ANIMAL SOUNDS by Maxine Davenport
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 2, 2015

"Buy where necessary for its cuteness—not for its facts. (Board book. 6 mos.-3)"
One kind of animal per page, one sound per animal, one word per page makes this an easy conversation starter with very young children, though a more accurate title might have been Farm Animal Sounds. Read full book review >
COLORS by Joanna Lake
by Joanna Lake, illustrated by Jess Racklyeft
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 2, 2015

"Though a bit of a bust in the concept department, it's a good way to set the stage for friends like George and Martha, Frog and Toad, and Elephant and Piggie. (Board book. 2-3)"
A new pair of best friends for the board-book crowd is introduced in this Australian import. Read full book review >

SHARK BITE! by Beatrice Costamagna
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 2, 2015

"Though slight, this story has compensatory interactive components and characters that are time-tested kid-pleasers. (Board book. 2-4)"
Poor Mark the shark can't make any friends because all the other fish are frightened of his teeth. Read full book review >
THE BIG BOOK OF HAPPY by Natalie Marshall
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 2, 2015

"A good choice for young listeners not quite ready for plot but willing to spend time with an adult engaging in conversation about ideas. (Board book. 2-4)"
As the title promises, a board book big enough to use at toddler storytimes as well as in a lap. Read full book review >
BUBBLE TROUBLE by Tom Percival
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 2, 2015

"The book treads familiar friendship territory and ends up feeling as insubstantial as, well, a bubble. (Picture book. 2-6)"
How much trouble can a bubble really cause? You'd be surprised. Read full book review >

TO THE SEA by Cale Atkinson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 2, 2015

"A whale's tale that dives deep and surfaces with useful lessons about making, keeping, and helping friends. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Tim finds a whale beached on a street adjacent to his school and vows to help his new friend get back to the sea. Read full book review >
DINOBLOCK by Christopher Franceschelli
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 1, 2015

"The age-appropriate new vocabulary and the clever design will prompt hours of study by aspiring paleontologists; the sturdy construction ensures the book will survive them. (Board book. 2-5)"
At a hefty 96 pages and 2 inches thick, this dinofest will be a challenge for little hands to lift, but the subject matter is sure to intrigue for longer than most board books. Read full book review >
MOVING BLOCKS by Yusuke Yonezu
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 1, 2015

"Millennial parents, and their parents, the grandparents of Generation Alpha, eager to encourage active play and hands-on experiences, will find this offering a pleasing board book to share with toddlers. (Board book. 1-3)"
Colors, shapes, vehicles, and an invitation to play with blocks add up to a bonanza for imaginative toddlers. Read full book review >
COUNTING DOGS by Eric Barclay
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 26, 2015

"A sense of fun, clear, uncluttered design, and construction that should hold up to heavy use make this board book's relatively high price well worth the extra expense. (Board book. 18 mos.-3)"
A book bound in a box, with layered die-cut board pages within, introduces a variety of animals for young children to practice counting. Read full book review >
CARRY AND LEARN NUMBERS by Scholastic Inc.
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 26, 2015

"A sophisticated yet appropriately simple design and appealing illustrations make this one a good choice for caregivers looking to introduce numbers and counting in an entertaining and interactive environment. (Board book. 1-3)"
An interactive book of numbers features numerals one through five and an accompanying cast of zoo animals. Read full book review >
THIS LITTLE PIGGY by Natalie Marshall
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 26, 2015

"An unnecessary adaptation of an old reliable. (Board book. 6-18 mos.)"
The traditional nursery rhyme gets a colorful adaptation. Read full book review >
EDIBLE NUMBERS by Jennifer Vogel Bass
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 26, 2015

"A tasty way for preschoolers to sharpen their counting skills. (Picture book. 2-5)"
This companion to Edible Colors (2014) presents photographs of fruits and vegetables in groups from one to 12. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >