OUR VERY OWN DOG by Amanda McCardie
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"Three cheers for Sophie! Perfect fuel for dog lovers' fires. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A family lovingly adopts a dog with much preparation in this cheerful tale that's full of helpful hints for aspiring dog owners. Read full book review >
GREAT, NOW WE'VE GOT BARBARIANS! by Jason Carter Eaton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"Break out the mead and pop a horned helmet on your head for the funniest pest invasion this side of Tromsø. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A typical case of untidiness is taken to a magnificent extreme. Read full book review >

I AM NOT A CHAIR! by Ross Burach
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"While the slapstick may appeal to readers, sadly, this book is so confused and arbitrary, most of the humor falls flat. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A beleaguered giraffe tries to communicate that he isn't a chair. Read full book review >
HERE TO THERE AND ME TO YOU by Cheryl Keely
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 12, 2017

"A fine introduction to bridges and the great truth of connectivity. (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
Bridges are great metaphors, but they are pretty cool in their own right. Read full book review >
VIVIAN AND THE LEGEND OF THE HOODOOS by Terry Catasús Jennings
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 10, 2017

"A story that honors both tradition and its young protagonist's desire to live in the present. (bibliography) (Picture book. 4-9)"
Paiute protagonist Vivian tries to find a way to connect her people's traditions with the modern world. Read full book review >

OTIS THE OWL by Mary Holland
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 10, 2017

"May inspire budding owl enthusiasts. (additional information, activities) (Informational picture book. 4-7)"
A photographic guide to a young barred owl's first few months of life. Read full book review >
HONEY GIRL by Jeanne Walker Harvey
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 10, 2017

"Though a bit rough around the edges, this very personal story should engage animal-loving readers. (additional information, activities) (Informational picture book. 5-9)"
Honey Girl is well-known in her habitat of the waters off northern Oahu. Read full book review >
MOONLIGHT CRAB COUNT by Neeti Bathala
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 10, 2017

"A useful introduction to citizen science. (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
On a late spring night under a full moon, Leena, her mother, and her dog count horseshoe crabs on an island beach. Read full book review >
A TRUE PRINCESS OF HAWAI‘I by Beth Greenway
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 10, 2017

"Generosity, princesses, volcanoes, deities—maybe there's too much packed into this story. (bibliography) (Picture book. 6-8)"
History mixes with folklore in this story of the Mauna Loa volcano. Read full book review >
WHEN THE RAIN COMES by Alma Fullerton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 8, 2017

"A beautiful introduction to life and culture on a little-known island nation—and a delightful read whether for the first or the 100th time. (author's note) (Picture book. 3-9)"
Although set in faraway Sri Lanka, Fullerton's rhythmic tale holds a universal message: that even the smallest and youngest among us can summon up the courage to face, and overcome, the most gargantuan challenges. Read full book review >
ROBINS! by Eileen Christelow
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Anthropomorphic but basically sound and as infectious as the ubiquitous bird's own 'Cheerily-cheerily, cheerily-cheerup, cheerup!' (author's note, glossary, sources) (Informational picture book. 5-10)"
Two young robins ("robin teenagers!") chattily describe their first spring and fall. Read full book review >
HARRY AND CLARE'S AMAZING STAYCATION by Ted Staunton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A clever bit of conflict resolution, nonviolent and broadly applicable. (Picture book. 6-8)"
On a rainy week of vacation, Harry finds a way to loosen his bossy big sister's grip on playtime scenarios. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Yoojin Grace Wuertz
February 27, 2017

In Yoojin Grace Wuertz’s debut novel Everything Belongs to Us, the setting is Seoul in 1978. At South Korea’s top university, the nation’s best and brightest compete to join the professional elite of an authoritarian regime. Success could lead to a life of rarefied privilege and wealth; failure means being left irrevocably behind. For childhood friends Jisun and Namin, the stakes couldn’t be more different. Jisun, the daughter of a powerful business mogul, grew up on a mountainside estate with lush gardens and a dedicated chauffeur. Namin’s parents run a tented food cart from dawn to curfew; her sister works in a shoe factory. Now Jisun wants as little to do with her father’s world as possible, abandoning her schoolwork in favor of the underground activist movement, while Namin studies tirelessly in the service of one goal: to launch herself and her family out of poverty. But everything changes when Jisun and Namin meet an ambitious, charming student named Sunam, whose need to please his family has led him to a prestigious club: the Circle. Under the influence of his mentor, Juno, a manipulative social climber, Sunam becomes entangled with both women, as they all make choices that will change their lives forever. “Engrossing,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “Wuertz is an important new voice in American fiction.” View video >