YOU'RE DOING THAT IN THE TALENT SHOW?! by Lynn Plourde
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"Best friends don't have to do everything together, but they are there for one another, and Tiny and Penelope exemplify that. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Exuberant Penelope and shy and retiring Tiny, the most oddball of friends, are back, this time trying to decide what they can do together in the school talent show.Read full book review >
SNAIL AND WORM by Tina Kügler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"Friendship and the difficulty of clear communication are the basis for the conflict between classic duos like Frog and Toad, George and Martha, and Elephant and Piggie. None of these need to fear being replaced by Snail and Worm. (Early reader. 6-9)"
Three stories told in mostly one-syllable sight words for beginning readers introduce yet another odd-couple pair of animal friends. Read full book review >

COWPOKE CLYDE RIDES THE RANGE by Lori Mortensen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"Another doggone funny cowboy caper chock full o' chuckles. (Picture book. 3-8)"
That ol' rascal Cowpoke Clyde is back in the saddle again for another rollicking ride on the range (Cowpoke Clyde and Dirty Dawg, 2013), this time on one of them newfangled machines called a bicycle.Read full book review >
WOLF CAMP by Andrea Zuill
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"This debut picture book will delight more than dog lovers. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Homer, a goggle-eyed, middle-size houndish-looking canine, yearns to go to Wolf Camp, a place "Where every dog can live as a wolf—for an entire week!" Read full book review >
LORENZO, THE PIZZA-LOVING LOBSTER by Claire Lordon
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"Look for stronger food and friendship books than this one. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Will involving kids in the cooking process help them try new foods? Lordon uses pizza-making to entice in this venture into new tastes. Read full book review >

SCUBA DOG by Ann Marie Stephens
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"Sweet, uneven, and slight. (Picture book. 4-6)"
A dog finds a friend in an unlikely place. Can a dog and a whale be friends? Read full book review >
ADA'S VIOLIN by Susan Hood
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"Pair with the suggested video links to experience the music of a remarkable, resilient cultural community. (author's note, websites, videos, quotation sources, photographs) (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
Hood presents the story of a Paraguayan youth orchestra whose instruments are fashioned from garbage collected in the local landfill. Read full book review >
A FIRE TRUCK NAMED RED by Randall de Sève
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"Staake and de Sève are a perfect match in this intergenerational tale that puts value on experience, memories, and time spent together. An absolute delight. (Picture book. 3-7)"
When Rowan receives his grandfather's toy fire truck, he learns to see beauty—and adventure—in the old. Read full book review >
MY OLD PAL, OSCAR by Amy Hest
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"Hest and Bates' previous joint dog project, The Dog Who Belonged to No One (2008), was a more tender and effective narrative. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Alone at the beach, a black-and-white puppy huddles under the pier until it spots a child. Read full book review >
A YEAR OF BORROWED MEN by Michelle Barker
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"This heartfelt picture book helps readers appreciate wartime's toll. (Picture book. 6-9)"
A tender memoir of human decency during wartime as seen through the eyes of the author's then-8-year-old mother. Read full book review >
BIG CITY EXPLORER by Maggie Li
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2016

"Problematic for libraries due to the detachable token, but like Mary Javins' 3-D World Atlas and Tour (2008), the gimmick isn't indispensable to the journey. (review quizzes) (Informational novelty. 6-8)"
A penguin guide conducts prospective tourists on a whirlwind flight over 28 world cities. Read full book review >
PINNY IN SUMMER by Joanne Schwartz
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2016

"Whether used as a read-aloud or a bridge between early readers and chapter books, a serene treat. (Picture book. 3-7)"
An agreeable young girl named Pinny enjoys her version of a perfect day near the sea. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Marilu Henner
author of CHANGING NORMAL
April 26, 2016

After they’d been dating only a short while, and as they were falling in love, Marilu Henner and Michael Brown were hit with the ultimate bad news: Michael was diagnosed with cancer. Refusing traditional care, they pieced together a personal and holistic view on battling his cancer, all while forging an unbreakable bond. In this moving and informative book, Marilu pulls back the curtain on how they dealt with the blow. She relates her holistic perspective on health—including the superfoods, exercises, and immunotherapy they used to fight back—and why a diagnosis doesn’t have to be the end of romance or of a happy and fulfilling life. “An inspiring love story wrapped in a serious call for new ways to treat disease,” our reviewer writes. View video >