THE RIVER by Patricia Hegarty
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 1, 2016

"Artistry trumps technology in this introduction to fish migration and the variegated beauty on our rivers' banks. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A glimmering fish travels downriver, descending snowy mountains, rushing past lush woods and wide meadows, and out to the open sea, wriggling alongside changing flora and fauna all the while. Read full book review >
JOURNEY by Lisa Chambers
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 1, 2016

"A weak effort. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A horse meanders through life. Read full book review >

LET'S HAVE A PICNIC! by Hunter Reid
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 31, 2016

"No need to go on this excursion. (Board book. 18 mos.-3)"
A white-spotted black pup enjoys various picnic activities. Read full book review >
WHERE DID ALL THE DINOS GO? by Jim Benton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 31, 2016

"Despite the title, not a fact-based book but rather one catering to toddlers whose favorite T-shirts sport cheery, cartoon dinos. (Board book. 1-3)"
A board-book version of a hide-and-seek game is set in a fantasy world where dinosaurs live among us. Read full book review >
THE STORY CIRCLE / EL CIRCULO DE CUENTOS by Diane Gonzales Bertrand
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 31, 2016

"This fully bilingual title is marginal at best—not recommended. (Bilingual picture book. 5-9)"
After a storm floods their school, a group of racially diverse children is left with no books. Read full book review >

A CHARMED LIFE / UNA VIDA CON SUERTE by Gladys E. Barbieri
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 31, 2016

"With illustrations that suggest a sunny memory, Felicia's story shows the ways that she's part of a continuing cycle, rather than an outsider, and does it without belaboring the point. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A young Latina girl has an unexpected encounter while accompanying her mother to work in this bilingual picture book touching on the immigrant experience. Read full book review >
THE LONELY LION CUB by Amelia Cobb
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 31, 2016

"The Doctor Dolittle premise and kid-friendly setting don't make up for pacing, plot, and writing weaknesses. (Fantasy. 5-8)"
A girl who can talk to animals helps a lonely new arrival at the zoo. Read full book review >
THE BLOBFISH BOOK by Jessica Olien
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 31, 2016

"Fine for a metafictive read-aloud but not so great as science. (Informational picture book. 4-7)"
The world's ugliest animal speaks up. Read full book review >
BEAR'S BIG BREAKFAST by Lynn Rowe Reed
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 31, 2016

"Welcome to the spring bookshelf, Bear. So glad you like berries! (Picture book. 3-6)"
After waking up from hibernation, Bear is starved. Breakfast is in order, but the perplexed ursine cannot put a paw on exactly what it should be; it starts with the letter B…. Read full book review >
CAN I TELL YOU A SECRET? by Anna Kang
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 31, 2016

"A tenderhearted book on overcoming fears. (Picture book. 4-8)"
"Pssst!" says Monty the little green frog. "Could you come here for a sec?" Immediately, readers are drawn in to a private conversation with the wide-eyed amphibian. "Can you keep a secret?" Read full book review >
BE YOUR OWN DOG by Keri Claiborne Boyle
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 31, 2016

"Not too amusing, not too original, not too necessary. (Picture book.3-7)"
Teddy is a large, gray-brown dog who enjoys his life as "leader of the pack," until he receives the unwanted present of a cat companion. Read full book review >
FISH by Liam Francis Walsh
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 31, 2016

"A full-bodied story with an economy of style, this will be particularly rewarding for emerging readers. (Picture book. 3-7)"
This picture-book debut from a New Yorker cartoonist presents a child and a dog and their escapades while fishing. 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 >