THE INVISIBLE KINGDOM by Rob Ryan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 1, 2016

"Dim and dismal. (Illustrated fiction. 11-13, adult)"
Cut-paper silhouettes illustrate this large-format tale of a young prince's efforts to break the chains of loneliness and isolation imposed on him by his high station. Read full book review >
MR. GOAT'S VALENTINE by Eve Bunting
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 1, 2016

"A not-so-sweet-smelling Valentine treat. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Mr. Goat gathers everything he will need to show his first love just how much she means to him. Read full book review >

BIG BOOK OF THE BODY by Minna Lacey
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 1, 2016

"A broad, if hardly more than skin-deep, introduction to the topic. (Nonfiction. 6-8)"
Four double-foldout spreads literally extend this first gander at our body's insides and outsides—to jumbo, if not quite life, size. Read full book review >
THE ADVENTURERS by Rachel Elliot
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 1, 2016

"Crossing the ocean like the Child and her friends, this mildly precious 2011 tale joins a plethora of similar journeys tempting younger readers to embark on imaginary flights. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Snow outside is no obstacle to world-spanning adventures inside for a child and her toys. Read full book review >
ANIMAL WORDS by Fiona Watt
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 1, 2016

"An eye-popping exploration of the world of animals. (Board book. 1-3)"
Animals of all shapes, sizes, and colors are ready for little readers to discover. Read full book review >

A DAY AT THE BEACH by Sterling Children's Books
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 1, 2016

"Skip A Day at the Farm. A Day at the Beach is worth considering for counting practice, especially since it goes all the way to 20 when most board books stop at five or 10. (Board book. 1-3)"
A counting book from one to 20, featuring Starla the starfish. Read full book review >
Being a Captain Is Hard Work by Carole P. Roman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 31, 2015

"A fantastic pirate adventure that mixes life and science lessons with danger, friendship, and triumph."
Roman's (If You Were Me and Lived in…Italy, 2015) newest Captain No Beard adventure takes the stormy high seas to a new level. Read full book review >
I Love You Sour, I Love You Sweet by Anita Higman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 30, 2015

"While this ABC book offers sweet rhymes, the volume's hidden letters may confuse young readers."
Illustrations of a variety of outlandish and familiar animals accompany a poem featuring letters of the alphabet. Read full book review >
CHERRY BLOSSOM BASEBALL by Jennifer Maruno
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 29, 2015

"A gentle story about seeking a place while taking your best shot. (author's note, glossary) (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
During World War II, Michiko experiences racial prejudice and the challenges of being a pitcher on a boys' team in this third novel from the Cherry Blossom series. Read full book review >
BATMAN'S DARK SECRET by Kelley Puckett
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 29, 2015

"Since young readers' interest in superheroes begins before they are typically ready for comic books, this lovely if thinly plotted picture book fills an important niche—though they may wonder where the action is. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Muth has earned admiration as a picture-book author/illustrator and as a comic-book artist; here, he expands the Dark Knight's origin story for a picture-book audience. Read full book review >
HOW TO BREAK A HEART by Kiera Stewart
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 29, 2015

"Although overlong and narrowly aimed at romantically minded early-adolescent girls, this story will reward tenacious readers with a touching conclusion. (Fiction. 10-13)"
After 13-year-old Mabry Collins is dropped by her heartthrob, Nick Wainwright, (her 19th straight dumping in a row), Thad Bell, a boy with his own grudge against Nick, promises to teach her how to become the yin to Nick's yang. Read full book review >
PETAL AND POPPY AND THE MYSTERY VALENTINE by Lisa Clough
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 29, 2015

"Stick with Elephant and Piggie, Mouse and Mole, and Minnie and Moo. (Early reader. 5-7)"
Petal and Poppy discover the identity of their mystery valentine. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frances Stroh
author of BEER MONEY
May 4, 2016

Frances Stroh’s earliest memories are ones of great privilege: shopping trips to London and New York, lunches served by black-tied waiters at the Regency Hotel, and a house filled with precious antiques, which she was forbidden to touch. Established in Detroit in 1850, by 1984 the Stroh Brewing Company had become the largest private beer fortune in America and a brand emblematic of the American dream itself; while Stroh was coming of age, the Stroh family fortune was estimated to be worth $700 million. But behind the beautiful façade lay a crumbling foundation. As their fortune dissolved in little over a decade, the family was torn apart internally by divorce and one family member's drug bust; disagreements over the management of the business; and disputes over the remaining money they possessed. “The author’s family might have successfully burned through a massive fortune, but they squandered a lot more than that,” our reviewer writes about Stroh’s debut memoir, Beer Money. “A sorrowful, eye-opening examination of familial dysfunction.” View video >