PENGUIN'S CHRISTMAS WISH by Salina Yoon
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Grandpa's touching words about the meaning of Christmas and Penguin's sweet presents of sticks add depth to this unassuming but satisfying story. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Cheerful little Penguin continues to expand his world with a story about celebrating Christmas with friends and family. Read full book review >
THE ITSY BITSY PILGRIM by Jeffrey Burton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"This holiday ditty misses too many beats. (Board book. 2-3)"
The traditional story of the first Thanksgiving is set to the tune of "The Itsy-Bitsy Spider" and stars rodents instead of humans. Read full book review >

BALLET by Sterling Publishing
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"A decent starter for aspiring ballerinas and danseurs. (Board book. 1-3)"
Little readers explore the world of ballet. Read full book review >
YITZI AND THE GIANT MENORAH by Richard Ungar
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Not laugh-out-loud funny but a pleasant addition to Hanukkah collections. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-7)"
The good folk of Chelm ponder the perfect thank you for a Hanukkah gift. Read full book review >
SHMELF THE HANUKKAH ELF by Greg Wolfe
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Those in search of seasonal stories that contain a blend of Christmas and Hanukkah will find an entertaining tale here. (Picture book. 3-6)"
What! Some good children will not receive Christmas presents? Read full book review >

CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"An inspiring tale as well as a tantalizing invitation to visit one of our country's newest 'must see' attractions. (source notes) (Nonfiction. 10-13)"
An account of how the "hundred-year hope" for a National Museum of African American History and Culture came to fruition, with glimpses of the new institution's treasures. Read full book review >
CITYBLOCK by Christopher Franceschelli
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Children in urban settings will recognize this city's feel, while suburban or rural children will be equally happy to join in the adventure. (Board book. 1-4)"
The latest addition to Franceschelli and Peskimo's (Dinoblock, 2015, etc.) collection of very thick board books exploits all the possibilities of the format. Read full book review >
BABUSHKA by Dawn Casey
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"A delightful retelling of an intriguing tale that will make a fine read-aloud for families who celebrate Christmas as a Christian holiday. (Picture book/folk tale/religion. 4-8)"
A kind, grandmotherly woman meets the wise men and distributes toys and treats in this interpretation of a Russian folk tale. Read full book review >
WHO'S HIDING WITH PENGUIN? by Vincent Mathy
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Sturdier in construction than geography. (Board book. 1-3)"
Animals play hide-and-seek. Read full book review >
THE TALE OF KITTY-IN-BOOTS by Beatrix Potter
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"A winsome story despite its flaws, this will leave readers hoping that Potter left more unpublished gems in the vault where it was discovered. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Miss Catherine St. Quintin is a mischievous kitty leading a secret double life in this recently discovered Potter tale. Read full book review >
Olivia Decoded by Vivi Barnes
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"An emotionally mature YA thriller that gives hope to troubled teens."
A newly adopted hacker becomes the target of a well-hidden stalker in this sequel. Read full book review >
Kalifus Rising by Alane Adams
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Indelible characters, both good and evil, and a rescue storyline that refuses to dawdle."
In this second installment of a YA fantasy series, a boy's friends rush to save him before a teen witch surrenders to dark magic. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Clinton Kelly
January 9, 2017

Bestselling author and television host Clinton Kelly’s memoir I Hate Everyone Except You is a candid, deliciously snarky collection of essays about his journey from awkward kid to slightly-less-awkward adult. Clinton Kelly is probably best known for teaching women how to make their butts look smaller. But in I Hate Everyone, Except You, he reveals some heretofore-unknown secrets about himself, like that he’s a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks, and perhaps the world’s least enthused high-school commencement speaker. Whether he’s throwing his baby sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career or heroically rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with aplomb. With his signature wit, he shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations, like deciding whether it’s acceptable to eat chicken wings with a fork on live television (spoiler: it’s not). “A thoroughly light and entertaining memoir,” our critic writes. View video >