MOMMY GO AWAY! by Lynne Jonell
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 13, 1997

"A highly original book that will strike a chord in every child's experience, and one that parents will enjoy immensely. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Jonell turns the tables on parental authority and childlike obedience in a terrific story of a boy and his mother. ``Pick up your blocks,'' ``No more T.V.,'' and ``Time for your bath'' are the phrases that set off a small boy's protests. Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Turns out they've brought the cake in this wonderful variation on the nursery rhyme that for once will frighten no one away. (Picture book. 2-6)"
When little Miss Muffet plunks down on her tuffet, the spider she sees is actually the first guest to arrive for her surprise birthday party. Read full book review >

WHOEVER YOU ARE by Mem Fox
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"An essential book that acknowledges in the simplest of terms our common humanity. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A one-world, "we-are-all-the-same-under-the-skin" message for the very young from Fox (The Straight Line Wonder, p. 1388, etc.). Read full book review >
HALLOWEEN DAY by Anne Rockwell
FICTION
Released: Sept. 30, 1997

"Some readers will think it's a real stretch that the children don't recognize their teacher in costume; repeat visits to this book will probably depend on the appeal of the snappy artwork. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A story about Mrs. Madoff's ten schoolchildren, all decked out in their Halloween costumes. Read full book review >
A LOT OF OTTERS by Barbara Helen Berger
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 22, 1997

"Themes of independence, separation, and reunion are all given play in a book in which sweet otters act like children and look like expertly drafted, favorite stuffed animals, floating and dozing off at the end. (Picture book. 2-6)"
The title may give the impression that this is a counting book; instead, Berger (The Jewel Heart, 1994, etc.) presents an exquisitely composed and tender fantasy, melding text and pictures so well that one could not exist without the other. Read full book review >

MICE SQUEAK, WE SPEAK by Arnold L. Shapiro
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 22, 1997

"So why is Shapiro not given credit up front? (Picture book. 2-6)"
Although Shapiro's name does not appear on the jacket, it is his elemental and immediate poem about animalsincluding humansand the sounds they make that is set to dePaola's handsome illustrations. Read full book review >
GOOD NIGHT, MR. NIGHT by Dan Yaccarino
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"The story would be lonely without these pictures, and takes on poignancy because of them; parents who work the lobster shift will find special meaning in these pages. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Yaccarino (If I Had a Robot, 1996, etc.) personifies the night sky as a starlit man in a bowler hat who brushes past the trees, closing flowers and calming seas in preparation for the arrival of night and a young boy's bedtime. Mr. Night closes the boy's eyes and whispers dreams; as the sun comes up, he grows tired, ``lies down just over the hill and drifts off to sleep.'' Simple forms and Matisse-like colors match the innocence of the story, told in a series of simple lines. Read full book review >
FLANNEL KISSES by Linda Crotta Brennan
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Alternately frolicsome and homey, this is pleasant, but without the simple wonder found in Ezra Jack Keats's wintry classic, The Snowy Day (1963), as Peter drags a stick through the snow. (Picture book. 2-4)"
A rhyming poem for the very young contrasts the warmth of indoor meals and clothing with the snowy arena of outdoor play. Read full book review >
MY POP-UP SURPRISE ABC by Robert Crowther
ABC BOOKS
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"The pictures are bright and alive with bugs, kids, and pets, and readers who enjoy a hunt can track the little robot on every page. (Pop-up. 2-6)"
A tiny robot guides readers through this inventive pop-up alphabet book, by peeking around corners, popping up over pull- tabs, and materializing behind closed doors. Read full book review >
SLEEP SAFE, LITTLE WHALE by Miriam Schlein
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"On the reverse side of the fold-out pages is a long map where children—if they haven't already fallen asleep—can pick out the sleeping creatures in their habitats. (Board book. 2-6)"
An elongated lullaby—pages that unfold, concertina-style, into a look at dreaming animals from around the globe. Read full book review >
WALKING THROUGH THE JUNGLE by Debbie  Harter
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"A simple, enjoyable environmental romp. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Harter sets her young character trooping through various habitats, chanting as she goes: ``Walking through the jungle,/Walking through the jungle,/What do you see?/What do you see?'' Readers soon come to understand that each place harbors a creature that might be a threat: ``I think I see a lion,/Chasing after me,/Chasing after me.'' All the animals—from blowfish to Dall sheep to Arctic foxes—are rendered in fantastical colors. Read full book review >
TIME TO SLEEP by Denise Fleming
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"A perfect fit for the audience. (Picture book. 2-7)"
A well-wrought bedtime book from Fleming (Where Once There Was a Wood, 1996, etc.), who sends little ones cheerfully off to their dreams. 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 >