THE CASTLE IN THE MIST by Amy Ephron
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A sequel is suggested; beguiled readers will hope it happens. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Although contemporary in setting, adult author Ephron's (Loose Diamonds, 2011, etc.) first children's book is a paean to classical English children's books of yore. Read full book review >
PRINCESSLAND by Emily Jenkins
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Although not the princess corrective some parents may wish for, the book's little lesson is one worth sharing: what's in the mind's eye is often more lavish and sweet than the real thing could possibly be. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A fantasy world of perfect princesses gives a young girl a respite from a bad mood. Read full book review >

PAX AND BLUE by Lori Richmond
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Nicely pitched to young readers' empathies. (Picture book. 2-5)"
An ordinary city pigeon follows a little boy onto a subway train. Read full book review >
SAMSON by Tadgh Bentley
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Young readers will be hooked. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A piranha who dreams of dining in the finest restaurants? Not your usual fish tale! Read full book review >
SOMETIMES IT'S STORKS by L.J.R. Kelly
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"While the myth of stork delivery has recently been repopularized elsewhere, this visually stunning work stands apart. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A stork-delivery mishap leads a baby across the globe before uniting with family. Read full book review >

THINGS TO DO by Elaine Magliaro
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"When the day is just waiting be filled with fun, one of the 'things to do' may well be to share this with some children. (Picture book. 4-7)"
In rhyming text, a child imagines the furtive joys of a range of anthropomorphized concepts and objects. Read full book review >
CHEE-KEE by Sujean Rim
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A cute take on the immigrant experience that will appeal to young readers who themselves feel different. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Like many immigrants, Chee-Kee Loo the panda feels out of place when he first moves to Bearland with his family. Read full book review >
SKATEBOARDS by Patricia Lakin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Radical. (timeline, index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Part minibiography, part DIY guide, this engaging book chronicles the making of handmade skateboards by a lifelong aficionado. Read full book review >
READY, SET. . .BABY! by Elizabeth Rusch
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Expect older kids to go gaga over this informative little guide. (Picture book. 4-7)"
What to expect when mommy's done expecting. Read full book review >
COUNT YOUR CHICKENS by Jo Ellen Bogart
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"There is so much feathered fun here, it's pure poultry in motion. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Unfolding in short, bouncy rhymes, this atypical counting book fills its pages with a flock of chickens enjoying a day at the county fair. Read full book review >
BONE JACK by Sara Crowe
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A lovely, eerie adventure that balances the ancient magic with its protagonist's very real character growth. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
In a grim season, one rural tradition seems less like a boys' romp and more like a gateway for the old powers. Read full book review >
MOUSE AND HIPPO by Mike Twohy
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"While there are plenty of picture books that feature unlikely friendships, young listeners will be pleased to make the acquaintance of these two cheerful creatures and, quite possibly, inspired to view the world in engaging new ways. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Two anthropomorphic animals meet unexpectedly and quickly become friends despite their differences. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Yoojin Grace Wuertz
February 27, 2017

In Yoojin Grace Wuertz’s debut novel Everything Belongs to Us, the setting is Seoul in 1978. At South Korea’s top university, the nation’s best and brightest compete to join the professional elite of an authoritarian regime. Success could lead to a life of rarefied privilege and wealth; failure means being left irrevocably behind. For childhood friends Jisun and Namin, the stakes couldn’t be more different. Jisun, the daughter of a powerful business mogul, grew up on a mountainside estate with lush gardens and a dedicated chauffeur. Namin’s parents run a tented food cart from dawn to curfew; her sister works in a shoe factory. Now Jisun wants as little to do with her father’s world as possible, abandoning her schoolwork in favor of the underground activist movement, while Namin studies tirelessly in the service of one goal: to launch herself and her family out of poverty. But everything changes when Jisun and Namin meet an ambitious, charming student named Sunam, whose need to please his family has led him to a prestigious club: the Circle. Under the influence of his mentor, Juno, a manipulative social climber, Sunam becomes entangled with both women, as they all make choices that will change their lives forever. “Engrossing,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “Wuertz is an important new voice in American fiction.” View video >