THE STORYTELLER by Evan Turk
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 28, 2016

"Original storytelling with the feel of the best folklore, enhanced by illustrations done in a style not seen anyplace else. (author's note, bibliography) (Picture book. 6-11)"
The art of storytelling is celebrated as a life-giving force in this enthralling picture book set in Morocco. Read full book review >
GARY'S GARDEN by Gary Northfield
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 28, 2016

"These quietly silly tableaux should fit nicely in the hands of backyard explorers and dreamers. (Graphic fantasy. 6-10)"
A garden microcosm comes alive as the author imagines the goings-on in his yard. Read full book review >

TIME FOR (EARTH) SCHOOL, DEWEY DEW by Leslie Staub
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 21, 2016

"ET or not, the first day of school will be ootay. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Dewey Dew's first day of school might look an awful lot like most kids', though it's a pretty safe bet they aren't extraterrestrials. Read full book review >
ON THE FIRST DAY OF KINDERGARTEN by Tish Rabe
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 21, 2016

"While this is a fairly bland treatment compared to Deborah Lee Rose and Carey Armstrong-Ellis' The Twelve Days of Kindergarten (2003), it basically gets the job done. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Rabe follows a young girl through her first 12 days of kindergarten in this book based on the familiar Christmas carol. Read full book review >
RAPPY GOES TO SCHOOL by Dan Gutman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 21, 2016

"Fans of rap and dinos will enjoy this; others may want something with more story. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Following series opener Rappy the Raptor (2015), Gutman and Bowers team up again to bring readers another chapter in Rappy's life story: the first day of school. Read full book review >

BEAR'S BIG DAY by Salina Yoon
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 21, 2016

"Going to school doesn't mean leaving childhood behind; stuffed lovies have a place still. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Bear may be big enough for school, but that doesn't mean he has to do everything by himself now. Read full book review >
DISOBEDIENCE SCHOOL by Kati Hites
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 21, 2016

"Winnie is sure to meet the challenge of school with the same verve she exhibits trying to teach her dog. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A little girl works through her school nervousness by setting up Winnie's Disobedience School for her dog, whose behavior needs some work. Read full book review >
THE PEOPLE OF THE TOWN by Alan Marks
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 21, 2016

"Ultimately, the uneven presentation makes this Mother Goose collection a supplemental purchase. (Picture book/nursery rhymes. 3-6)"
Over the course of one day, readers are introduced to some familiar and not-so-familiar nursery rhyme characters. Read full book review >
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 >
A ROYAL DISASTER by Lou Kuenzler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 21, 2016

"As a story to teach girls that their proper roles are as appearance-conscious, selfless helpmates, it succeeds insidiously. (Fantasy. 8-10)"
In her awkward first year, white Princess Grace faces challenges at Tall Towers Princess Academy. Read full book review >
THE SECRET FIRE by Whitaker Ringwald
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 21, 2016

"Rich in adventure and Greek mythology, and with an ending sentiment that is thoroughly wonderful, this tale is a satisfying conclusion to the series. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
The third book in the middle-grade Secret Box series culminates the adventures of Jax, Ethan, and Tyler as they try to keep the magical urns of Faith, Hope, and Love from falling into the wrong hands. Read full book review >
REVENGE OF THE ROACH! by Todd H.  Doodler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 21, 2016

"Another 'High flyve!' for the dump's doughty defenders. (Superhero farce. 7-9)"
The mighty muscid gets some unexpected help in this rematch with his greatest foe (Super Fly, 2015). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Swan Huntley
June 27, 2016

In Swan Huntley’s debut novel We Could Be Beautiful, Catherine West has spent her entire life surrounded by beautiful things. She owns an immaculate Manhattan apartment, she collects fine art, she buys exquisite handbags and clothing, and she constantly redecorates her home. And yet, despite all this, she still feels empty. One night, at an art opening, Catherine meets William Stockton, a handsome man who shares her impeccable taste and love of beauty. He is educated, elegant, and even has a personal connection—his parents and Catherine's parents were friends years ago. But as he and Catherine grow closer, she begins to encounter strange signs, and her mother, Elizabeth (now suffering from Alzheimer’s), seems to have only bad memories of William as a boy. In Elizabeth’s old diary she finds an unnerving letter from a former nanny that cryptically reads: “We cannot trust anyone . . . “ Is William lying about his past? “Huntley’s debut stands out not for its thrills but rather for her hawkish eye for social detail and razor-sharp wit,” our reviewer writes. “An intoxicating escape; as smart as it is fun.” View video >