THE COOKIE FIASCO by Dan Santat
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"In the end it's a morality tale that may not be worth raiding the cookie jar for. (Early reader. 6-8)"
Elephant and Piggie introduce a beginning reader that's a math lesson: how can three cookies be divided equally among four friends? Read full book review >
WE ARE GROWING! by Laurie Keller
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Amusing, yes. Useful for reading practice, yes, but not necessarily guaranteed to make new readers the 'read-i-est.' (Early reader. 6-8)"
Elephant and Piggie make an appearance to introduce the first in their new series, an egalitarian introduction to superlatives. Read full book review >

THE FORGETTING MACHINE by Pete Hautman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Tightly plotted mysteries lightened with wacky, ludicrous humor. (Science fiction. 8-14)"
In this sequel to The Flinkwater Factor (2015), Hautman returns to quirky Flinkwater for more technology-driven mysteries with spunky carrot-topped Ginger. Read full book review >
THE OTHER BOY by M.G. Hennessey
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"This is the story with a triumphant-but-realistic ending that trans kids haven't had enough of. It's challenging but not tragic, and it ends with bright, beautiful hope. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Twelve-year-old Shane Woods is seriously into baseball, video games, the graphic novel he's drawing, and a redheaded classmate named Madeline. Read full book review >
THE BEST MAN by Richard Peck
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"A nostalgic slice of Rockwell Americana with a contemporary filling. Delicious—take a bite. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Male role models aren't a scarce commodity for Archer Magill, but when two of them fall in love, what does that mean for his comprehension of the weird world of adults? Then there's all that impending puberty stuff. Read full book review >

OTIS AND THE KITTENS by Loren Long
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Keep on puffin', Otis! (Picture book. 4-8)"
When there's an emergency on the farm, can friendly tractor Otis save the day? Read full book review >
YELLOW TIME by Lauren Stringer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Lovely, indeed. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Autumnal bliss is at the heart of this poetic celebration of yellow foliage. Read full book review >
I DISSENT by Debbie Levy
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Read this and be inspired to work for justice through the legal system. (author's note, photographs, notes on Supreme Court cases, bibliography, quotation sources) (Picture book/biography. 7-10)"
Speak purposefully and carry a big legal pad. Read full book review >
WHAT'S THAT NOISE? by Isabel Minhós Martins
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"More engaging fun than many higher-tech devices. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Every page demands that readers physically interact with this book's images. Read full book review >
WHAT IS A CHILD? by Beatrice Alemagna
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"If this did not follow the familiar trajectory of a book read before bedtime, it would be tempting to pull it entirely out of the category of children's picture books. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A striking, illustrated musing on children and childhood. Read full book review >
PRINCESS PRINCESS EVER AFTER by Katie O'Neill
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Combine a cuddly purple dragon, much sharing of cookies, abundant humor, and two distinct and appealing heroines, and you have a royal winner. (Graphic fantasy. 8-13)"
Someday your princess will come—and she'll be rocking a mohawk-mullet, wearing a jaunty tunic complete with epaulets and cravat, and riding a disdainful pink unicorn. Read full book review >
AS A BOY by Plan International
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 19, 2016

"An uneven if well-intentioned offering. (Picture book. 4-8)"
An NGO's follow-up to previous books about girls' education and empowerment offers a well-meaning companion message of solidarity. 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 >