MS. BIXBY'S LAST DAY by John David Anderson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 21, 2016

"Sad and satisfying in just the right amounts. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Determined to give their hospitalized teacher a worthy "last day," three sixth-grade boys skip school and persevere on an impossible quest, deepening their friendship and discovering inner courage they didn't know they had. Read full book review >
CITY SHAPES by Diana Murray
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 21, 2016

"A visual feast of cityscape shapes. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Rhyming text and brilliant multimedia collage combine to follow a girl's journey through her beloved city. Read full book review >

FRANK AND LUCKY GET SCHOOLED by Lynne Rae Perkins
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 14, 2016

"As with Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith's Math Curse (1995), this book should open readers' eyes to the learning all around them. Of course, if they have learning companions like Lucky, so much the better. (Picture book. 4-8)"
When an unlucky boy and a lost dog find each other, their friendship leads to a lot of learning. Read full book review >
CODY HARMON, KING OF PETS by Claudia Mills
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 14, 2016

"Another winner from Mills, equally well suited to reading aloud and independent reading. (Fiction. 7-10)"
When Franklin School principal Mr. Boone announces a pet-show fundraiser, white third-grader Cody—whose lack of skill and interest in academics is matched by keen enthusiasm for and knowledge of animals—discovers his time to shine. Read full book review >
NINJA! ATTACK OF THE CLAN by Arree Chung
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 7, 2016

"A clever, laugh-out-loud story for a broad audience. (Picture book. 3-8)"
A young ninja seeks a worthy opponent, but his family is too busy to play. Read full book review >

BRING ME A ROCK! by Daniel Miyares
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 7, 2016

"Beautifully executed art, expressive bugs, and spare but pointed—arguably Marxist—text create a tale for all ages. (Picture book. 3-8)"
The smallest bug's contribution to the demands of the grasshopper king is at first spurned, but the little bug eventually prevails in more ways than one. Read full book review >
THE SEVENTH WISH by Kate Messner
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 7, 2016

"Hopeful, empathetic, and unusually enlightening. (author's note) (Fiction. 8-12)"
In this novel-length riff on "The Fisherman and His Wife," when Charlie goes ice fishing with pal Drew and his nana, she catches a fish who says it will grant her wishes in return for its release. Read full book review >
STEAMBOAT SCHOOL by Deborah Hopkinson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 7, 2016

"An unforgettable story that needs to be known. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A passion for education and freedom brings subversive ingenuity to life in 1847 St. Louis. Read full book review >
NOBODY LIKES A GOBLIN by Ben Hatke
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 7, 2016

"Endearing and entertaining: what's not to like—or love? (Picture book. 4-8)"
A small goblin finds courage when he defends a friend. Read full book review >
YOU BELONG HERE by M.H. Clark
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 1, 2016

"This lyrical picture book will draw readers under its soft wing, lulling children with its velveteen artwork and assured affirmations of each creature's special nook in such a spectacularly varied world. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A narrator whispers sweet assurances of belonging in the ear of a beloved, invoking animals' analogous habitats and hollows to bring the comforting ascriptions powerfully home. Read full book review >
A CHARMED LIFE / UNA VIDA CON SUERTE by Gladys E. Barbieri
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 31, 2016

"With illustrations that suggest a sunny memory, Felicia's story shows the ways that she's part of a continuing cycle, rather than an outsider, and does it without belaboring the point. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A young Latina girl has an unexpected encounter while accompanying her mother to work in this bilingual picture book touching on the immigrant experience. Read full book review >
FISH by Liam Francis Walsh
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 31, 2016

"A full-bodied story with an economy of style, this will be particularly rewarding for emerging readers. (Picture book. 3-7)"
This picture-book debut from a New Yorker cartoonist presents a child and a dog and their escapades while fishing. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Chris Cleave
June 14, 2016

In bestseller Chris Cleave’s latest novel Everyone Brave Is Forgiven, it’s London, 1939. The day war is declared, Mary North leaves finishing school unfinished, goes straight to the War Office, and signs up. Tom Shaw decides to ignore the war—until he learns his roommate Alistair Heath has unexpectedly enlisted. Then the conflict can no longer be avoided. Young, bright, and brave, Mary is certain she’d be a marvelous spy. When she is—bewilderingly—made a teacher, she finds herself defying prejudice to protect the children her country would rather forget. Tom, meanwhile, finds that he will do anything for Mary. And when Mary and Alistair meet, it is love, as well as war, that will test them in ways they could not have imagined, entangling three lives in violence and passion, friendship and deception, inexorably shaping their hopes and dreams. “Among all the recent fictions about the war, Cleave’s miniseries of a novel is a surprising standout,” our reviewer writes, “with irresistibly engaging characters who sharply illuminate issues of class, race, and wartime morality.” View video >