ANNA BANANA AND THE CHOCOLATE EXPLOSION by Dominique Roques
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 16, 2015

"A sweet treat. More, please! (Picture book. 4-7)"
Anna and her six extremely animate toy animals are back—this time, for an ultimately collaborative adventure in the kitchen. Read full book review >
SPACEJACKERS by Huw Powell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 16, 2015

"Perhaps not totally 'magnifty,' as Jake would say, but far from 'garbish,' particularly for younger readers in need of a starter space opera. (Science fiction. 8-12)"
Can an orphan hold the key to the location of a lost planet and a fortune in gems? Read full book review >

HOW JELLY ROLL MORTON INVENTED JAZZ by Jonah Winter
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 16, 2015

"Morton's seminal role in jazz deserves both celebration and elucidation; this disjointed treatment mainly accomplishes the former. (author's note, recommended listening, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 5-10)"
Winter offers a speculative look at the life and musical career of jazz innovator Jelly Roll Morton. Read full book review >
BEE DANCE by Rick Chrustowski
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 16, 2015

"A tiny but remarkable one-day adventure that may well ignite entomological excitement in its readers. (Informational picture book. 3-7)"
A honeybee scout finds a nectar-rich prairie and returns to the hive to tell her sisters. Read full book review >
WHO WANTS BROCCOLI? by Val Jones
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 16, 2015

"Readers longing for a lid to their own pots, or with similarly challenging behaviors, will find comfort in Broccoli's tale. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The tricks that make a dog unadoptable in some people's eyes are just the ticket home for Broccoli. Read full book review >

THE NIGHT WORLD by Mordicai Gerstein
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 16, 2015

"A beautifully realized and delightful celebration of night and sunrise. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A young narrator says goodnight to his cat, Sylvie, who later wakes him to beckon him to an adventure in the early hours. Read full book review >
LITTLE MISS, BIG SIS by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 16, 2015

"Jealousy is nothing short of a foreign concept in this charmer of a tale, and siblings-to-be everywhere will take note. (Picture book. 4-8)"
With minimal text, a "little miss" navigates the tricky waters that will make her a "big sis." Read full book review >
SOMETHING EXTRAORDINARY by Ben Clanton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 16, 2015

"The slowly dawning message will elicit excitement about spring, wishing, and the ability to decode a narrative. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Bored with the familiar, this young daydreamer imagines how life could be different. Read full book review >
...AND NICK by Emily Gore
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 16, 2015

"Charming, encouraging, and delightful. Go, Nick! (Picture book. 3-8)"
In a mouse family of four nearly identical brothers, Nick always seems to be trying to catch up. Read full book review >
THE MOST AMAZING CREATURE IN THE SEA by Brenda Z. Guiberson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 16, 2015

"Inviting their readers to choose the answer themselves, this skillful author-illustrator pair again encourages their senses of wonder at the natural world. (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
Who is the most amazing creature in the sea? Read full book review >
ONE WORD FROM SOPHIA by Jim Averbeck
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 16, 2015

"A must-read—for pet lovers and even for those not yet convinced. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Tutu-wearing Sophia packs determination, whimsy, and a plethora of strategies to handle a passel of impressive words. Read full book review >
IRA'S SHAKESPEARE DREAM by Glenda Armand
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 15, 2015

"Shakespeare, racial discrimination, and strong doses of inspiration and determination—all in one notable life. (photograph, afterword, quotation sources, books, and websites) (Picture book/biography. 6-9)"
In the 1800s, an African-American boy dreamed of performing on stage and found success in Europe. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Beatriz Williams
June 23, 2015

In Beatriz Williams’ latest novel Tiny Little Thing, it’s the summer of 1966 and Christina Hardcastle—“Tiny” to her illustrious family—stands on the brink of a breathtaking future. Of the three Schuyler sisters, she’s the one raised to marry a man destined for leadership, and with her elegance and impeccable style, she presents a perfect camera-ready image in the dawning age of television politics. Together she and her husband, Frank, make the ultimate power couple: intelligent, rich, and impossibly attractive. It seems nothing can stop Frank from rising to national office, and he’s got his sights set on a senate seat in November. But as the season gets underway at the family estate on Cape Cod, three unwelcome visitors appear in Tiny’s perfect life. “A fascinating look at wealth, love, ambition, secrets, and what family members will and won’t do to protect each other,” our reviewer writes. View video >