CAT'S COLORS by Airlie Anderson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"Gentle and charming. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A cat walks through a gray landscape, collecting colors for a surprise project. Read full book review >
BEDTIME FOR BATMAN by Michael Dahl
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"This should send Dark Knight fans flying to the Batcave—or the bedroom. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Holy bedtime, Batman! Read full book review >

LUCY by Randy Cecil
Kirkus Star
by Randy Cecil, illustrated by Randy Cecil
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"A brief denouement in the final act reveals that each main character has given the others just what they needed; a clever structure and a satisfying story. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Defying simple categorization, Cecil's 144-page illustrated narrative presents a street dog that dreams of home, a light-skinned girl who longs for companionship, and her father, a juggler who panics in front of an audience. Read full book review >
SAVED BY THE BOATS by Julie Gassman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"This accessible, fact-based account of the boat evacuations that took place on 9/11 puts faces on some of the many heroes who stepped forward to help in a time of crisis. (Informational picture book. 6-10)"
Meet some unsung heroes of the sea. Read full book review >
SCHNITZEL by Stephanie Shaw
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"Just enough creepiness for a Halloween read-aloud. (author's note) (Picture book. 5-8)"
"The Sorcerer's Apprentice" gets a new treatment as Schnitzel, apprentice to the renowned wizard Sir Willabald, is loath to tackle the housekeeping. Read full book review >

COURAGEOUS WOMEN OF THE CIVIL WAR by M.R. Cordell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"A solid resource. (Nonfiction. 11-18)"
Although most people associate the Civil War with its innumerable male participants, many brave women also found ways to serve. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"A grab bag for sure, but readers may find themselves angling to be in Budapest in April for its annual pillow fight. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Attractions—and repulsions—to stifle the next "Are we there yet?" whine from the back seat. Read full book review >
PLANTS CAN'T SIT STILL by Rebecca E. Hirsch
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"Excellent collaboration produced a winner: graceful, informative, and entertaining. (Informational picture book. 3-8)"
Double-page spreads of watercolor and collage use minimal words to describe how and why plants move. Read full book review >
YOU BELONG TO ME by Mamoru Suzuki
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"For young readers, the book is like a bath before bed: soothing, comforting, and warm. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Cuddly animals snuggle, hug, and protect a small child in a collection of affectionate poses from Japanese author/illustrator Suzuki. Read full book review >
ABOUT MARINE MAMMALS by Cathryn Sill
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"Dependable fare for budding naturalists. (bibliography, websites) (Informational picture book. 6-8)"
For the 16th entry in their About… wildlife series, the Sills look to the oceans. Read full book review >
NORBERT'S BIG DREAM by Lori Degman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"The message of dreaming big is secondary to the storyline, but Norbert is no stick-in-the-mud. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The expression "when pigs fly" is given a new twist as Norbert the pig dreams of swimming—not in just any pond, lake, or ocean, but the English Channel. Read full book review >
SEVEN AND A HALF TONS OF STEEL by Janet Nolan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"A deeply felt but not overwrought telling of a story that will be new to most young readers. (Informational picture book. 7-9)"
A reverent account of the creation of a seagoing 9/11 memorial fashioned by incorporating part of one of the fallen towers into the hull of a Navy ship. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Morgan Matson
July 25, 2016

The Unexpected Everything is a YA feel-good story of friendship, finding yourself, and all the joys in life that happen while you’re busy making other plans. Andie has a plan. And she always sticks to her plan. Future? A top-tier medical school. Dad? Avoid him as much as possible (which isn’t that hard considering he’s a Congressman and he’s never around). Friends? Palmer, Bri, and Toby—pretty much the most awesome people on the planet, who needs anyone else? Relationships? No one’s worth more than three weeks. So it’s no surprise that Andie’s got her summer all planned out too. Until a political scandal costs Andie her summer pre-med internship, and lands both she and Dad back in the same house together for the first time in years. Suddenly she’s doing things that aren’t Andie at all. “Romance fans will find plenty to enjoy, as Andie gradually lets down her guard and risks the messy and unpredictable wonder of first love,” our reviewer writes. “A novel best read on a lazy summer day with sand between the toes.” View video >