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 >
TROLL CONTROL by Elise Allen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 17, 2016

"A mostly lukewarm second outing. (Science fiction. 7-12)"
Only two days after her first assignment for the Association Linking Intergalactics and Earthlings as Neighbors, 12-year-old Gabby Duran's cosmically renowned babysitting skills are called back into service. 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 >
BEFORE I WAKE UP... by Britta Teckentrup
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 15, 2016

"This charming bedtime read-aloud, a German import, assures children that a new day awaits them. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A child dreams of sailing across the sky and sea, accompanied by a favorite stuffed lion. Read full book review >
MARISOL MCDONALD Y EL MONSTRUO / MARISOL MCDONALD AND THE MONSTER by Monica Brown
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 15, 2016

"Marvelously mismatched Marisol McDonald brings her unique perspective to the exploration of the universal topic of fear. (author's note, bilingual glossary) (Picture book. 5-8)"
When Marisol McDonald hears a bump in the night, her imagination goes wild, making her certain there must be a monster beneath her bed. Read full book review >

TINY STITCHES by Gwendolyn Hooks
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 15, 2016

"A good alternative to dense chapter biographies and a rousing tribute to a man unjustly forgotten. (notes, glossary, references) (Picture book. 7-12)"
Hooks (The Noisy Night, 2014, etc.) and Bootman (Hey, Charleston!, 2013, etc.) illuminate the trials and triumphs of Vivien Thomas and his vital role in the development of children's open-heart surgery.Read full book review >
A MORNING WITH GRANDPA by Sylvia Liu
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 15, 2016

"A fine example of contemporary multicultural literature. (glossary, sources) (Picture book. 4-8)"
Debut author Liu scores with a sweet story about the joys of intergenerational relationships. Read full book review >
CRABBING by Tilda Balsley
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 15, 2016

"Great nibbles of science and culture and an important culinary tradition all rolled into one. (Picture book. 4-8)"
One granddad, two boys, and fish heads for the line: a perfect recipe for crabbing. Read full book review >
OUR GREAT BIG BACKYARD by Laura Bush
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"Produced to celebrate the National Park Service's upcoming centenary, a breezy invitation to prospective travelers to 'get out there!' (Picture book. 6-8)"
A family road trip through several national parks transforms young Jane's feelings about missing out on a summer of online fun with her friends. Read full book review >
MEGALOPOLIS by Cléa Dieudonné
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"A bit awkward to follow considering its length and orientation but truly a grand tour. (Novelty. 6-9)"
An extraplanetary visitor's city visit literally unfolds in this unusually formatted panorama. Read full book review >
BEST FRIENDS FOR NEVER by Adrienne Maria Vrettos
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"In the end the book feels as though it needed a couple more drafts to pull all its elements into balance. (Magical realism. 8-12)"
Moving to small-town Massachusetts from Brooklyn wasn't easy for 12-year-old narrator Hattie, but she lucked into a group of friends fairly quickly. Read full book review >
THE DADDY STORE by Sanne Miltenburg
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"Visit the library or bookstore for a new read instead. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A flier from the Daddy Store starts a young boy to thinking about his dad's flaws. 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 >