UNDER THE SEA by Paul Boston
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 5, 2016

"An invigorating wade into a range of useful skills, though the settings aren't as carefully crafted as the instructional elements. (suggested activities) (Instructional picture book. 5-7)"
Linked mazes lead young questors past math, measurement, and map-reading challenges to an undersea castle. Read full book review >
ASTRONOMY LAB FOR KIDS by Michelle Nichols
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 5, 2016

"This well-thought-out collection includes many demonstrations familiar to science educators as well as some surprising and engaging new ones; it should be a welcome addition to any school, public, or home science library. (Nonfiction. 8-14)"
Explore the science of astronomy through hands-on activities! Read full book review >

TROUBLE NEXT DOOR by Karen English
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"Chronicling the importance of empathy and openness, this fourth in the Carver Chronicles is a pleasing addition to a series in which diverse readers can recognize themselves in starring roles. (Fiction. 6-10)"
Young Calvin Vickers must come to terms with an all-too-familiar new neighbor, the biggest bully at Carver Elementary. Read full book review >
A FURRY FIASCO by Paul DuBois Jacobs
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"The didactic plot is further hampered by exposition and too many characters to keep straight. (preview of next book) (Fiction/animal fantasy. 7-10)"
A misunderstanding at Animal Inn leads to anxiety. Read full book review >
LOVE YOU TOO by Alastair Heim
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"A rhyming invitation for adults and children to read together. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A daughter finishes each one of her father's sentences as the two pink pigs go through their shared day. Read full book review >

WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT YOU? by Karen Lechelt
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"Rather than building self-esteem, this book seems to be sending the troubling message that it is constructed through a child's relationships to others. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Various anthropomorphic animals share with a child what they love most about themselves. Read full book review >
I WILL LOVE YOU ANYWAY by Mick Inkpen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"A Valentine to dogs, though the message is mixed. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Even naughty dogs who can't behave need someone to love them. Read full book review >
I HEART YOU by Meg Fleming
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"The love is palpable in these pages, and adults and children will surely talk about their own ways of loving after sharing this. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Adult animals describe how they show their love for their little ones. Read full book review >
GROUNDHOG'S RUNAWAY SHADOW by David Biedrzycki
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"Delightful. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A groundhog mutiny! Will Phil's shadow ever return? Read full book review >
WHAT COLOR IS A KISS? by Rocio Bonilla
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"Likely to be a kiss for artists-in-training but a miss for others. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A little girl who knows her mind when it comes to what she likes is stymied when she ponders the color of a kiss. Read full book review >
THE CURIOUS FOX by Ross McDonagh
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"Compassionate and imaginative (Picture book. 5-9)"
A young fox wonders how he can discover what makes him unique in this big world. Read full book review >
LADIES OF LIBERTY by Cokie Roberts
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"These short pieces may start young people on the search for more information about these intriguing figures. (Informational picture book. 8-11)"
Highlighting women writers, educators, and reformers from the 18th and early 19th centuries, Roberts brings a group of women, many not so well-known, into focus and provides a new perspective on the early history of the United States in this picture-book version of her adult book of the same title (2008). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >