ASTRONOMY LAB FOR KIDS by Michelle Nichols
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 5, 2016

"This well-thought-out collection includes many demonstrations familiar to science educators as well as some surprising and engaging new ones; it should be a welcome addition to any school, public, or home science library. (Nonfiction. 8-14)"
Explore the science of astronomy through hands-on activities! Read full book review >
UNDER THE SEA by Paul Boston
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 5, 2016

"An invigorating wade into a range of useful skills, though the settings aren't as carefully crafted as the instructional elements. (suggested activities) (Instructional picture book. 5-7)"
Linked mazes lead young questors past math, measurement, and map-reading challenges to an undersea castle. Read full book review >

ANNO'S CHINA by Mitsumasa Anno
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"It's been a hair over two decades since a new book by Anno (Anno's Magic Seeds, 1995) last made its way to our shores; this tour, breathtaking in its own right, is therefore doubly welcome. (Picture book. 5-10)"
The Japanese master of quotidian detail takes readers up China's Yellow River in this new book, first published in Japan in 2009. Read full book review >
THE FROG AND THE BOY by Mao Xiao
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"Little ones will have fun mimicking the characters without realizing they're learning Chinese at the same time. (glossary) (Bilingual picture book. 3-8)"
Who knew a human boy and a frog could have so much in common? Read full book review >
RORY THE RABBIT by Yimei Wang
by Yimei Wang, illustrated by Chunmiao Li, translated by Adam Lanphier
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"Young children will relate to Rory's dilemma and respond to the adorable illustrations, but non-native readers will struggle to use the book as a learning tool. (glossary) (Bilingual picture book. 5-12)"
When Rory the rabbit discovers he's different from his rabbit friends, he feels self-conscious and decides to find another tribe. Read full book review >

PICKING TURNIPS by Xu Zhou
by Xu Zhou, illustrated by Xu Zhou, translated by Adam Lanphier
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"An ambitious but not entirely successful reboot of a familiar favorite. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A little mouse's "uncle's uncle's uncle" is the source of a lightly fractured version of Tolstoy's "The Gigantic Turnip." Read full book review >
WHO WANTS CANDIED HAWBERRIES? by Dongni Bao
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"A heartwarming story with a bit of mystery, available in both English and Chinese. (Picture book. 6-8)"
In winter, an old man enters Cat's Eye Hutong (alleyway or lane) with his bicycle, fitted with a rack filled with candied hawberry skewers, a Chinese treat. Read full book review >
BUDDY IS SO ANNOYING by Wenzheng Fu
by Wenzheng Fu, illustrated by Wenzheng Fu, translated by Adam Lanphier
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"Visually appealing and wryly amusing. (Picture book. 4-6)"
A tale of best friends, one a human child and one a very anthropomorphized boar named Buddy. Read full book review >
I WANT THAT LOVE by Tatsuya Miyanishi
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"Only the coldblooded will fail to be moved by this poignant story. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Innocent trust turns a domineering bully into a caring protector who makes the ultimate sacrifice in this prehistoric tale of personal growth. Read full book review >
KAMIK JOINS THE PACK by Darryl Baker
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"A keen introduction to a way of being in the world. (Picture book. 5-7)"
The fundamentals of dog sledding emerge in this story of two youngsters, one a boy and the other a dog, eager to join the team and run. Read full book review >
POLAR BEAR by William Flaherty
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"Uninspired outings. (Informational early reader. 6-8)"
A first introduction to the largest living land-dwelling carnivore. Read full book review >
CREATURES CLOSE UP by Gillian Watts
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"Hyper-realistic delights for young naturalists. (index) (Informational picture book. 6-10)"
Forty-five small animals, most native to Madagascar, pose with regal splendor in a French photographer's eye-widening sampler. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >