PLANTS CAN'T SIT STILL by Rebecca E. Hirsch
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"Excellent collaboration produced a winner: graceful, informative, and entertaining. (Informational picture book. 3-8)"
Double-page spreads of watercolor and collage use minimal words to describe how and why plants move. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"A grab bag for sure, but readers may find themselves angling to be in Budapest in April for its annual pillow fight. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Attractions—and repulsions—to stifle the next "Are we there yet?" whine from the back seat. Read full book review >

TROT, PONY! by Shira Evans
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"In both this title and its companion, the images are the draw. (Informational early reader. 3-6)"
National Geographic Kids mines its photo archive for another in its series of readers. Read full book review >
REAL OR FAKE? by Emily Krieger
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"Open anywhere and be prepared to be amazed, amused, and, occasionally, revolted. (index) (Nonfiction. 7-10)"
A compendium of hoaxes, urban myths, true/false posers, unlikely exploits, strange pictures, and wacky inventions designed to give readers' "Baloney!" buzzers a real workout. Read full book review >
DO NOT BRING YOUR DRAGON TO THE LIBRARY by Julie Gassman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"This cautionary tale set in a library with dragon patrons is worth circulating. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Have you ever thought about bringing your dragon to the library? Don't do it! Read full book review >

THE TOY FAIRY by Stephanie Thatcher
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"A fairy tale that's more morality than magic. (Picture book. 3-6)"
What to do when a boy won't clean his room? Read full book review >
SCHNITZEL by Stephanie Shaw
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"Just enough creepiness for a Halloween read-aloud. (author's note) (Picture book. 5-8)"
"The Sorcerer's Apprentice" gets a new treatment as Schnitzel, apprentice to the renowned wizard Sir Willabald, is loath to tackle the housekeeping. Read full book review >
THE OGGLIES GO TO SCHOOL by Erhard Dietl
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"For fans of the Ogglies only. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The Ogglies are back and want to attend school (A Dragon Party for Firebottom, 2016). Read full book review >
SAVED BY THE BOATS by Julie Gassman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"This accessible, fact-based account of the boat evacuations that took place on 9/11 puts faces on some of the many heroes who stepped forward to help in a time of crisis. (Informational picture book. 6-10)"
Meet some unsung heroes of the sea. Read full book review >
LUCY by Randy Cecil
Kirkus Star
by Randy Cecil, illustrated by Randy Cecil
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"A brief denouement in the final act reveals that each main character has given the others just what they needed; a clever structure and a satisfying story. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Defying simple categorization, Cecil's 144-page illustrated narrative presents a street dog that dreams of home, a light-skinned girl who longs for companionship, and her father, a juggler who panics in front of an audience. Read full book review >
BEDTIME FOR BATMAN by Michael Dahl
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"This should send Dark Knight fans flying to the Batcave—or the bedroom. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Holy bedtime, Batman! Read full book review >
BIRDIE'S HAPPIEST HALLOWEEN by Sujean Rim
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 26, 2016

"Yes, readers, you too can be whatever you want, for Halloween and in life. (Picture book. 4-8)"
When Birdie can't decide what she would like to be for Halloween, a trip to the art museum is inspirational. 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 >