HERCUFLEAS by Sam Gayton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Twists and turns, reversals, and chance meetings prove several times over that hope and determination are the most reliable weapons—and armor—no matter the size or situation of the hero. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
A flea with aspirations to heroism joins forces with a girl determined to defeat a giant. Read full book review >
THE BEAR WHO WASN'T THERE by Oren Lavie
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"The picture book as a whole isn't quite all there, but the pictures are sublime. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A text-heavy picture book presents an existential quandary… Read full book review >

THE WORST BREAKFAST by China Miéville
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"A brilliant, original, infinitely rereadable book that can sit alongside Sendak and Dahl. (Picture book. 3 & up)"
A young black girl tells her little sister that the breakfast before them reminds her of the worst breakfast, but her sister has no recollection of that terrible meal. Read full book review >
ANSWERING THE CRY FOR FREEDOM by Gretchen Woelfle
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Accessible, inspiring accounts of courageous men and women. (notes, timelines, bibliography, index) (Collective biography. 9-13)"
Biographical sketches tell of 13 remarkable black men and women, including a double agent, a traveling female preacher, an admired poet, and a successful whaling captain. Read full book review >
WHERE JESUS SLEPT by Norma Lewis
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"This Is the Stable by Cynthia Cotten and illustrated by Delana Bettoli (2006) uses the same 'This Is the House that Jack Built' structure with a more graceful text and more polished illustrations; seek it out instead. (Picture book/religion. 3-6)"
The structure of the traditional poem "This Is the House that Jack Built" is used as the premise for this Nativity story. Read full book review >

REAL COWBOYS by Kate Hoefler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"A positively inspirational unpacking of a traditional role model, hobbled but not entirely unhorsed by its illustrations. (Picture book. 6-9)"
An eloquent response to anyone with a simplistic picture of the cowboy as a rough, tough working man and nothing else. Read full book review >
A DOT IN THE SNOW by Corrinne Averiss
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Slight in substance storywise and perpetuating too-common representations of Arctic peoples: not ideal. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A polar bear cub does not like to dive into the water but needs to overcome his fear to help a new friend. Read full book review >
BUNNY SLOPES by Claudia Rueda
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Young readers who are learning to ski may enjoy this bunny slope; others, head for a black diamond. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A bunny asks readers to help manipulate the book so it can hit the slopes. Read full book review >
THE LAST KAPPA OF OLD JAPAN by Sunny Seki
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Heavy-handed in its environmental message but still enjoyable. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Kyu-chan, a mischievous Japanese water creature, is the last kappa because of a changing environment. Read full book review >
LITTLE BABYMOUSE AND THE CHRISTMAS CUPCAKES by Jennifer L. Holm
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Little Babymouse will win new fans among younger readers, who will hope to see what dragons Babymouse fights next. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Babymouse moves from graphic fiction to the full-color picture-book world with a Christmas story about the popular character at an earlier age. Read full book review >
JESUS IS BORN by Sophie Piper
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"An excellent choice for church libraries and Christian families who want a contemporary retelling of the Christmas story. (Picture book/religion. 5-9)"
This retelling of the Nativity story by a prolific author of Christian books for children recounts the narrative of the birth of Jesus and surrounding events. Read full book review >
PLANET KINDERGARTEN by Sue Ganz-Schmitt
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"The seamless additions of lessons on cooperation and kindness bring this to a new level, but it can't top the original book for creativity. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Ganz-Schmitt and Prigmore continue the space theme and follow the cast and crew from Planet Kindergarten (2014) as they celebrate the 100th day of school and all that they have learned so far. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Laini Taylor
March 27, 2017

In bestselling YA writer Laini Taylor’s new fantasy novel, Strange the Dreamer, the dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he's been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever. What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving? “Lovers of intricate worldbuilding and feverish romance will find this enthralling,” our critic writes. View video >