KUMA-KUMA CHAN'S HOME by Kazue Takahashi
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2016

"With an invitingly small trim size and easy-to-track action, this title can be perused by pre-readers employing their narrative skills independently or shared with a loved one for an interlude of calm and contentment. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Kuma-Kuma Chan ("cute little bear" in Japanese) stars in his second book to be translated for English-speaking audiences. Read full book review >
REAL SISTERS PRETEND by Megan Dowd Lambert
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2016

"Adoption is such an individual event that it is difficult for one picture book to address every situation and circumstance. This is best used as a discussion starter with adopted children and for the outsiders who don't understand that adoption creates families. (author's note) (Picture book. 3-8)"
An adoption story explores the concept of "real sisters." Read full book review >

IF YOU ARE A KAKA, YOU EAT DOO DOO by Sara Martel
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2016

"Doo-doo rush out to get copies; these will shoot off the shelves. (Informational picture book. 5-9)"
Who knew there could be so many words for animal poo? Read full book review >
SNOWIZE & SNITCH by Karen Briner
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2016

"For able readers looking for the unusual. (Adventure. 8-12)"
Hoping to find her lost guardian, Doctor Professor David Ezratty, 12-year-old Ever Indigo Nikita Stein teams up with a pair of detectives battling the forces of the evil ColdCorp Corporation. Read full book review >
BALTHAZAR FABULOSO IN THE LAIR OF THE HUMBUGS by I.J. Brindle
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2016

"Sleight of hand behind this bag of tricks is all too slight, no magic here. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
When his stage-magician family vanishes for real, can Balthazar find them? Read full book review >

THE SECRET OF THE KELPIE by Lari Don
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2016

"A grim cautionary tale reworked as a short adventure with a happy ending for primary grade readers and listeners. (Picture book/folk tale. 7-9)"
Playing by the loch on a sunny afternoon, the blacksmith's five children find a beautiful white horse and attempt to ride it, only to be nearly drowned. Read full book review >
SCAREDY CAT by Courtney Sheinmel
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2016

"As in her other, now-numerous outings, Stella is a likable child; it's pleasant to spend some time with her. (Fiction. 5-9)"
Stella Batts, somewhat intrepid third-grader, is back for another adventure, and this time she's worried about bad luck—and ghosts.Read full book review >
THE STONE THROWER by Jael Ealey Richardson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2016

"An inspiring though incomplete story of adversity and discrimination. (Picture book/biography. 6-8)"
An African-American football player is denied an American football career. Read full book review >
DRAGONFLY KITES by Tomson Highway
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2016

"At once a celebration of heritage, the wilderness, and imagination, this book is a breath of fresh northern air. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A bilingual English/Cree picture book describes the lakeside summer idylls of brothers Joe and Cody. Read full book review >
PINNY IN SUMMER by Joanne Schwartz
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2016

"Whether used as a read-aloud or a bridge between early readers and chapter books, a serene treat. (Picture book. 3-7)"
An agreeable young girl named Pinny enjoys her version of a perfect day near the sea. Read full book review >
WHO IS SMILING? by Yusuke Yonezu
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2016

"A playful romp. (Board book. 1-3)"
Die-cut holes transform shapes into smiling critters. Read full book review >
ONCE I HEARD A LITTLE WOMBAT by Renée  Treml
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2016

"A passable visit to the bush. (Board books. 1-3)"
The Australian Outback springs to life. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Marilu Henner
author of CHANGING NORMAL
April 26, 2016

After they’d been dating only a short while, and as they were falling in love, Marilu Henner and Michael Brown were hit with the ultimate bad news: Michael was diagnosed with cancer. Refusing traditional care, they pieced together a personal and holistic view on battling his cancer, all while forging an unbreakable bond. In this moving and informative book, Marilu pulls back the curtain on how they dealt with the blow. She relates her holistic perspective on health—including the superfoods, exercises, and immunotherapy they used to fight back—and why a diagnosis doesn’t have to be the end of romance or of a happy and fulfilling life. “An inspiring love story wrapped in a serious call for new ways to treat disease,” our reviewer writes. View video >