NORTH, SOUTH, EAST, WEST by Margaret Wise Brown
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"Equal parts wistful and uplifting—a small triumph. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A previously unpublished story from the author of Goodnight Moon takes flight in this poignant, charming picture book. Read full book review >
THE RUNAWAY EGG by Katy Hudson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"Being an older sibling has never been this harrowing—and hilarious. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Taking care of a younger sibling is a challenge for Chick, especially when the sibling is still in his egg. Read full book review >

OPPOSITE DAY by Nora Ericson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"Silliness resolves into true affection in this airy encore. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Dill, an "odd duck," and Bizzy, a "strange bird," return following their eponymous debut to find their friendship tested as they spend a day doing everything the opposite way. Read full book review >
LONG LIVE THE QUEEN by Gerry Swallow
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"Clever, humorous sequel with a 'take-charge, kick-butt' heroine. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
In this sequel to Blue in the Face (2016), 12-year-old, white Elspeth returns to the parallel world of New Winkieland. Read full book review >
FREDERICK DOUGLASS by Walter Dean Myers
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"A posthumous title of distinction from the multiaward-winning novelist, biographer, historian, and third National Ambassador for Young People's Literature. (timeline, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 7-10)"
From slavery to anti-slavery activist—a life honored and remembered. Read full book review >

THE LEGENDARY MISS LENA HORNE by Carole Boston Weatherford
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"A memorable life dedicated to music and civil rights, presented with commensurate style. (bibliography, further reading, listening, and viewing) (Picture book/biography. 7-10)"
Twentieth-century racism tried hard to deny this great performer her voice—and failed. Read full book review >
THE STORM WHALE IN WINTER by Benji Davies
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"A meditative tale of family, friendship and warmth. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A winter tale of a boy, his dad, and a whale Read full book review >
I DO NOT LIKE AL'S HAT by Erin McGill
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"Fans of quirky humor and hard-core rabbit lovers won't mind the arbitrariness of the ending, and the art is charming. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A magician's rabbit decides he's had his ears pulled one too many times. Read full book review >
HOW TO BE A BIGGER BUNNY by Florence Minor
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"A happy ending for a little bunny whose reading helps her do big things. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Book-smarts help Tickles the bunny save the day in this latest collaboration from the Minors. Read full book review >
FENWAY AND HATTIE AND THE EVIL BUNNY GANG by Victoria J. Coe
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"A slight and predictable story that will likely find most appeal with serious dog (or bunny) lovers. (Fiction. 8-10)"
There's a single conceit to this series: Fenway, the exuberant Jack Russell terrier who relates the tale, understands people—but in a charming and, well, doggy way. Read full book review >
THE SOMEDAY BIRDS by Sally J. Pla
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"Hopeful, authentic, and oddly endearing. (Fiction. 8-12)"
While serving as a journalist in Afghanistan, a widowed father of four is injured, leaving him hospitalized and his children without a parent. Read full book review >
THE ETHAN I WAS BEFORE by Ali Standish
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"This is the sort of melodramatic story that relies on the characters never telling each other the whole truth; add that to being yet another book about a tragic medical situation for a miss. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A grieving boy befriends an unconventional girl in a small Southern town in Standish's debut. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Clinton Kelly
January 9, 2017

Bestselling author and television host Clinton Kelly’s memoir I Hate Everyone Except You is a candid, deliciously snarky collection of essays about his journey from awkward kid to slightly-less-awkward adult. Clinton Kelly is probably best known for teaching women how to make their butts look smaller. But in I Hate Everyone, Except You, he reveals some heretofore-unknown secrets about himself, like that he’s a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks, and perhaps the world’s least enthused high-school commencement speaker. Whether he’s throwing his baby sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career or heroically rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with aplomb. With his signature wit, he shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations, like deciding whether it’s acceptable to eat chicken wings with a fork on live television (spoiler: it’s not). “A thoroughly light and entertaining memoir,” our critic writes. View video >