I DARE YOU! by Nicole Maubert
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Light on the frissons and, except for the pop-up, durable enough to survive repeated darefests. (Novelty picture book. 3-5)"
A furry spider, a snake with a sticky tongue, and other tactile bugaboos are only preludes to a glimpse of…the scariest monster of all! Read full book review >
IN PLAIN SIGHT by Richard Jackson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"A fabulous family story with something for the young and old alike. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Readers will tune up their observation skills while spending time with a grandfather and granddaughter who keep life interesting. Read full book review >

A SQUIGGLY STORY by Andrew Larsen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"This book offers a fine mirror for brown boys who aspire to write, but it's also a great pro-literacy story for all children about brown kids who hold reading and writing in high regard. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A positive tale of how a story can emerge organically from an inkling of an idea to an imaginative literary excursion—even at the hands of preliterate kids. Read full book review >
THE MISSING BATMOBILE by DC Comics
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"A pretty good start for little readers dipping their toes into the world of DC Comics. (Board book. 1-3)"
The superfriends battle the Joker. Read full book review >
PENGUIN'S CHRISTMAS WISH by Salina Yoon
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Grandpa's touching words about the meaning of Christmas and Penguin's sweet presents of sticks add depth to this unassuming but satisfying story. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Cheerful little Penguin continues to expand his world with a story about celebrating Christmas with friends and family. Read full book review >

THE ITSY BITSY PILGRIM by Jeffrey Burton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"This holiday ditty misses too many beats. (Board book. 2-3)"
The traditional story of the first Thanksgiving is set to the tune of "The Itsy-Bitsy Spider" and stars rodents instead of humans. Read full book review >
BALLET by Sterling Publishing
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"A decent starter for aspiring ballerinas and danseurs. (Board book. 1-3)"
Little readers explore the world of ballet. Read full book review >
YITZI AND THE GIANT MENORAH by Richard Ungar
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Not laugh-out-loud funny but a pleasant addition to Hanukkah collections. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-7)"
The good folk of Chelm ponder the perfect thank you for a Hanukkah gift. Read full book review >
SHMELF THE HANUKKAH ELF by Greg Wolfe
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Those in search of seasonal stories that contain a blend of Christmas and Hanukkah will find an entertaining tale here. (Picture book. 3-6)"
What! Some good children will not receive Christmas presents? Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"An inspiring tale as well as a tantalizing invitation to visit one of our country's newest 'must see' attractions. (source notes) (Nonfiction. 10-13)"
An account of how the "hundred-year hope" for a National Museum of African American History and Culture came to fruition, with glimpses of the new institution's treasures. Read full book review >
CITYBLOCK by Christopher Franceschelli
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Children in urban settings will recognize this city's feel, while suburban or rural children will be equally happy to join in the adventure. (Board book. 1-4)"
The latest addition to Franceschelli and Peskimo's (Dinoblock, 2015, etc.) collection of very thick board books exploits all the possibilities of the format. Read full book review >
BABUSHKA by Dawn Casey
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"A delightful retelling of an intriguing tale that will make a fine read-aloud for families who celebrate Christmas as a Christian holiday. (Picture book/folk tale/religion. 4-8)"
A kind, grandmotherly woman meets the wise men and distributes toys and treats in this interpretation of a Russian folk tale. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 20, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >