Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"An eminently child-friendly treatment of the devastation that follows disaster. (author's note) (Picture book. 3-7)"
In this testament to resiliency and kindness during natural disasters, the Japanese boy Kenta's soccer ball is swept away by a tsunami and eventually returned by a child living across the Pacific Ocean. Read full book review >
THE LONG, LONG LINE by Tomoko Ohmura
Released: Aug. 15, 2013

"It's a whale of a fun ride! (Picture book. 4-7)"
If the line is long, there's bound to be something good at the end, right? Read full book review >

NO FITS, NILSON! by Zachariah OHora
Released: June 13, 2013

"Foot-stomping fit pitchers will take multiple timeouts for this amusing modern fable. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Amelia helps a 9-foot blue gorilla named Nilson avoid tantrums by repeatedly reminding him, "No fits, Nilson!" Read full book review >
RIFKA TAKES A BOW by Betty Rosenberg Perlov
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"Unusual and unabashedly charming. (afterword) (Picture book. 5-9)"
Rifka accidentally finds herself onstage in a Yiddish theater production and speaks her first lines as an actress: "Piff-Paff! Not to worry." Read full book review >
BLUFFTON by Matt Phelan
Released: July 23, 2013

"Thrilling—a spirited, poignant coming-of-age vignette and an intriguing window into a little-known chapter in vaudeville history. (art not seen in full color) (author's note) (Graphic historical fiction. 9-12)"
In this winsome, sparely spun graphic novel by Phelan (The Storm in the Barn, 2011), Henry Harrison gets a tantalizing taste of the outside world when a young Buster Keaton and more vacationing vaudevillians tumble into his small Michigan town. Read full book review >

THE TORTOISE & THE HARE by Jerry Pinkney
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"A captivating winner—start to finish! (artist's note, design notes) (Picture book/folk tale. 3-6)"
With luminous mixed media pictures, a short, carefully meted-out text and a Southwestern U.S. setting, Pinkney (The Lion and the Mouse, 2009) takes on another of Aesop's fables—marvelously. Read full book review >
ROBOT, GO BOT! by Dana Meachen Rau
Released: June 25, 2013

"A straightforward tale of conflict and reconciliation for newly emergent readers? Not exactly, which raises it above the rest. (Easy reader. 4-6)"
In this deceptively spare, very beginning reader, a girl assembles a robot and then treats it like a slave until it goes on strike. Read full book review >
SUGAR by Jewell Parker Rhodes
Released: May 7, 2013

"A magical story of hope from Coretta Scott King Honor winner Rhodes. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
Rhodes' book elegantly chronicles the hope of one 10-year-old girl seeking a bigger world in post-Civil War America. Read full book review >