OSKAR LOVES... by Britta Teckentrup
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 25, 2016

"A not entirely one-dimensional corvine bliss-out. (Picture book. 2-4)"
There isn't anything that Oskar, a small bird, doesn't love. How about you? Read full book review >
HALFWAY WILD by Laura Freudig
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 22, 2016

"Good both for classroom explorations of metaphors and for inspiring imaginative play. (Picture book. 3-7)"
As they move through their day, a busy family changes skin, fur, and feathers. Read full book review >

CLARK THE SHARK LOVES CHRISTMAS by Bruce Hale
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"An amusing holiday outing for Clark the Shark fans. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Hale and Francis continue their popular series about the boisterous shark named Clark with a story about a Secret Santa gift exchange in his classroom. Read full book review >
PRISSY & POP DECK THE HALLS by Melissa Nicholson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"No silk purse here, just four little piggie ears. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Miniature pigs celebrate the Christmas holiday together in a story illustrated with photographs of the pampered porcine pair. Read full book review >
CHRISTMAS IN THE BARN by Margaret Wise Brown
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Despite these minor quibbles, a new edition of any of Brown's work is a gift worth celebrating. (Picture book/religion. 2-6)"
Brown's Nativity story, first published in 1952, is updated with new art from the illustrator of the popular Llama Llama series. Read full book review >

MY FIRST BOOK OF ANIMAL OPPOSITES by National Wildlife Federation
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Take this one to the zoo. (Board book. 6 mos.-3)"
Excellent nature photography, even in this small (6 inches square) board-book format, will intrigue young animal lovers. Read full book review >
THE NUTCRACKER by Grace Maccarone
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"A disappointing effort that fails to capture the magic inherent in the ballet. (bibliography) (Picture book. 5-8)"
This large-format retelling of the story from the popular holiday-season ballet focuses on the family party scene and the battle between the mice and the soldiers, with just a brief concluding visit to the Land of Sweets. Read full book review >
GEORGE BALANCHINE’S <i>THE NUTCRACKER</i> by New York City Ballet
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"An appealing production overall and a helpful introduction for children preparing to see the ballet, but it's one that needs some real little girls as artist's models. (Picture book. 4-8)"
This introduction to the ballet closely follows the production of the New York City Ballet, as originated by George Balanchine. Read full book review >
CANDY CANE LANE by Scott Santoro
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Readable but forgettable. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A little girl rescues a damaged, plastic choirboy statue that mysteriously comes alive and leads a group of rejected Christmas statues back to the girl's house. Read full book review >
MY FIRST BOOK OF HOCKEY by Editors of Sports Illustrated for Kids
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"This book has all the gripping power of dull blades. (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
An introduction to the game of hockey for the newest of newcomers. Read full book review >
THE DARKEST DARK by Chris Hadfield
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"An uplifting, valuable addition to the 'scared of the dark' bookshelf and a must for the budding space explorer (or really, any dreamer). (Picture book. 4-8)"
Young Chris is afraid of the dark until he sees the Eagle land on the moon and is moved by the beauty of space. Read full book review >
SCOUT AND THE SAUSAGE THIEF by Gill Lewis
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"A bit silly but good fun. (Fantasy. 5-8)"
Scout, a female German shepherd, is very excited to be trying for her Care in the Community badge at Sausage Dreams Puppy Academy. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jeff Chang
September 20, 2016

In the provocative essays in journalist Jeff Chang’s new book We Gon’ Be Alright, Chang takes an incisive and wide-ranging look at the recent tragedies and widespread protests that have shaken the country. Through deep reporting with key activists and thinkers, personal writing, and cultural criticism, We Gon’ Be Alright links #BlackLivesMatter to #OscarsSoWhite, Ferguson to Washington D.C., the Great Migration to resurgent nativism. Chang explores the rise and fall of the idea of “diversity,” the roots of student protest, changing ideas about Asian Americanness, and the impact of a century of racial separation in housing. “He implores readers to listen, act, and become involved with today’s activists, who offer ‘new ways to see our past and our present,’ ” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A compelling and intellectually thought-provoking exploration of the quagmire of race relations.” View video >