AT NIGHT by Helga Bansch
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 28, 2016

"With the feel of a fine and handsome tintype, this Austrian import makes night newly beguiling. (Picture book. 2-6)"
For all but a few, the night is a foreign country. Read full book review >
PEACE DANCER by Roy Henry Vickers
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 27, 2016

"A rare variant of a nearly universal myth, with powerfully evocative illustrations. (Picture book/folk tale. 6-8)"
A Tsimshian artist links a flood tale from his village to a frequently performed potlatch dance. Read full book review >

Riven by Jane Alvey Harris
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 24, 2016

"A whirlwind narrative about an imaginative heroine that uses fantasy to offer salvation from abuse."
In this debut fantasy thriller, a teen's real life begins to overlap with a colorful world she thinks she's invented. Read full book review >
NED THE KNITTING PIRATE by Diana Murray
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"Cast on, cast off, and set sail for a great yarn. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Can one pirate ship contain both knitting needles and pirates' cutlasses? Read full book review >
SOME PETS by Angela DiTerlizzi
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"Exuberant in its visuals and narratively well crafted but with slight blind spots. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Children and animals mingle at a pet show in this picture book. Read full book review >

MARTA! BIG & SMALL by Jen Arena
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"Marta's adventure is an enjoyable way to introduce animals, observe concepts, and identify comparisons and polarities in English and en Español. (glossary) (Picture book. 4-7)"
Opposites, animals, and Spanish vocabulary introduce concepts to early readers. Read full book review >
TALKING LEAVES by Joseph Bruchac
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"A vivid retelling of a pivotal time for the Cherokee nation. (cast of characters, afterword, printed syllabary, glossary, further reading) (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
A boy grapples with the return of his father, Sequoyah, and the creation of a Cherokee syllabary. Read full book review >
NANOBOTS by Chris Gall
by Chris Gall, illustrated by Chris Gall
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"Action oriented with a sci-fi feel, this will have robot-obsessed readers clamoring for more. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A young, white inventor creates a team of microscopic robots, each with its own power, who discover that together they can solve problems, big or small. Read full book review >
ANIMALS THAT MAKE ME SAY LOOK OUT! by Dawn Cusick
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"Average visuals compared to other entries in the series and a formula that is plainly wearing thin. (index, glossary) (Nonfiction. 7-12)"
The author of Animals That Make Me Say Ouch! (2014), …Wow! (2014), and …Ewww! (2016) offers a fresh set of stock nature photographs on the general theme of animal defensive behaviors and features. Read full book review >
FRAMED! by James Ponti
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"More escapades are promised in this improbable but satisfying series starter. (Mystery. 9-12)"
A smart kid foils big-time thieves in the nation's capital—and joins the FBI. Read full book review >
MAXI'S SECRETS by Lynn Plourde
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"Though purposive, this earnest boy-and-his-dog tale makes a strong case for Secret No. 11: 'There's nothing so bad in the world that dog kisses won't make it better.' (Fiction. 9-12)"
"My dog, Maxi, dies," warns Timminy at the start of this friendship tale set in small-town Maine. Read full book review >
CAN ONE BALLOON MAKE AN ELEPHANT FLY? by Dan Richards
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"A sweet story about connectedness and a willingness to believe in these modern times. (Picture book. 4-7)"
It's a mom-and-son trip to the zoo, but mom's preoccupation with her cellphone makes for a lonely time until being present becomes a priority—and then magic occurs. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Andrea Beaty
August 30, 2016

In Andrea Beaty and David Roberts’ new picture book Ada Twist, Scientist is like her classmates, builder Iggy and inventor Rosie: scientist Ada, a character of color, has a boundless imagination and has always been hopelessly curious. Why are there pointy things stuck to a rose? Why are there hairs growing inside your nose? When her house fills with a horrific, toe-curling smell, Ada knows it’s up to her to find the source. Not afraid of failure, she embarks on a fact-finding mission and conducts scientific experiments, all in the name of discovery. But this time, her experiments lead to even more stink and get her into trouble! Inspired by real-life makers such as Ada Lovelace and Marie Curie, Ada Twist, Scientist champions girl power and women scientists, and brings welcome diversity to picture books about girls in science. “Cool and stylish,” our reviewer writes. View video >