THE PEAR VIOLIN by Bingbo
by Bingbo, illustrated by Gumi
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 1, 2016

"This quiet tale's beguiling details may well draw even action-oriented children in long enough that they hear its message. (Picture book. 5-7)"
A squirrel, a pear, and a violin form the key elements in this unusual story that expresses how music can bring a community together. Read full book review >
OCEAN ANIMALS by Johnna Rizzo
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 1, 2016

"A child-friendly invitation to dive in. (glossary, index, picture credits, acknowledgments) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Striking photographs illustrate this collection of marine animals, a sampling of remarkable creatures that live in and around the ocean. Read full book review >

AND THEN... by Alborozo
by Alborozo, illustrated by Alborozo
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 1, 2016

"Anxious children angered by the competing demands raised by a newborn may well relate. (Picture book. 3-6)"
It's her party, but no one is paying attention to the birthday girl. Read full book review >
WHEN PENNY MET POTUS by Rachel Ruiz
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 1, 2016

"As a sweet, simple miniexplainer of a very specific bit of jargon, it works, and the election-year timing couldn't be better. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A common political acronym is decoded when a young girl accompanies her mother to her White House job and meets the mysterious "POTUS." Read full book review >
LITTLE HOME BIRD by Jo Empson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 1, 2016

"Simply lovely. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Little Bird loves his cozy nest so much that, as winter approaches, he can't bear to leave it. Read full book review >

PEARL'S OCEAN MAGIC by Catherine Hapka
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 1, 2016

"Sinks. (Fantasy. 6-9)"
Young dolphin Pearl encounters braggarts, bullies, and friends during her first day at magical dolphin school. Read full book review >
THIS IS THE HOUSE THAT MONSTERS BUILT by Steve Metzger
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 28, 2016

"For fans of cumulative rhymes and monsters of all sorts. (Picture book. 4-7)"
In a "House That Jack Built" tale that exemplifies the butterfly effect, some costumed kids who shout "Trick or treat!" cause havoc at a house full of monsters. Read full book review >
THE MYSTERY OF THE HAUNTED FARM by Elys Dolan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 28, 2016

"This is one haunted farm readers won't want to skip. (Picture book. 5-10)"
Dolan takes her zany, anthropomorphic animals to new heights of silliness in this Halloween tale. Read full book review >
YO HO HO, HALLOWEEN! by Pam Muñoz Ryan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 28, 2016

"It is oh-so-easy for readers to get caught up in both Tony's infectious excitement and his terrible woes; this should be necessary reading before making costume decisions. (Early reader. 5-8)"
Ryan and Fotheringham once again nail the early-elementary mindset, this time looking at Halloween costumes through Tony Baloney's eyes. Read full book review >
MILK GOES TO SCHOOL by Terry Border
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 28, 2016

"Border's shtick goes on far too long for readers to want seconds of Milk and Waffle. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Border continues his series of books about anthropomorphized food, this time focusing on Milk and her first day of school. Read full book review >
SOPHIE'S SQUASH GO TO SCHOOL by Pat Zietlow Miller
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 28, 2016

"Sophie's negativity is a definite turnoff, though Steven and his problem-solving are delightful. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A little girl's friendship with the two squash she grew in her garden (Bernice's twin babies from Sophie's Squash, 2013) gets in the way of a friendship with a real child when Sophie starts school. Read full book review >
KINDERGARTEN IS COOL! by Linda E. Marshall
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 28, 2016

"A rollicking reassurance that school will be fun. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Rhyming verses show those new to school just how cool kindergarten will be. 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 >