KAYLA AND KUGEL by Ann D. Koffsky
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 3, 2015

"This upbeat explication should prove both entertaining and instructive. (Picture book/religion. 2-4)"
Kayla sets the table for Shabbat while she manages to avert numerous mishaps caused by her overeager assistant, the mischievous puppy Kugel. Read full book review >
PLAYTIME by Fiona Lee
by Fiona Lee, illustrated by Fiona Lee
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"Skip. (Board book. 6 mos.-2)"
Seven classic finger rhymes and songs form the text of this board book. Read full book review >

GOLDILOCKS: A POP-UP BOOK by John O'Leary
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"A long way from 'just right.' (Pop-up folk tale. 2-4)"
The familiar tale is pressed into service as a vehicle for introducing colors. Read full book review >
IN THE SAVANNAH by Ella Bailey
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"A sweet ecosystem introduction for preschoolers, the first of a promising series. (Picture book. 2-5)"
The African savanna, home of a tiny lion cub, is full of intriguing wildlife. Read full book review >
BUSY LITTLE DINOSAURS by Betty Schwartz
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"With so many wonderful ABC books out there, it's safe to skip this ambitious but ultimately disappointing effort. (Board book. 2-5)"
This interactive alphabet book describes a dinosaur day at school. Read full book review >

WHERE ARE YOU, BLUE? by Sonali Fry
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 28, 2015

"Utterly charming. (Board book. 2-3)"
All the Dots in Dot Town gather for a swell meal, but one of their number is missing. Read full book review >
I PLAY by David McPhail
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 28, 2015

"Despite the brevity of the text, the humor embedded in the illustrations will engage even adults, who will doubtless be asked to 'read it again.' (Board book. 1-3)"
Find a baby and play together with this board book geared to the attention spans of very young children. Read full book review >
SPOOKY POOKIE by Sandra Boynton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 7, 2015

"A pleasant holiday spent with a perfectly charming character. (Board book. 1-3)"
One of Boynton's signature characters celebrates Halloween. Read full book review >
TEN MONSTERS IN THE BED by Katie Cotton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 7, 2015

"A distinct change of pace from the cute clucks and oinks of Noisy Farm (2013) and like sound-makers. (Picture book/novelty. 2-6)"
Setting new standards for gross sound effects, 10 monsters snore, scream, scratch, hiccup, belch, or worse as they tumble one by one out of an overcrowded bunk bed. Read full book review >
FALL IS HERE! by Frankie Jones
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 7, 2015

"Use this simple, effective title with its companion or pair it with other seasonal offerings to explore autumn with babies and toddlers. (Board book. 6 mos-2) "
A brief introduction to the signature components of fall in temperate climates as discovered by a puppy, kitty, and squirrel. Read full book review >
COLORS by Virginie Graire
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 7, 2015

"Though it is flawed, there is enough in this book to engage and entertain both babies and their adult readers. (Board book. 6 mos.-2)"
A concept board book introduces little ones to colors. Read full book review >
JANE FOSTER'S 123 by Jane Foster
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 7, 2015

"A fetching and effective introduction to the world of numbers. (Board book. 3 mos.-2)"
A simple and stylish counting book. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sabaa Tahir
August 4, 2015

Sabaa Tahir’s novel An Ember in the Ashes reveals a world inspired by ancient Rome and defined by brutality. Seventeen-year-old Laia has grown up with one rule for survival: Never challenge the Empire. But when Laia’s brother Darin is arrested for treason, she leaves behind everything she knows, risking her life to try and save him. She enlists help from the rebels whose extensive underground network may lead to Darin. Their help comes with a price, though. Laia must infiltrate the Empire’s greatest military academy as a spy. Elias is the Empire’s finest soldier—and its most unwilling one. Thrown together by chance and united by their hatred of the Empire, Laia and Elias will soon discover that their fates are intertwined—and that their choices may change the destiny of the entire Empire. We talk to An Ember in the Ashes author Sabaa Tahir this week on Kirkus TV. View video >