GAME OVER, SUPER RABBIT BOY! by Thomas Flintham
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"A strong series start. (Early reader. 5-7)"
In a video game, a superpowered rabbit must rescue a singing dog that brings everyone happiness. Read full book review >
RAPPY GOES TO THE SUPERMARKET by Dan Gutman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Kids practicing their reading skills deserve better. (Early reader. 4-8)"
The reluctant rhyming, rapping dino has to be dragged to the supermarket by his mother, but maybe shopping isn't so bad. Read full book review >

A GREYHOUND, A GROUNDHOG by Emily Jenkins
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"This delightful story is a feast for the eyes and ears, and it will hold up well to repeated demands from eager young listeners. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Friendship blossoms between canine and rodent in this paean to the sheer joy of being alive. Read full book review >
AND I HAVE YOU by Maggie Smith
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Very sweet but not particularly fresh. (Picture book. 2-4)"
A celebration of the mother-child bond. Read full book review >
PEN PALS by Alexandra Pichard
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Pichard blends modern interests with the old-fashioned charm of receiving letters by post, proving in this digital age of social media, texting, abbreviation, and brevity that there's still magic behind the stamp. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A friendship blooms in this homage to the handwritten letter. Read full book review >

MARTIN'S DREAM DAY by Kitty Kelley
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"A bland, undistinguished photo essay of a milestone event in American history. (Informational picture book. 7-10)"
Celebrity biographer Kelley offers an account of the 1963 March on Washington, paired to the images of acclaimed photojournalist Tretick. Read full book review >
SPUNKY LITTLE MONKEY by Bill Martin Jr.
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Great for storytime or for little monkeys who need encouragement to run around. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Every little monkey needs to get up and move! Read full book review >
NO MORE BOWS by Samantha Cotterill
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"An enjoyable, repeatable read-aloud with memorable art that will have readers hoping for another outing with Hugo. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A dog resists playing dress-up with his little girl. Read full book review >
VICTOR AND HUGO by Robert J. Blake
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"If readers are ready to forgive its confused plot, the art offers much to appreciate. (author's note) (Picture book. 5-8)"
Two dogs rescue their master's accordion—and the world's music—in Paris. Read full book review >
WOLF IN THE SNOW by Matthew Cordell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Deeply satisfying. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A near-wordless story of kindness repaid. Read full book review >
HUG IT OUT! by Louis Thomas
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"It's not a complex story, but it's a wise one that shows through a specific example how siblings get along, even when they often don't. (Picture book. 3-7)"
The push and literal pull (usually hair) of sibling rivalry is explored in a direct and comically knowing way in animator Thomas' debut picture book. Read full book review >
A PERFECT MATCH by Megan Maynor
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Understanding each other's unique needs is a tricky lesson to navigate—Ella and Penguin do so with charm and wit. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The kindly duo from Ella and Penguin Stick Together (2015) explore another friendship theme. 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 >