THE WOLF WHO WANTED TO BE A SUPERHERO by Orianne Lallemand
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Superpowers may fail, but true friends are always there in need. (Picture book. 5-7)"
An inept wolf discovers there's more to being a superhero than sporting a "super-mind-boggling" costume. Read full book review >
MIKA THE BEAR IS AFRAID OF THE DARK by Yann Walcker
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"The long polar night will never be the same. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Mika is a young white polar bear whose imagination works double-time—particularly at bedtime. Read full book review >

GREAT by Glen Gretzky
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Fun and effort trump commercialization and competitiveness every time in sports, and this book tells a plain truth that Gretzky learned early. (Picture book. 4-8)"
If you have a hankering for hockey, when the Gretzky family weighs in, sit up and listen. Read full book review >
FARMER FALGU GOES ON A TRIP by Chitra Soundar
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"A quiet discovery that home is best. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Falgu, an Indian farmer, is trying to escape his noisy farm. Read full book review >
THE CREEPY CASE FILES OF MARGO MALOO by Drew Weing
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"A tough, ambitious, and courageous heroine is always welcome, and Margo and Charles are an odd couple kids will enjoy rooting for. (Graphic fantasy. 8-12)"
In the grand tradition of childhood adventures executed free from adult interference, this graphic novel takes readers on escapades involving two young monster hunters and the ghosts, goblins, and other wicked beasties lurking in the underbelly of their city. Read full book review >

BOOK UNCLE AND ME by Uma Krishnaswami
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Yasmin's campaign should help inspire young readers to believe in their own potential to make a difference and teach the valuable lesson that sometimes it takes several small actions to make big moves. (Fiction. 8-11)"
When her source of books is threatened, so is 9-year-old Yasmin's goal of reading a book a day "forever." Read full book review >
THE JOURNEY by Francesca Sanna
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"A necessary, artful, and searing story. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-12)"
A timely, powerful picture book about refugees. Read full book review >
THE BIG ADVENTURES OF MR. SMALL by JoAnn Adinolfi
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"The sheer looniness of the premise combines with potty humor for a fairly specialized audience; readers looking for a traditional friendship book may find themselves averting their eyes. (Picture book. 7-9)"
Can eyeballs be characters if they don't have a face to sit in? If you add stick arms and legs, they can. When they link up with a "teeny tiny hamster" who's in search of a big adventure, the result is a goofy plot. Read full book review >
BENNY AND PENNY IN HOW TO SAY GOODBYE by Geoffrey Hayes
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Another sweet, empathetic day with Benny and Penny. (Graphic early reader. 5-8)"
The sixth title in the Benny and Penny graphic early reader series captures children's transitory emotions with quiet, forgiving humor. Read full book review >
DOING HER BIT by Erin Hagar
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Crisp dialogue and small dramas propel this story of a young woman's summer of service in wartime and women's emerging power on the homefront. (author's note, web search ideas, bibliography, period posters and photographs) (Picture book. 6-9)"
Based on real events and people, Hagar's story follows college student Helen Stevens during the summer of 1917 as the white "New York City college girl" learns farming to support the war effort. Read full book review >
POND by Jim LaMarche
Kirkus Star
by Jim LaMarche, illustrated by Jim LaMarche
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"A loving portrayal of a never-forgotten connection with the natural world. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Matt, his sister, Katie, and his best friend, Pablo, revive a pond in the woods and enjoy it throughout the seasons. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Bryan makes real and palpable what chattel slavery meant and how it affected those who were enslaved; every child who studies American slavery would benefit from experiencing this historically grounded web of narratives. (author's note) (Picture book/poetry. 6-10)"
Bryan gives voices to the voiceless and presents the dreams of slaves who went to the grave without living them. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jeff Chang
September 20, 2016

In the provocative essays in journalist Jeff Chang’s new book We Gon’ Be Alright, Chang takes an incisive and wide-ranging look at the recent tragedies and widespread protests that have shaken the country. Through deep reporting with key activists and thinkers, personal writing, and cultural criticism, We Gon’ Be Alright links #BlackLivesMatter to #OscarsSoWhite, Ferguson to Washington D.C., the Great Migration to resurgent nativism. Chang explores the rise and fall of the idea of “diversity,” the roots of student protest, changing ideas about Asian Americanness, and the impact of a century of racial separation in housing. “He implores readers to listen, act, and become involved with today’s activists, who offer ‘new ways to see our past and our present,’ ” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A compelling and intellectually thought-provoking exploration of the quagmire of race relations.” View video >