MY FRIEND MAGGIE by Hannah E. Harrison
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"Paula's final declaration that 'I'll be her friend forever' shows that she's learned a valuable lesson, one that listeners would do well to heed. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Teasing tests the friendship of two young girls. Read full book review >
ABERDEEN by Stacey Previn
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"A full day in the vast outdoors—sumptuous, breezy, unintentional, and the tiniest bit thoughtless, at least according to mom. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A mouse follows a red balloon far afield. Read full book review >

LITTLE RED ROSIE by Eric A. Kimmel
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2016

"An attractive, different take on a holiday tale. (Picture book. 3-7)"
As in the story of the little red hen, Little Red Rosie, a Jewish white girl, is baking bread, but she is baking festive challah. Read full book review >
SKY-HIGH SUKKAH by Rachel Ornstein Packer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2016

"Beyond explaining the holiday's significance, Leah's story will serve to illustrate Judaism's model of kehilla (community), in which cooperative spirit brings people together. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-7)"
Friends and neighbors help apartment dweller Leah figure out a way to build a communal sukkah for the autumn holiday. Read full book review >
MARY HAD A LITTLE GLAM by Tammi Sauer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"Welcome, Mary! We hope to see you again. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Pinkalicious + Fancy Nancy + Eloise = Mary, the diminutive, precocious, brown-skinned queen of glam. Read full book review >

THIS IS NOT A CAT! by David LaRochelle
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"A stale, unfunny tale of duped mice unprepared for a world with predators. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Is the cat really a cat? Read full book review >
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 >
Kirkus Interview
Andrea Beaty
August 30, 2016

In Andrea Beaty and David Roberts’ new picture book Ada Twist, Scientist is like her classmates, builder Iggy and inventor Rosie: scientist Ada, a character of color, has a boundless imagination and has always been hopelessly curious. Why are there pointy things stuck to a rose? Why are there hairs growing inside your nose? When her house fills with a horrific, toe-curling smell, Ada knows it’s up to her to find the source. Not afraid of failure, she embarks on a fact-finding mission and conducts scientific experiments, all in the name of discovery. But this time, her experiments lead to even more stink and get her into trouble! Inspired by real-life makers such as Ada Lovelace and Marie Curie, Ada Twist, Scientist champions girl power and women scientists, and brings welcome diversity to picture books about girls in science. “Cool and stylish,” our reviewer writes. View video >