LET'S PLAY CARDS! by Elizabeth Silbaugh
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"An inviting introduction, this book looks pretty silly while conveying plenty of facts to those who are serious about their cards. (Nonfiction. 6-9)"
This offering in the Ready-to-Read series, subtitled ``A First Book of Card Games,'' pairs basic information and simple, sprightly illustrations. Read full book review >
QUETZAL by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"Exquisite, realistic drawings in colored pencil illustrate the sacred bird depicted in ancient art, as well as the contemporary endangered bird and modern Mesoamericans. (maps, further reading, index) (Nonfiction. 8-10)"
Patent (Children Save the Rain Forest, p. 903, etc.) selects stories from the Mayan and Aztec tradition regarding the quetzal—a striking, vividly plumed bird of the rain forest—for this title in the Sacred Animal series. Read full book review >

YOU AND ME, LITTLE BEAR by Martin Waddell
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"The bears, once again the quintessence of charm, remain the smiling teddy bears so many readers have scooped up with open arms; the day may gently remind parents to make time to play, a message sufficiently softened, to be heard with the heart. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Waddell and Firth (Let's Go Home, Little Bear, 1993, etc.) have come up with another winning foray into the lives of the lovable Big Bear and Little Bear. Read full book review >
TWO BAD BOYS by Gail E. Haley
adapted by Gail E. Haley, illustrated by Gail E. Haley
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"The transgression of moral authority and the dual nature of existence are themes which have echoes throughout western literature; this Cherokee legend confirms the universality of human nature. (Picture book/folklore. 5-8)"
From Haley (Mountain Jack Tales, 1992, etc.), an engrossing story, subtitled ``A Very Old Cherokee Tale,'' complete with author's note, that mirrors the Christian creation myth and explains how labor came into the world. Read full book review >
OUR NATURAL HOMES by Sneed B. Collard III
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"Of limited use. (glossary) (Nonfiction. 7-10)"
In a work subtitled ``Exploring Terrestrial Biomes of North and South America,'' Collard (Do They Scare You?, 1993, etc.) introduces 12 land biomes with brief descriptions of the plants, animals, and climate of each. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

For chapter-book readers, an accessible and informative illustrated biography of the winner of the 1992 Nobel Peace Prize, tracing Mench£'s hard life from birth in a remote Mayan village in the mountains of Guatemala to the present. Read full book review >
THE ANCIENT GREEKS by Charles Freeman
HISTORY
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"An economical look at an intriguing subject. (maps, glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 8- 10)"
A quick survey of the highlights of ancient Greece, focusing mainly on the classical period. Read full book review >
THE NIGHT THE MOON BLEW KISSES by Lynn Manuel
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"The swirling colored- pencil illustrations in shades of blue, green, and purple capture both the warm relationship of the adult and child and the cool enchantment of snow and moonlight. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Manuel's gentle first book looks at the closeness between a grandmother and granddaughter and at the beauty of nature on a moonlit winter night. Read full book review >
ANIMALS by Phyllis Limbacher Tildes
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

An animal puzzle book with appeal for the picture-book set. Read full book review >
POSSUM'S HARVEST MOON by Anne Hunter
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"The animals sit inside the page borders like toys inside a box; these diorama-like nighttime scenes, with a huge harvest moon hovering above the horizon, have a hushed mystery that enhances the charms of the text. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Possum wakes up one autumn evening and sees the biggest moon ever—a moon that calls for a pre-hibernation celebration. Read full book review >
WHEN YOU'RE NOT LOOKING by Maggie Kneen
NUMBERS AND COUNTING
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"The soft pictures have appeal. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Young imaginations are tempted in this counting book that invites readers to invent stories to go along with illustrations and captions, sort of a version of Chris Van Allsburg's The Mysteries of Harris Burdick (1984), with its sinister quality counterbalanced by greeting-card pretty double-page spreads. Read full book review >
FROGGY GOES TO SCHOOL by Jonathan London
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"Remkiewicz's bright watercolors feature punchy, bouncy, bug-eyed animals wearing emphatically exaggerated expressions: This bunch is easy to love. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Froggy's back (Froggy Learns to Swim, 1995, etc.) and on his first day of school, he wakes up late and goes to class in his underwear! 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 >