OUR VERY OWN DOG by Amanda McCardie
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"Three cheers for Sophie! Perfect fuel for dog lovers' fires. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A family lovingly adopts a dog with much preparation in this cheerful tale that's full of helpful hints for aspiring dog owners. Read full book review >
WE'RE GOING ON AN EGG HUNT by Laura Hughes
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"Intriguing illustrations, classic story structure, and irresistible rabbits add up to a winning Easter-themed treat. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Four rabbits hunt for Easter eggs in this variation on the familiar children's call-and-response game about going on a bear or lion hunt. Read full book review >

CALICO GIRL by Jerdine Nolen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"At once heartbreaking and uplifting, a gentle, lyrical story of a determined black girl's journey toward freedom during the Civil War. (afterword, bibliography, endnotes) (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
A young enslaved girl embraces the promises and uncharted world of freedom in the early days of the American Civil War. Read full book review >
ARTHUR AND THE GOLDEN ROPE by Joe Todd-Stanton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"With picture books seeming to hew to ever more minimalist approaches, this retelling of a Norse myth, rich with adventure and mystery in a wonderfully picturesque package, comes as an opulent treat. (Picture book. 5-9)"
An unlikely hero rescues his Icelandic village in this picture-book retelling of "The Binding of Fenrir." Read full book review >
WHEN THE RAIN COMES by Alma Fullerton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 8, 2017

"A beautiful introduction to life and culture on a little-known island nation—and a delightful read whether for the first or the 100th time. (author's note) (Picture book. 3-9)"
Although set in faraway Sri Lanka, Fullerton's rhythmic tale holds a universal message: that even the smallest and youngest among us can summon up the courage to face, and overcome, the most gargantuan challenges. Read full book review >

TONY by Ed Galing
Kirkus Star
by Ed Galing, illustrated by Erin E. Stead
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Readers will hear the 'clip-clop, clip-clop, clip-clop' in every image of this astonishing book. (Picture book. 2-12)"
Poet Galing (1917-2013) leads Tony, a dairy delivery horse, through the veil of memory, encantatory phrasing—circling and repetitious—calling him plodding from pre-dawn into the present, his sturdy flank barely expanding with the effort. Read full book review >
SAMSON by Tadgh Bentley
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Young readers will be hooked. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A piranha who dreams of dining in the finest restaurants? Not your usual fish tale! Read full book review >
THE SECRET PROJECT by Jonah Winter
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"An astonishing way to lay the groundwork for such works for older readers as Steve Sheinkin's Bomb (2012), this is a beautifully told introduction to a difficult subject. (Informational picture book. 5-9)"
A picture book takes on the creation of the atomic bomb. Read full book review >
MRS. WHITE RABBIT by Gilles Bachelet
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 6, 2017

"Mr. White Rabbit may be about to become 'late' in more ways than one. (Picture book. 6-12, adult)"
The wife of a certain always-late rabbit is not pleased with her domestic situation. Read full book review >
STRANGE FRUIT by Gary Golio
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 1, 2017

"A must-read, must-discuss that will speak to children and linger with adults.(Picture book/biography. 8-12)"
Lynching: a strange and difficult but important topic for a song—and for this picture book. Read full book review >
THE ROOSTER WHO WOULD NOT BE QUIET! by Carmen Agra Deedy
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"This subtle, modern multicultural tale is a must-have: 'Kee-kee-ree-KEE!' Indeed! (Picture book. 4-9)"
The streets of the village of La Paz ring with song, both the musical kind and the symphony of life. Read full book review >
LESSER SPOTTED ANIMALS by Martin Brown
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"This ambitious nonfiction picture book uncovering extraordinary, rarely spotlighted creatures is both informative and funny—quite a feat. (glossary, key) (Informational picture book. 7-10)"
Meet the numbat, fairy armadillo, zorilla, banded linsang, hirola, and a world of lesser-known animals. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 14, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >