THE UNDEFEATED by Kwame Alexander
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 2, 2019

"An incredible connector text for young readers eager to graduate to weighty conversations about our yesterday, our now, and our tomorrow. (Picture book/poetry. 6-12)"
Past and present are quilted together in this innovative overview of black Americans' triumphs and challenges in the United States. Read full book review >
HOW TO READ A BOOK by Kwame Alexander
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 18, 2019

"New readers will be eager to follow such unconventional instructions, and experienced readers will recognize every single step. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A linguistic and visual feast awaits in Alexander and Sweet's debut collaboration. Read full book review >

B IS FOR BABY by Atinuke
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 12, 2019

"Atinuke has bottled the delightful energy of the Anna Hibiscus books and poured it into this treat for younger readers. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A circular tale of family love with visual rewards for sharp-eyed listeners. Read full book review >
WAIT, REST, PAUSE by Marcie Flinchum Atkins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 3, 2019

"A refreshingly original exploration of a physical process both common and important in the natural world. (further reading, photo acknowledgments) (Informational picture book. 4-9)"
Plants and animals have many different ways to enter dormancy, using minimal energy when weather extremes or seasonal changes require a pause. Read full book review >
THE KING OF KINDERGARTEN by Derrick Barnes
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 2, 2019

"Necessary nourishment, infectiously joyous. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Newbery honoree Barnes (Crown, illustrated by Gordon C. James, 2017) shows a black boy what to expect on his first day as "king" of kindergarten. Read full book review >

THE IMPORTANT THING ABOUT MARGARET WISE BROWN by Mac Barnett
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 21, 2019

"A runaway success. (Picture book/biography. 5-adult)"
The important thing about this review is to say this picture book is great. Read full book review >
SUMMER by Cao Wenxuan
Kirkus Star
by Cao Wenxuan, illustrated by Yu Rong, translated by Yan Ding, adapted by Erin Stein
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 7, 2019

"Children will return often to enjoy the interactive opportunities and the harmony that prevails. (Picture book. 3-6)"
In the spirit of Aesop, the 2016 Hans Christian Andersen winner weaves an animal fable set in the grasslands. Read full book review >
TITANOSAUR by José Luis Carballido
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 26, 2019

"Everyone who reads this case study in paleontology's methods and awesome rewards will want to grow up to be a dinosaur scientist. (jacket poster) (Informational picture book. 6-9)"
Argentine scientists involved in the actual dig describe one of modern paleontology's most titanic discoveries. Read full book review >