MAMA BEAR, LITTLE BEAR by Mania Kaplanoglou
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"There's much to identify with in this gentle, perceptive book, no matter the gender or species. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Kaplanoglou pokes light fun at the yin/yang of the mother/daughter experience. Read full book review >
MARTIN LUTHER by Géraldine Elschner
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"Sunday school teachers may find this useful to supplement their students' knowledge of the Reformation. (Biography. 7-12)"
The story of the 16th-century German monk and the start of the Protestant Reformation. Read full book review >

A WARM WINTER by Feridun Oral
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"A warming read. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Little Mouse enlists the help of woodland neighbors when he gathers firewood to warm his nest. Read full book review >
THE LITTLE BOOK OF BACKYARD BIRD SONGS by Andrea Pinnington
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"A 'trilling' way to bring natural history into the nursery. (replaceable batteries) (Informational novelty. 5-10)"
Sound clips enhance first introductions to a dozen common North American birds. Read full book review >
TICKLY MINIBEAST ADVENTURES by Jess French
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"Excellent first introductions to some of our planet's most common fellow residents. (index) (Informational pop-up picture book. 6-8)"
An invitation to zoological investigations around the house and yard, with a gratifyingly large, detachable, pop-up spider as a special treat. Read full book review >

THE GREAT LEOPARD RESCUE by Sandra Markle
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"Excellent writing and documentation distinguish Markle's latest. (author's note, additional facts, timeline, glossary, quotation sources, annotated list of web and print resources, index, photo credits) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Markle introduces the critically endangered Amur leopard, detailing current strategies to augment its numbers using temporarily relocated, zooborn cats. Read full book review >
Piccadilly and the Waltzing Wind by Lisa Anne Novelline
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"Cheerful, busy illustrations make this gentle fantasy exciting."
A little imagination transforms everyday objects into wonders in this sweet picture book. Read full book review >
JANINE AND THE FIELD DAY FINISH by Maryann Cocca-Leffler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"Readers will agree that this optimistic little girl has a mighty big heart. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Young protagonist Janine excels in many ways—but not in sports. Read full book review >
A WELL-MANNERED YOUNG WOLF by Jean Leroy
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 30, 2016

"So where do good manners get you? Hunger here and salvation there. Life is a mystery. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A young wolf goes hunting for the first time and learns his prey can be crafty—not to mention a bunch of liars. Read full book review >
TEBOW TAILS by Tracey Sullivan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 28, 2016

"While reaching out to save a friend in trouble—even a bully—is an act of heroism, kids, don't try this at home!"
A bully learns a valuable lesson about how to treat his friends in this anthropomorphized dog tale of adventure on the water from debut author Sullivan. Read full book review >
MORE THAN MAGIC by Kathryn Lasky
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"Both the concept and the well-paced suspense will appeal. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Ryder has just turned 11, the same age as the cartoon character created by her years-dead mother, and learns that she can enter the cartoon world—and possibly save it. Read full book review >
BUDDY'S BEDTIME BATTERY by Christina Geist
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"Searchers of progressive muscle-relaxation books for children will find this choice interesting, but readers after robot fare should look elsewhere. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Imagination and progressive relaxation are the key to powering down little Buddy, the boy "robot." Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Laini Taylor
March 27, 2017

In bestselling YA writer Laini Taylor’s new fantasy novel, Strange the Dreamer, the dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he's been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever. What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving? “Lovers of intricate worldbuilding and feverish romance will find this enthralling,” our critic writes. View video >