Released: Oct. 13, 2011

"A fresh take on the Nativity story is a tall order, but this beautifully realized offering sounds like a winner, in every way. (Picture book/religion. 4-8)"
Mackall cleverly turns the idea of a silent Christmas Eve night upside down with this poetic view of the first Christmas, focusing on the sounds made by each participant in the Nativity story. Read full book review >
SHHH! by Valeri Gorbachev
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"A lovely incarnation of snoozetime. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Gorbachev charms in this salute to naptime. Read full book review >

BE QUIET, MIKE! by Leslie Patricelli
Released: Aug. 9, 2011

"A marvelous model of a family ultimately nurturing the member who marches to his own beat. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Mike the monkey is a born drummer. Read full book review >
WHERE'S THE PARTY? by Katharine Crawford Robey
Released: July 1, 2011

"An irresistible invitation. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Neighborhood birds singing about a party wake Kate up and seem to invite her. Read full book review >
NO ONE BUT YOU by Douglas Wood
Released: May 10, 2011

"A touching and genuine exhortation that just teeters on the edge of sentimentality but is lifted by a strong purpose: Self-discovery can be found in the most surprisingly simple of moments. (Picture book. 6 & up)"
Wood and Lynch pair once more (Grandad's Prayers of the Earth, 1999) to celebrate the simple joys of individual moments. Read full book review >

THE LOUD BOOK! by Deborah Underwood
Released: April 4, 2011

"The overall format of fuzzy illustrations and sweet simplicity of moments suited its quiet predecessor a bit better, but the collaborators have created a worthy companion to their previous success. (Picture book. 4-8)"
For each kind of quiet found in Underwood and Liwska's Quiet Book (2010) there are now just as many kinds of LOUD! Read full book review >
SPIKY, SLIMY, SMOOTH by Jane  Brocket
Released: April 1, 2011

"Guard the eggs—this is likely to lead to some independent explorations. (Informational picture book. 3-7)"
The first in a planned series of four Clever Concepts books, Brocket's debut for children focuses on the sense of touch, but is also a visual feast and a treat for adjective-lovers. Read full book review >
HOLLER LOUDLY by Cynthia Leitich Smith
Released: Nov. 1, 2010

"A rambunctious, can't-lose read-aloud no one will want to hush. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Every few generations a Loudly baby is born loud, and Holler is one of the lucky (?) ones. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"Still, this could be an amusing African-themed complement to The Napping House. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A terrible racket at bedtime sends leopard off to find its source. Read full book review >
THE BABY GOES BEEP by Rebecca O'Connell
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"This pink baby (with a tuft of black hair) is clearly the best thing that ever happened to this set of parents, and this book is one of the best things that will happen to those babies lucky enough to encounter it. (Board book. 3 mos.-18 mos.)"
Every once in a very great while a book is published that actually works better as a board book for babies than as a conventional paper book for slightly older readers. Read full book review >
YIP! SNAP! YAP! by Charles Fuge
Released: June 1, 2010

"With its guttural growls, baleful barking and raucous racket, this onomatopoetic tribute to canine cacophony will have wee readers simply howling. (Picture book. 2-5)"
This playful, participatory rhyming text eagerly invites readers to bark with a rowdy dog, chomp with a greedy dog, snooze with a sleepy dog, cool off with a hot dog, hunt with a sniffer dog, sing along with a pack of puppy dogs and beware of guard dogs, itchy dogs and yappy dogs. Read full book review >
NOAH’S BARK by Stephen Krensky
Released: April 1, 2010

"While this choice makes the book plenty ecumenical, it also will render readers unfamiliar with the story mystified at Noah's foreknowledge of the flood and determination to build the ark. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Krensky uses the basic elements of the Noah's Ark story for his own original pourquoi tale of how the animals came to have their own distinctive sounds. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jason Gay
November 17, 2015

In the 1990s, copies of Richard Carlson’s Don't Sweat the Small Stuff (and its many sequels) were seemingly everywhere, giving readers either the confidence to prioritize their stresses or despondence over the slender volume’s not addressing their particular set of problems. While not the first book of its kind, it kicked open the door for an industry of self-help, worry-reduction advice guides. In his first book, Little Victories, Wall Street Journal sports columnist Gay takes less of a guru approach, though he has drawn an audience of readers appreciative of reportage that balances insights with a droll, self-deprecating outlook. He occasionally focuses his columns on “the Rules” (of Thanksgiving family touch football, the gym, the office holiday party, etc.), which started as a genial poke in the eye at the proliferation of self-help books and, over time, came to explore actual advice “both practical and ridiculous” and “neither perfect nor universal.” The author admirably combines those elements in every piece in the book. View video >