ONE DAY IN THE EUCALYPTUS, EUCALYPTUS TREE by Daniel Bernstrom
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"Marvelous fun. (Picture book. 3-8)"
A dark-skinned "boy with a whirly-twirly toy" skips through the forest, unaware of the snake lurking in the eucalyptus tree. Read full book review >
THE CHAMELEON THAT SAVED NOAH'S ARK by Yael Molchadsky
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"This delightful narrative balances respect for tradition with inviting, accessible storytelling; a very well-executed debut for children and an appealing addition to family reading time. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In this charming extension of a well-known Bible story, Noah, Na'ama, and the family must discover what chameleons feed on. Read full book review >

DIANA'S WHITE HOUSE GARDEN by Elisa Carbone
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"An important piece of our history brought down to a child's level. (author's note) (Informational picture book. 4-10)"
Based on a true story, Carbone's story shines a light on the little girl who became the face of the first White House victory garden. Read full book review >
THANK YOU! by Ethan Long
by Ethan Long, illustrated by Ethan Long
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"This is lighthearted, playful, and accessible etiquette for the youngest readers. (Board book. 2-4)"
Various animals, a toddler, and a grown-up model gratitude. Read full book review >
IF YOU EVER WANT TO BRING A PIANO TO THE BEACH, DON'T! by Elise Parsley
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"A delightful demonstration of just one of many things not to take to the beach; the brainstorming possibilities are endless. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The voice of experience (about alligators at school) this time deals with her inability to leave her beloved piano at home while visiting the beach. Read full book review >

BOB AND FLO PLAY HIDE-AND-SEEK by Rebecca Ashdown
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"Not as ridiculous, or as funny, as the first. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Those lovable, naïve preschool penguins are back, this time learning the basics of hide-and-seek. Read full book review >
AN AFTER BEDTIME STORY by Shoham Smith
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"A delightful tale for young readers who don't want to go to bed. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Much to their parents' dismay, two siblings crash an adults-only party. Read full book review >
BEFORE WE MET by Laura Krauss Melmed
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"Eloquent rhymes with striking imagery are upstaged by busy illustrations. (Picture book. 3-5)"
An ode from an expectant mother to her unborn child. Read full book review >
SNAIL AND SLUG by Denys Cazet
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"The beginning of a beautiful gastropod friendship; similar to watching the protagonists in action in real life. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A snail with a Tardis-like shell proves that her heart is just as big. Read full book review >
ONE LITTLE TWO LITTLE THREE LITTLE CHILDREN by Kelly DiPucchio
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"An uneven effort at inclusion. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A multicultural spin on an old rhyme stops short of rehabilitating its problematic history. Read full book review >
SAMANTHASAURUS REX by B.B. Mandell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"Skip this one, and choose instead something featuring both a strong, resourceful girl and a story worthy of her. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A plucky dinosaur uses her brains and creativity to save her family from a fiery volcano. Read full book review >
THERE IS A TRIBE OF KIDS by Lane Smith
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"Smith soars in this earnest, meditative work about longing, the joy of interaction, and family. Absolutely radiant. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A lone child explores the natural world and its many animal tribes, collective noun by collective noun, ultimately finding a place of belonging. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >