MAKING CANADA HOME by Susan Hughes
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"An astute educator or parent can use this book to start important conversations about Canada's history and its people. (timeline, immigration laws, statistics, further reading, glossary) (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
Just in time for the 150th anniversary of Canada, Hughes traces the history and impact of immigration in the country. Read full book review >
THE HELLO ATLAS by Ben Handicott
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 20, 2016

"So many different ways to say hello or to wish someone a good day, a fine meal, or a happy birthday! (Informational picture book. 7-11)"
Children around the world offer greetings and conversational overtures in over 125 languages. Read full book review >

THE LITTLE BOOK OF BACKYARD BIRD SONGS by Andrea Pinnington
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"A 'trilling' way to bring natural history into the nursery. (replaceable batteries) (Informational novelty. 5-10)"
Sound clips enhance first introductions to a dozen common North American birds. Read full book review >
POP GIRL by Tallia Storm
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 27, 2016

"Sweet as a sticky piece of bubble gum. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Scottish teen singer Storm writes what she knows in this thinly fictionalized account of a Glasgow girl who turns overnight pop star. Read full book review >
JAY VERSUS THE SAXOPHONE OF DOOM by Kara Kootstra
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Orr's afterword has the final words—on passion, struggle, respect—qualities Kootstra has spun into her story with understated dexterity. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Kootstra manages to breed a saxophone to a hockey stick and produce one sweet boy. Read full book review >

THE BOOK OF WILDLY SPECTACULAR SPORTS SCIENCE by Sean Connolly
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 29, 2016

"Worth the purchase just to learn the most effective angle to skip a stone across a water surface. (Nonfiction. 9-14)"
Hands-on demonstrations and explanations show how scientific principles apply in the wide world of sports. Read full book review >
ONE MINUTE TILL BEDTIME by Kenn Nesbitt
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A dreamy collection of bedtime poems and witty illustrations that's anything but sleepy. (Poetry. 4-10)"
A substantial compilation of new poems for children by over 130 poets. Read full book review >
THE INCREDIBLE ADVENTURES OF MARY JANE MOSQUITO by Tomson Highway
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A unique, playful offering. (Picture book. 6-10)"
A wingless, friendless mosquito performs a musical in a new town. Read full book review >
UNDER THE ASHES by Cindy Rankin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Readers are sure to overlook craft flaws as they fall in love with spunky Beth. (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
Debut author Rankin breathes life into the story of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. Read full book review >
THE BOOK OF HEROINES by Stephanie Warren Drimmer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"This may be a springboard for discussing values if nothing else. (introduction, afterword, index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Women, girls, animals, and a few "Daring Dudes" from the dawn of history to the present are feted with short biographies and colorful art. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 15, 2016

"What better way to make natural history slide down easily? (index) (Nonfiction. 8-10)"
Cusick floats a slick, select gallery of nature's spitters, nose-pickers, oozers, and slimers—most but not all nonhuman—atop nourishing globs of scientific information. Read full book review >
KIVIUQ AND THE MERMAIDS by Noel McDermott
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A breathless escapade featuring battles against both monsters and the elements. (glossary) (Picture book/folk tale. 7-9)"
Mermaids prove more of a danger to an Inuit hunter than wild storms and spirits. 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 >