THE NUTCRACKER by Grace Maccarone
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"A disappointing effort that fails to capture the magic inherent in the ballet. (bibliography) (Picture book. 5-8)"
This large-format retelling of the story from the popular holiday-season ballet focuses on the family party scene and the battle between the mice and the soldiers, with just a brief concluding visit to the Land of Sweets. Read full book review >
GEORGE BALANCHINE’S <i>THE NUTCRACKER</i> by New York City Ballet
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"An appealing production overall and a helpful introduction for children preparing to see the ballet, but it's one that needs some real little girls as artist's models. (Picture book. 4-8)"
This introduction to the ballet closely follows the production of the New York City Ballet, as originated by George Balanchine. Read full book review >

PRISSY & POP DECK THE HALLS by Melissa Nicholson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"No silk purse here, just four little piggie ears. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Miniature pigs celebrate the Christmas holiday together in a story illustrated with photographs of the pampered porcine pair. Read full book review >
CANDY CANE LANE by Scott Santoro
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Readable but forgettable. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A little girl rescues a damaged, plastic choirboy statue that mysteriously comes alive and leads a group of rejected Christmas statues back to the girl's house. Read full book review >
MY FIRST BOOK OF ANIMAL OPPOSITES by National Wildlife Federation
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Take this one to the zoo. (Board book. 6 mos.-3)"
Excellent nature photography, even in this small (6 inches square) board-book format, will intrigue young animal lovers. Read full book review >

ATTICUS CLAW GOES ASHORE by Jennifer Gray
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 19, 2016

"Plenty of humor, along with the intrepid kitty, keeps things sailing. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
The second U.S. release of the British Atticus Claw series finds Atticus outwitting pirates at sea. Read full book review >
AS A BOY by Plan International
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 19, 2016

"An uneven if well-intentioned offering. (Picture book. 4-8)"
An NGO's follow-up to previous books about girls' education and empowerment offers a well-meaning companion message of solidarity. Read full book review >
Wilder by Rebecca Yarros
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 19, 2016

"Intelligent and fun, this fast-paced tale delivers kaleidoscopic settings and an adventurous love story."
Yarros (Ignite: Legacy, 2016, etc.) offers a shipboard romance between an extreme sports athlete and his ambitious tutor.Read full book review >
A MOST MYSTERIOUS MOUSE by Giovanna Zoboli
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 18, 2016

"It's an odd book, but for anyone who has mice on the brain like this cat, there are more than enough cute ones in this book to satisfy.(Picture book. 4-8)"
An unnamed cat experiences a metaphysical crisis. Read full book review >
WRITING WITH ROSIE by Patricia Reilly Giff
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 15, 2016

"A simple and lively guide for young writers everywhere. (bibliography) (Nonfiction. 8-13)"
A writer and her dog team up to offer tips on how to write stories. Read full book review >
CIRCLES by David A. Adler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 15, 2016

"Another solid shape book that will grow with young geometry learners; don't let the picture-book format fool you—high schoolers could use some of this math. (Informational picture book. 6-14)"
Following Triangles (2014), Adler and Miller tackle another shape. Read full book review >
YOU ARE TWO by Sara O'Leary
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 15, 2016

"Pick up a copy or two for the toddlers and toddler-fans in your life. (Picture book. 2)"
A celebration of what it is to be 2! 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 >