KIMMY'S MARVELOUS WIND-CATCHING WONDER by Linda Glaser
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 11, 2017

"An upbeat esteem booster and discussion starter. (Picture book. 4-6)"
The eponymous wonder is a rather mundane paper kite, created and eventually flown by Kimmy, a young brown-skinned girl with two long, black braids. Read full book review >
A DIFFERENT KIND OF PASSOVER by Linda Leopold Strauss
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 1, 2017

"A girl finds wonderful answers to her Passover questions in this sympathetic tale that will resonate with many families. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Passover is a time of traditional observance, but this year could be different for a young girl. Read full book review >

MUSIC TIME by Gwendolyn Hooks
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2017

"An earnest and conscientious effort to add diversity to new readers' choices. (Early reader. 5-8)"
Set in the diverse urban neighborhood introduced by Paula Yoo and Ng-Benitez in Lily's New Home and Want to Play (both 2016), this newest entry focuses on Henry, a would-be rock-star drummer. Read full book review >
OLIVIA THE SPY by Ian Falconer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 4, 2017

"Once die-hard fans spy this, they'll make a grab for it. (Picture book. 4-7)"
That irrepressible porker is back. Read full book review >
THE CRANE GIRL by Curtis Manley
Kirkus Star
adapted by Curtis Manley, illustrated by Lin Wang
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2017

"More from this team would be a welcome addition to folk-tale collections. (pronunciation guide, author's notes) (Picture book/folk tale. 4-10)"
A popular Japanese folk tale in which a crane pays back an obligation by becoming human is retold with an unusual ending and with haiku-sprinkled prose. Read full book review >

WE'RE ALL WONDERS by R.J.  Palacio
Released: March 28, 2017

"A feel-good volume lacking the wonder of Wonder. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Auggie, from the bestselling novel Wonder (2012), returns as a picture-book protagonist. Read full book review >
BOO! by Ben Newman
by Ben Newman, illustrated by Ben Newman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 11, 2017

"A natural as a high-volume storytime ice breaker or lagniappe. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Everyone's afraid of something. Read full book review >
ESCAPE FROM LION'S HEAD by Devon Hughes
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 4, 2017

"A compelling page-turner with depth. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
In a futuristic city where the wealthy live in high towers above the poisonous air and citizens are entertained by death matches between hybridized animals, two teens defy the government in hopes of changing their world. Read full book review >
HOW TO MAKE A PEANUT BUTTER, JELLY AND KUNG FU SANDWICH by Jason Bays
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 28, 2017

"A zanily cluttered exploration of format and style that transcends its pages into the digital world. (Graphic fantasy. 6-11)"
In this action-packed graphic offering, a nervous young boy and his fearless robot companion fight to save everyone's favorite sandwich fixings from a nefarious fowl. Read full book review >
MUTANT MANTIS LUNCH LADIES! by Bruce Hale
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 7, 2017

"'Freakity freaking freakiness!' (to quote Carlos) on a high and gleeful level. (Horror. 8-10)"
Seasoned fourth-grade monster hunters Carlos and Benny find heaping helpings of horror in the lunchroom. Read full book review >
IN THE LAND OF ELVES by Daniela Drescher
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2017

"A visually charming peek into the secret life of elves. (Picture book. 4-7)"
From spring to winter, elves pursue hidden seasonal activities. Read full book review >
UNDER THE UMBRELLA by Catherine Buquet
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2017

"Memorable and instructive without a hint of didacticism. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A grumpy man fights a rainstorm and other pedestrians but learns a lesson when his umbrella goes flying. 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 >