ON A MAGICAL DO-NOTHING DAY by Beatrice Alemagna
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"An effective argument for unplugged exploration, submitted through startlingly beautiful words and pictures. (Picture book. 6-12)"
Depressed by another rainy weekend in the country cabin, a shaggy-haired, bespectacled, white child wallows on the sofa, numbing malaise with a hand-held video game. Read full book review >
CROWN by Derrick Barnes
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"One of the best reads for young black boys in years, it should be in every library, media center, and, yes, barbershop. (Picture book. 5-12)"
Safe to say, there's nothing like the feeling of the fresh cut. You feel so extra visible with a fresh new cut, and this book built from that experience translates it in a way never before brought to the children's bookshelf. Read full book review >

OPPOSITE SURPRISE by Agnese Baruzzi
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2017

"This deceptively simple concept book is the opposite of confusing. (Board book. 1-3)"
A guessing game about opposites in a cleverly designed board book that epitomizes the maxim "show, don't tell." Read full book review >
FAR APART, CLOSE IN HEART by Becky Birtha
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 7, 2017

"With more than 2.7 million American children experiencing the incarceration of a parent, this book is a necessary one. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The subtitle of this picture book says it all. Read full book review >
WHERE'S RODNEY? by Carmen Bogan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 7, 2017

"Combining the amazement offered by the natural world with an unconventional and poignant dose of social commentary, this story gives more to its readers than what meets the eye. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Can-never-sit-still Rodney really wants to be outside, but it seems the world conspires against his urges—but now, Rodney finally makes it outside, "more outside than [he's] ever been before." Read full book review >

WHY AM I ME? by Paige Britt
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"A mindful, captivating ode to wonder and a must for any story- or bedtime repertoire. (Picture book. 4-9)"
Two children think about some big questions in Britt, Qualls, and Alko's quiet picture book. Read full book review >
LESSER SPOTTED ANIMALS by Martin Brown
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"This ambitious nonfiction picture book uncovering extraordinary, rarely spotlighted creatures is both informative and funny—quite a feat. (glossary, key) (Informational picture book. 7-10)"
Meet the numbat, fairy armadillo, zorilla, banded linsang, hirola, and a world of lesser-known animals. Read full book review >
WALK WITH ME by Jairo Buitrago
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 14, 2017

"Emotionally resonant in the loveliest of ways. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A lion accompanies a child on a walk home during a day in the city in this wistful tale of parental absence. Read full book review >