MEMOIRS OF AN ELF by Devin Scillian
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"Little Known Fact: lots of cheery text, exclamation marks and trendy electronic devices do not necessarily add up to a successful Christmas story. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Santa's head elf delivers an hour-by-hour report as he and two other male elves assist Santa with his Christmas Eve deliveries, as well as an emergency delivery on Christmas morning. Read full book review >
Tika The Glass Jar by Tricia Chinn Campbell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"An earnest children's story about recycling and self-esteem."
Campbell (Kai and the Magic Jacket, 2012) tells a tale about a baby-food container who dreams of being recycled as a medicine bottle. Read full book review >

MAISY'S CASTLE by Lucy Cousins
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"Just a bit of well-armed fun, more suitable formatwise for a gift than classroom or library shelves. (Novelty. 5-7)"
A relatively sturdy pullout castle with a die-cut drawbridge and a dragon in the cellar serves as playscape for punch-out figures of medieval Maisy and her friends. Read full book review >
LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD by The Brothers Grimm
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"Bland at first glance, appropriately eerie and disquieting on closer examination. (Novelty picture book/folk tale. 7-9)"
An accordion-folded edition of the classic cautionary story, with deceptively simple cut-out illustrations on card stock that can be viewed in color or, reversed, as silhouettes. Read full book review >
FIRST WORDS by Tiger Tales
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"Nonessential but still quite cute. (Board book. 6 mos.-18 mos.)"
A simple lift-the-flap offering provides various vocabulary words for little ones. Read full book review >

THIS LITTLE LIGHT OF MINE by Dubravka Kolanovic
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"Still, those willing to overlook these annoyances will find this title acceptable. (Board book. 2-5)"
Starting with the traditional "All Things Bright and Beautiful" and ending with "Now the Day is Over," this collection of 10 Christian hymns, songs and prayers is aimed at parents wanting to pass on their faiths. Read full book review >
HOOT by Jonathan Litton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"The cheerful simplicity and sturdy pages ensure that this offering will both see and stand up to hard use until readers are ready for Pat Hutchins' classic Good-night, Owl! (1972). (Board book. 1-4)"
This simple concept board book combines colors and counting. Read full book review >
DIGGER AND DAISY GO TO THE DOCTOR by Judy Young
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"Giving an inch in the sibling arena can yield a mile of returns, and Digger and Daisy are great role models. (Early reader. 4-6)"
In this latest outing for Digger and Daisy, the elder dog sister guides the younger dog brother through a visit to the doctor. Read full book review >
SNAP by Jonathan Litton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"While this title is a strong choice for learning about shapes, there are better options for opposites than its companion.(Board book. 2-4)"
Various animals take turns leading readers in a game of finding shapes that match. Read full book review >
BABY ANIMALS by Tiger Tales
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"Appealing fare for young animal lovers. (Board book. 6 mos.-18 mos.)"
A simple lift-the-flap teaches little ones the names of animals and their offspring. Read full book review >
FAMILIES AROUND THE WORLD by Margriet Ruurs
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"Limiting African representation to one rural group (the Maasai) is an unfortunate misstep, but this quick global trip can serve as a first look at the larger world. (Informational picture book. 3-6)"
This simple but inclusive informational picture book surveys many types of families. Read full book review >
THE PANDAS AND THEIR CHOPSTICKS by Demi
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 31, 2014

"A sparse if nutritious (at least valuewise) gathering. (Picture book/folklore. 6-8)"
Ten fables with pretty pictures and explicit, if not always apt, morals. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >