WORLDS EXPLODE by Shane Hegarty
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"Start with the first (because it's so much fun) and finish anticipating the next. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Last of the Legend Hunters, Finn may be doomed to destroy two worlds—or just to wear a kitty T-shirt for eternity. Read full book review >
IF YOU EVER WANT TO BRING A PIANO TO THE BEACH, DON'T! by Elise Parsley
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"A delightful demonstration of just one of many things not to take to the beach; the brainstorming possibilities are endless. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The voice of experience (about alligators at school) this time deals with her inability to leave her beloved piano at home while visiting the beach. Read full book review >

YOU'RE DOING THAT IN THE TALENT SHOW?! by Lynn Plourde
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"Best friends don't have to do everything together, but they are there for one another, and Tiny and Penelope exemplify that. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Exuberant Penelope and shy and retiring Tiny, the most oddball of friends, are back, this time trying to decide what they can do together in the school talent show.Read full book review >
I LOVE CAKE! by Tammi Sauer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"A lesson in sharing that goes down as easily as, well, cake. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A pig of a moose learns how to make it up to his friends when he missteps. Read full book review >
CAMP DORK by Beth Vrabel
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"Honest, funny, and entertaining. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Most of the titular gang from Pack of Dorks (2014) is off to spend two weeks at seriously-roughing-it-style Camp Paleo. Sadly, Lucy's not-a-boyfriend, Sam, is going to gymnastics camp instead.Read full book review >

SUITE FOR HUMAN NATURE by Diane Charlotte Lampert
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"It is an earned triumph when Love prevails. (Picture book. 5-10)"
A gentle parable of how Mother Nature introduced human foibles and strengths to the world. Read full book review >
COWPOKE CLYDE RIDES THE RANGE by Lori Mortensen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"Another doggone funny cowboy caper chock full o' chuckles. (Picture book. 3-8)"
That ol' rascal Cowpoke Clyde is back in the saddle again for another rollicking ride on the range (Cowpoke Clyde and Dirty Dawg, 2013), this time on one of them newfangled machines called a bicycle.Read full book review >
THIS IS NOT A PICTURE BOOK by Sergio Ruzzier
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"This is a (great) picture book! (Picture book. 4-8)"
A metafictive delight of a picture book. Read full book review >
PRETTY MINNIE IN HOLLYWOOD by Danielle Steel
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"Fluffy and shallow but sweet, with an exuberant effect, from the sparking glitter on the cover to the cast party with 'Pupcake Cupcakes' at the end. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A white French girl named Françoise takes her tiny dog along when she accompanies her fashion-designer mother to Hollywood to work on a movie in this second series outing (Pretty Minnie in Paris, 2014). Read full book review >
THE WIENER STRIKES BACK by Max Brallier
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"Total fluff, often making not a lick of sense (in a good way), this will satisfy the appetites of fans of the first—but reading that first is a must (or there will be fewer licks of sense). (Graphic/science-fiction hybrid. 7-10)"
The proprietors of Galactic Hot Dogs return for more evil-bashing high jinks aboard the Neon Weiner.Read full book review >
DIANA'S WHITE HOUSE GARDEN by Elisa Carbone
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"An important piece of our history brought down to a child's level. (author's note) (Informational picture book. 4-10)"
Based on a true story, Carbone's story shines a light on the little girl who became the face of the first White House victory garden. Read full book review >
FLORA AND THE PEACOCKS by Molly Idle
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"Design, engineering, and art intersect to deliver a virtuoso interpretation of the pitfalls and pleasures of triads. (Picture book. 3-7)"
While Idle's previous titles (Flora and the Flamingo, 2013, etc.) feature her young, white dancer with a single avian partner, this story presents a pas de trois. 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 >