MR. MATISSE AND HIS CUTOUTS by Annemarie van Haeringen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"The drama of the artist's fulfillment of his creative desires through this direct medium is somewhat undercut by the paucity of the visual elements. (biographical note) (Picture book. 5-8)"
The story of the legendary painter's adoption of paper cutouts as an expressive medium after illness made traditional painting physically impossible is told here through lively pen-and-watercolor sketches. Read full book review >
SLEEPY SOLAR SYSTEM by John Hutton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"Stronger in dreamy cuteness than in astronomical facts. Better bedtime books abound. (Picture book. 1-4)"
A sleepy sun says goodnight to nine planets and other solar system inhabitants. Read full book review >

ALL ABOARD FOR THE BOBO ROAD by Stephen Davies
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"A delightful introduction to a lively way of life. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Climb onboard a busy bus in Burkina Faso. Read full book review >
CHARLIE BUMPERS VS. THE PUNY PIRATES by Bill Harley
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"A sixth book in the series is expected, to the delight of Charlie's fans. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Master storyteller Harley scores again with fourth-grader Charlie Bumpers and friends as they suffer on a losing soccer team. Read full book review >
27 MAGIC WORDS by Sharelle Byars Moranville
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"Both tragic and uplifting, this winsome tale perfectly depicts some of the many aspects of magic. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Kobi's world is vividly portrayed, shimmering with just a soupçon of subtle magic from the opening pages. Read full book review >

STANLEY'S COLORS by William Bee
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"A clean-cut introduction to the colors of the rainbow. (Board book. 6 mos.-2)"
Stanley the hamster moves from simple picture books to the board-book set. Read full book review >
I WANT TO BE A DRUMMER! by Mark Powers
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"A simple introduction to a favorite musical instrument. (Board book. 2-3)"
A young percussionist builds a drum. Read full book review >
WORDS FOR ME! by Sarah Jones
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"A solid vocabulary-extension tool. (Board book. 1-2)"
Little readers expand their vocabularies. Read full book review >
YOSEF'S DREAM by Sylvia Rouss
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"Modern Jewish history lives through the moving voice of one participant. (Picture book. 6-10)"
A dream to return to their Jewish homeland becomes a reality for Ethiopian Jews. Read full book review >
BABEL by Marc Lumer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"Even with the additions, the story still feels bare-bones. (Picture book/religion. 5-7)"
An embroidered version of the etiological tale from the book of Genesis, with a multicultural cast. Read full book review >
OY VEY! by Bonnie Grubman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"A fresh take on an often told but very funny story, and the shoe is a clever addition. But give the mother a name already! (Picture book/folk tale. 5-9)"
Driven nearly meshugga from trying to live in a shoe with 13 kids, Lou Greenbaum begs the rabbi for help. Read full book review >
HEY, THAT'S MY MONSTER! by Amanda Noll
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"What could be more soporific at bedtime than hairy, green-haired slime ogres with nightlight-orange eyes? (Picture book. 5-8)"
Another round of under-the-bed-boojum auditions from the creators of I Need My Monster (2009). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Andrea Beaty
August 30, 2016

In Andrea Beaty and David Roberts’ new picture book Ada Twist, Scientist is like her classmates, builder Iggy and inventor Rosie: scientist Ada, a character of color, has a boundless imagination and has always been hopelessly curious. Why are there pointy things stuck to a rose? Why are there hairs growing inside your nose? When her house fills with a horrific, toe-curling smell, Ada knows it’s up to her to find the source. Not afraid of failure, she embarks on a fact-finding mission and conducts scientific experiments, all in the name of discovery. But this time, her experiments lead to even more stink and get her into trouble! Inspired by real-life makers such as Ada Lovelace and Marie Curie, Ada Twist, Scientist champions girl power and women scientists, and brings welcome diversity to picture books about girls in science. “Cool and stylish,” our reviewer writes. View video >