CLOTH LULLABY by Amy Novesky
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2016

"Splendid visual and verbal introduction to little-known artist Louise Bourgeois. (author's note; photos, sources) (Picture book/biography. 6-9)"
This biography of 20th-century French artist Louise Bourgeois explores childhood experiences influencing her work. 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 >

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 >
OUR TEACHER IS A VAMPIRE AND OTHER (NOT) TRUE STORIES by Mary Amato
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2016

"Great fun, especially for budding writers; they'll find kindred spirits within. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Alexander suspects Mrs. Penrose is a vampire; that mystery is the spark that ignites an exciting year. Read full book review >
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 >

OWL HOWL AND THE BLU-BLU by Paul Friester
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2016

"One wonders how much longer the forest animals will respond sympathetically to Little Owl's howls. (Picture book. 2-5)"
In her third outing (Owl Howl, 2011, etc.), Little Owl once again howls, this time in a toddler-esque fit over an escaped Blu-Blu.Read full book review >
AS TIME WENT BY by José Sanabria
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2016

"A lovely, rich book to spend time with. (Picture book. 4-8)"
South American artist Sanabria offers a picture book about a ship and so much more. Read full book review >
BABAK THE BEETLE by Fred Paronuzzi
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2016

"Young readers will laugh at first, but the certainty that such altruism will go unrewarded gives the 'yolk' an off odor; Lindsay Ward's similarly themed When Blue Met Egg (2012) offers at least a concluding morsel of comfort. (Picture book. 6-8)"
In this Gallic import, mistaken identity leads to a demonstration of the saw that no good deed goes unpunished. 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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >