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 >
THE LOST CIPHER by Michael Oechsle
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2016

"Plucky kids, the spice of danger, the lure of treasure, and an ever-so-happy (if remarkably improbable) conclusion all combine to make this an enjoyable if undemanding read. (Mystery. 10-14)"
After being sent to a mountain camp for grieving teens, impoverished Lucas learns of a multimillion-dollar treasure that may be buried nearby and can be found only by breaking a difficult cipher. Read full book review >

OUR TEACHER IS A VAMPIRE AND OTHER (NOT) TRUE STORIES by Mary Amato
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2016

"Great fun, especially for budding writers; they'll find kindred spirits within. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Alexander suspects Mrs. Penrose is a vampire; that mystery is the spark that ignites an exciting year. Read full book review >
OWL HOWL AND THE BLU-BLU by Paul Friester
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2016

"One wonders how much longer the forest animals will respond sympathetically to Little Owl's howls. (Picture book. 2-5)"
In her third outing (Owl Howl, 2011, etc.), Little Owl once again howls, this time in a toddler-esque fit over an escaped Blu-Blu.Read full book review >
AS TIME WENT BY by José Sanabria
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2016

"A lovely, rich book to spend time with. (Picture book. 4-8)"
South American artist Sanabria offers a picture book about a ship and so much more. Read full book review >

CLOTH LULLABY by Amy Novesky
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2016

"Splendid visual and verbal introduction to little-known artist Louise Bourgeois. (author's note; photos, sources) (Picture book/biography. 6-9)"
This biography of 20th-century French artist Louise Bourgeois explores childhood experiences influencing her work. 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 >
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 >
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 >
BIG CITY EXPLORER by Maggie Li
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2016

"Problematic for libraries due to the detachable token, but like Mary Javins' 3-D World Atlas and Tour (2008), the gimmick isn't indispensable to the journey. (review quizzes) (Informational novelty. 6-8)"
A penguin guide conducts prospective tourists on a whirlwind flight over 28 world cities. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frances Stroh
author of BEER MONEY
May 3, 2016

Frances Stroh’s earliest memories are ones of great privilege: shopping trips to London and New York, lunches served by black-tied waiters at the Regency Hotel, and a house filled with precious antiques, which she was forbidden to touch. Established in Detroit in 1850, by 1984 the Stroh Brewing Company had become the largest private beer fortune in America and a brand emblematic of the American dream itself; while Stroh was coming of age, the Stroh family fortune was estimated to be worth $700 million. But behind the beautiful façade lay a crumbling foundation. As their fortune dissolved in little over a decade, the family was torn apart internally by divorce and one family member's drug bust; disagreements over the management of the business; and disputes over the remaining money they possessed. “The author’s family might have successfully burned through a massive fortune, but they squandered a lot more than that,” our reviewer writes about Stroh’s debut memoir, Beer Money. “A sorrowful, eye-opening examination of familial dysfunction.” View video >