CREATURES CLOSE UP by Gillian Watts
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"Hyper-realistic delights for young naturalists. (index) (Informational picture book. 6-10)"
Forty-five small animals, most native to Madagascar, pose with regal splendor in a French photographer's eye-widening sampler. Read full book review >
ENOUGH WATER? by Firefly Books
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"Cogent statistics and topic somewhat diluted by a simplistic presentation. (index, bibliography) (Informational picture book. 8-10)"
An exploration of our "water footprint" in infographics, with suggestions for reducing it. Read full book review >

THE FOURTH BONNIEST BABY IN DUNDEE by Michelle Sloan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"He truly might be the bonniest baby in Dundee, or in any town. (Picture book. 2-8)"
Take one proud big sister, mix in the love of all the grannies in town and a baby beauty contest, and you have the fixings for a jolly read-aloud. Read full book review >
POPO'S LUCKY CHINESE NEW YEAR by Virginia Loh-Hagen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"One of the best of its genre; attractive and informative, and a must for the growing Chinese New Year shelf. (Picture book. 4-8)"
PoPo helps her granddaughter learn Chinese New Year traditions in this intergenerational celebration of family and culture. Read full book review >
ONE CHEETAH, ONE CHERRY by Jackie Morris
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"The aesthetic pleasures are very strong, but one-on-one adult guidance will be necessary to help young mathematicians make sense of these complex images. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Exquisite watercolor-and-gold-leaf paintings of animals and objects that look as if they tumbled out of medieval illuminated manuscripts distinguish this counting book. Read full book review >

PICO THE GNOME by Martina Müller
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"A lightweight addition to the horde of suggested bully-countering strategies. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A happy gnome saves the forest from a rampaging giant by holding out the hand of friendship. Read full book review >
THE BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO CURSES by Lari Don
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"A real treat. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
A rollicking introduction to a fantasy trilogy set in Scotland. Read full book review >
THORFINN THE NICEST VIKING AND THE TERRIBLE TREASURE by David MacPhail
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"Brains trump brawn every time—at least for this horn-helmed peacemaker. (Historical farce. 8-10)"
Being some of the exploits of Thorfinn the Very-Very-Nice-Indeed. Read full book review >
SWIMMING WITH SHARKS by Heather Lang
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"A clear, well-organized presentation likely to make readers and listeners want to know more about the 'Shark Lady' and her favorite creatures. (more about sharks, selected sources) (Picture book/biography. 4-8)"
Fascinated with sharks from childhood, Eugenie Clark spent a lifetime researching these "magnificent and misunderstood" creatures. Read full book review >
THE NIAN MONSTER by Andrea Wang
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"Ai ya—not the happiest New Year tale. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A little girl in Shanghai outwits a Lunar New Year monster. Read full book review >
SCRIBBLE AND AUTHOR by Miri Leshem-Pelly
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"Vivid, offbeat, and instructive. (Picture book. 4-8)"
An unseen author guides a scribble through the elements of story creation. Read full book review >
ANCIENT STORIES FOR MODERN TIMES by Faye Mogensen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"For the storyteller with a particular mission. (Folklore. 6-10)"
Purposeful stories meant to enlighten older children and adults in both religious and secular settings. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >