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 STONE THROWER by Jael Ealey Richardson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2016

"An inspiring though incomplete story of adversity and discrimination. (Picture book/biography. 6-8)"
An African-American football player is denied an American football career. Read full book review >

SCAREDY CAT by Courtney Sheinmel
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2016

"As in her other, now-numerous outings, Stella is a likable child; it's pleasant to spend some time with her. (Fiction. 5-9)"
Stella Batts, somewhat intrepid third-grader, is back for another adventure, and this time she's worried about bad luck—and ghosts.Read full book review >
DRAGONFLY KITES by Tomson Highway
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2016

"At once a celebration of heritage, the wilderness, and imagination, this book is a breath of fresh northern air. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A bilingual English/Cree picture book describes the lakeside summer idylls of brothers Joe and Cody. Read full book review >
PINNY IN SUMMER by Joanne Schwartz
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2016

"Whether used as a read-aloud or a bridge between early readers and chapter books, a serene treat. (Picture book. 3-7)"
An agreeable young girl named Pinny enjoys her version of a perfect day near the sea. Read full book review >

WHO IS SMILING? by Yusuke Yonezu
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2016

"A playful romp. (Board book. 1-3)"
Die-cut holes transform shapes into smiling critters. Read full book review >
BIG CITY EXPLORER by Maggie Li
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2016

"Problematic for libraries due to the detachable token, but like Mary Javins' 3-D World Atlas and Tour (2008), the gimmick isn't indispensable to the journey. (review quizzes) (Informational novelty. 6-8)"
A penguin guide conducts prospective tourists on a whirlwind flight over 28 world cities. 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 >
ONCE I HEARD A LITTLE WOMBAT by Renée  Treml
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2016

"A passable visit to the bush. (Board book. 1-3)"
The Australian Outback springs to life. Read full book review >
USBORNE BABY'S VERY FIRST PLAYBOOK CATS & DOGS by Fiona Watt
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2016

"Put this one into the busy hands of little ones just beginning to explore books. Good for solo exploration and one-on-one sharing. (Board book. 6 mos.-2)"
A simple, interactive, lift-the-flap board book for babes. Read full book review >
THUMBELINA by Xanthe Gresham Knight
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 30, 2016

"A very pleasant and graceful new version packaged in a small trim size that suits the heroine and young readers/listeners as well. (Fantasy. 5-9)"
The oft-adapted tale of the tiny girl who has big adventures. Read full book review >
The Halloween Nightmare by Michael Scygiel
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 29, 2016

"This bare-bones supernatural story still entertains despite its indistinctive quartet of heroes."
Four friends visit a place where it's Halloween every day, which inspires several witches there to escape and terrorize the friends' town in Scygiel's YA horror yarn. 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 >