THREE MAGIC BALLOONS by Julianna Margulies
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"Tender, winsome, and loving. (author's introduction) (Picture book. 3-8)"
Three young sisters are granted a magical reward for their generosity. Read full book review >
LEO CAN SWIM by Anna McQuinn
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"A welcome addition to the toddler bookshelf. (Picture book. 1-3)"
Leo is back (Leo Loves Baby Time, 2014, etc.), and now he happily attends a community swim class with Daddy.Read full book review >

TEN HUNGRY PIGS by Derek Anderson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"A snack-time (and storytime) treat. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Peanut-butter-and-jelly's a great snack for a pig and a duck…until nine unwanted guests show up. Read full book review >
THE AIRPORT BOOK by Lisa Brown
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"Instructional, comforting, and threaded with multiple air-travel story strands, this travelogue delivers at many altitudes. (Picture book. 2-6)"
This good-humored introduction to air travel follows a multiracial family (black dad, white mom, two brown kids) through the airport, down the jetway, and onto their plane. Read full book review >
MY LITTLE SISTER AND ME by Maple Lam
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"Lam's words and drawings offer tangible evidence to the intangible love between siblings. (Picture book. 3-5)"
For the first time, a boy walks his younger sister home all by himself. Read full book review >

MR. PARTICULAR by Jason Kirschner
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"A particularly appropriate tale just right for a choosy crowd. (Graphic picture book. 4-7)"
A young superhero holds his team back due to his many aversions. Read full book review >
SAM AND JUMP by Jennifer K. Mann
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"Kids with their own favorite toys will identify with this gentle, tender tale of Sam and Jump's special bond. (Picture book. 3-7)"
When a small boy forgets his precious stuffed rabbit at the beach, he fears the worst. Read full book review >
DON'T SPLASH THE SASQUATCH! by Kent Redeker
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"Formula aside, there are many belly laughs to be had from the sheer 'just-because' wackiness of this creation. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Sasquatch is a weird and wacky critter with a penchant for water; he wants to sit beside the pool, but he doesn't like to get wet, because it makes his fur "all squizzlefied," a situation predictably set up for disaster. Read full book review >
BEARD BOY by John Flannery
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"Comically charming, this one-of-a-kind story celebrates the unique bond that connects father, son, and facial hair. A refreshing cut for young readers. (Picture book. 5-9)"
In this illustrated ode to the beard, an impatient son seeks to invent and claim a beard of his own to connect with the cool brush of his father. Read full book review >
A FAIRY FRIEND by Sue Fliess
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"Enchanting stuff for lovers of fairies. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A little girl and her dog follow a series of recommended procedures from a book about fairies in order to find a fairy companion for the girl. Read full book review >
ON BIRD HILL by Jane Yolen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"An imaginative and original depiction of one of life's everyday miracles. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A young dog-walker recalls the memorable experience of watching a chick hatch. Read full book review >
CIRCLE by Jeannie Baker
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"A visually striking account of godwit migration—pair it with Sandra Markle's similar but more concrete The Long, Long Journey (2013), illustrated by Mia Posada. (Picture book. 4-9)"
Baker (Mirror, 2010, etc.) turns her eye to a story that parallels the migration of the godwit with a white, wheelchair-using child who wishes for flight. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >