THIS BOOK IS OUT OF CONTROL! by Richard Byrne
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"It's finally OK for kids to press buttons! This interactive story will empower, educate, and entertain young readers who are on the path to independent reading. (Picture book. 3-8)"
The act of reading a picture book has never gotten so out of control. Read full book review >
THE PRINCESS AND THE WARRIOR by Duncan Tonatiuh
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Equal parts melancholic and transcendent—a genuine triumph. (author's note, glossary, bibliography) (Picture book/folklore. 6-9)"
A Mexican legend explains the origins of two volcanoes. Read full book review >

CHARLES DARWIN'S AROUND-THE-WORLD ADVENTURE by Jennifer Thermes
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"A notable choice for both STEM curricula and family sharing. (notes, sources, further reading, 'fun facts') (Informational picture book. 5-8)"
This introduction to Darwin focuses on his five-year exploratory journey on the HMS Beagle. Read full book review >
ADA LOVELACE, POET OF SCIENCE by Diane Stanley
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Pithy narrative plus charming pictures equals an admiring, admirable portrait of a STEM pioneer. (author's note, important dates, bibliography of adult sources, glossary) (Picture book/biography. 5-8)"
Stanley surveys the brief life of Byron's daughter, whose scientific education and inquiring mind shaped her foundational contributions to computer science. Read full book review >
THE MAGIC WORD by Mac Barnett
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Parents beware: there are a lot of 'magic' words kids will have to try out before getting to 'please,' and if you see a walrus, run! (Picture book. 4-8)"
Getting everything you want isn't all it's cracked up to be. Read full book review >

MY DREAM DOG by Arthur  Howard
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Certainly an ode to dog lovers, the conclusion may leave readers perplexed. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A boy wonders what his dog dreams about. Read full book review >
A TAIL OF CAMELOT by Julie Leung
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"A winning new adventure featuring a stalwart warrior mouse, heroic knights, and magical Camelot. (Animal Fantasy. 8-12)"
A "brave, strong, and wise" mouse plays a pivotal part defending Camelot and its inhabitants. Read full book review >
GOOD WISH GONE BAD by Shana Muldoon Zappa
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Back-story heavy and with a large, difficult-to-keep-straight cast, this is only for fans of the original series as they age out of chapter books. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
The Star Darlings series expands from chapter books (and television) to middle grade with this book launching the new line. Read full book review >
FLOOZOMBIES! by Patrick Carman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Mind-, if not tooth-, rotting…but the premise is already turning a little flat. (Adventure. 8-10)"
Following the events of The Trouble with Fuzzwonker Fizz (2016), gassy antics ensue in subterranean Fizzopolis after a batch of salubrious Fuzzwonker Fizz is contaminated by a sample of a rival junk-food manufacturer's disgusting goop. Read full book review >
MEMOIRS OF A SIDEKICK by David Skuy
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Especially apt for an election year. (Fiction. 8-11)"
Can the least popular kid in school beat the most popular in an election? Maybe, if the unpopular kid's Boris Snodbuckle. Read full book review >
ALSO AN OCTOPUS by Maggie Tokuda-Hall
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"A perceptive how-to for beginner storytellers. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Debut author Tokuda-Hall and veteran illustrator Davies deconstruct the art of storytelling in this insightful, playful primer. Read full book review >
A BIKE LIKE SERGIO'S by Maribeth Boelts
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Embedded in this heartwarming story of doing the right thing is a deft examination of the pressures of income inequality on children. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Continuing from their acclaimed Those Shoes (2007), Boelts and Jones entwine conversations on money, motives, and morality. 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 >