A NIGHT OF GREAT JOY by Mary Engelbreit
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 14, 2016

"Children preparing to be in a pageant will enjoy this, as will Engelbreit's many adult fans. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A classic Sunday School Christmas pageant is acted out by a multiethnic cast of children in this Christmas offering in Englebreit's signature illustration style. Read full book review >
THE POET'S DOG by Patricia MacLachlan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"A quiet, elegant, poignant story suffused with humor, heart, and goodness. (Fantasy. 6-12)"
An unusual dog rescues two children from a storm. Read full book review >

GOOD NIGHT, BAT! GOOD MORNING, SQUIRREL! by Paul  Meisel
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Odd-couple stories are far from an endangered species, but this one's worth making room for. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Homeless Bat moves in, unannounced, with Squirrel. Can this odd couple live together in peace? Read full book review >
HANK'S BIG DAY by Evan Kuhlman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Excellent layout, text, and illustrations make for a thoroughly satisfying story. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Pill bug Hank's day moves from ordinary to extraordinary when Amelia, a dark-skinned girl with huge eyes and black braids, gives him a ride on her pilot's helmet. Read full book review >
THIS BOOK IS NOT ABOUT DRAGONS by Shelley Moore Thomas
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Dragon lovers—and all who enjoy being teased by playful disconnects between text and pictures—will be plenty happy indeed. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A mouse's repeated and resolute denial of dragons is sorely tested by one fiery disaster after another. Read full book review >

BEAUTIFUL BLUE WORLD by Suzanne LaFleur
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Deeply emotional, compelling, and brilliant. (Fiction. 10-14)"
War is raging in Sofarende, and it will have profound and devastating effects on 12-year-old Mathilde. No one is safe. Read full book review >
BAD GIRLS OF FASHION by Jennifer Croll
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Richly detailed and engagingly written, Croll's captivating study is sure both to enlighten and embolden fashion-minded youth. (index, bibliography, further reading) (Nonfiction. 10-17)"
A probing look at influential women in fashion history. Read full book review >
THE WATER PRINCESS by Susan Verde
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Though told by two outsiders to the culture, this timely and well-crafted story will educate readers on the preciousness of potable water. (Picture book. 5-8)"
An international story which tackles a serious global issue with Reynolds' characteristic visual whimsy. Read full book review >
THE PECULIAR NIGHT OF THE BLUE HEART by Lauren DeStefano
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"The lovable characters, the mystery of the ghost, and the deep friendship between the two children will lead middle graders back to the author's A Curious Tale of the In-between (2015) and have them counting the days until her next book. (Fantasy. 9-11)"
This middle-grade fantasy thriller stars two orphans, Marybeth and Lionel, and depicts their trouble with a powerful and determined ghost. Read full book review >
FIGHT TO LEARN by Laura Scandiffio
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"This moving look at children going to extraordinary lengths, even risking their lives, to get an education should be required reading for the millions of American students who resent going to school. (photos, bibliography, further reading, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
A collection of stories about children who risk much to avail themselves of learning opportunities and determined individuals who fight to bring education to those children. Read full book review >
THE EVIL WIZARD SMALLBONE by Delia Sherman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Fans of fantasy will be captivated—and hoping for a sequel. (Fantasy. 9-13)"
It is an enduring, unforgiving Maine winter when 12-year-old runaway Nick Reynaud seeks shelter on a frigid night by knocking on the door of small-town evil wizard Zachariah Smallbone. Read full book review >
FIONA'S LITTLE LIE by Rosemary Wells
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"A gently humorous take on being honest and learning to admit when you're wrong. (Picture book. 4-7)"
How can you un-tell a lie? 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 >