FRIENDS FOREVER by Roald Kaldestad
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 15, 2016

"Eloquent, poignant, this is for sensitive young readers who are missing old friends but ready to admit new ones. (Picture book. 6-9)"
A boy misses his best friend whenever it rains. And there have been 269 days of rain since she moved away a year ago. Read full book review >
WHERE DO RIVERS GO, MOMMA? by Catherine L. Weyerhaeuser
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 15, 2016

"A smooth if not very memorable ride. (Informational picture book. 7-9)"
A child's questions lead to a trip around the water cycle, with stops to examine erosion, aquifer misuse, and other hydrological topics. Read full book review >

ABIGAIL THE WHALE by Davide Cali
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 15, 2016

"While Abigail's internal process feels believable, there is no condemnation of the bullying, and the resolution with the other children feels forced. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A fat girl named Abigail copes with a negative body image. Read full book review >
GROW! RAISE! CATCH! by Shelley Rotner
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 15, 2016

"This volume may even lure children (and adults) back to the farm. (glossary) (Informational picture book. 5-7)"
Engaging color photos depict smiling farmers and fishermen (and fisherwoman) and gleeful children eating their products. Read full book review >
SEA OTTER RESCUE by Suzi Eszterhas
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 15, 2016

"Another appealing depiction of animal rescue for readers who care about the natural world. (Nonfiction. 7-12)"
An experienced wildlife photographer documents the work of staff at the Alaska SeaLife Center to save orphaned sea otter babies. Read full book review >

WHEN GRANDMA GATEWOOD TOOK A HIKE by Michelle Houts
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 15, 2016

"She didn't like people passing her on the trail, the author notes, but readers could do worse than follow behind. (source note) (Picture book/biography. 6-8)"
A tribute to the first woman to hike the entire Appalachian Trail in one go. Read full book review >
CLARA HUMBLE AND THE NOT-SO-SUPER POWERS by Anna Humphrey
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 15, 2016

"A promising beginning to a new series about a spirited character who is discovering her real strengths. (Fiction. 7-11)"
Clara's superpowers include being able to spill things, communicate telepathically with her chinchilla, and wake up at 7:14 every morning, but will they be enough to stop her life from being ruined? Read full book review >
GROWING PEACE by Richard Sobol
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 15, 2016

"A welcome addition to children's nonfiction from a master photojournalist. (author's note, glossary, sources) (Nonfiction. 7-12)"
Large, full-color photographs accompany the true story of one man's efforts to bring together people of three religions by helping them create a Fair Trade-certified coffee-selling cooperative. Read full book review >
CRASH! THE CAT by David McPhail
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 15, 2016

"A sadly run-of-the-mill effort from such a name as McPhail. (Picture book. 2-7)"
Crash is a feline wrecking crew! Read full book review >
SKY PIG by Jan L. Coates
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 15, 2016

"Piggie pipe dreams come to life in this agreeable book. (Picture book. 3-7)"
One little piggie dreams of flying…can it really happen? Read full book review >
DANCING IN THE RAIN by Lynn Joseph
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 15, 2016

"This book will break readers' hearts and then put them back together, in the best way. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Two Dominican children, one in the Dominican Republic and one in the United States, find their lives intertwined following the 9/11 attacks. Read full book review >
THE PRESIDENTIAL MASTERS OF PREHISTORY by Saskia Lacey
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 15, 2016

"Chortleworthy at first glance, disturbingly superficial at second and subsequent ones. (list of presidents) (Informational novelty. 10-12)"
Six presidents of our Holocene epoch pair up with prehistoric predecessors, from George Washingdonyx to Franklin D. Rex. 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 >