KANGAROO KISSES by Nandana Dev Sen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 26, 2016

"A warm and spirited invitation to dreamland. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Smiles and wild creatures abound in this playful mother-child bedtime routine. Read full book review >
OSKAR LOVES... by Britta Teckentrup
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 25, 2016

"A not entirely one-dimensional corvine bliss-out. (Picture book. 2-4)"
There isn't anything that Oskar, a small bird, doesn't love. How about you? Read full book review >

STRIKEOUT OF THE BLEACHER WEENIES by David Lubar
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 23, 2016

"Fans will be shivering and laughing…evilly. (Short stories. 9-12)"
The weird, warped weenies weturn for an eighth collection of tiny terror tales. Read full book review >
HALFWAY WILD by Laura Freudig
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 22, 2016

"Good both for classroom explorations of metaphors and for inspiring imaginative play. (Picture book. 3-7)"
As they move through their day, a busy family changes skin, fur, and feathers. Read full book review >
WHAT IS A CHILD? by Beatrice Alemagna
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"If this did not follow the familiar trajectory of a book read before bedtime, it would be tempting to pull it entirely out of the category of children's picture books. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A striking, illustrated musing on children and childhood. Read full book review >

I DISSENT by Debbie Levy
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Read this and be inspired to work for justice through the legal system. (author's note, photographs, notes on Supreme Court cases, bibliography, quotation sources) (Picture book/biography. 7-10)"
Speak purposefully and carry a big legal pad. Read full book review >
THE BEST MAN by Richard Peck
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"A nostalgic slice of Rockwell Americana with a contemporary filling. Delicious—take a bite. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Male role models aren't a scarce commodity for Archer Magill, but when two of them fall in love, what does that mean for his comprehension of the weird world of adults? Then there's all that impending puberty stuff. Read full book review >
CREATION by Cynthia Rylant
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Child-friendliness substitutes for awe in this cozy rendition. (Picture book/religion. 3-7)"
The Creation story, interpreted with minimalist art. Read full book review >
WHAT'S THAT NOISE? by Isabel Minhós Martins
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"More engaging fun than many higher-tech devices. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Every page demands that readers physically interact with this book's images. Read full book review >
INSERT COIN TO CONTINUE by John David Anderson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"The last thing video game nerds need is a reinforcement of a regressive view of women as objects instead of individuals. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
A video game fanatic turns his world upside down. Read full book review >
THE OTHER BOY by M.G. Hennessey
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"This is the story with a triumphant-but-realistic ending that trans kids haven't had enough of. It's challenging but not tragic, and it ends with bright, beautiful hope. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Twelve-year-old Shane Woods is seriously into baseball, video games, the graphic novel he's drawing, and a redheaded classmate named Madeline. Read full book review >
EVERYTHING IS AWKWARD by Mike Bender
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"(Mostly) totally awkward fun. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The team behind Awkward Family Photos (2010) unveils a playfully cringeworthy collection of kid-centered photos submitted to their website, celebrating the idea that "everything and everyone is awkward." 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 >