NORTH POLE NINJAS by Tyler Knott Gregson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"An intriguing concept that tries to cover too many bases. (Picture book. 4-7)"
In this story, some of Santa's elves are actually tiny ninjas, working undercover to assist Santa and making the world a better place through "random acts of kindness." Read full book review >
CHRISTMAS FOR GRETA AND GRACIE by Yasmeen Ismail
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"This one has it all: original characters, an exciting plot, dazzling illustrations, and the triumph of an underdog (or underbunny). More Greta and Gracie, please. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Two rabbit sisters prepare for Christmas together, but only one sister gets to meet Santa on Christmas Eve. Read full book review >

BESSIE STRINGFIELD by Joel Christian Gill
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"An incredible true story that has as much power as Bessie and the motorcycles she rode. (bibliography) (Graphic biography. 10 & up)"
Being the first woman to ride a motorcycle across the United States did not satisfy Bessie Stringfield; she did it eight times! Read full book review >
BLUE AND RED MAKE PURPLE by Jennifer Gasoi
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"A solid balance of entertainment and education, with a neat beat. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A musical exploration, in various styles, with a full-page listening guide for each of its 12 tunes. Read full book review >
JACK AND THE GREEN MAN by Andy Jones
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"A well-stirred, high-spirited medley of traditional elements. (long source note) (Folk tale. 9-11)"
In a yarn based on songs and tales heard in Newfoundland and Labrador, a cocky young card shark takes on Greensleeves, the tricksy "grand vizier of all magicians." Read full book review >

CALLING THE WATER DRUM by LaTisha Redding
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"Moving. (Picture book. 5-10)"
A powerful story of loss and survival, human connection and hope. Read full book review >
A CHOCOLATE IN MY POCKET by Eric La Branche
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"A sweet treat this is not. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A Belgian import finds a busy dad inadvertently ignoring a treat left by his daughter. Read full book review >
DREAMING OF MOCHA by An Swerts
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"Wish-fulfillment for Florence may ring false for readers. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Girl finds dog, girl loses dog, and girl gets dog again in this picture book from the Netherlands. Read full book review >
JANINE AND THE FIELD DAY FINISH by Maryann Cocca-Leffler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"Readers will agree that this optimistic little girl has a mighty big heart. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Young protagonist Janine excels in many ways—but not in sports. Read full book review >
TICKLY MINIBEAST ADVENTURES by Jess French
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"Excellent first introductions to some of our planet's most common fellow residents. (index). (Informational pop-up picture book. 6-8)"
An invitation to zoological investigations around the house and yard, with a gratifyingly large, detachable, pop-up spider as a special treat. Read full book review >
THE LITTLE CHRISTMAS TREE by Rachel Elliot
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"The cover is all that sparkles here. (Novelty picture book. 4-6)"
With the enclosed set of punch-out ornaments, children can join a group of woodland animals in decorating a pop-up Christmas tree. Read full book review >
GRACIE MEETS A GHOST by Keiko Sena
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"Gracie's a sweet little bunny; here's hoping her next visit has a bit more internal logic. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A bespectacled bunny loses her glasses in this Japanese import, the first of a series about the character to be translated into English. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >