LITTLE DEE AND THE PENGUIN by Christopher Baldwin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 5, 2016

"A must-read for all would-be adventurers. (Graphic fantasy. 8-12)"
A fun-filled, zany story with a serious message about belonging. Read full book review >
CICI RENO by Kristina Springer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 5, 2016

"A surprisingly successful, suspenseful, and engrossing take on the Cyrano story with a contemporary twist. (Fiction. 11-14)"
To help her good-looking but painfully tongue-tied best friend, Aggie, land Drew, the boy of her dreams, Cici pretends to be Aggie online. Read full book review >

HORRIBLE BEAR! by Ame Dyckman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 5, 2016

"A charmingly loud and lighthearted friendship story. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A freckle-faced white child with a mass of red curls piled three times the height of her head is flying her kite near a snowcapped mountaintop when—"snap!"—the string breaks, and the toy is blown into a sleeping bear's cave, coming to rest on his belly. Read full book review >
MARCH OF THE MINI BEASTS by Ada Hopper
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 5, 2016

"First of a tasty if not immediately nourishing new series. (Adventure. 5-8)"
When Dr. Bunsen, Gabe, Laura, and Cesar's mad-scientist neighbor, tries out his growth machine on Gabe's plastic animal toys, there's an unexpected result—they come to life. Read full book review >
ONE AWESOME THING by Sara Pennypacker
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 5, 2016

"An upbeat celebration of lively imagination, friendship, family, community, and the exuberance of childhood. (Fiction. 7-11)"
Fourth-grader Waylon Zakowski is struggling to navigate change. Read full book review >

ONCE WAS A TIME by Leila Sales
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 5, 2016

"Rewarding and uplifting. (Fantasy. 9-13)"
The friendship of two 10-year-old English girls is tested when one travels through a portal to the future. Read full book review >
THE EUREKA KEY by Sarah L. Thomson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 5, 2016

"Unfortunately, this series opener feels far more formulaic than fresh. (Adventure. 9-12)"
After winning a puzzle contest, three young people find themselves in the middle of a dangerous treasure hunt for hidden national artifacts. Read full book review >
SOPHIE QUIRE AND THE LAST STORYGUARD by Jonathan Auxier
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 5, 2016

"This novel should be in the hands of every human young enough at heart to be enchanted by the written word. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Sophie is given an extraordinary book to repair, and with it comes all manner of magic and danger. Read full book review >
THE WILD ROBOT by Peter Brown
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 5, 2016

"Thought-provoking and charming. (Science fiction/fantasy. 7-11)"
A sophisticated robot—with the capacity to use senses of sight, hearing, and smell—is washed to shore on an island, the only robot survivor of a cargo of 500. Read full book review >
THE BEAR AND THE PIANO by David Litchfield
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 5, 2016

"Litchfield's poignant debut picture book celebrates both the wonders of wandering far in pursuit of one's dreams and the sweet comfort of returning home. (Picture book. 4-9)"
In the forest, a little bear discovers an object he's never seen before—a piano. At first the cub isn't sure about the strange device, but over time he comes to love the instrument and the music. Read full book review >
AMERICA'S TEA PARTIES by Marissa Moss
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 5, 2016

"A very fine piece of historical reclamation that broadens our understanding of the road to revolution. (Nonfiction. 11-14)"
Moss reminds readers that the tea parties of the 1770s were not strictly a Boston affair, no matter how much the city enjoys its spuriously unique association. Read full book review >
DEADLY FLOWERS by Sarah L. Thomson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 5, 2016

"Edge-of-your-seat action that will have both girls and boys rooting for the girl ninjas. (Historical fantasy. 10-14)"
A girl's first mission as a ninja is complicated by a pair of young siblings and dangerous Japanese spirits. 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 >