AM I LIKE YOU? by Laura Erickson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"More a 21st-century meditation on selfhood than an encouragement to quiet observation. (Picture book. 4-6)"
A light-skinned, blond boy and his light-skinned, brown-haired mother wander through the woods, looking at birds. Read full book review >
COUNTING WITH BAREFOOT CRITTERS by Teagan White
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"Despite quibbles, it's a charmer. (Picture book. 2-7)"
Barefoot but otherwise clothed critters have a full day, collecting friends along the way. Read full book review >

TITO THE MAGICIAN by Guido van Genechten
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"Genuine self-confidence, humility, and a sense of wonder: bravo, Tito. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Being a magician is no easy trick. It hinges on one of the human qualities that's most difficult to achieve. Read full book review >
DEX by Sheri Lynn Fishbach
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"A bit underdone in spots but a mostly delectable debut. (Fiction. 11-14)"
A middle schooler discovers that he was born to be a celebrity chef. Read full book review >
LOVE MONSTER AND THE SCARY SOMETHING by Rachel Bright
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"Yet another outing that will have readers empathizing with and maybe emulating Love Monster. (Picture book. 3-7)"
The lovable red monster is back, this time facing something all young children will find familiar: nighttime noise fears. Read full book review >

JULIUS & THE SOULCATCHER by Tim Hehir
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"The book closes with drama enough for a sequel; action-happy readers will be hoping for it. (Steampunk. 11-13)"
A steampunk thriller uses Victorian science as a framework for cinematic monster goofiness in 1838 London. Read full book review >
SCAREDY-CAT by Nick Bruel
by Nick Bruel, illustrated by Nick Bruel
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"An origin story—and alphabet practice and vocabulary stretcher—for Bad Kitty's fans. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A look back at the Halloween that transformed a brave, daring, and energetic kitty into a scaredy-cat and then into the Bad Kitty readers know. Read full book review >
I'M NOT TRICK-OR-TREATING by Laura Gehl
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"Goes down easily for those youngsters who are similarly frightened, and Peep's corny jokes should be added to every repertoire. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Peep and Egg are back, and this time big sibling Peep is trying to convince Egg to go trick-or-treating. Read full book review >
10 BUSY BROOMS by Carole Gerber
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"A Halloween counting book that doesn't add up to much. (Picture book. 2-5)"
"1 little witch on a long, speedy broom" rescues eight others who are threatened by Halloween creatures…or dreary chores. Read full book review >
EVERYONE IS YAWNING by Anita Bijsterbosch
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"Irresistibly somniferous. (Pop-up picture book. 2-8)"
One animal after another yawns with the lift of a flap…even the small child at the end. Read full book review >
SKY-HIGH SUKKAH by Rachel Ornstein Packer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2016

"Beyond explaining the holiday's significance, Leah's story will serve to illustrate Judaism's model of kehilla (community), in which cooperative spirit brings people together. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-7)"
Friends and neighbors help apartment dweller Leah figure out a way to build a communal sukkah for the autumn holiday. Read full book review >
TORAH SCROLL by Allison Ofanansky
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2016

"While those who attend Jewish services will likely find this the most attention-grabbing, this is still pertinent to readers interested in religious studies. (Informational picture book. 6-10)"
Learn the many specific steps necessary to create a Torah. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
author of SEINFELDIA
August 22, 2016

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong’s new bestseller Seinfeldia is the hilarious behind-the-scenes story of two guys who went out for coffee and dreamed up Seinfeld —the cultural sensation that changed television and bled into the real world. Comedians Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld never thought anyone would watch their silly little sitcom about a New York comedian sitting around talking to his friends. NBC executives didn’t think anyone would watch either, but they bought it anyway, hiding it away in the TV dead zone of summer. But against all odds, viewers began to watch, first a few and then many, until nine years later nearly 40 million Americans were tuning in weekly. In Seinfeldia, TV historian and entertainment writer Armstrong celebrates the creators and fans of this American television phenomenon, bringing readers behind-the-scenes of the show while it was on the air and into the world of devotees for whom it never stopped being relevant, a world where the Soup Nazi still spends his days saying “No soup for you!” “Armstrong’s intimate, breezy history is full of gossipy details, show trivia, and insights into how famous episodes came to be,” our reviewer writes. “Perfect for Seinfeldians and newcomers alike.” View video >