CIRCLES by David A. Adler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 15, 2016

"Another solid shape book that will grow with young geometry learners; don't let the picture-book format fool you—high schoolers could use some of this math. (Informational picture book. 6-14)"
Following Triangles (2014), Adler and Miller tackle another shape. Read full book review >
GROW! RAISE! CATCH! by Shelley Rotner
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 15, 2016

"This volume may even lure children (and adults) back to the farm. (glossary) (Informational picture book. 5-7)"
Engaging color photos depict smiling farmers and fishermen (and fisherwoman) and gleeful children eating their products. Read full book review >

WRITING WITH ROSIE by Patricia Reilly Giff
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 15, 2016

"A simple and lively guide for young writers everywhere. (bibliography) (Nonfiction. 8-13)"
A writer and her dog team up to offer tips on how to write stories. Read full book review >
ABIGAIL THE WHALE by Davide Cali
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 15, 2016

"While Abigail's internal process feels believable, there is no condemnation of the bullying, and the resolution with the other children feels forced. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A fat girl named Abigail copes with a negative body image. Read full book review >
FRIENDS FOREVER by Roald Kaldestad
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 15, 2016

"Eloquent, poignant, this is for sensitive young readers who are missing old friends but ready to admit new ones. (Picture book. 6-9)"
A boy misses his best friend whenever it rains. And there have been 269 days of rain since she moved away a year ago. Read full book review >

A NIGHT OF GREAT JOY by Mary Engelbreit
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 14, 2016

"Children preparing to be in a pageant will enjoy this, as will Engelbreit's many adult fans. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A classic Sunday School Christmas pageant is acted out by a multiethnic cast of children in this Christmas offering in Englebreit's signature illustration style. Read full book review >
MAGRITTE’S APPLE by Klaas  Verplancke
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Absurdity at its best. (biographical note, selected works) (Picture book. 4-8)"
Magritte's brand of surrealism is inherently intriguing to children; Belgian artist Verplancke builds on that interest, inventing a playful narrative that explores his compatriot's subjects and style while showcasing his own formidable talent. Read full book review >
THE DOLL PEOPLE'S CHRISTMAS by Ann M. Martin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Lacking some of the charm of the longer books, this introduction to the world of the Doll People will still cultivate younger fans. (Picture book. 4-7)"
The beloved Doll People series of novels for middle graders extends to a younger audience with this Christmas story. Read full book review >
CATLANTIS by Anna Starobinets
by Anna Starobinets, translated by Jane Bugaeva, illustrated by Andrzej Klimowski
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"A must for those seeking culturally diverse literary experiences. (Fantasy. 7-12)"
Baguette knows he can travel in time, but can he save the nine lives of all of catkind? Read full book review >
MELTDOWN! by Jill Murphy
by Jill Murphy, illustrated by Jill Murphy
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"A slice-of-life toddler story that squarely maintains focus on the toddler. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A parent-child power struggle at the grocery story provokes the titular meltdown. Read full book review >
MARY HAS A BABY by Mieke van Hooft
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"The book's charming art is hampered by the inferior translation of the text. (Picture book. 3-6)"
This Nativity story, first published in Belgium and Holland, uses rhyming verse and innovative paper-collage illustrations to present the narrative of the birth of Jesus. Read full book review >
MERVIN THE SLOTH IS ABOUT TO DO THE BEST THING IN THE WORLD by Colleen AF Venable
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"A book to hug close and then share with a friend. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A slow-jam of a meta-picture book leads up to a best thing, indeed. 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 >