DUCK, DUCK, PORCUPINE! by Salina Yoon
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 17, 2016

"Although they don't have quite the sophistication of Elephant and Piggie, these three friends should find a place on the shelf with Yoon's earlier reading buddy, Penguin. (Graphic early reader. 5-8)"
A simple chapter book/graphic novel to engage the youngest new readers. Read full book review >
THE SWORD IN THE STOVE by Frank W. Dormer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 17, 2016

"A joyful, silly tale for the adventurer, boy or girl, young or old: medieval mayhem at its best. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Two chefs solve one big mystery (albeit too late!) in this humorous spoof on the knight-and-dragon tale. Read full book review >

OVER THE OCEAN by Taro Gomi
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 17, 2016

"With sharp shapes and a riot of color, the prolific Gomi's simple premise should spark young imaginations. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The world's diversity is depicted in a series of colorful, geometrical pictures. Read full book review >
DOUGLAS, YOU NEED GLASSES! by Ged Adamson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 17, 2016

"A lighthearted introduction to the perks of wearing glasses. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Everything looks great when a myopic dog gets glasses.Read full book review >
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 >
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 >