SUPERHERO INSTRUCTION MANUAL by Kristy Dempsey
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 17, 2016

"This funny, spirited exploration of superhero culture sans violence and with an added dose of familial love is a powerful addition to any bookshelf. (Picture book. 4-8)"
When there are no radioactive spiders around to gift you with super skills, curl up with the Superhero Instruction Manual to learn what it takes to realize your inner superhero.Read full book review >
DADDIES ARE AWESOME by Meredith Costain
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 17, 2016

"Daddy-and-child dog lovers can try some of these canine ways of expressing affection. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Puppies celebrate the many ways their dads are awesome. Read full book review >

EXCELLENT ED by Stacy McAnulty
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 17, 2016

"A warm, welcome reminder that everyone is excellent at something. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Ed, the Ellis family dog, has many talents, but none of them matches the excellence of the five Ellis children's—or so he thinks. Read full book review >
IT WAS SO QUIET I COULD HEAR A PIN DROP by Andy Goodman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 17, 2016

"A clever concept, in both progression and design, whose realization sometimes falls short. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A child listens closely to the breeze as sounds evoke images and imaginings. Read full book review >
CHICKEN IN SPACE by Adam Lehrhaupt
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 17, 2016

"What a flight of imagination. (Picture book. 3-5)"
It's hard not to admire a chicken with dreams of going into space. Moreover, this chicken has a plan—and a pig. Read full book review >

DUCK, DUCK, PORCUPINE! by Salina Yoon
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 17, 2016

"Although they don't have quite the sophistication of Elephant and Piggie, these three friends should find a place on the shelf with Yoon's earlier reading buddy, Penguin. (Graphic early reader. 5-8)"
A simple chapter book/graphic novel to engage the youngest new readers. Read full book review >
MOUSEQUERADE BALL by Lori Mortensen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 17, 2016

"It is an enchanting evening to remember (and a fine reminder that even a primary concept can get dressed up). (Picture book. 2-5)"
From one to 10 and back again, the mice get ready for the ball. Read full book review >
THE SWORD IN THE STOVE by Frank W. Dormer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 17, 2016

"A joyful, silly tale for the adventurer, boy or girl, young or old: medieval mayhem at its best. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Two chefs solve one big mystery (albeit too late!) in this humorous spoof on the knight-and-dragon tale. Read full book review >
OVER THE OCEAN by Taro Gomi
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 17, 2016

"With sharp shapes and a riot of color, the prolific Gomi's simple premise should spark young imaginations. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The world's diversity is depicted in a series of colorful, geometrical pictures. Read full book review >
DOUGLAS, YOU NEED GLASSES! by Ged Adamson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 17, 2016

"A lighthearted introduction to the perks of wearing glasses. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Everything looks great when a myopic dog gets glasses.Read full book review >
GOOD NIGHT, BADDIES by Deborah Underwood
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 17, 2016

"Great for sharing with parents' own baddies and fairy-tale lovers alike. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Fairy tales and fractured fairy tales always focus on the good guys (or reform the bad guys). Finally, here's a sweet bedtime story featuring the baddies. Read full book review >
THE MIDSUMMER TOMTE AND THE LITTLE RABBITS by Ulf Stark
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 15, 2016

"An engrossing episode, infused with magic and with moments light and dark as well as lots of small furry animals. (Illustrated fantasy. 5-10)"
The gruff but large-hearted Scandinavian gnome usually associated with Yuletide takes an offseason turn when a summer storm brings a company of homeless woodland creatures to his door. 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 >