BEARD BOY by John Flannery
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"Comically charming, this one-of-a-kind story celebrates the unique bond that connects father, son, and facial hair. A refreshing cut for young readers. (Picture book. 5-9)"
In this illustrated ode to the beard, an impatient son seeks to invent and claim a beard of his own to connect with the cool brush of his father. Read full book review >
A FAIRY FRIEND by Sue Fliess
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"Enchanting stuff for lovers of fairies. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A little girl and her dog follow a series of recommended procedures from a book about fairies in order to find a fairy companion for the girl. Read full book review >

GOODNIGHT UNICORN by Pearl E. Horne
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"For unicorn die-hards only—and they'll have to brush their teeth after. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A celebration of unicorns falls squarely under the heading of "camp" in this latest takeoff on Margaret Wise Brown's best known work. Read full book review >
EVERYONE by Christopher Silas Neal
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"There is no shortage of outstanding picture books that address children's feelings of anger, frustration, anxiety, and joy. This is not one of them. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Neal explores the well-trodden notion that everyone has feelings. Read full book review >
THE LOST SWORD by Darrell Pitt
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"Not much for internal logic but certainly a headlong thrill ride. (Steampunk. 11-14)"
Intrepid teen detectives Jack and Scarlet battle Japanese crime bosses and German Nazis—make that "damned Nazis"—to find a long-lost sword purported to have magic powers. Read full book review >

ON BIRD HILL by Jane Yolen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"An imaginative and original depiction of one of life's everyday miracles. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A young dog-walker recalls the memorable experience of watching a chick hatch. Read full book review >
CIRCLE by Jeannie Baker
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"A visually striking account of godwit migration—pair it with Sandra Markle's similar but more concrete The Long, Long Journey (2013), illustrated by Mia Posada. (Picture book. 4-9)"
Baker (Mirror, 2010, etc.) turns her eye to a story that parallels the migration of the godwit with a white, wheelchair-using child who wishes for flight. Read full book review >
THE SKELETH by Matthew Jobin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"Gritty, complex, and self-consciously epic; a solid contender for the teen answer to Game of Thrones. (Fantasy. 11-15)"
Wizards and monsters, peasants and lords, battles and spells, friendship and betrayal; all are packed into this second of a bleak fantasy series that began with The Nethergrim (2014).Read full book review >
THE GIRL WHO SAVED YESTERDAY by Julius Lester
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"A powerful tale that should help children of all ages embrace the fact that dead does not have to mean gone. (Picture book. 4-9)"
In this age of automaticity, electronic immediacy, and carpe diem, this book delivers a rare exultation: remember the Ancestors.Read full book review >
THIS IS MY DOLLHOUSE by Giselle Potter
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"A dollhouse for everyone. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Readers will feel right at home with this cozy tribute to imagination. Read full book review >
BUSY BUSY by Lucy Scott
by Lucy Scott, illustrated by Lucy Scott
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"Busy, busy, fun, fun! (Picture book. 2-4)"
A day in the life of a busy, busy toddler. Read full book review >
HIPPOPOTAMISTER by John Patrick Green
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"A charming book with a solid message about changing one's life through hard work, imagination, and openness to new experiences. (Graphic fantasy. 5-8)"
A hippo discovers that the possibilities are limitless. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >