PUDDLES!!! by Kevan Atteberry
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 24, 2016

"Filled with frenzied exclamations perfect for shouting (though the dynamics do not vary much—it is full force most of the time), the book will delight at storytimes. (Picture book. 3-6)"
That lovable, gleeful monster from Bunnies!!! (2015) is excited once again.Read full book review >
HARE AND TORTOISE by Alison Murray
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 24, 2016

"Clever and appealing. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A modern retelling of the Aesop classic. (Spoiler alert: slow but steady again wins the race.) Read full book review >

WHERE DO STEAM TRAINS SLEEP AT NIGHT? by Brianna Caplan Sayres
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 24, 2016

"Thanks to the popularity of Thomas the Tank Engine, hopeful engineers will want to be able to identify the many different types of trains, and their out-of-the-know adults will appreciate this inclusive primer. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Sayres and Slade move naturally from their truck lullaby, Where Do Diggers Sleep at Night? (2012), to this nighttime serenade to all things train. Read full book review >
EXTREMELY CUTE ANIMALS OPERATING HEAVY MACHINERY by David Gordon
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 24, 2016

"While readers may appreciate the messages of overcoming bullying and granting forgiveness, the story is hampered by cringe-inducing stereotypes. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Tutu, torches, and tenacity don't add up to a simple, ordinary story. Read full book review >
SUPERHERO INSTRUCTION MANUAL by Kristy Dempsey
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 17, 2016

"This funny, spirited exploration of superhero culture sans violence and with an added dose of familial love is a powerful addition to any bookshelf. (Picture book. 4-8)"
When there are no radioactive spiders around to gift you with super skills, curl up with the Superhero Instruction Manual to learn what it takes to realize your inner superhero.Read full book review >

DADDIES ARE AWESOME by Meredith Costain
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 17, 2016

"Daddy-and-child dog lovers can try some of these canine ways of expressing affection. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Puppies celebrate the many ways their dads are awesome. Read full book review >
I WANNA BE A GREAT BIG DINOSAUR by Heath McKenzie
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 17, 2016

"Something like a gender-switched companion to the author's My Rules for Being a Pretty Princess (2015), but with more give and take between the roles. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A little boy finds out what dinosaurs do…and vice versa. Read full book review >
EXCELLENT ED by Stacy McAnulty
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 17, 2016

"A warm, welcome reminder that everyone is excellent at something. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Ed, the Ellis family dog, has many talents, but none of them matches the excellence of the five Ellis children's—or so he thinks. Read full book review >
CAMPFIRE COOKIES by Martha Freeman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 17, 2016

"This sequel is lacking in 'flour power.' (Fiction. 8-12)"
The four members of Flowerpot Cabin reunite for another summer of friendship, romance, mystery, and cookies (The Secret Cookie Club, 2015).Read full book review >
IT WAS SO QUIET I COULD HEAR A PIN DROP by Andy Goodman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 17, 2016

"A clever concept, in both progression and design, whose realization sometimes falls short. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A child listens closely to the breeze as sounds evoke images and imaginings. Read full book review >
SOME KIND OF HAPPINESS by Claire Legrand
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 17, 2016

"A layered, thoughtful exploration. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Sometimes stories are a means of survival. Read full book review >
HILO by Judd Winick
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 17, 2016

"Solid. Expect this series to receive the same reverence as Jeff Smith's Bone. (Graphic science fiction. 7-12)"
Hilo, D.J., and Gina have reunited to save the world from more impending robot invasions. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Emma Straub
author of MODERN LOVERS
May 30, 2016

In Emma Straub’s new novel Modern Lovers, friends and former college bandmates Elizabeth and Andrew and Zoe have watched one another marry, buy real estate, and start businesses and families, all while trying to hold on to the identities of their youth. But nothing ages them like having to suddenly pass the torch (of sexuality, independence, and the ineffable alchemy of cool) to their own offspring. Back in the band’s heyday, Elizabeth put on a snarl over her Midwestern smile, Andrew let his unwashed hair grow past his chin, and Zoe was the lesbian all the straight women wanted to sleep with. Now nearing fifty, they all live within shouting distance in the same neighborhood deep in gentrified Brooklyn, and the trappings of the adult world seem to have arrived with ease. But the summer that their children reach maturity (and start sleeping together), the fabric of the adult lives suddenly begins to unravel, and the secrets and revelations that are finally let loose—about themselves, and about the famous fourth band member who soared and fell without them—can never be reclaimed. “Straub’s characters are a quirky and interesting bunch, well aware of their own good fortune, and it’s a pleasure spending time with them in leafy Ditmas Park,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >