THE RIVER by Patricia Hegarty
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 1, 2016

"Artistry trumps technology in this introduction to fish migration and the variegated beauty on our rivers' banks. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A glimmering fish travels downriver, descending snowy mountains, rushing past lush woods and wide meadows, and out to the open sea, wriggling alongside changing flora and fauna all the while. Read full book review >
WHAT DO YOU DO WITH A PROBLEM? by Kobi Yamada
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 1, 2016

"A straightforward, effective approach to helping children cope with one of life's commonplace yet emotionally fraught situations, this belongs on the shelf alongside Molly Bang's Sophie books. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A child struggles with the worry and anxiety that come with an unexpected problem. Read full book review >

YOU BELONG HERE by M.H. Clark
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 1, 2016

"This lyrical picture book will draw readers under its soft wing, lulling children with its velveteen artwork and assured affirmations of each creature's special nook in such a spectacularly varied world. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A narrator whispers sweet assurances of belonging in the ear of a beloved, invoking animals' analogous habitats and hollows to bring the comforting ascriptions powerfully home. Read full book review >
KNIT, HOOK, AND SPIN by Laurie Carlson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 1, 2016

"Tear up your T-shirts, unravel old sweaters, warm up your fingers, and create some handcrafted fun for yourself, for friends, and for those in need of small comforts. (note to adults) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Nimble fingers can learn how to felt, spin, weave, knit, and crochet a wide variety of wearable and useful objects. Read full book review >
THE BLACK NORTH by Nigel McDowell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 1, 2016

"Ambitious and engaging. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Thirteen-year-old twins Oona and Morris Kavanagh join the Cause to fight the Invaders from the Black North and defend their home from the evil that threatens to sweep across the land. Read full book review >

ALEX AND THE WATERMELON BOAT by Chris McKimmie
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 1, 2016

"Readers may find this book confusing and difficult to follow, though it does effectively evoke the turbulence of both a cityscape and a child's emotions after a flood. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Rabbit, Alex's "most favourite stuffed toy," has hopped out the window and is now gone. In a city flooded after days of endless rain, Alex sets out to rescue Rabbit. Read full book review >
SHAPES by Shanti Sparrow
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 1, 2016

"Simple enough for very young children but intriguing enough for older preschoolers to return to even past their board-book days; beautiful for all. (Board book. 1-4)"
Subtle elements of design are used to introduce more than just basic shapes in this sophisticated board book. Read full book review >
YOU ARE MY BEST FRIEND by Tatsuya Miyanishi
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 1, 2016

"Dinosaurs have feelings too. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Kind treatment reforms a prehistoric bully in this dino bromance from Japan. Read full book review >
MISSION: PANDA RESCUE by Kitson Jazynka
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 1, 2016

"Heaping helpings of eye candy for panda lovers. (maps, index) (Nonfiction. 10-13)"
A trove of panda portraits lights up a survey of international efforts to increase the populations and conserve the habitats of this most photogenic of animals. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 1, 2016

"An overcompressed survey, slickly produced but too superficial to impart more than a glimpse of where the field stands or is going. (review quiz, index, resource lists) (Nonfiction. 8-11)"
A cutting-edge gallery of working and experimental robots, with commentary from a working cybernetics expert and side looks at robots in movies and TV. Read full book review >
MY SUNFLOWER by Martin Taylor
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 1, 2016

"A sunny alternative when it's impractical to go outside and watch real flowers pop up. (Informational pop-up/picture book. 3-5)"
A small seed germinates and grows to a life-size flower in a series of pop-ups. Read full book review >
JURASSIC CLASSICS by Saskia Lacey
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 1, 2016

"A natural lead-in, or better, lagniappe, to Kathleen Krull's Lives of the Writers (1994, illustrated by Kathryn Hewitt). (Informational novelty. 9-11)"
From the Brontësaurus Sisters to Mark Twainceratops ("Born Samuel ‘Three-Horn' Clemens"), a canon-expanding gallery of great writers that will have every reader, dinophile or not, roaring. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >