OTTO AND THE SECRET LIGHT OF CHRISTMAS by Nora Surojegin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 15, 2016

"An intriguing read-aloud for younger children and an entertaining choice for independent readers who like fantasy. (Fiction. 5-10)"
A white, elflike man named Otto searches for a mysterious thing called Christmas in this illustrated novel first published in Finland. Read full book review >
A NIGHT OF GREAT JOY by Mary Engelbreit
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 14, 2016

"Children preparing to be in a pageant will enjoy this, as will Engelbreit's many adult fans. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A classic Sunday School Christmas pageant is acted out by a multiethnic cast of children in this Christmas offering in Englebreit's signature illustration style. Read full book review >

CAT IN THE NIGHT by Madeleine Dunphy
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Intriguing peek into the secret life of cats. (Picture book. 5-9)"
A cat relies on his senses during a nocturnal foray. Read full book review >
THE POET'S DOG by Patricia MacLachlan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"A quiet, elegant, poignant story suffused with humor, heart, and goodness. (Fantasy. 6-12)"
An unusual dog rescues two children from a storm. Read full book review >
GOOD NIGHT, BAT! GOOD MORNING, SQUIRREL! by Paul  Meisel
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Odd-couple stories are far from an endangered species, but this one's worth making room for. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Homeless Bat moves in, unannounced, with Squirrel. Can this odd couple live together in peace? Read full book review >

HANK'S BIG DAY by Evan Kuhlman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Excellent layout, text, and illustrations make for a thoroughly satisfying story. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Pill bug Hank's day moves from ordinary to extraordinary when Amelia, a dark-skinned girl with huge eyes and black braids, gives him a ride on her pilot's helmet. Read full book review >
THIS BOOK IS NOT ABOUT DRAGONS by Shelley Moore Thomas
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Dragon lovers—and all who enjoy being teased by playful disconnects between text and pictures—will be plenty happy indeed. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A mouse's repeated and resolute denial of dragons is sorely tested by one fiery disaster after another. Read full book review >
BEAUTIFUL BLUE WORLD by Suzanne LaFleur
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Deeply emotional, compelling, and brilliant. (Fiction. 10-14)"
War is raging in Sofarende, and it will have profound and devastating effects on 12-year-old Mathilde. No one is safe. Read full book review >
BAD GIRLS OF FASHION by Jennifer Croll
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Richly detailed and engagingly written, Croll's captivating study is sure both to enlighten and embolden fashion-minded youth. (index, bibliography, further reading) (Nonfiction. 10-17)"
A probing look at influential women in fashion history. Read full book review >
GRUMBLES FROM THE TOWN by Jane Yolen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"An inventive miss. (Picture book. 5-9)"
This quirky Mother Goose book turns convention on its head. Read full book review >
THE WATER PRINCESS by Susan Verde
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Though told by two outsiders to the culture, this timely and well-crafted story will educate readers on the preciousness of potable water. (Picture book. 5-8)"
An international story which tackles a serious global issue with Reynolds' characteristic visual whimsy. Read full book review >
JUBILEE by Patricia Reilly Giff
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"An appealing story weighed down by its protagonist's self-pity. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Judith—called Jubilee by Aunt Cora and No-Talk-Girl by the 5-year-old brother of her former friend, Sophie—narrates her own tale of personal growth during fifth grade. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jeff Chang
September 20, 2016

In the provocative essays in journalist Jeff Chang’s new book We Gon’ Be Alright, Chang takes an incisive and wide-ranging look at the recent tragedies and widespread protests that have shaken the country. Through deep reporting with key activists and thinkers, personal writing, and cultural criticism, We Gon’ Be Alright links #BlackLivesMatter to #OscarsSoWhite, Ferguson to Washington D.C., the Great Migration to resurgent nativism. Chang explores the rise and fall of the idea of “diversity,” the roots of student protest, changing ideas about Asian Americanness, and the impact of a century of racial separation in housing. “He implores readers to listen, act, and become involved with today’s activists, who offer ‘new ways to see our past and our present,’ ” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A compelling and intellectually thought-provoking exploration of the quagmire of race relations.” View video >