THE WAY HOME LOOKS NOW by Wendy Wan-Long Shang
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 28, 2015

"This is a fine story of family, loss, growing up and learning to play baseball, raised to a higher level by gracefully incorporated themes of feminism and kindness. (Historical fiction. 9-13)"
Twelve-year-old Peter Lee hopes that baseball might help his grieving mother regain a measure of interest and happiness in life. Read full book review >
GROUNDED by Megan Morrison
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 28, 2015

"Readers will be eager for more episodes of the intrepid team of Rapunzel and Jack. (map) (Fantasy. 10-14)"
"Stop calling her that witch. She's Witch," Rapunzel insists; she enjoys her easy life in a tower—and Witch's frequent, apparently loving, visits—until Jack Beanstalker tricks Rapunzel into leaving. Read full book review >

ENORMOUS SMALLNESS by Matthew Burgess
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 28, 2015

"An eminently friendly introduction to both the poet and his spirit—deceptively simple, just like its subject. (Picture book/biography. 6-10)"
A picture-book biography of the poet, with appropriately quirky multimedia illustrations. Read full book review >
3, 2, 1, GO! by Emily Arnold McCully
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2015

"A sure hit. (Early reader. 3-8)"
In the newest of her early readers, McCully (Little Ducks Go, 2014) nails a common childhood scenario: a twosome is playing school and won't let a third play. Read full book review >
GOOD NIGHT, KNIGHT  by Betsy Lewin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2015

"Clear text, amusing illustrations, and a captivating easy-to-read story make this a winner for horse-loving emerging readers. (Early reader. 4-6)"
Knight and Horse follow their dreams— literally. Read full book review >

THE COWBOY by Hildegard Müller
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2015

"It's rare to find a real story in a book that brand-new readers can tackle alone—Anna and Toto and the cowboy certainly deliver. (Early reader. 3-5)"
In this German import, Little Anna and her dog have an adventure at the beach. Read full book review >
BY TROLLEY PAST THIMBLEDON BRIDGE by Ashley Bryan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2015

"Bileck and Bryan capture the stuff of dreams in this mesmerizing and multifaceted pageant. (contributors' notes) (Picture book. 5-9)"
With echoes of Lear and Stevenson, this journey into the land of dreams pairs a detailed Old World setting with a pulsing four-beat rhythm to pull readers into its magical realm. Read full book review >
HUNGRY COYOTE by Cheryl Blackford
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2015

"A beautiful tribute to a much-maligned animal with which we share our world. (Informational picture book. 3-7)"
We share our cities with coyotes. Read full book review >
OTTER IN SPACE by Sam Garton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 5, 2015

"Lively, giggle-producing proof that imaginative play is just as good as getting to the moon. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Having previously opened a toast restaurant (I Am Otter, 2014), an otter ups the ante and shoots for the moon.Read full book review >
WHEREVER YOU GO by Pat Zietlow Miller
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 5, 2015

"At the mountain's summit, young readers will glow with the understanding that roads connect more than places—and the assurance they can retrace this reading journey nightly. (Picture book. 3-8)"
A rabbit's cross-country bike excursion introduces the open road, its free-wheeling, giddy freedom, and its role in connecting travelers to an ever changing landscape of new friends and communities. Read full book review >
BULLDOZER'S BIG DAY by Candace Fleming
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 5, 2015

"A winning addition to the construction-vehicle shelf. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Bulldozer feels forgotten on his birthday, until a surprise brightens his day. Read full book review >
LITTLE KUNOICHI, THE NINJA GIRL by Sanae Ishida
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 5, 2015

"Stunning artwork, full of warmth and pizazz, presents a lovable heroine who will win hearts with her perseverance and humor. (Picture book. 3-7)"
For Little Kunoichi, ninja school is hard, but with practice, friendship, and humor, she flies high at the Island Festival. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >