SANTA'S UNDERWEAR by Marty Rhodes Figley
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"A troupe of entertaining elves, a jolly Santa, and lots of underwear jokes add up to Christmas chuckles in this engaging story. (Picture book. 3-7)"
There's nothing like underwear jokes to get kids giggling, and this funny story focuses on Santa's entire underwear collection and which set he will wear on Christmas Eve. Read full book review >
A BOY NAMED QUEEN by Sara Cassidy
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"A small, eloquent book with a powerful message. (Fiction. 8-11)"
What happens when a girl who is expected to live by the rules meets a boy who makes his own rules? Read full book review >

GABRIEL'S HORN by Eric A. Kimmel
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"A moving update of a powerful story. (author's note) (Picture book. 5-8)"
On the eve of Rosh Hashanah, a white Jewish boy receives the unusual responsibility of caring for an old, tarnished horn and wonders if his family's subsequent good fortune could be the result of how he carries out his charge. Read full book review >
ME FIRST! by Robin Pulver
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"Not as strong as either Pulver and Reed's others or Brian P. Cleary and Martin Goneau's Pre- and Re-, Mis- and Dis- (2013). (Informational picture book. 6-10)"
Once again looking in on the doings in Mr. Wright's classroom, Pulver and Reed continue their language arts series with a look at prefixes. Read full book review >
50 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE VIETNAM WAR by Chris McNab
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"An excellent starting point for understanding the Vietnam War, presented as a conflict that commenced with French colonial occupation and continues even today. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
A balance of narrative and pictures paints the broad strokes of the Vietnam War. Read full book review >

CLEO by Sassafras De Bruyn
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"In comparison with other fanciful journeys, this has moderate appeal, mostly due to the interesting illustrations. (Picture book. 5-7)"
This Dutch-to-English translation relates a tale of a lonesome girl who fantasizes a journey into the sea and the sky. Read full book review >
CROSSING THE GOTTHARD by Yvonne Rogenmoser
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"Compact in length but broad of scope, an eye-opening gander at a brand-new wonder of the world. (maps, timeline) (Informational picture book. 7-9)"
With help from, appropriately, a mountain goat, Rogenmoser chronicles the succession of engineering feats that have made possible travel and trade over a rugged Alpine pass through the centuries. Read full book review >
THE RIDDLEMASTER by Kevin Crossley-Holland
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"A jewel box for lovers of stories, filled with riddles and allusions that will test, but not daunt, even younger readers. (Picture book. 7-9)"
Three children board a ferry to a nearby island—but to pay the fare must answer seven riddles posed by a boatload of strangely familiar creatures. Read full book review >
SEVEN AND A HALF TONS OF STEEL by Janet Nolan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"A deeply felt but not overwrought telling of a story that will be new to most young readers. (Informational picture book. 7-9)"
A reverent account of the creation of a seagoing 9/11 memorial fashioned by incorporating part of one of the fallen towers into the hull of a Navy ship. Read full book review >
NORBERT'S BIG DREAM by Lori Degman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"The message of dreaming big is secondary to the storyline, but Norbert is no stick-in-the-mud. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The expression "when pigs fly" is given a new twist as Norbert the pig dreams of swimming—not in just any pond, lake, or ocean, but the English Channel. Read full book review >
ABOUT MARINE MAMMALS by Cathryn Sill
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"Dependable fare for budding naturalists. (bibliography, websites) (Informational picture book. 6-8)"
For the 16th entry in their About… wildlife series, the Sills look to the oceans. Read full book review >
YOU BELONG TO ME by Mamoru Suzuki
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"For young readers, the book is like a bath before bed: soothing, comforting, and warm. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Cuddly animals snuggle, hug, and protect a small child in a collection of affectionate poses from Japanese author/illustrator Suzuki. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
author of SEINFELDIA
August 22, 2016

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong’s new bestseller Seinfeldia is the hilarious behind-the-scenes story of two guys who went out for coffee and dreamed up Seinfeld —the cultural sensation that changed television and bled into the real world. Comedians Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld never thought anyone would watch their silly little sitcom about a New York comedian sitting around talking to his friends. NBC executives didn’t think anyone would watch either, but they bought it anyway, hiding it away in the TV dead zone of summer. But against all odds, viewers began to watch, first a few and then many, until nine years later nearly 40 million Americans were tuning in weekly. In Seinfeldia, TV historian and entertainment writer Armstrong celebrates the creators and fans of this American television phenomenon, bringing readers behind-the-scenes of the show while it was on the air and into the world of devotees for whom it never stopped being relevant, a world where the Soup Nazi still spends his days saying “No soup for you!” “Armstrong’s intimate, breezy history is full of gossipy details, show trivia, and insights into how famous episodes came to be,” our reviewer writes. “Perfect for Seinfeldians and newcomers alike.” View video >