TOP DOG by Carli Davidson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"A fresh look at some old expressions, using dogs of all ages to teach some new tricks. (Picture book. 4 & up)"
Twenty-one different dogs illustrate a variety of familiar idiomatic expressions about dogs. Read full book review >
GERTIE'S LEAP TO GREATNESS by Kate Beasley
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Still, the tale of Gertie and her grab for greatness is a rich and enjoyable read, and children will relate to her heartfelt emotions. (Fiction. 10-12)"
A can-do attitude, loyal friends, and a foolproof plan prove insufficient when a seat-stealing new girl swooshes in. Read full book review >

THE IRON HAND by Scott Chantler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"A well-wrought, well-timed, and satisfying finale to this well-conceived series. (Graphic fantasy. 10-12)"
The headlong chase that began in Tower of Treasure (2010) ends in a climactic whirl of dramatic rescues, heated confrontations, and sudden reversals of fortune. Read full book review >
ISABELLA by Jennifer Fosberry
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"A well-meaning but uneven offering. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Isabella knows her women's history. Read full book review >
THE HAUNTED HOUSE PROJECT by Tricia Clasen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"A touching story that explores grief and the bravery necessary to come out of it. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A family crisis challenges 13-year-old Andie to the utmost. Read full book review >

WHERE JESUS SLEPT by Norma Lewis
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"This Is the Stable by Cynthia Cotten and illustrated by Delana Bettoli (2006) uses the same 'This Is the House that Jack Built' structure with a more graceful text and more polished illustrations; seek it out instead. (Picture book/religion. 3-6)"
The structure of the traditional poem "This Is the House that Jack Built" is used as the premise for this Nativity story. Read full book review >
A DOT IN THE SNOW by Corrinne Averiss
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Slight in substance storywise and perpetuating too-common representations of Arctic peoples: not ideal. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A polar bear cub does not like to dive into the water but needs to overcome his fear to help a new friend. Read full book review >
THE LAST KAPPA OF OLD JAPAN by Sunny Seki
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Heavy-handed in its environmental message but still enjoyable. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Kyu-chan, a mischievous Japanese water creature, is the last kappa because of a changing environment. Read full book review >
BUNNY SLOPES by Claudia Rueda
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Young readers who are learning to ski may enjoy this bunny slope; others, head for a black diamond. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A bunny asks readers to help manipulate the book so it can hit the slopes. Read full book review >
REAL COWBOYS by Kate Hoefler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"A positively inspirational unpacking of a traditional role model, hobbled but not entirely unhorsed by its illustrations. (Picture book. 6-9)"
An eloquent response to anyone with a simplistic picture of the cowboy as a rough, tough working man and nothing else. Read full book review >
FOUR SEASONS IN ONE DAY by Jessica Courtney-Tickle
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Sound quality aside, a sprightly introduction to program music and also to one of its greatest exemplars. (Novelty picture book. 5-8)"
Pressure-sensitive sound chips waft strains from Vivaldi's "Four Seasons" over a child's daylong outing. Read full book review >
MERRYN'S JOURNEY by Brian Hastings
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Merryn's role here is refreshingly active, but readers really have only the author's word for it. (map) (Picture book. 6-8)"
In this video-game spinoff, a fisherman's daughter builds a submarine and sets out to find her missing father. 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 >