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 >
THE DUNGEONEERS by John David Anderson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 23, 2015

"Readers may well feel that the wait in between battles and heists feels a little too much like school. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Even a school for rogues is, at its core, a school. Read full book review >
THE PIRATE PIG by Cornelia Funke
by Cornelia Funke, illustrated by Kerstin Meyer, translated by Oliver Latsch
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 23, 2015

"A nifty high-seas caper for chapter-book readers with a love of adventure and a yearning for treasure. (Adventure. 7-9)"
It's not truffles but doubloons that tickle this porcine wayfarer's fancy. 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 >
THE WAND & THE SEA by Claire M. Caterer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 23, 2015

"Generic. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Holly returns to the alternate realm that she can only reach from a holiday cottage. 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 >
WELCOME HOME! by Kristin Earhart
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 16, 2015

"This agreeable story may well send its readers in search of the classic that was its inspiration. (Fiction. 7-10)"
A new chapter-book series builds on the familiar world of Marguerite Henry's Misty of Chincoteague (1947).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 >