WHEN AN ELEPHANT FALLS IN LOVE by Davide Cali
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 20, 2016

"A wry exploration of the symptoms of falling in love. (Picture book. 4-8)"
An elephant in love, it turns out, behaves an awful lot like a besotted human being. Read full book review >
LINES, SQUIGGLES, LETTERS, WORDS by Ruth Rocha
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"This will have many children looking for meaning all around them. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A child's transition to literacy is celebrated in this Brazilian import. Read full book review >

HEART TO HEART by Lois Ehlert
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Rebuses get a text update for a modern love note. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Ehlert combines her iconic cut-paper images of fruits and vegetables with some text-speak to create a rebus story for Valentine's Day. Read full book review >
THE HELLO ATLAS by Ben Handicott
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 20, 2016

"So many different ways to say hello or to wish someone a good day, a fine meal, or a happy birthday! (Informational picture book. 7-11)"
Children around the world offer greetings and conversational overtures in over 125 languages. 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 >

CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"The highlights of this collection are the notes and the CD itself; jazz aficionados wishing to share their enthusiasm with their children may find it a useful vehicle. (Picture book. 5-8)"
An anthology of familiar songs from the mid-20th century are gathered in a petite picture book, with illustrations, notes, and an accompanying CD. Read full book review >
THE LITTLE BOOK OF BACKYARD BIRD SONGS by Andrea Pinnington
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"A 'trilling' way to bring natural history into the nursery. (replaceable batteries) (Informational novelty. 5-10)"
Sound clips enhance first introductions to a dozen common North American birds. Read full book review >
THE GREAT SOCK SECRET by Susan Whelan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Like Sarah, readers will breathe a sigh of relief when her mother abandons her search for the socks—and maybe they'll start peeking around for fairies in their own homes. (Picture book. 4-8)"
If you have not seen a fairy, then you are not looking in the right place—or maybe the time isn't right and they are being warned away by a friend. Read full book review >
CANDY PINK by Adela Turin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"A simplistic, well-meaning tale. (Picture book. 4-7)"
First published in Italy 40 years ago, this picture book challenges sexism with a story about an anthropomorphic elephant who subverts her community's notions about what girls should look like and how they should behave. Read full book review >
JAY VERSUS THE SAXOPHONE OF DOOM by Kara Kootstra
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Orr's afterword has the final words—on passion, struggle, respect—qualities Kootstra has spun into her story with understated dexterity. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Kootstra manages to breed a saxophone to a hockey stick and produce one sweet boy. Read full book review >
WHAT THIS STORY NEEDS IS A BANG AND A CLANG by Emma J. Virján
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Muted giggles but no standing ovation for this orchestra. (Early reader. 3-6)"
The fourth in the early-reading Pig in a Wig series. Read full book review >
ONE MINUTE TILL BEDTIME by Kenn Nesbitt
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A dreamy collection of bedtime poems and witty illustrations that's anything but sleepy. (Poetry. 4-10)"
A substantial compilation of new poems for children by over 130 poets. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >