BLUE & BERTIE by Kristyna Litten
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 28, 2016

"A gentle story with a sweet message that doesn't hit readers over the head. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Mismatched animals who become friends are a common theme in picture books, and this one is visual proof that a real friend is "true blue." Read full book review >
SUPER BUGS by Michelle Meadows
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 28, 2016

"Not captivating but fun for some. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A simple, rhyming text describes one day in the life of bugs with enormous eyes and red capes as they save many other insects from harm. Read full book review >

SUPER RAWR! by Todd H.  Doodler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 28, 2016

"This book's squishy cover is not the only padded thing here. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Superheroes + dinosaurs = two great tastes that don't necessarily go together. Read full book review >
MEET THE BOBS AND TWEETS by Pepper Springfield
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 28, 2016

"Falls far short of the Seuss it attempts to achieve; here's hoping Volume 2 can gain some traction. (Fiction. 5-8)"
Bob Seven and Tweet Seven may seem to be in the wrong families, but they're a perfect fit as friends. Read full book review >
SCHOOL'S FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL by Adam Rex
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 28, 2016

"A unique point of view makes this school book stand out. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Rex offers a different perspective on the first day of school: that of the newly constructed school building itself. Read full book review >

KINDERGARTEN IS COOL! by Linda E. Marshall
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 28, 2016

"A rollicking reassurance that school will be fun. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Rhyming verses show those new to school just how cool kindergarten will be. Read full book review >
SOPHIE'S SQUASH GO TO SCHOOL by Pat Zietlow Miller
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 28, 2016

"Sophie's negativity is a definite turnoff, though Steven and his problem-solving are delightful. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A little girl's friendship with the two squash she grew in her garden (Bernice's twin babies from Sophie's Squash, 2013) gets in the way of a friendship with a real child when Sophie starts school. 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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >