THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER by Barbara Robinson
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"The full-length novel better conveys the complex narrative, but this picture-book version makes the basic story easily accessible to all. Final art not seen. (Picture book. 4-9)"
The beloved novel about the ultimate church Christmas pageant is abridged for a younger audience or shorter holiday storytimes, with charming watercolor illustrations that bring the crowd of Herdmans to life. Read full book review >
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"The author's artistic license creates a modern fable with a pleasant provenance for the song, but it's not clear enough that this is fiction. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Harris offers a fictionalized interpretation of the circumstances surrounding the beloved carol's composition in Savannah, Ga., in the era just before the Civil War. Read full book review >

Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"Though a bit of a patchwork with all the visual styles on display, this gathering of old favorites in their full, original forms collected in a lovely package should please fairy-tale collectors and bibliophiles alike. (translator's and historical notes, index) (Fairy tales. 7-11, adult)"
Color and silhouette illustrations first seen in editions 50 to 150 years ago add an antique glaze to 27 stories newly translated from the Brothers Grimm's final and, as the editor puts it, "most child-friendly" versions. Read full book review >
BARN BOOT BLUES by Catherine Friend
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"Pleasant, but it's all been done before. (Fiction. 10-14)"
City girl or farm girl, which will Taylor choose to be? Or does she have a choice? Read full book review >
MY NAME IS NOT EASY by Debby Dahl Edwardson
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"Painful, inspiring and affectionate. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
The story of three Iñupiaq children (then known as Eskimos) living above the Arctic Circle who are sent to a Catholic boarding school with other children, white and Indian. Read full book review >

MAGIC TRASH by J.H.  Shapiro
MUSIC AND THE ARTS
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"An inspiring, exciting introduction to avant-garde art and social commentary, this biography convinces young readers that art can exist, thrive and effect change outside in the real world. (author's note, bibliography) (Picture book. 5-10)"
Multi-colored, multi-layered, multi-media illustrations trace the life of Tyree Guyton and his visionary artwork, which used reclaimed trash to turn a derelict Detroit street into community-activist art. Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"A sobering glimpse at science in progress. (glossary, list of books and websites, index) (Nonfiction. 9-13) "
The golden frog, a Panamanian national symbol, began vanishing from its high mountain forests in the late 1990s, prompting a scientific investigation and rescue process that continues today. Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"This companion to What to Expect When You're Expecting Larvae (2011) is enormously appealing, an offbeat approach to learning about the natural world that targets exactly the stage young readers most want to know about. (glossary, selected bibliography) (Informational picture book. 6-11)"
Directed at marsupial parents of all kinds, from kangaroos and koalas to possums and bandicoots, this tongue-in-cheek guide to joey development takes it step by step, from the birth of your pinkie to where your baby goes after it leaves the pouch. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"Part of the For Kids series, this will be particularly useful for parents and classroom teachers hoping to make the study of great music more interesting. (discography, glossary, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 11-15) "
This introduction to the towering classical composer sets the story of his life and work in the context of the revolutionary events of early-19th-century Europe. Read full book review >
TRICKY COYOTE TALES by Chris Schweizer
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"Folktale purists will be driven looney tunes, but so what if the tone isn't completely authentic—who doesn't like to see a coyote fall off a cliff? (Graphic novel. 7-10)"
Not every folktale collection includes the words "BONK BONK BONK," but they fit perfectly here. Read full book review >
STAN AND THE TOILET MONSTER by Steve Shreve
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"Tableaux done as large, simple line drawings featuring the annoyed-looking monster and hunched, hapless-looking smaller figures on nearly every page give the tale that fashionable Wimpy Kid look A serviceable placeholder for the Captain's next outing, with all the stinks and goo but not so much of the wit. (Illustrated fiction. 9-11)"
A pet iguana flushed down a toilet, a scientist's unwelcomed potion for giant Brussels sprouts, a sociopathic dog named Mr. Snuggles and a reeking glob of slime that turns out not to be a baseball are but some of the elements in this Captain Underpants-style yuck-o-rama. Read full book review >
BERNADETTE IN THE DOGHOUSE by Susan Glickman
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"A satisfying sequel leaving room for more. (Fiction. 7-9) "
When her former best friend Jasmine comes to visit during winter break, third-grader Bernadette ignores her current friends, hurting their feelings and coming close to breaking up the Lunch Bunch. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Libba Bray
author of LAIR OF DREAMS
August 25, 2015

In Lair of Dreams, the second installment of Libba Bray’s bestselling young adult Diviners series, after a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O'Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to "read" objects, and therefore, read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title "America's Sweetheart Seer." But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviners' abilities....Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer? “Weaving together a chilling mystery with a truly elusive solution, several poignant love stories, agonizing injustice, terrifyingly monstrous dreams, and even a cameo by legendary psychiatrist Carl Jung, this installment wraps enough up to satisfy but clearly sets the stage for more,” our reviewer writes in a rare starred review. “How will readers stand the wait?” View video >