A HOT CUP OF CHOCOLATE by Rose Stanley
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 1, 2016

"A useful tale of a boy's attempts to help a friend whose parents are separating. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Can hot chocolate help solve a problem? Read full book review >
"OH, NO," SAID ELEPHANT by A.H. Benjamin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 1, 2016

"Kids will giggle over Elephant's attempts to play and cheer when he finally triumphs. The underlying message reassures without being apparent. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Poor Elephant. Every time that Leopard, Monkey, and Zebra want to play a new game, Elephant says "Oh, no, I'm not good at that." But he tries anyway. Read full book review >

THE QUIET PIRATE by Stephanie Thatcher
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 1, 2016

"Beleaguered introverts may give a hearty cheer, but neither the art nor the writing is particularly seaworthy. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Even if the meek don't end up inheriting the Earth, sometimes they can bag a pirate ship. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 1, 2016

"An overcompressed survey, slickly produced but too superficial to impart more than a glimpse of where the field stands or is going. (review quiz, index, resource lists) (Nonfiction. 8-11)"
A cutting-edge gallery of working and experimental robots, with commentary from a working cybernetics expert and side looks at robots in movies and TV. Read full book review >
YOU ARE MY BEST FRIEND by Tatsuya Miyanishi
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 1, 2016

"Dinosaurs have feelings too. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Kind treatment reforms a prehistoric bully in this dino bromance from Japan. Read full book review >

ALEX AND THE WATERMELON BOAT by Chris McKimmie
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 1, 2016

"Readers may find this book confusing and difficult to follow, though it does effectively evoke the turbulence of both a cityscape and a child's emotions after a flood. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Rabbit, Alex's "most favourite stuffed toy," has hopped out the window and is now gone. In a city flooded after days of endless rain, Alex sets out to rescue Rabbit. Read full book review >
KNIT, HOOK, AND SPIN by Laurie Carlson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 1, 2016

"Tear up your T-shirts, unravel old sweaters, warm up your fingers, and create some handcrafted fun for yourself, for friends, and for those in need of small comforts. (note to adults) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Nimble fingers can learn how to felt, spin, weave, knit, and crochet a wide variety of wearable and useful objects. Read full book review >
YOU BELONG HERE by M.H. Clark
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 1, 2016

"This lyrical picture book will draw readers under its soft wing, lulling children with its velveteen artwork and assured affirmations of each creature's special nook in such a spectacularly varied world. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A narrator whispers sweet assurances of belonging in the ear of a beloved, invoking animals' analogous habitats and hollows to bring the comforting ascriptions powerfully home. Read full book review >
WHAT DO YOU DO WITH A PROBLEM? by Kobi Yamada
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 1, 2016

"A straightforward, effective approach to helping children cope with one of life's commonplace yet emotionally fraught situations, this belongs on the shelf alongside Molly Bang's Sophie books. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A child struggles with the worry and anxiety that come with an unexpected problem. Read full book review >
THE RIVER by Patricia Hegarty
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 1, 2016

"Artistry trumps technology in this introduction to fish migration and the variegated beauty on our rivers' banks. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A glimmering fish travels downriver, descending snowy mountains, rushing past lush woods and wide meadows, and out to the open sea, wriggling alongside changing flora and fauna all the while. Read full book review >
JOURNEY by Lisa Chambers
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 1, 2016

"A weak effort. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A horse meanders through life. Read full book review >
THE FERRYLAND VISITOR by Charis Cotter
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 1, 2016

"An interesting, mysterious story with memorable illustrations. (author's note, publisher's note) (Picture book. 7-10)"
This slightly spooky tale, based on a true story, recalls a mysterious visitor to the Squires family, who were living in a lighthouse in Newfoundland in the 1970s. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Chris Cleave
June 14, 2016

In bestseller Chris Cleave’s latest novel Everyone Brave Is Forgiven, it’s London, 1939. The day war is declared, Mary North leaves finishing school unfinished, goes straight to the War Office, and signs up. Tom Shaw decides to ignore the war—until he learns his roommate Alistair Heath has unexpectedly enlisted. Then the conflict can no longer be avoided. Young, bright, and brave, Mary is certain she’d be a marvelous spy. When she is—bewilderingly—made a teacher, she finds herself defying prejudice to protect the children her country would rather forget. Tom, meanwhile, finds that he will do anything for Mary. And when Mary and Alistair meet, it is love, as well as war, that will test them in ways they could not have imagined, entangling three lives in violence and passion, friendship and deception, inexorably shaping their hopes and dreams. “Among all the recent fictions about the war, Cleave’s miniseries of a novel is a surprising standout,” our reviewer writes, “with irresistibly engaging characters who sharply illuminate issues of class, race, and wartime morality.” View video >