WHAT'S UP, CHUCK? by Leo Landry
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"It's a kindhearted beginning chapter book, but second-graders may wish it had some vomit jokes. (Early reader. 5-8)"
Based on the title, readers might expect a book of gross humor. Instead they'll find a sweet story of friendship and competition in which everyone can be "best of the forest." Read full book review >
BEAR'S WINTER PARTY by Deborah Hodge
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"A solid choice on how to overcome isolation and learn to make friends. (Picture book. 4-7)"

A FAMILY IS A FAMILY IS A FAMILY by Sara O'Leary
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"A-plus fabulous. (Picture book. 3-8)"
A picture-book affirmation of family diversity. Read full book review >
ARE YOU AN ECHO? by David Jacobson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Striking, memorable imagery—a lost hat enjoying a new life as a bird's nest, the mystery of a cicada's molted husk—guarantees fruitful rereadings for readers of all ages. (Picture book/poetry/biography. 6-11)"
A combined picture-book biography and brief anthology of poems by Japan's foremost 20th-century poet for children. Read full book review >
THE BILL THE CAT STORY by Berkeley Breathed
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"As Bill the Cat would say, 'Ack.' (Picture book. 4-8)"
An all-new Bill the Cat origin story helps relaunch Bloom County. Read full book review >

A TEENY TINY HALLOWEEN by Lauren L. Wohl
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Rates high in creative problem-solving and oral storytelling but low in Halloween safety. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A new "teeny tiny woman" tale joins the Halloween shelf. Read full book review >
MARCEL by Eda Akaltun
by Eda Akaltun, illustrated by Eda Akaltun
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"These walks through Manhattan will more likely strike a chord with adults than children, despite a canine narrator. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Two easily morphs into three for a dog, his person, and her new person. Read full book review >
THE KING OF THE BIRDS by Acree Graham Macam
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Feathered friends of many varieties adorn this charming volume that evokes bygone times of unfettered outdoor play and highlights a little-known episode in the life of a remarkable woman, but the peacock truly rules the roost. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Readers with a taste for the quirky will flock to this tale inspired by Flannery O'Connor's love of peafowl. Read full book review >
DOES A FIDDLER CRAB FIDDLE? by Corinne Demas
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Cheerful and modestly informative, this will be most appreciated where these crabs are familiar. (Informational picture book. 4-7)"
Silly questions and straightforward answers make up this visual and verbal introduction to the fiddler crab. Read full book review >
LITTLE FROG AND THE SCARY AUTUMN THING by Jane Yolen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"A low-key way of introducing the idea of change, in nature or otherwise. (Picture book. 4-6)"
A young frog gets some parental help for her anxiety when green leaves turn red, gold, and purple. Read full book review >
POCKET CHANGE by Michelle Mulder
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Ambitious in scope and mission but uneven in execution; nevertheless, valuable in its illustration of alternative models of commerce. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
A serious recalibration of our consumerist lifestyle is in order according to Mulder in this valiant attempt to historically situate an economic practice run amok. Read full book review >
THROUGH THE FOREST by Catherine Bidet
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Young audiences eager to strike out on their own, but not too far, will enjoy the sylvan stroll's limited interactivity. (Picture book. 4-6)"
A walk in the woods, with choose-your-own routes. 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 >