THORFINN THE NICEST VIKING AND THE TERRIBLE TREASURE by David MacPhail
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"Brains trump brawn every time—at least for this horn-helmed peacemaker. (Historical farce. 8-10)"
Being some of the exploits of Thorfinn the Very-Very-Nice-Indeed. Read full book review >
ONE CHEETAH, ONE CHERRY by Jackie Morris
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"The aesthetic pleasures are very strong, but one-on-one adult guidance will be necessary to help young mathematicians make sense of these complex images. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Exquisite watercolor-and-gold-leaf paintings of animals and objects that look as if they tumbled out of medieval illuminated manuscripts distinguish this counting book. Read full book review >

PICO THE GNOME by Martina Müller
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"A lightweight addition to the horde of suggested bully-countering strategies. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A happy gnome saves the forest from a rampaging giant by holding out the hand of friendship. Read full book review >
THE FOURTH BONNIEST BABY IN DUNDEE by Michelle Sloan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"He truly might be the bonniest baby in Dundee, or in any town. (Picture book. 2-8)"
Take one proud big sister, mix in the love of all the grannies in town and a baby beauty contest, and you have the fixings for a jolly read-aloud. Read full book review >
CREATURES CLOSE UP by Gillian Watts
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"Hyper-realistic delights for young naturalists. (index) (Informational picture book. 6-10)"
Forty-five small animals, most native to Madagascar, pose with regal splendor in a French photographer's eye-widening sampler. Read full book review >

POLAR BEAR by William Flaherty
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"Uninspired outings. (Informational early reader. 6-8)"
A first introduction to the largest living land-dwelling carnivore. Read full book review >
POPO'S LUCKY CHINESE NEW YEAR by Virginia Loh-Hagen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"One of the best of its genre; attractive and informative, and a must for the growing Chinese New Year shelf. (Picture book. 4-8)"
PoPo helps her granddaughter learn Chinese New Year traditions in this intergenerational celebration of family and culture. Read full book review >
WHO WANTS CANDIED HAWBERRIES? by Dongni Bao
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"A heartwarming story with a bit of mystery, available in both English and Chinese. (Picture book. 6-8)"
In winter, an old man enters Cat's Eye Hutong (alleyway or lane) with his bicycle, fitted with a rack filled with candied hawberry skewers, a Chinese treat. Read full book review >
BUDDY IS SO ANNOYING by Wenzheng Fu
by Wenzheng Fu, illustrated by Wenzheng Fu, translated by Adam Lanphier
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"Visually appealing and wryly amusing. (Picture book. 4-6)"
A tale of best friends, one a human child and one a very anthropomorphized boar named Buddy. Read full book review >
I WANT THAT LOVE by Tatsuya Miyanishi
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"Only the coldblooded will fail to be moved by this poignant story. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Innocent trust turns a domineering bully into a caring protector who makes the ultimate sacrifice in this prehistoric tale of personal growth. Read full book review >
RORY THE RABBIT by Yimei Wang
by Yimei Wang, illustrated by Chunmiao Li, translated by Adam Lanphier
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"Young children will relate to Rory's dilemma and respond to the adorable illustrations, but non-native readers will struggle to use the book as a learning tool. (glossary) (Bilingual picture book. 5-12)"
When Rory the rabbit discovers he's different from his rabbit friends, he feels self-conscious and decides to find another tribe. Read full book review >
KATHA SAGAR, OCEAN OF STORIES by Sarah Conover
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"The co-authors struggle with only limited success to bring a variety of memorable stories of Hindu mythology together into one cohesive tale. (authors' note, story notes and sources, glossary) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Lakshmi, a pauranika (trained storyteller versed in the ancient Hindu epics), lives in a village in southern India and narrates legends and folk tales from various Hindu epics to its children. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >