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
H.W. Brands
October 11, 2016

As noted historian H.W. Brands reveals in his new book The General vs. the President: MacArthur and Truman at the Brink of Nuclear War, at the height of the Korean War, President Harry S. Truman committed a gaffe that sent shock waves around the world. When asked by a reporter about the possible use of atomic weapons in response to China's entry into the war, Truman replied testily, "The military commander in the field will have charge of the use of the weapons, as he always has." This suggested that General Douglas MacArthur, the willful, fearless, and highly decorated commander of the American and U.N. forces, had his finger on the nuclear trigger. A correction quickly followed, but the damage was done; two visions for America's path forward were clearly in opposition, and one man would have to make way. Truman was one of the most unpopular presidents in American history. General MacArthur, by contrast, was incredibly popular, as untouchable as any officer has ever been in America. The contest of wills between these two titanic characters unfolds against the turbulent backdrop of a faraway war and terrors conjured at home by Joseph McCarthy. “An exciting, well-written comparison study of two American leaders at loggerheads during the Korean War crisis,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >