AYOBAMI AND THE NAMES OF THE ANIMALS by Pilar López Ávila
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2018

"A marvelous tale of one girl's passion for reading, writing, and learning. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Sandwiched between endpapers of yellow-lined paper showing the upper- and lowercase cursive alphabet, this quiet story shouts the pricelessness of literacy. Read full book review >
JULIÁN IS A MERMAID by Jessica Love
Released: May 22, 2018

"Though it could easily feel preachy, this charmingly subversive tale instead offers a simple yet powerful story of the importance of being seen and affirmed. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Julián knows he's a mermaid. Read full book review >

A STORYTELLING OF RAVENS by Kyle Lukoff
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2018

"Offbeat nonsense humor of the highest order: not to be missed. (Picture book. 3-8)
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A menagerie of common creatures portrayed in uncommon ways. Read full book review >
WHEN ANGELS SING by Michael Mahin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 4, 2018

"A musical journey perfectly aimed at young readers' excitement to know what they will be. (author's note, bibliography, discography) (Picture book/biography. 6-11)"
From the three-way scrimmage among his great-aunt, his father, and his mother for the right to name him—his mother won—to his growth as a musician, Carlos yearns to hear the song of angels. Read full book review >
WHO WILL BELL THE CAT? by Patricia C. McKissack
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 10, 2018

"A lovely posthumous gift that will undoubtedly draw readers into the prolific author's body of work. (Picture book. 4-7)"
The mice in the barn have a cat problem and must rely on their own wits to solve it. Read full book review >

DREAMERS by Yuyi Morales
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 4, 2018

"A resplendent masterpiece. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-8)"
Based on her experience of leaving Mexico for the United States, Morales' latest offers an immigrant's tale steeped in hope, dreams, and love. Read full book review >
PEEK-A-WHO? by Elsa Mroziewicz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2018

"Caregivers will flip over the innovative flaps, warm animal art, and opportunities to interact with little listeners. (Board book. 6 mos.-3)"
Just when you thought it couldn't be done, there's a new twist—ahem, fold—on a classic guessing game! Read the clues, then open triangular flaps to see animals hidden beneath. Read full book review >
ANIMAL SHAPES by Christopher Silas Neal
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 27, 2018

"Innovative and thoroughly enjoyable. (Board book. 2-4)"
You think you know shapes? Animals? Blend them together, and you might see them both a little differently! Read full book review >