THE SNOW ANGELS' CHRISTMAS by M.J. Michaels
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 20, 2016

"This muddled effort tries hard to be cute and clever, but it doesn't stand out among the many excellent choices available for Christmas Eve reading. (Picture book/religion. 3-6)"
The Nativity story is retold from the viewpoint of helpful snowman-shaped angels. Read full book review >
EMILY DICKINSON by Emily Dickinson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 20, 2016

"This arresting edition makes for a wonderful introduction to Dickinson's poetry that's sure to captivate all ages. (introduction, glossary, notes, bibliography) (Poetry. 8-12)"
An illustrated Dickinson primer for young and old. Read full book review >

THE HELLO ATLAS by Ben Handicott
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 20, 2016

"So many different ways to say hello or to wish someone a good day, a fine meal, or a happy birthday! (Informational picture book. 7-11)"
Children around the world offer greetings and conversational overtures in over 125 languages. Read full book review >
BE WHO YOU ARE by Todd Parr
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 20, 2016

"A simple spin on Parr's It's Okay to Be Different (2001) but still worth shouting from the rooftops. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A call to celebrate unique characteristics and individuality. Read full book review >
WHEN AN ELEPHANT FALLS IN LOVE by Davide Cali
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 20, 2016

"A wry exploration of the symptoms of falling in love. (Picture book. 4-8)"
An elephant in love, it turns out, behaves an awful lot like a besotted human being. Read full book review >

MEET CATBOY! by R.J. Cregg
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 20, 2016

"For PJ Masks fans only. (Board book. 1-3)"
The primary character of the popular preschool program gets the spotlight. Read full book review >
CATS ALOFT by Lisa Martin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 27, 2016

"Feline aficionados may love the cat characters, but the 'mystery' won't leave them purring. (Fantasy. 8-11)"
Cat brothers Anton and Cecil are on the road again…or above it, as the case may be. Read full book review >
AGATHA PARROT AND THE HEART OF MUD by Kjartan Poskitt
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 27, 2016

"Agatha is distinctive, funny, and engaging. (Fiction. 7-9)"
Agatha Parrot is a sprightly kind of girl. Read full book review >
PIG THE PUG by Aaron Blabey
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 27, 2016

"Children who love dogs will find this amusing the first time through, but the humor palls quickly. (Picture book. 3-5)"
In rhyming text, a bug-eyed pug named Pig stubbornly refuses to share with the almost equally bug-eyed Trevor, the "wiener dog" he lives with—and soon gets his comeuppance. Read full book review >
LUCKY LAZLO by Steve Light
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 27, 2016

"The title indicates that Lazlo is lucky, but readers of this delightful book will undoubtedly feel that they are really the lucky ones. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Lazlo is in love with an actress playing Alice, and thus his adventure into the wonderful world of theater begins. Read full book review >
NINJA ON THE FARM by Luke Flowers
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 27, 2016

"Amusing and accessible. (Early reader. 6-8)"
Moby Shinobi, a young ninja, is eager to use his many skills to help Farmer Bob with his myriad chores. Read full book review >
HOW DO DINOSAURS CHOOSE THEIR PETS? by Jane Yolen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 27, 2016

"Mammoth fun for dinosaur and pet lovers alike. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Face it: when you think about dinosaurs and other animals, you think predator-prey, no? Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >