied world. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A narrator whispers sweet assurances of belonging in the ear of a beloved, invoking animals' analogous habitats and hollows to bring the comforting ascriptions powerfully home. Read full book review >
WHAT DO YOU DO WITH A PROBLEM? by Kobi Yamada
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 1, 2016

"A straightforward, effective approach to helping children cope with one of life's commonplace yet emotionally fraught situations, this belongs on the shelf alongside Molly Bang's Sophie books. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A child struggles with the worry and anxiety that come with an unexpected problem. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Chris Cleave
June 14, 2016

In bestseller Chris Cleave’s latest novel Everyone Brave Is Forgiven, it’s London, 1939. The day war is declared, Mary North leaves finishing school unfinished, goes straight to the War Office, and signs up. Tom Shaw decides to ignore the war—until he learns his roommate Alistair Heath has unexpectedly enlisted. Then the conflict can no longer be avoided. Young, bright, and brave, Mary is certain she’d be a marvelous spy. When she is—bewilderingly—made a teacher, she finds herself defying prejudice to protect the children her country would rather forget. Tom, meanwhile, finds that he will do anything for Mary. And when Mary and Alistair meet, it is love, as well as war, that will test them in ways they could not have imagined, entangling three lives in violence and passion, friendship and deception, inexorably shaping their hopes and dreams. “Among all the recent fictions about the war, Cleave’s miniseries of a novel is a surprising standout,” our reviewer writes, “with irresistibly engaging characters who sharply illuminate issues of class, race, and wartime morality.” View video >