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 >

THE WOLF WHO WANTED TO BE A SUPERHERO by Orianne Lallemand
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Superpowers may fail, but true friends are always there in need. (Picture book. 5-7)"
An inept wolf discovers there's more to being a superhero than sporting a "super-mind-boggling" costume. Read full book review >
MIKA THE BEAR IS AFRAID OF THE DARK by Yann Walcker
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"The long polar night will never be the same. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Mika is a young white polar bear whose imagination works double-time—particularly at bedtime. Read full book review >
GREAT by Glen Gretzky
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Fun and effort trump commercialization and competitiveness every time in sports, and this book tells a plain truth that Gretzky learned early. (Picture book. 4-8)"
If you have a hankering for hockey, when the Gretzky family weighs in, sit up and listen. Read full book review >
FARMER FALGU GOES ON A TRIP by Chitra Soundar
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"A quiet discovery that home is best. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Falgu, an Indian farmer, is trying to escape his noisy farm. Read full book review >
THE CREEPY CASE FILES OF MARGO MALOO by Drew Weing
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"A tough, ambitious, and courageous heroine is always welcome, and Margo and Charles are an odd couple kids will enjoy rooting for. (Graphic fantasy. 8-12)"
In the grand tradition of childhood adventures executed free from adult interference, this graphic novel takes readers on escapades involving two young monster hunters and the ghosts, goblins, and other wicked beasties lurking in the underbelly of their city. Read full book review >
BOOK UNCLE AND ME by Uma Krishnaswami
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Yasmin's campaign should help inspire young readers to believe in their own potential to make a difference and teach the valuable lesson that sometimes it takes several small actions to make big moves. (Fiction. 8-11)"
When her source of books is threatened, so is 9-year-old Yasmin's goal of reading a book a day "forever." Read full book review >
THE JOURNEY by Francesca Sanna
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"A necessary, artful, and searing story. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-12)"
A timely, powerful picture book about refugees. 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 >