THE LIZARD'S TAIL by Shobha Viswanath
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 16, 2014

"Geckos are neither so common nor so freighted with superstition in North America as they are in parts of Asia, but they are familiar and pleasing enough to make this an ideal choice for sharing with preschoolers. (Picture book. 3-6)"
When part of a baby lizard's tail is chopped off when it's caught in a drawer, he searches for the "new look" his mother promises him. Read full book review >
JAKE AT GYMNASTICS by Rachel Isadora
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 12, 2014

"Readers will no doubt want to get down on the floor and do some gymnastics of their own. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Jake and his friends love to stretch, hop like frogs, crawl, jump and tumble in their gymnastics class. Read full book review >

THANK YOU, OCTOPUS by Darren Farrell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 12, 2014

"A terrific read-aloud; each repeat visit will ensure gleeful participation, as readers practice both tone and volume. A maritime—and bedtime—delight. (Picture book. 3-6)"
When a well-meaning octopus helps his buddy to bed, silliness ensues. Read full book review >
DREAMWOOD by Heather Mackey
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 12, 2014

"A stunning debut with equal parts originality and heart. (Fantasy. 8-13)"
An original fantasy for middle-grade readers plaits together science, the supernatural and deep ecology. Read full book review >
ABSOLUTELY ALMOST by Lisa Graff
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 12, 2014

"Achingly superb, Albie's story shines. (Fiction. 8-12)"
In a tale about not being good enough, Graff introduces readers to a young hero who struggles to measure up. Read full book review >

LITTLE GREEN MEN AT THE MERCURY INN by Greg Leitich Smith
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 10, 2014

"A close encounter that fails to engage. (Science fiction. 8-12)"
Twelve-year-old Aidan's life at his family's motel gets a whole lot more interesting when aliens arrive. Read full book review >
FRED'S BEDS by Barbara Samuels
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 10, 2014

"Clever and charming. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Fred the beagle loves to nap, and he can sleep anywhere—in a shopping bag or a pile of old newspapers or a slightly soggy bath towel. But even he can't nap through a noisy birthday party. Read full book review >
MOGIE by Kathi Appelt
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 10, 2014

"Mogie's one good dog, and readers will be awfully glad they've met him. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-8)"
Mogie finds his purpose in this true story about the Houston Ronald McDonald House. Read full book review >
MEANIEHEAD by Bruce Eric Kaplan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 10, 2014

"While most children will be able to relate to the raw frustration that Kaplan so effectively captures, it will take sophisticated readers who are familiar with dark humor to enjoy this over-the-top fable about the consequences of unfettered will. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Henry and Eve, the constant complainers from Monsters Eat Whiny Children (2010), are going through a "new, terrible phase." Read full book review >
QUINNY & HOPPER by Adriana Brad Schanen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 10, 2014

"This endearing story about true friendship should appeal equally to boys and girls. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Two 8-year-olds with opposite temperaments and personalities make friends. Read full book review >
MY NEW FRIEND IS SO FUN! by Mo Willems
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 3, 2014

"Everything that readers have come to love about the Elephant & Piggie books is present—masterful pacing, easy-to-follow, color-coded speech bubbles, hilarious body language—except an emotionally satisfying ending. (Early reader. 6-8)"
Can Gerald and Piggie's friendship withstand the friendly overtures of Brian Bat? Read full book review >
NATIONAL WILDLIFE FEDERATION'S WORLD OF BIRDS by Kim Kurki
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 3, 2014

"Nevertheless, Kurki's attractive and colorful illustrations and the wealth of information in this unusual bird book will encourage children to observe the birds around them, whichever continent they may inhabit. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
This introductory guide is a smorgasbord of information about the more common species of birds. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Diana Gabaldon
July 21, 2014

Diana Gabaldon was crossing genres in her action-flled Outlander series long before that was considered cool. We talk to Gabaldon about her latest in the series, Written in My Own Heart's Blood, this week on Kirkus TV. View video >