OFF AND RUNNING by Gary Soto
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Lightweight. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Miata (The Skirt, 1992) is running for class president against Rudy and Alex (Boys at Work, 1995), but her campaign to beautify the school has less natural appeal than the boys' endearingly goofy promises of more recess and ice cream. Read full book review >
LOO-LOO, BOO, AND ART YOU CAN DO by Denis Roche
NONFICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Roche's illustrations, primitive and antic, are sure to entice readers into a world of art that inspires rather than intimidates. (Picture book. 4-9)"
TV stars Loo-Loo and Boo walk readers through potato printmaking, mask creation, collage, and sculpture in this useful art primer intended to reach budding craftspeople at their own level. Read full book review >

THE LANGUAGE OF DOVES by Rosemary Wells
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"The best: In his youth, the grandfather would scour the woods for parasols and morelli, then launch his dove to send word of his finds to the cook at the orphanage. (Picture book. 5-8)"
This story starts on a Brooklyn rooftop. Read full book review >
WHAT'S WHAT? by Mary Serfozo
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Rhyme, riddle, and art—this is a winner on all counts. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A charmingly simple rhyming concept book from the team behind Rain Talk (1990) about opposite qualities that all culminate in one lovable creature. ``Ice cream is cold,'' ``Slippers are warm,'' and ``Shorts are short,'' but ``what's soft and hard and warm and cold and wet and dry and long and short and light and dark all at the same time?'' The answer is a puppy whose nails are hard, ``His nose is wet and cold . . . Read full book review >
I AM ME! by Alexa Brandenberg
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"All the daydreams fly in the face of gender stereotypes, making Brandenberg's book rudimentary, but effective. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Children who love to dream about what they'll be when they grow up will like meeting this racially diverse group of preschool boys and girls in Brandenberg's first book, as they each imagine nine different vocations—including fireman, carpenter, librarian, and chef. Read full book review >

BUMPLES, FUMDIDLERS, AND JELLYBEANS by Arnold Spilka
POETRY
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"This is even slighter than his last offering, Monkeys Write Terrible Letters (1994). (Picture book/poetry. 6-8)"
As is also true of the title, only a third of this gathering of nonsense will go down easily. Read full book review >
THE APPLE PIE TREE by Zoe Hall
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"An appealing study for young children. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A simple nature story about an apple tree in winter, spring, summer, and fall. ``My sister and I have a tree that grows the best part of apple pie. Read full book review >
IF I HAD A ROBOT by Dan Yaccarino
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Yaccarino (Big Brother Mike, 1992, etc.) uses the artwork, printed on matte paper, to reiterate his materialist conclusion, by subtly grounding Phil's fanciful imaginings in rotund, weighted images. (Picture book. 2-7)"
Rather than eat his vegetables, Phil conjures up an imaginary robot to do it for him. Read full book review >
THE PALM OF MY HEART by Davida Adedjouma
NONFICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"With an introduction by Lucille Clifton. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A collection of works, subtitled ``Poetry by African American Children,'' that showcases an exciting new artist whose style is unique and fully realized. Read full book review >
MY HOUSE HAS STARS by Megan McDonald
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"On the whole, this is a successful expression of the fundamental link between the very particular and the most universal. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A book that celebrates the uniqueness of each culture and the ties that bind humans together. Read full book review >
GOOSE by Molly Bang
by Molly Bang, illustrated by Molly Bang
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Children will scrutinize every illustration carefully, taking pleasure from the innumerable discoveries therein. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A hand-sized book holds a humorous tale of a goose raised by woodchucks. Read full book review >
PHOEBE'S FABULOUS FATHER by Louisa Campbell
DINOSAURS
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Starr Taylor provides idiosyncratic illustrations—with Phoebe and her mother swooping and dancing through every errand—that make the guessing game fun. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Phoebe and her mother are running a few errands before the concert they will give that night with Phoebe's father. 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 >