FIRST WORDS by Scholastic Inc.
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"While an admirable effort to give toddlers what they love, this and its companions are overly busy and prove that less is more with young children. (Board book. 1-3) "
In this primer of common words for toddlers to learn, there are flaps to lift, textures to feel, and photos to name. Read full book review >
WHAT TIME IS IT, DANIEL TIGER? by Maggie Testa
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"A terrific resource for fans of Daniel Tiger and newcomers alike. (Board book. 2-3)"
Animated PBS character Daniel Tiger helps readers tell time. Read full book review >

FAIRY TALE FRANKIE AND THE TRICKY WITCH by Greg Gormley
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"Whether on the fairy-tale shelf or the Halloween one, this notably nondiverse book may tickle readers with similar interests, though perhaps only once. (Picture book. 4-6)"
A white girl who really loves fairy tales is surprised one day when a bunch of fairy-tale characters visit her home and ask Frankie to hide them from the witch. Read full book review >
OLIVIA LOVES OWL by David McPhail
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"McPhail's soft but unsentimental pen-and-ink drawings completed with muted watercolors strike a pleasant balance between real toddler activities and imaginative play. (Board book. 1-4)"
Following the formula established in Ben Loves Bear (2013), Bella Loves Bunny (2013), and Peter Loves Penguin (2014), McPhail here completes his board-book tour of the seasons. Read full book review >
LITTLE ELLIOT, BIG FUN by Mike Curato
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"Gorgeous illustrations and an evocative time period support a somewhat staid story. (Picture book. 4-6)"
The third book featuring Little Elliot, a polka-dot elephant, and Mouse brings them to Coney Island. Read full book review >

WHAT'S A BANANA? by Marilyn Singer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"Quick but savory fare, both sonic and visual, for pre- or newly independent readers. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Two award winners pair wordplay and food play. Read full book review >
MY GRANDPARENTS LOVE ME by Claire Freedman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"Sweet and appealing for the preschool set and a winning gift purchase for the grandparent crowd. (Picture book. 3-5)"
The extraordinary bond a young child enjoys with a grandparent is expressed through a series of activities they share. Read full book review >
THE PROS & CONS OF BEING A FROG by Sue deGennaro
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"This celebration of differences displays great respect for readers' intelligence and yields more with each reading. (Picture book. 5-8)"
The amphibian in this Australian import is actually a child who likes to dress as something else because it "makes me feel brave." Read full book review >
WHERE, OH WHERE, IS ROSIE'S CHICK? by Pat Hutchins
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"Where have you been all these years, Rosie? Welcome back, and hello to your little chick. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Hutchins hatches a sequel to her 1968 classic, Rosie's Walk. Read full book review >
THE SNURTCH by Sean Ferrell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"Original in its visual and linguistic presentation of behavioral problems, this important call for understanding should sit on library, classroom, and bedrooms shelves—the high ones, just above a Snurtch's reach. (Picture book. 2-8)"
The Snurtch sits in Ruthie's seat at school, all furry, spiky, goofy, and googly-eyed, waiting—just as she expected. Read full book review >
ICE CREAM & DINOSAURS by Eric Litwin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"Joe isn't quite as cool as Pete, but a catchy tune, dancing dinosaurs, and strawberry ice cream are an enticing combination. Here's hoping Groovy Joe soon meets a female counterpart—perhaps Hep Hilda or Beatnik Betty? (Picture book. 3-8)"
The author of the first few entries in the wildly popular Pete the Cat series debuts a new series starring Groovy Joe, a guitar-playing, ice cream-loving hound dog. Read full book review >
KAI TO THE RESCUE! by Audrey Penn
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"An oft-told tale in fire-truck form. It's earnest, but it fizzles. (Picture book. 3-6)"
When a tiny green-and-white pumper joins the fire crew, the captain truck doubts his abilities. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Andrea Beaty
August 30, 2016

In Andrea Beaty and David Roberts’ new picture book Ada Twist, Scientist is like her classmates, builder Iggy and inventor Rosie: scientist Ada, a character of color, has a boundless imagination and has always been hopelessly curious. Why are there pointy things stuck to a rose? Why are there hairs growing inside your nose? When her house fills with a horrific, toe-curling smell, Ada knows it’s up to her to find the source. Not afraid of failure, she embarks on a fact-finding mission and conducts scientific experiments, all in the name of discovery. But this time, her experiments lead to even more stink and get her into trouble! Inspired by real-life makers such as Ada Lovelace and Marie Curie, Ada Twist, Scientist champions girl power and women scientists, and brings welcome diversity to picture books about girls in science. “Cool and stylish,” our reviewer writes. View video >