123 DREAM by Kim Krans
by Kim Krans, illustrated by Kim Krans
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"A visual celebration of alliteration! (Picture book. 3-7)"
What do letters, numbers, and animals have in common? They are all in this book! Read full book review >
OCTOPUSES ONE TO TEN by Ellen Jackson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"An appealing introduction for preschool and storytime. (Informational picture book. 3-7)"
Count the ways that octopuses surprise! Read full book review >

PENGUIN PROBLEMS by Jory John
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"Well-paced, bursting with humor, and charmingly misanthropic. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Being a penguin isn't all it's cracked up to be in John and Smith's debut collaboration. Read full book review >
THE BLACK LOTUS by Kieran Fanning
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"This is one ninja story that should have remained a secret. (Adventure. 8-12)"
In an alternate future, the Samurai Empire has taken over most of the world. The only hope for the United States, one of the few remaining independent countries, rests with a trio of kids and a secret organization of ninjas. Read full book review >
JUANA AND LUCAS by Juana Medina
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"The real gift of this book comes from presenting a different point of reference to American children who hear only stories of poverty and need coming out of South America. (Fiction. 5-9)"
Meet Juana, a lively and opinionated grade school girl growing up in Bogotá, Colombia. She strongly dislikes wearing her hot and itchy school uniform but even more having to learn to speak English: "Why not just speak in Spanish? It is SO much easier!" Read full book review >

WILLA by Amy Ehrlich
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"A simplistic treatment for an audience likely unfamiliar with its subject. (timeline, thumbnail biographies of American women writers of Cather's time, bibliography) (Biography. 7-10)"
Ehrlich renders an admiring portrait of Cather, focusing on the relationship between her writing and the places she lived and visited. Read full book review >
STUNT CAT ACROSS AMERICA by Constance Lombardo
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"Not a total hairball, but far from a first purr-chase. (Graphic/fantasy hybrid. 7-11)"
Mr. Puffball's done with being a stunt cat…what's next for him? Read full book review >
FRAZZLED by Booki Vivat
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"A hilarious Asian-American heroine guaranteed to provoke laughs—not anxiety. (Fiction. 8-13)"
Abbie Wu, Chinese-American preteen and worrywart, is doomed. Read full book review >
MORE THAN MAGIC by Kathryn Lasky
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"Both the concept and the well-paced suspense will appeal. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Ryder has just turned 11, the same age as the cartoon character created by her years-dead mother, and learns that she can enter the cartoon world—and possibly save it. Read full book review >
PUG MEETS PIG by Sue Lowell Gallion
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"A mildly humorous story that doesn't really stand out in the crowded arena of interspecies friendship. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A little dog named Pug is perfectly happy in his cozy, suburban world until pushy Pig moves in. Read full book review >
FUDDLES AND PUDDLES by Frans Vischer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"Most likely to be appreciated by Fuddles' existing fans, this serviceable story offers another look at the age-old conflict between cats and dogs—and at their traditionally accepted qualities (like laziness and loyalty) as well. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A cossetted house cat copes with the addition of a rambunctious puppy to his previously placid household. Read full book review >
CHARLOTTE'S VERY OWN DRESS by Trisha Krauss
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"A modern take on the Cinderella story, with kind and loving sisters replacing the mean stepsisters. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A little, blonde, white girl named Charlotte has only hand-me-down dresses from her older sisters until they work together to create an unusual, new dress for her as a surprise. 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 >