THE THREE KINGS by Géraldine Elschner
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"Tight cropping of unidentified old masters and a vague storyline do not add up to a child-friendly exposition of the Christian story. (Picture book/religion. 6-10)"
Another retelling of a Christian story by Elschner (The Nativity, 2015, etc.), illustrated with full-bleed reproductions from Renaissance paintings. Read full book review >
KWIK & KWAK NEVER GIVE UP by Nikolai Popov
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"Friendly, froggy fun. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Odd-couple frogs Kwik and Kwak are friends. Read full book review >

A WARM WINTER by Feridun Oral
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"A warming read. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Little Mouse enlists the help of woodland neighbors when he gathers firewood to warm his nest. Read full book review >
I LOVE YOU TOO, I LOVE YOU THREE by Wendy Tugwood
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"Odd and disturbing. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A white mother and young child sing a loving counting rhyme at bedtime. Read full book review >
MAMA BEAR, LITTLE BEAR by Mania Kaplanoglou
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"There's much to identify with in this gentle, perceptive book, no matter the gender or species. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Kaplanoglou pokes light fun at the yin/yang of the mother/daughter experience. Read full book review >

MARTIN LUTHER by Géraldine Elschner
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"Sunday school teachers may find this useful to supplement their students' knowledge of the Reformation. (Biography. 7-12)"
The story of the 16th-century German monk and the start of the Protestant Reformation. Read full book review >
THE LITTLE BOOK OF BACKYARD BIRD SONGS by Andrea Pinnington
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"A 'trilling' way to bring natural history into the nursery. (replaceable batteries) (Informational novelty. 5-10)"
Sound clips enhance first introductions to a dozen common North American birds. Read full book review >
RALPH, FLYING HOUND by Dave Paddon
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 2, 2016

"A fresh and charming narrative reminiscent of the tall-tale storytelling tradition with illustrations that are its ideal complement. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Ralph, an intrepid dog in Williams Harbour, Labrador, has an adventure with a helicopter. Read full book review >
INVESTIGATING JULIUS DRAKE by Daisy Harris
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 3, 2016

"Not a breakout but worth a look. (Mystery. 13-15)"
New school, new rules, and a mysterious new…friend? Read full book review >
BUT WHAT IF THERE'S NO CHIMNEY? by Emily Weisner Thompson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 3, 2016

"An amateurish effort that offers no Christmas magic. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A boy named Ben is worried that Santa won't be able to visit on Christmas Eve because the new house he's moved to with his father doesn't have a chimney. Read full book review >
SCARIEST STORIES EVER TOLD by Roberta Simpson Brown
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 3, 2016

"'Mom, there's an eye in the sink.' Read on if you dare. (Horror/short stories. 10-13)"
A new collection of original short chillers just right for sharing with unsuspecting middle graders. Read full book review >
Sashi and the Puppy Mill Girl by Linda Greiner
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"A sweet tale in Sashi's series that should appeal to dog lovers."
Sashi, the formerly shy sheltie, returns in this third illustrated adventure, tackling the issue of puppy mills. 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 >