ONE THOUSAND THINGS by Anna Kövecses
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 3, 2015

"Not a radical departure from similar primary-level catalogs but still useful for building both verbal and visual working vocabularies. (Picture book. 1-4)"
Familiar figures and concepts depicted in a simple graphic style invite very young children to catalog and identify many of the items they might encounter in their everyday worlds. Read full book review >
JINGLE BELLS by James Lord Pierpont
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Though the added musical feature is a bit of a gimmick, the beaming bears in their sleigh carry the day. (Picture book. 1-4)"
A jolly, brightly illustrated version of the beloved holiday song has a musical chip built into the cover that plays the tune of "Jingle Bells." Read full book review >

’TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS by Clement C. Moore
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Not an exceptional edition of the poem but an accessible one. (Picture book. 2-6)"
This import from Great Britain features an extra-large format and sweet, soft-focus illustrations in a cheery interpretation of the favorite Christmas poem. Read full book review >
WAITING FOR SANTA by Steve Metzger
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Children who have a hard time waiting for Christmas will enjoy seeing these little animal kindred spirits. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Bear and his friends in the forest make preparations for Santa's arrival on Christmas Eve, but only Bear truly believes Santa will come. Read full book review >
GRANDMA'S CHRISTMAS WISH by Helen Foster James
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Perhaps a little too sweet in tone for some, but most grandmas would love to read this to a grandchild. (Picture book. 2-4)"
A gray grandma bunny expresses her love for her little bunny grandbaby in this sweetly sentimental sequel to Grandma Loves You! (2013). Read full book review >

THE BIG BOOK OF ANIMALS OF THE WORLD by Ole Könnecke
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"This is one to pore over—visually appealing, intellectually satisfying, and fun to boot. (Board book. 2-5)"
This oversized board book highlights both familiar and unusual animals in a variety of habitats. Read full book review >
WALTER'S WHEELS by Noelle Dingeldein
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Young children will be happy to find this feline and his wheels again and again. (Board book. 1-3)"
Things that go, a cat to find, cheerful colors, and slight text make a board book that will engage young readers. Read full book review >
LETTERS ARE FOR LEARNING by Andrew Neyer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"This whimsical presentation of the alphabet is good fun for both toddlers and their adults. (Board book. 2-5)"
This small, square board book offers a scene incorporating animal characters, actions, and miscellaneous items to introduce each letter of the alphabet. Read full book review >
HANUKKAH IS COMING! by Tracy Newman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A joyful and sweet introduction to the holiday. (Board book. 1-4)"
A simple introduction for very young children to some of the ways Hanukkah is celebrated. Read full book review >
CAN YOU WHOO, TOO? by Harriet Ziefert
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Attractive, unusual, and unexpectedly informative. (Informational picture book. 2-6)"
Ziefert and Fatus explore and interpret familiar animal sounds. Read full book review >
WENDELL THE NARWHAL by Emily Dove
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Whether would-be musicians or not, children will find a lot to like in little Wendell. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Teamwork helps a narwhal to participate in an underwater orchestra. Read full book review >
RED CAR, BLUE CAR by Jonathan Litton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Unexceptional in content but at least unusually durable. (Pop-up board book. 1-3)"
A sprightly color rhyme urges toddlers to climb aboard seven pop-up vehicles, from yellow bus to orange rocket. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Vanessa Diffenbaugh
September 1, 2015

Vanessa Diffenbaugh is the New York Timesbestselling author of The Language of Flowers; her new novel, We Never Asked for Wings, is about young love, hard choices, and hope against all odds. For 14 years, Letty Espinosa has worked three jobs around San Francisco to make ends meet while her mother raised her children—Alex, now 15, and Luna, six—in their tiny apartment on a forgotten spit of wetlands near the bay. But now Letty’s parents are returning to Mexico, and Letty must step up and become a mother for the first time in her life. “Diffenbaugh’s latest confirms her gift for creating shrewd, sympathetic charmers,” our reviewer writes. View video >