THE THREE LUCYS by Hayan Charara
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"Sadness is turned to hope and tragedy is turned to strength in this sensitive treatment. (Picture book. 5-10)"
A young Lebanese boy experiences loss after a war in a story based on the 2006 Hezbollah-Israeli conflict. Read full book review >
LIKE A BIRD by Cynthia Grady
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"An important work that gives new life to old and important songs. (Informational picture book. 5-10)"
When children see Harriet Tubman on the new U.S. postage stamp, they can learn of her legacy from this literary homage to "the Moses of her people." Read full book review >

THE ALLIGATOR'S SMILE by Jane Yolen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"A splendid addition to the creators' explorations of the natural world. (Picture book/poetry. 7-11)"
Fascinating facts and playful poems about the dinosaur's smiling cousin. Read full book review >
PEDRO, FIRST-GRADE HERO by Fran Manushkin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"This earnest Latino first-grader who overcomes obstacles and solves mysteries is a winning character. (Fiction. 5-7)"
The creators of the Katie Woo series turn their focus to a peripheral character, first-grader Pedro—Katie's friend and schoolmate. Read full book review >
HERBIE'S BIG ADVENTURE by Jennie Poh
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"A charming story that explores a child's newfound independence. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A young hedgehog leaves home for his first solo adventure. Read full book review >

HIS ROYAL MAJESTY OF THE MUSHROOMS by Katherine Ferrier
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"A recipe for hazelnut fondant (1 cup hazelnut flour, 5 eggs!) caps this latest outing to the bustling hotel in an appropriately delectable way. (Graphic fantasy. 7-11)"
Being monarch of the mushroom people turns out to require more than just giving orders and chowing down on sweets. Read full book review >
TRUTH IN SIGHT by Cori Doerrfeld
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"A likable protagonist and fantasy elements make this well-trod ground feel fairly fresh. (Graphic fantasy. 7-12)"
A fledgling Latina fairy learns she must use her magic responsibly. Read full book review >
SERPENTS AND WEREWOLVES by Lari Don
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"Engaging stories that will hook kids, send them looking for traditional stories, and perhaps encourage some to take up the art of oral (and written) storytelling. (Fiction. 8-11)"
A storyteller puts her own stamp on 15 traditional tales from four different continents about shape-shifters, those people who turn into animals and back again. Read full book review >
OVER IN THE GRASSLANDS by Marianne Berkes
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"One wonders what habitats are left for Berkes to tackle; here's hoping there's a least one more. (Informational picture book. 3-7)"
Berkes and Dubin tackle another habitat in their series of variations on "Over in the Meadow," this time visiting the African savanna. Read full book review >
OCTOPUS ESCAPES AGAIN! by Laurie Ellen Angus
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"With octopus escape-artist abilities recently in the news, this is a timely title about a perennially appealing sea creature. (Informational picture book. 4-7)"
Using a wide range of survival techniques, a common octopus escapes from her predators and finds her dinner. Read full book review >
A MOON OF MY OWN by Jennifer Rustgi
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"This just may encourage young readers to look up to the night sky and gain a new friend of their own. (recommended resources) (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
Readers are brought along on a young girl's imaginative nighttime adventure around the world. Read full book review >
MONKEY WITH A TOOL BELT AND THE MANIAC MUFFINS by Chris Monroe
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"The silliness still feels fresh, even in Chico's fourth outing. (recipes) (Picture book. 5-8)"
Runaway muffins attack the town! Can Chico Bon Bon, the titular monkey with the tool belt, get them back and help Clark with his pancake party? Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Andrea Beaty
August 30, 2016

In Andrea Beaty and David Roberts’ new picture book Ada Twist, Scientist is like her classmates, builder Iggy and inventor Rosie: scientist Ada, a character of color, has a boundless imagination and has always been hopelessly curious. Why are there pointy things stuck to a rose? Why are there hairs growing inside your nose? When her house fills with a horrific, toe-curling smell, Ada knows it’s up to her to find the source. Not afraid of failure, she embarks on a fact-finding mission and conducts scientific experiments, all in the name of discovery. But this time, her experiments lead to even more stink and get her into trouble! Inspired by real-life makers such as Ada Lovelace and Marie Curie, Ada Twist, Scientist champions girl power and women scientists, and brings welcome diversity to picture books about girls in science. “Cool and stylish,” our reviewer writes. View video >