MY HUMONGOUS HAMSTER GOES TO SCHOOL by Lorna Freytag
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 23, 2015

"Visit Mulberry Street instead of this sequel (My Humongous Hamster, 2014). (Picture book. 4-7)"
"Bring your pet to school" day isn't exciting enough for one young hamster owner with a big imagination…or did he imagine it? Read full book review >
NOT THIS BEAR by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 23, 2015

"A reassuring book to share with just about any set-in-his-ways child. (Picture book. 3-6)"
When given the space and time he needs to acclimate, a young bear learns to love all the new things about school. Read full book review >

MONKEY by Marc Brown
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 23, 2015

"Still, sure to give readers, whether adult or child, lots of ideas for easing children into the transition to school. (Picture book. 3-6)"
In the week before kindergarten starts, Monkey's parents and older brother do all they can to help him feel ready. Will it be enough? Read full book review >
LAZY BEAR, CRAZY BEAR by Kevin Bolger
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 23, 2015

"Both this title and its companion are good for reinforcing word families and building reading confidence, but sometimes a phonics book is just a phonics book. (Early reader. 5-8)"
Bolger and Hodson explore phonics in cartoon form. Read full book review >
B. BEAR AND LOLLY by A.A. Livingston
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 23, 2015

"The mix of fairy tales is fun, but though things work out for the three friends in the end, Lolly may seem too vengeful for many readers, adult or child. (Picture book. 4-8)"
B. Bear and Lolly are back in a tale about owning up to mistakes…and maybe about anger and vengeance too (B. Bear and Lolly: Off to School, 2014). Read full book review >

DADDY'S BACK-TO-SCHOOL SHOPPING ADVENTURE by Alan Lawrence Sitomer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 16, 2015

"Sure to induce giggles and maybe even defuse some tension surrounding kids' own back-to-school shopping. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Even the best-laid plans pale in the face of nostalgia…. Read full book review >
GINNY LOUISE AND THE SCHOOL SHOWDOWN by Tammi Sauer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 16, 2015

"Never underestimate the power of good, especially when it's wrapped up in as sweet a package as Ginny Louise. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A classroom's three terrors don't know what's hit them when new student Ginny Louise arrives in town. Read full book review >
READY FOR SCHOOL, MURPHY? by Brendán Murphy
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 16, 2015

"Readers' empathy for Murphy will be very strong even before the final page turn. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Worries over a doctor visit just may trump worries over going to school for one bigheaded, big-eyed, spiky-haired tyke. Read full book review >
ANNA BANANA AND THE CHOCOLATE EXPLOSION by Dominique Roques
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 16, 2015

"A sweet treat. More, please! (Picture book. 4-7)"
Anna and her six extremely animate toy animals are back—this time, for an ultimately collaborative adventure in the kitchen. Read full book review >
HOW JELLY ROLL MORTON INVENTED JAZZ by Jonah Winter
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 16, 2015

"Morton's seminal role in jazz deserves both celebration and elucidation; this disjointed treatment mainly accomplishes the former. (author's note, recommended listening, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 5-10)"
Winter offers a speculative look at the life and musical career of jazz innovator Jelly Roll Morton. Read full book review >
BEE DANCE by Rick Chrustowski
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 16, 2015

"A tiny but remarkable one-day adventure that may well ignite entomological excitement in its readers. (Informational picture book. 3-7)"
A honeybee scout finds a nectar-rich prairie and returns to the hive to tell her sisters. Read full book review >
WHO WANTS BROCCOLI? by Val Jones
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 16, 2015

"Readers longing for a lid to their own pots, or with similarly challenging behaviors, will find comfort in Broccoli's tale. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The tricks that make a dog unadoptable in some people's eyes are just the ticket home for Broccoli. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Beatriz Williams
June 23, 2015

In Beatriz Williams’ latest novel Tiny Little Thing, it’s the summer of 1966 and Christina Hardcastle—“Tiny” to her illustrious family—stands on the brink of a breathtaking future. Of the three Schuyler sisters, she’s the one raised to marry a man destined for leadership, and with her elegance and impeccable style, she presents a perfect camera-ready image in the dawning age of television politics. Together she and her husband, Frank, make the ultimate power couple: intelligent, rich, and impossibly attractive. It seems nothing can stop Frank from rising to national office, and he’s got his sights set on a senate seat in November. But as the season gets underway at the family estate on Cape Cod, three unwelcome visitors appear in Tiny’s perfect life. “A fascinating look at wealth, love, ambition, secrets, and what family members will and won’t do to protect each other,” our reviewer writes. View video >