GOODBYE SUMMER, HELLO AUTUMN by Kenard Pak
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"A visual success conjuring up the best about the seasons' changes. (Picture book. 3-7)"
As a child walks through woods and town, summer turns to fall, and the natural world is met with a friendly hello. Read full book review >
FUZZY by Tom Angleberger
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"Provocative issues that never overwhelm storytelling make this a winner. (Science fiction. 8-12)"
Vanguard Middle School's no place for breaking rules; computerized Vice Principal Barbara sees to that. Read full book review >

HOCUS POCUS, IT'S FALL! by Anne Sibley O’Brien
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"A buoyant welcome to the season. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Using the same pattern and format as their Abracadabra, It's Spring! (2016), O'Brien and Gal return to celebrate autumn. Read full book review >
BOO! HAIKU by Deanna Caswell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"As with the first, this just begs to be read aloud to a group of preschoolers, who won't be able to help shouting out their answers. More please. (Picture book/poetry. 3-5)"
In their second collaboration, Caswell and Shea use the same format as in their Guess Who, Haiku (2016) to ask readers to identify some common Halloween creatures. Read full book review >
Angel Rock Leap by Ellen Weisberg
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 15, 2016

"A unique voice emerges from an unlikely heroine in this quickly paced coming-of-age story."
What at first appears to be an overblown high school drama proves to be an astute look at the painful connection between low self-esteem and bullying. Read full book review >

MAXWELL THE MONKEY BARBER by Cale Atkinson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 15, 2016

"Atkinson's jungle denizens will easily charm one and all. (Picture book. 2-7)"
"Come to Maxwell's Barbershop! / For a trim or for a chop!" Read full book review >
MOOSE, GOOSE, ANIMALS ON THE LOOSE! by Geraldo Valério
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 15, 2016

"Readers will enjoy identifying the cold-weather creatures and their outstanding attributes. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Canadian animals frolic across the pages and through the letters of the alphabet. Read full book review >
THE HIGHEST MOUNTAIN OF BOOKS IN THE WORLD by Rocio Bonilla
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 15, 2016

"Kids will appreciate Lucas' need to read and imagine and also understand the message that there is more than one way to fly. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A picture-book homage to reading. Read full book review >
ONE NORTH STAR by Phyllis Root
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 15, 2016

"A bright, populous countdown for nature lovers, Midwestern or otherwise. (Picture book. 5-7)"
A cumulative tally of flora and fauna in Minnesota—the North Star State. Read full book review >
WHAT NOISE DO I MAKE? by Brian McLachlan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 15, 2016

"McLachlan shows an astute understanding of how to produce belly laughs in the young; this funny read-aloud would also be a terrific prelude to a zoo visit. (Picture book. 1-3)"
Canadian artist McLachlan creates a new twist on the often pedestrian visualizations of animal noises depicted in many picture books in this genre. Read full book review >
Inspiration by Douglas Pershing
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 15, 2016

"Tight, cliffhanging YA fiction studded with demigods and moral dilemmas."
A menagerie of supernatural forces fights for humanity's spiritual standing. Read full book review >
MAKOONS by Louise Erdrich
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"A warm and welcome addition to the unfolding saga of a 19th-century Ojibwe family. (map, author's note) (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
In this fifth book of the Birchbark House series, Omakayas, her twin sons, Makoons and Chickadee, and their extended family adjust to life on the Great Plains following their 1866 migration from the Minnesota woods to Dakota Territory. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
author of SEINFELDIA
August 22, 2016

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong’s new bestseller Seinfeldia is the hilarious behind-the-scenes story of two guys who went out for coffee and dreamed up Seinfeld —the cultural sensation that changed television and bled into the real world. Comedians Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld never thought anyone would watch their silly little sitcom about a New York comedian sitting around talking to his friends. NBC executives didn’t think anyone would watch either, but they bought it anyway, hiding it away in the TV dead zone of summer. But against all odds, viewers began to watch, first a few and then many, until nine years later nearly 40 million Americans were tuning in weekly. In Seinfeldia, TV historian and entertainment writer Armstrong celebrates the creators and fans of this American television phenomenon, bringing readers behind-the-scenes of the show while it was on the air and into the world of devotees for whom it never stopped being relevant, a world where the Soup Nazi still spends his days saying “No soup for you!” “Armstrong’s intimate, breezy history is full of gossipy details, show trivia, and insights into how famous episodes came to be,” our reviewer writes. “Perfect for Seinfeldians and newcomers alike.” View video >