STILL A FAMILY by Brenda Reeves Sturgis
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"A sensitive and necessary picture book to provide comfort and raise awareness and empathy. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A preschool-age girl copes with living in a homeless shelter with her mother and without her father, who is housed in a different shelter. Read full book review >
BUNNYBEAR by Andrea J. Loney
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"A nice addition to the identity and acceptance bookshelf. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A sweet story of friendship and acceptance. Read full book review >

MARY POPPINS UP, UP AND AWAY by Hélène Druvert
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"Too thin to fly as either tour or tribute but a memorable showcase nonetheless for a talented French paper artist. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Silhouettes, both printed and laser-cut, add sparkle to a quick tour of London sites and starry skies conducted by Mary Poppins. Read full book review >
THE ROOSTER WHO WOULD NOT BE QUIET! by Carmen Agra Deedy
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"This subtle, modern multicultural tale is a must-have: 'Kee-kee-ree-KEE!' Indeed! (Picture book. 4-9)"
The streets of the village of La Paz ring with song, both the musical kind and the symphony of life. Read full book review >
THE GREEN UMBRELLA by Jackie Azúa Kramer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 1, 2017

"The lesson about sharing and generosity is elegantly wrapped around lovely language. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A pink elephant emotionally attached to an umbrella finds the same object has many uses for a series of animals he encounters one rainy day. Read full book review >

THE NEGRO LEAGUES by Matt Doeden
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 1, 2017

"It's conventional fare, but it's systematic and at least a little broader in scope than older titles. (notes, further reading, index) (Nonfiction. 10-13)"
A broad survey of African-Americans in baseball, from the end of the Civil War to the era of Jackie Robinson and the last of the barnstormers. Read full book review >
PORCUPINE'S PICNIC by Betsy R. Rosenthal
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 1, 2017

"Poor science and poor storytelling make for a poor combination. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Porcupine's picnic grows ever larger as new animals arrive with their own food choices until an unexpected guest alters the camaraderie. Read full book review >
STRANGE FRUIT by Gary Golio
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 1, 2017

"A must-read, must-discuss that will speak to children and linger with adults.(Picture book/biography. 8-12)"
Lynching: a strange and difficult but important topic for a song—and for this picture book. Read full book review >
DALMATIAN IN A DIGGER by Rebecca Elliott
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 1, 2017

"Preschoolers enamored with construction equipment will enjoy this cheerful tale, which is simple enough for little ones just transitioning into real stories. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Four animals with heavy construction equipment arrive to build a treehouse as a surprise for a Dalmatian puppy. Read full book review >
ESCAPING THE NAZIS ON THE KINDERTRANSPORT by Emma Carlson Berne
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 1, 2017

"A powerful, insightful perspective on the Holocaust. (photos, timeline, glossary, bibliography, source notes) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Making considerable use of primary sources, Berne tells the affecting story of the Kindertransport, a rescue effort that brought thousands of mostly Jewish children to Great Britain from Nazi Germany between 1938 and 1940. Read full book review >
THE WONDERFUL ADVENTURES OF NILS by Selma Lagerlöf
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 1, 2017

"An artistic showcase that also serves as a teaser for a once-popular, and not entirely dated, children's classic. (map) (Fiction. 7-9)"
Intricate cut-paper overlays highlight the art that accompanies this abbreviated version of the travels of a peripatetic young Swede. Read full book review >
THE QUEEN IS COMING TO TEA by Linda Ravin Lodding
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 1, 2017

"A fanciful offering for those who take tea. (Picture book. 2-5)"
It's time for tea! Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Clinton Kelly
January 9, 2017

Bestselling author and television host Clinton Kelly’s memoir I Hate Everyone Except You is a candid, deliciously snarky collection of essays about his journey from awkward kid to slightly-less-awkward adult. Clinton Kelly is probably best known for teaching women how to make their butts look smaller. But in I Hate Everyone, Except You, he reveals some heretofore-unknown secrets about himself, like that he’s a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks, and perhaps the world’s least enthused high-school commencement speaker. Whether he’s throwing his baby sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career or heroically rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with aplomb. With his signature wit, he shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations, like deciding whether it’s acceptable to eat chicken wings with a fork on live television (spoiler: it’s not). “A thoroughly light and entertaining memoir,” our critic writes. View video >