PAINTING IN THE DARK by Rachelle Burk
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 1, 2016

"Despite bumps, informative as well as inspiring. (afterword) (Picture book/biography. 7-10)"
An illuminating portrait of a self-taught Turkish artist who, despite being blind from birth, has become an internationally known painter. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 1, 2016

"Simplistic at best, misleading at worst, and addressed mostly to grown-ups, notwithstanding the picture-book format. (select print and web resources) (Informational picture book. 3-8)"
Two clinical child psychologists reinterpret a dozen childhood minirebellions as requests for information on topics from bathing and bedwetting to the titular veggies. Read full book review >

MAYA ANGELOU by Lisbeth Kaiser
by Lisbeth Kaiser, illustrated by Leire Salaberria, translated by Raquel Pitt
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 1, 2016

"Stirring encouragement for all 'little people' with 'big dreams.' (Picture book/biography. 5-7)"
"There's nothing I can't be," young Maya thinks, and then shows, in this profile for newly independent readers, imported from Spain. Read full book review >
THE COWARDLY LION by Bingbo
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 1, 2016

"Sweet but not entirely successful. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A Chinese import that has nothing to do with The Wizard of Oz despite its title asks, will friendship help banish fear? Read full book review >
THE PEAR VIOLIN by Bingbo
by Bingbo, illustrated by Gumi
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 1, 2016

"This quiet tale's beguiling details may well draw even action-oriented children in long enough that they hear its message. (Picture book. 5-7)"
A squirrel, a pear, and a violin form the key elements in this unusual story that expresses how music can bring a community together. Read full book review >

OCEAN ANIMALS by Johnna Rizzo
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 1, 2016

"A child-friendly invitation to dive in. (glossary, index, picture credits, acknowledgments) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Striking photographs illustrate this collection of marine animals, a sampling of remarkable creatures that live in and around the ocean. Read full book review >
AND THEN... by Alborozo
by Alborozo, illustrated by Alborozo
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 1, 2016

"Anxious children angered by the competing demands raised by a newborn may well relate. (Picture book. 3-6)"
It's her party, but no one is paying attention to the birthday girl. Read full book review >
WHEN PENNY MET POTUS by Rachel Ruiz
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 1, 2016

"As a sweet, simple miniexplainer of a very specific bit of jargon, it works, and the election-year timing couldn't be better. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A common political acronym is decoded when a young girl accompanies her mother to her White House job and meets the mysterious "POTUS." Read full book review >
LITTLE HOME BIRD by Jo Empson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 1, 2016

"Simply lovely. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Little Bird loves his cozy nest so much that, as winter approaches, he can't bear to leave it. Read full book review >
PEARL'S OCEAN MAGIC by Catherine Hapka
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 1, 2016

"Sinks. (Fantasy. 6-9)"
Young dolphin Pearl encounters braggarts, bullies, and friends during her first day at magical dolphin school. Read full book review >
MILK GOES TO SCHOOL by Terry Border
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 28, 2016

"Border's shtick goes on far too long for readers to want seconds of Milk and Waffle. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Border continues his series of books about anthropomorphized food, this time focusing on Milk and her first day of school. Read full book review >
SOPHIE'S SQUASH GO TO SCHOOL by Pat Zietlow Miller
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 28, 2016

"Sophie's negativity is a definite turnoff, though Steven and his problem-solving are delightful. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A little girl's friendship with the two squash she grew in her garden (Bernice's twin babies from Sophie's Squash, 2013) gets in the way of a friendship with a real child when Sophie starts school. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Swan Huntley
June 27, 2016

In Swan Huntley’s debut novel We Could Be Beautiful, Catherine West has spent her entire life surrounded by beautiful things. She owns an immaculate Manhattan apartment, she collects fine art, she buys exquisite handbags and clothing, and she constantly redecorates her home. And yet, despite all this, she still feels empty. One night, at an art opening, Catherine meets William Stockton, a handsome man who shares her impeccable taste and love of beauty. He is educated, elegant, and even has a personal connection—his parents and Catherine's parents were friends years ago. But as he and Catherine grow closer, she begins to encounter strange signs, and her mother, Elizabeth (now suffering from Alzheimer’s), seems to have only bad memories of William as a boy. In Elizabeth’s old diary she finds an unnerving letter from a former nanny that cryptically reads: “We cannot trust anyone . . . “ Is William lying about his past? “Huntley’s debut stands out not for its thrills but rather for her hawkish eye for social detail and razor-sharp wit,” our reviewer writes. “An intoxicating escape; as smart as it is fun.” View video >