MAYA ANGELOU by Lisbeth Kaiser
by Lisbeth Kaiser, illustrated by Leire Salaberria, translated by Raquel Pitt
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 1, 2016

"Stirring encouragement for all 'little people' with 'big dreams.' (Picture book/biography. 5-7)"
"There's nothing I can't be," young Maya thinks, and then shows, in this profile for newly independent readers, imported from Spain. Read full book review >
THE COWARDLY LION by Bingbo
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 1, 2016

"Sweet but not entirely successful. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A Chinese import that has nothing to do with The Wizard of Oz despite its title asks, will friendship help banish fear? Read full book review >

THE PEAR VIOLIN by Bingbo
by Bingbo, illustrated by Gumi
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 1, 2016

"This quiet tale's beguiling details may well draw even action-oriented children in long enough that they hear its message. (Picture book. 5-7)"
A squirrel, a pear, and a violin form the key elements in this unusual story that expresses how music can bring a community together. Read full book review >
WHILE YOU ARE SLEEPING by Melinda Szymanik
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 1, 2016

"Yawn. (Picture book. 2-5)"
An import from New Zealand details what happens in the waking world when one is asleep. Read full book review >
AND THEN... by Alborozo
by Alborozo, illustrated by Alborozo
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 1, 2016

"Anxious children angered by the competing demands raised by a newborn may well relate. (Picture book. 3-6)"
It's her party, but no one is paying attention to the birthday girl. Read full book review >

WHEN PENNY MET POTUS by Rachel Ruiz
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 1, 2016

"As a sweet, simple miniexplainer of a very specific bit of jargon, it works, and the election-year timing couldn't be better. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A common political acronym is decoded when a young girl accompanies her mother to her White House job and meets the mysterious "POTUS." Read full book review >
LITTLE HOME BIRD by Jo Empson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 1, 2016

"Simply lovely. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Little Bird loves his cozy nest so much that, as winter approaches, he can't bear to leave it. Read full book review >
THIS IS THE HOUSE THAT MONSTERS BUILT by Steve Metzger
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 28, 2016

"For fans of cumulative rhymes and monsters of all sorts. (Picture book. 4-7)"
In a "House That Jack Built" tale that exemplifies the butterfly effect, some costumed kids who shout "Trick or treat!" cause havoc at a house full of monsters. Read full book review >
THE MYSTERY OF THE HAUNTED FARM by Elys Dolan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 28, 2016

"This is one haunted farm readers won't want to skip. (Picture book. 5-10)"
Dolan takes her zany, anthropomorphic animals to new heights of silliness in this Halloween tale. Read full book review >
YO HO HO, HALLOWEEN! by Pam Muñoz Ryan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 28, 2016

"It is oh-so-easy for readers to get caught up in both Tony's infectious excitement and his terrible woes; this should be necessary reading before making costume decisions. (Early reader. 5-8)"
Ryan and Fotheringham once again nail the early-elementary mindset, this time looking at Halloween costumes through Tony Baloney's eyes. Read full book review >
I'M WILD ABOUT YOU! by Sandra Magsamen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 28, 2016

"These cutesy board books come across as just more saccharine fluff. (Board book. 1-3)"
Sweet exclamations of unconditional love and admiration are the order of the day here. Read full book review >
MILK GOES TO SCHOOL by Terry Border
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 28, 2016

"Border's shtick goes on far too long for readers to want seconds of Milk and Waffle. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Border continues his series of books about anthropomorphized food, this time focusing on Milk and her first day of school. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Morgan Matson
July 25, 2016

The Unexpected Everything is a YA feel-good story of friendship, finding yourself, and all the joys in life that happen while you’re busy making other plans. Andie has a plan. And she always sticks to her plan. Future? A top-tier medical school. Dad? Avoid him as much as possible (which isn’t that hard considering he’s a Congressman and he’s never around). Friends? Palmer, Bri, and Toby—pretty much the most awesome people on the planet, who needs anyone else? Relationships? No one’s worth more than three weeks. So it’s no surprise that Andie’s got her summer all planned out too. Until a political scandal costs Andie her summer pre-med internship, and lands both she and Dad back in the same house together for the first time in years. Suddenly she’s doing things that aren’t Andie at all. “Romance fans will find plenty to enjoy, as Andie gradually lets down her guard and risks the messy and unpredictable wonder of first love,” our reviewer writes. “A novel best read on a lazy summer day with sand between the toes.” View video >