THAT STINKS! by Alan Katz
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 12, 2016

"Like a pun, this book will either go over really well or flop. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Katz's (sub)titular show and tell has a room full of racially diverse students making proclamations that would normally get them sent to the principal's office, giving this book a forbidden-fruit vibe. Read full book review >
CAPTAIN FREDDY COUNTS DOWN TO SCHOOL by Elizabeth Shreeve
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 12, 2016

"While not as strong as Sue Ganz-Schmitt and Shane Prigmore's Planet Kindergarten (2014), it's a great choice for space fans and a good way to introduce kids to distraction as a coping technique. (bibliography, further reading) (Picture book. 4-8)"
A boy anxious about his first day of school settles his nerves with some pretend play. Read full book review >

MISSION: BACK TO SCHOOL by Susan Hood
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 12, 2016

"Hood and Lundquist? Mission accomplished. And grown-ups with fledgling spies? Add some secret-agent supplies to your shopping lists. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In a clever take on the back-to-school theme, Hood presents the first day of school as a secret agent's mission, with steps to complete. Read full book review >
DIRT + WATER = MUD by Katherine Hannigan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 12, 2016

"A creative approach + math and science + a map = a book that both entertains and teaches. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A little girl and her dog play outdoors in a story that utilizes math and science concepts. Read full book review >
REX by Simon James
by Simon James, illustrated by Simon James
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 12, 2016

"A cozy bit of new-family making—perhaps better not taken too literally. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Single parenting, T. Rex style. Read full book review >

I'M A GIRL! by Yasmeen Ismail
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 12, 2016

"A rallying cry to be enthusiastically true to oneself. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A spirited young child is proud to be a girl—even if everyone mistakes her for a boy. Read full book review >
SING WITH ME! by Naoko  Stoop
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 12, 2016

"Plenty of opportunity for adult-baby interaction and early-literacy singing skills. (Picture book. 1-4)"
Thirteen nursery songs, with hand motions included, to share with young ones. Read full book review >
UNLIKE OTHER MONSTERS by Audrey Vernick
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 12, 2016

"A quirky friendship story with lots of humor. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A young monster breaks a taboo against friendship—kind of. Read full book review >
BELLA UP, UP, AND AWAY by Ryan O'Rourke
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 12, 2016

"A delightful nautical and aerial feline caper. (Picture book. 4-8)"
When her new pal accidentally drifts out to sea, a spunky cat attempts a daring rescue. Read full book review >
MAGGI AND MILO MAKE NEW FRIENDS by Juli Brenning
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 12, 2016

"Perhaps next time Maggi and Milo will learn about the golden rule. (Picture book. 4-7)"
In their second outing, Maggi and her huge dog, Milo, visit a park where they make three new friends. Read full book review >
MITZI TULANE, PRESCHOOL DETECTIVE IN WHAT'S THAT SMELL? by Lauren McLaughlin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 12, 2016

"Despite misgivings, it's a sweet story centering on a bright, black birthday girl, and on that front it takes the cake. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Mitzi Tulane may be a preschool detective, but she is also a birthday girl. Read full book review >
FRECKLEFACE STRAWBERRY AND THE REALLY BIG VOICE by Julianne Moore
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 12, 2016

"Fans of Freckleface Strawberry and her friends will welcome their return, but better stories about school, friendship, and embracing individuality abound. (Picture book. 5-7)"
A young boy discovers that his loud voice is (mostly) not appreciated at school. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Nancy Isenberg
author of WHITE TRASH
July 19, 2016

Poor Americans have existed from the time of the earliest British colonial settlement. They were alternately known as “waste people,” “offals,” “rubbish,” “lazy lubbers,” and “crackers.” By the 1850s, the downtrodden included so-called “clay eaters” and “sandhillers,” known for prematurely aged children distinguished by their yellowish skin, ragged clothing, and listless minds. Surveying political rhetoric and policy, popular literature and scientific theories over 400 years, in White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America, Nancy Isenberg upends assumptions about America’s supposedly class-free society––where liberty and hard work were meant to ensure real social mobility. Poor whites were central to the rise of the Republican Party in the early nineteenth century, and the Civil War itself was fought over class issues nearly as much as it was fought over slavery. “A riveting thesis supported by staggering research,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >