CRABBING by Tilda Balsley
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 15, 2016

"Great nibbles of science and culture and an important culinary tradition all rolled into one. (Picture book. 4-8)"
One granddad, two boys, and fish heads for the line: a perfect recipe for crabbing. Read full book review >
MARISOL MCDONALD Y EL MONSTRUO / MARISOL MCDONALD AND THE MONSTER by Monica Brown
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 15, 2016

"Marvelously mismatched Marisol McDonald brings her unique perspective to the exploration of the universal topic of fear. (author's note, bilingual glossary) (Picture book. 5-8)"
When Marisol McDonald hears a bump in the night, her imagination goes wild, making her certain there must be a monster beneath her bed. Read full book review >

BEFORE I WAKE UP... by Britta Teckentrup
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 15, 2016

"This charming bedtime read-aloud, a German import, assures children that a new day awaits them. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A child dreams of sailing across the sky and sea, accompanied by a favorite stuffed lion. Read full book review >
A MORNING WITH GRANDPA by Sylvia Liu
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 15, 2016

"A fine example of contemporary multicultural literature. (glossary, sources) (Picture book. 4-8)"
Debut author Liu scores with a sweet story about the joys of intergenerational relationships. Read full book review >
TINY STITCHES by Gwendolyn Hooks
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 15, 2016

"A good alternative to dense chapter biographies and a rousing tribute to a man unjustly forgotten. (notes, glossary, references) (Picture book. 7-12)"
Hooks (The Noisy Night, 2014, etc.) and Bootman (Hey, Charleston!, 2013, etc.) illuminate the trials and triumphs of Vivien Thomas and his vital role in the development of children's open-heart surgery.Read full book review >

THE MIDSUMMER TOMTE AND THE LITTLE RABBITS by Ulf Stark
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 15, 2016

"An engrossing episode, infused with magic and with moments light and dark as well as lots of small furry animals. (Illustrated fantasy. 5-10)"
The gruff but large-hearted Scandinavian gnome usually associated with Yuletide takes an offseason turn when a summer storm brings a company of homeless woodland creatures to his door. Read full book review >
Touch of Iron by Timandra Whitecastle
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 13, 2016

"Realistic, character-driven fantasy that manages to both sever limbs and warm the heart."
In this dark YA fantasy debut, teenage twins are swept up in a prince's quest for a legendary blade. Read full book review >
All Good Children by Dayna Ingram
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 13, 2016

"An absorbing and poignant YA dystopian fantasy with a convincing heroine."
A teenager works through her emotional turmoil while waiting to become a sacrificial offering to aliens in this sci-fi melodrama. Read full book review >
50 IMPRESSIVE KIDS AND THEIR AMAZING (AND TRUE!) STORIES by Saundra Mitchell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"A breezy, bustling bucketful of courageous acts and eye-popping feats. (finished illustrations not seen) (Collective biography. 10-13)"
Why should grown-ups get all the historical, scientific, athletic, cinematic, and artistic glory? Read full book review >
50 UNBELIEVABLE WOMEN AND THEIR FASCINATING (AND TRUE!) STORIES by Saundra Mitchell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"Primarily entertaining rather than informative, these slick, superficial biographies are more fluff than substance. (bibliography, personality-type quiz, vocabulary guide) (Collective biography. 10-14)"
A collection of biographies of 50 famous and not-so-famous females, both living and very long dead, who share a common thread of being strong—although not always admirable—women. Read full book review >
RATTLESTILTSKIN by Eric A. Kimmel
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"This adaptation is uneven, fluctuating between clever—the story's title—and pedestrian—the tale itself. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Kimmel's Southwestern take on "Rumpelstiltskin" kicks off when the protagonist's mother brags of her gifted daughter to all her friends. Read full book review >
SIX KIDS AND A STUFFED CAT by Gary Paulsen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"A slow, slight story enlivened by likable characters and a nice dose of humor. Twice. (Fiction/drama. 9-13)"
Six 14-year-old boys, all classmates, must sit tight in their school bathroom while they wait out a storm warning, a forced interaction that causes the barriers between them to fall. 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 >