KEEPING FIT FROM A TO Z / MANTENTE EN FORMA DE LA A A LA Z by Stephanie Maze
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"This alphabet book provides a plethora of information and when coupled with its companion, Healthy Foods from A to Z (2012), will allow families to engage in both culinary and physically positive pastimes for wholesome living. (Informational picture book. 3-8)"
Crisp full-color photography enhances this alphabet of children's games, activities and exercises in a bilingual format. Read full book review >
BUBBE'S BELATED BAT MITZVAH by Isabel Pinson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"No strife necessary: Readers will be content just to have met Bubbe and Naomi. (Picture book. 3-9)"
Is serenity a narrative problem? Read full book review >

WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU'RE SENT TO YOUR ROOM by Ann Stott
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"Parents: Beware what happens behind your child's closed door when you pronounce: 'Go to your room!' (Picture book. 6-9)"
This may be one of those books parents don't want their children to read—of course, the prohibited is all the more attractive. Read full book review >
MY HEART IS LAUGHING by Rose Lagercrantz
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"This deeply respectful book validates and celebrates the daily challenges of being a child in today's world. (Fiction. 5-8)"
A forthright early chapter book about resilience. Read full book review >
HALLEY by Faye Gibbons
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"A richly rewarding look at an era. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
A Depression-era novel is defined by the hard-edged beauty of its rural Southern setting. Read full book review >

THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS by Clement C. Moore
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"The lively mischief will carry children past the narrative inconsistencies in this fun-filled romp. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Reid turns her Plasticine talents to an interpretation of the classic poem. Read full book review >
A COOKIE FOR SANTA by Stephanie Shaw
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"A successful mixture of two classic ingredients yields a sweet Christmas treat. (Picture book. 3-6)"
"The Gingerbread Man" mixes it up with "The Night Before Christmas" in this cleverly constructed Christmas story about a smart cookie who avoids becoming Santa's midnight snack. Read full book review >
MANGER by Lee Bennett Hopkins
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"A lovely collection for those who wish to emphasize the Christian nature of the holiday, worth savoring slowly during the Christmas season. (Poetry/religion. 6-8)"
The eminent anthologist of children's poetry has gathered together 15 poems from many sources, all centered around the theme of animals that might have been present on the night of the birth of Jesus. Read full book review >
SANTA CLAUSES by Bob Raczka
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"Quiet winter scenes / Santa ponders in writing, / sharing the season. (Picture books/poetry. 4-12)"
Santa himself is the purported author of this calm but bright collection of 25 haiku, one for each day of the December countdown to Christmas. Read full book review >
BIZZY BEAR'S BIG BUILDING BOOK by Nosy Crow
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"From the hammer on the cover that readers can 'swing' to the treehouse door little ones can open and close, the interactive elements steal the show. (Board book. 2-4)"
Bizzy Bear and his gang of helpful critter friends build a treehouse together, while readers operate various tools. Read full book review >
DANGER DOWN THE NILE by James Patterson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"It's hard to imagine the adventure-loving reader who wouldn't be hooked by this series. (Adventure. 8-12)"
Determined to find their missing father and to secure the release of their kidnapped mother, the four Kidd kids travel to Africa seeking King Solomon's Mines and any clues that might help reunite their family. Read full book review >
MAISY'S CHRISTMAS TREE by Lucy Cousins
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"Toddlers celebrating the holiday will enjoy opening this Christmas present again and again. (Board book, 18 mos.-3)"
Maisy, Cousins' iconic mouse, decorates a Christmas tree with her entourage in this simple holiday offering. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frank Bruni
March 31, 2015

Over the last few decades, Americans have turned college admissions into a terrifying and occasionally devastating process, preceded by test prep, tutors, all sorts of stratagems, all kinds of rankings, and a conviction among too many young people that their futures will be determined and their worth established by which schools say yes and which say no. In Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni explains why, giving students and their parents a new perspective on this brutal, deeply flawed competition and a path out of the anxiety that it provokes. “Written in a lively style but carrying a wallop, this is a book that family and educators cannot afford to overlook as they try to navigate the treacherous waters of college admissions,” our reviewer writes. View video >