ANIMALS SPELL LOVE by David Cundy
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"The sentiment is true even when obscured, as here, by ostentatious graphic design. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A series of fanciful animal portraits, constructed using only the letters or signs for "Love" or "I love you" in 16 languages (or 18, depending how you count). Read full book review >
THE FRIEND SHIP by Kat Yeh
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"A sweet, simple story with a nicely offbeat heroine. (Picture book. 3-6)"
All the animals are welcome to come aboard. Read full book review >

YOGA BUNNY by Brian Russo
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"This may inspire little yogis, but for accurate examples of the asanas, consult an actual instruction book. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The popularity of yoga for kids guarantees a market for this lesson book, based on the author's website of the same name. Read full book review >
LADIES OF LIBERTY by Cokie Roberts
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"These short pieces may start young people on the search for more information about these intriguing figures. (Informational picture book. 8-11)"
Highlighting women writers, educators, and reformers from the 18th and early 19th centuries, Roberts brings a group of women, many not so well-known, into focus and provides a new perspective on the early history of the United States in this picture-book version of her adult book of the same title (2008). Read full book review >
THE CURIOUS FOX by Ross McDonagh
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"Compassionate and imaginative (Picture book. 5-9)"
A young fox wonders how he can discover what makes him unique in this big world. Read full book review >

WHAT COLOR IS A KISS? by Rocio Bonilla
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"Likely to be a kiss for artists-in-training but a miss for others. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A little girl who knows her mind when it comes to what she likes is stymied when she ponders the color of a kiss. Read full book review >
GROUNDHOG'S RUNAWAY SHADOW by David Biedrzycki
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"Delightful. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A groundhog mutiny! Will Phil's shadow ever return? Read full book review >
I HEART YOU by Meg Fleming
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"The love is palpable in these pages, and adults and children will surely talk about their own ways of loving after sharing this. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Adult animals describe how they show their love for their little ones. Read full book review >
I WILL LOVE YOU ANYWAY by Mick Inkpen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"A Valentine to dogs, though the message is mixed. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Even naughty dogs who can't behave need someone to love them. Read full book review >
WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT YOU? by Karen Lechelt
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"Rather than building self-esteem, this book seems to be sending the troubling message that it is constructed through a child's relationships to others. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Various anthropomorphic animals share with a child what they love most about themselves. Read full book review >
LOVE YOU TOO by Alastair Heim
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"A rhyming invitation for adults and children to read together. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A daughter finishes each one of her father's sentences as the two pink pigs go through their shared day. Read full book review >
A FURRY FIASCO by Paul DuBois Jacobs
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"The didactic plot is further hampered by exposition and too many characters to keep straight. (preview of next book) (Fiction/animal fantasy. 7-10)"
A misunderstanding at Animal Inn leads to anxiety. 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 >