Rice & Rocks by Sandra L. Richards
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"A beautiful, amusing tribute to family traditions."
In this illustrated children's book, a young boy learns to be proud of his family's Jamaican food traditions. Read full book review >
Like You and Me by Shahnaz Qayumi
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 6, 2011

"A sincere message of human diversity and interconnectedness, delivered with cozy simplicity and accessibility for young readers."
In this picture book, early childhood educator Qayumi (Afsana Seesana, 2014) depicts the everyday lives of kids from around the world in order to celebrate their similarities, despite diverse customs and cultures.Read full book review >

The Chronicles of Kibblestan by Andrea Rand
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 20, 2015

"Lucid, enchanting characters populate this diverting story."
A young boy and his loyal dachshund get lost in an extraordinary world of oppressed, strange creatures in the first volume of debut author Rand's middle-grade fantasy series. Read full book review >
WINNER TAKES ALL by Suzy Becker
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A zippy little visit with a likable 10-year-old. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Ten-year-old Kate juggles new and old friendships. Read full book review >
ILLUMINATURE by Carnovsky
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Limited as a source of information but packing a big visual wow factor. (Informational picture book. 8-12)"
Viewed through colored filters, apparent jumbles are transformed into 10 natural habitats and select gatherings of native animals. Read full book review >

I WILL LOVE YOU FOREVER by Caroline Jayne Church
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"Cuddle up with this cheery board book to assure your babies that they too are loved. (Board book. 1-3)"
Parental love has never been expressed so sweetly and believably. Read full book review >
NINJA ON THE FARM by Luke Flowers
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 27, 2016

"Amusing and accessible. (Early reader. 6-8)"
Moby Shinobi, a young ninja, is eager to use his many skills to help Farmer Bob with his myriad chores. Read full book review >
ANIMAL BABIES ON THE MOUNTAIN! by Julia Groves
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"Readers hoping to share beautiful, age-appropriate images and accurate terminology should look no further than this book and its companions, bracing antidotes to the cuteness that floods the board-book shelves. (Board book. 6 mos.-2)"
Animals that inhabit a mountain biome are introduced in this simple board book, one of four. Read full book review >
EGG by Kevin Henkes
Kirkus Star
by Kevin Henkes, illustrated by Kevin Henkes
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Another stunner from Henkes, who is able to evoke so much with few words and such seemingly simple illustrations. Gorgeous and thought-provoking. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In Henkes' latest book, the illustrator returns to one of his favorite recent themes—waiting. Read full book review >
A GREYHOUND, A GROUNDHOG by Emily Jenkins
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"This delightful story is a feast for the eyes and ears, and it will hold up well to repeated demands from eager young listeners. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Friendship blossoms between canine and rodent in this paean to the sheer joy of being alive. Read full book review >
THE HOMEWORK STRIKE by Greg Pincus
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Readers will be drawn to the anti-homework cause and, while they may well find the realistic resolution disappointingly tame, will enjoy the high jinks along the way. (Fiction. 9-12)"
In this humorous sequel to The 14 Fibs of Gregory K. (2013), the white seventh-grader realizes that his monstrous amount of homework gobbles all his after-school time, interfering with his writing and the other things he loves to do. Read full book review >
THREADS by Ami Polonsky
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A courageous story filled with hope. (author's note) (Fiction. 8-12)"
An urgent message for help and a family picture found in a department-store purse connect two girls, one in China, the other in the United States, and set in motion a life-saving journey. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >