WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT YOU? by Karen Lechelt
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"Rather than building self-esteem, this book seems to be sending the troubling message that it is constructed through a child's relationships to others. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Various anthropomorphic animals share with a child what they love most about themselves. Read full book review >
YOGA BUNNY by Brian Russo
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"This may inspire little yogis, but for accurate examples of the asanas, consult an actual instruction book. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The popularity of yoga for kids guarantees a market for this lesson book, based on the author's website of the same name. Read full book review >

LADIES OF LIBERTY by Cokie Roberts
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"These short pieces may start young people on the search for more information about these intriguing figures. (Informational picture book. 8-11)"
Highlighting women writers, educators, and reformers from the 18th and early 19th centuries, Roberts brings a group of women, many not so well-known, into focus and provides a new perspective on the early history of the United States in this picture-book version of her adult book of the same title (2008). Read full book review >
THE FRIEND SHIP by Kat Yeh
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"A sweet, simple story with a nicely offbeat heroine. (Picture book. 3-6)"
All the animals are welcome to come aboard. Read full book review >
THE CURIOUS FOX by Ross McDonagh
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"Compassionate and imaginative (Picture book. 5-9)"
A young fox wonders how he can discover what makes him unique in this big world. Read full book review >

ANIMALS SPELL LOVE by David Cundy
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"The sentiment is true even when obscured, as here, by ostentatious graphic design. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A series of fanciful animal portraits, constructed using only the letters or signs for "Love" or "I love you" in 16 languages (or 18, depending how you count). Read full book review >
UNDER THE SEA by Paul Boston
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 5, 2016

"An invigorating wade into a range of useful skills, though the settings aren't as carefully crafted as the instructional elements. (suggested activities) (Instructional picture book. 5-7)"
Linked mazes lead young questors past math, measurement, and map-reading challenges to an undersea castle. Read full book review >
ASTRONOMY LAB FOR KIDS by Michelle Nichols
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 5, 2016

"This well-thought-out collection includes many demonstrations familiar to science educators as well as some surprising and engaging new ones; it should be a welcome addition to any school, public, or home science library. (Nonfiction. 8-14)"
Explore the science of astronomy through hands-on activities! Read full book review >
KNOCKS IN THE NIGHT by Tilde Michels
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"Quiet and nifty. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A sudden snowstorm leaves forest animals out in the cold. Read full book review >
LITTLE LEK LONGTAIL LEARNS TO SLEEP by Bette Killion
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"While Killion's efforts to highlight a little-known creature and teach a moral lesson are commendable, the preachy tone may turn off kids and adults alike. (Picture book. 4-9)"
Combining elements of the traditional folk tale and an Aesop's fable, Killion offers a moral tale about how the now-threatened argus pheasant learned to sleep through the night. Read full book review >
BILLIE'S YUMMY BAKERY ADVENTURE by Sally Rippin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"New-to-preschool tots will find a kindred spirit in both adventurous spirit and emotional development. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Billie B. Brown continues to learn preschool lessons in this trim, little series (Billie's Underwater Adventure, 2016, etc.). Read full book review >
COUNTING THROUGH THE DAY by Margaret Hamilton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"A gentle counting book that adds some higher numbers to children's repertoires. (Concept book. 3-6)"
A pink-cheeked, white tyke with a bob haircut counts through the day, from rising to bedtime. 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 >