MY KITE IS STUCK!  by Salina Yoon
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"Fans of this series will enjoy this trio of friends in their second, mostly funny, outing. (Graphic early reader. 5-8)"
Loud and confident Big Duck, her clever brother, Little Duck, and their agreeable purple friend, Porcupine, return in this early reader with three humorous but uneven adventures. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"A comprehensive treasury of memories, verbal art, and play. (notes, bibliography, index) (Folklore. 1-10)"
An ebullient collection of African-American playtime lore, traced to its sources. Read full book review >

GERMS by Lesa Cline-Ransome
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"An amusing more than informative overview of germs for an audience that may find the whole business mildly bemusing. (Informational picture book. 4-7)"
Colorful bacteria cavort among people of various races in this simple introduction to germs. Read full book review >
JOLLY REGINA by Kara LaReau
by Kara LaReau, illustrated by Jen Hill
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"'To shanghai' and 'charming' don't usually go together, but here they do. (Adventure. 7-9)"
When two dull-as-dishwater sisters suddenly find themselves working for female pirates, their days of boredom come sadly to an end. Read full book review >
PABLO IN THE SNOW by Teri Sloat
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"A delightful and satisfying snowy-day story, with the subtle advantage of a main character with a Spanish name. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A lovable lamb ventures out into the snow, playing with friends and getting lost when night falls. Read full book review >

PATHFINDERS by Tonya Bolden
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"A lively volume and an excellent approach to U.S. history. (glossary, source notes, bibliography, image credits, acknowledgments, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
In 16 minibiographies, Bolden tells the stories of little-known African-Americans who "had big, bold dreams. Pursued passions. Caught up with their callings." Read full book review >
THE MATCHSTICK CASTLE by Keir Graff
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"Fast-paced, anarchic fun for reluctant and avid readers alike. (Fiction. 8-12)"
With his father in Antarctica and his brothers enjoying adventurous summers elsewhere, Brian endures his in aptly named Boring, Illinois, beta testing Uncle Gary's educational software (Summer's Cool) alongside his unfriendly cousin, Nora, until a discovery in the woods changes everything. Read full book review >
THE UNEXPECTED LOVE STORY OF ALFRED FIDDLEDUCKLING by Timothy Basil Ering
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"Exuding a zest for living and loving, this nautical narrative is an ode to joy. (Picture book. 4-6)"
In this tender story, a newborn duckling experiences music as sweet solace and meaningful communication while searching for love. Read full book review >
HATCHING CHICKS IN ROOM 6 by Caroline Arnold
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"Arnold captures the joy and mystery of this familiar unit of study. (glossary, websites, bibliography) (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
It's a lucky kindergartner who gets to witness the miracle of life through the incubation of eggs. Read full book review >
MISSION TO PLUTO by Mary Kay Carson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"A worthy companion to Catherine Thimmesh's Team Moon (2006) with similar appeal. (glossary, web resources, sources, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
A team effort sends a space probe to the edge of our solar system. Read full book review >
I AM JIM HENSON by Brad Meltzer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"Nearly every child will know his work already: here's at least a superficial glimpse of his character. (photos, timeline, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 3-6)"
Meltzer holds up the great Muppeteer as a role model. Read full book review >
THE BODIES OF THE ANCIENTS by Lydia Millet
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"Memorably unusual but haphazard; the series peaked with its opener, The Fires Beneath the Sea (2011). (Fantasy. 9-13)"
Children, adults, and myriad creatures fight the final battle in a war over climate change. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Clinton Kelly
January 9, 2017

Bestselling author and television host Clinton Kelly’s memoir I Hate Everyone Except You is a candid, deliciously snarky collection of essays about his journey from awkward kid to slightly-less-awkward adult. Clinton Kelly is probably best known for teaching women how to make their butts look smaller. But in I Hate Everyone, Except You, he reveals some heretofore-unknown secrets about himself, like that he’s a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks, and perhaps the world’s least enthused high-school commencement speaker. Whether he’s throwing his baby sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career or heroically rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with aplomb. With his signature wit, he shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations, like deciding whether it’s acceptable to eat chicken wings with a fork on live television (spoiler: it’s not). “A thoroughly light and entertaining memoir,” our critic writes. View video >