MR. HULOT AT THE BEACH by David Merveille
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2016

"Deft hommage, but hilarious even outside that context. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A droll seaside idyll, paying tribute as much to film comedies of the silent era as to the 1953 movie that inspired it. Read full book review >
GRUMPY PANTS by Claire Messer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2016

"Really well turned, with balance, momentum, and all the right notes. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The grumps are particularly vexing when you are a little penguin and you don't even know where they came from. Read full book review >

OMG... I DID IT AGAIN?! by Talia Aikens-Nuñez
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2016

"A sweet romp for young readers who like humor and magic. (Fantasy. 7-10)"
Now that she has become a witch, April encounters an unexpected challenge: without ever meaning to do it, she conjures up elephants in her dreams. Read full book review >
SNOWIZE & SNITCH by Karen Briner
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2016

"For able readers looking for the unusual. (Adventure. 8-12)"
Hoping to find her lost guardian, Doctor Professor David Ezratty, 12-year-old Ever Indigo Nikita Stein teams up with a pair of detectives battling the forces of the evil ColdCorp Corporation. Read full book review >
BALTHAZAR FABULOSO IN THE LAIR OF THE HUMBUGS by I.J. Brindle
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2016

"Sleight of hand behind this bag of tricks is all too slight, no magic here. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
When his stage-magician family vanishes for real, can Balthazar find them? Read full book review >

ALL KINDS OF FAMILIES by Norma Simon
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2016

"Many, but not all, kinds of families. (Picture book. 4-8)"
An updated version of a family-diversity book from the 1970s. Read full book review >
KUMA-KUMA CHAN'S HOME by Kazue Takahashi
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2016

"With an invitingly small trim size and easy-to-track action, this title can be perused by pre-readers employing their narrative skills independently or shared with a loved one for an interlude of calm and contentment. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Kuma-Kuma Chan ("cute little bear" in Japanese) stars in his second book to be translated for English-speaking audiences. Read full book review >
THE SECRET OF THE KELPIE by Lari Don
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2016

"A grim cautionary tale reworked as a short adventure with a happy ending for primary grade readers and listeners. (Picture book/folk tale. 7-9)"
Playing by the loch on a sunny afternoon, the blacksmith's five children find a beautiful white horse and attempt to ride it, only to be nearly drowned. Read full book review >
DUMP TRUCK DUCK by Megan E. Bryant
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2016

"A fine addition to the truck shelf. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Bouncy rhythms and catchy rhymes will entrance truck-loving tots as they listen to this tale of truck ducks doing their jobs. Read full book review >
REAL SISTERS PRETEND by Megan Dowd Lambert
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2016

"Adoption is such an individual event that it is difficult for one picture book to address every situation and circumstance. This is best used as a discussion starter with adopted children and for the outsiders who don't understand that adoption creates families. (author's note) (Picture book. 3-8)"
An adoption story explores the concept of "real sisters." Read full book review >
IF YOU ARE A KAKA, YOU EAT DOO DOO by Sara Martel
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2016

"Doo-doo rush out to get copies; these will shoot off the shelves. (Informational picture book. 5-9)"
Who knew there could be so many words for animal poo? Read full book review >
THE LOST CIPHER by Michael Oechsle
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2016

"Plucky kids, the spice of danger, the lure of treasure, and an ever-so-happy (if remarkably improbable) conclusion all combine to make this an enjoyable if undemanding read. (Mystery. 10-14)"
After being sent to a mountain camp for grieving teens, impoverished Lucas learns of a multimillion-dollar treasure that may be buried nearby and can be found only by breaking a difficult cipher. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Marilu Henner
author of CHANGING NORMAL
April 26, 2016

After they’d been dating only a short while, and as they were falling in love, Marilu Henner and Michael Brown were hit with the ultimate bad news: Michael was diagnosed with cancer. Refusing traditional care, they pieced together a personal and holistic view on battling his cancer, all while forging an unbreakable bond. In this moving and informative book, Marilu pulls back the curtain on how they dealt with the blow. She relates her holistic perspective on health—including the superfoods, exercises, and immunotherapy they used to fight back—and why a diagnosis doesn’t have to be the end of romance or of a happy and fulfilling life. “An inspiring love story wrapped in a serious call for new ways to treat disease,” our reviewer writes. View video >