TOUCH THE BRIGHTEST STAR by Christie Matheson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 26, 2015

"A delightful bedtime book that encourages both imaginative play and restorative rest. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A nocturnal companion to Matheson's Tap the Magic Tree (2013), this interactive picture book illuminates nighttime's wonders while shepherding readers toward sleep. Read full book review >
CATERINA AND THE BEST BEACH DAY by Erin Eitter Kono
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 19, 2015

"Children will especially appreciate seeing their wisdom validated in this sweet mother-son outing. (Picture book. 2-4)"
In this variation on a well-trodden theme, mother barn owl Caterina takes her son Leo to the beach. Read full book review >

YELLOW COPTER by Kersten Hamilton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 19, 2015

"A good choice for young transportation lovers. (Picture book. 2-4)"
A rhyming picture book about a yellow rescue helicopter geared toward toddlers. Read full book review >
DAYLIGHT STARLIGHT WILDLIFE by Wendell Minor
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 19, 2015

"For storytime or laptime, another beautiful rendition of the natural world. (Picture book. 2-7)"
An album of contrasts introduces diurnal and nocturnal animals. Read full book review >
NOSE TO TOES, YOU ARE YUMMY! by Tim Harrington
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 19, 2015

"A nifty way to get preschoolers up and moving, made even more effective by the accompanying music (available for download from the publisher). (Picture book. 2-4)"
Indie rock musician and author/illustrator Harrington appropriately combines his musical and artistic skills in this creative take on such music and movement games as "Head and Shoulders, Knees and Toes." Read full book review >

ITTY BITTY KITTY by Joan Holub
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 19, 2015

"Even the most avid cat lovers may feel like giving this a miss. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Itty Bitty is one large kitty. Read full book review >
ALWAYS TWINS by Teri Weidner
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 15, 2015

"Although obviously fitting for twins, the story's themes can easily apply to other siblings and friends as well. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Being twins isn't all it's quacked up to be for two duckling siblings. Read full book review >
DRIVE by Kellen Hatanaka
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 12, 2015

"A fine showcase for the illustrator's talents, but a thin entry in a crowded field. (Picture book. 2-4)"
One-word captions (and two short phrases) point out opposites of diverse sorts on a road trip through town and countryside. Read full book review >
THE TORTOISE AND THE HARE by Alison Ritchie
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 12, 2015

"The sophisticated graphics lack the warmth and variety needed to justify yet another rendering of this oft-told fable. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Flat graphic images in pastel colors reinterpret the well-known tale. Read full book review >
TROTO AND THE TRUCKS by Uri Shulevitz
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 12, 2015

"A winner. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Slow and steady wins the race. Read full book review >
BEAR COUNTS by Karma Wilson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 12, 2015

"Bear's fans may get practice counting the number of times they ask for this again. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Having tackled one concept in Bear Sees Colors (2014), Bear and his charming woodland friends now address the numbers from one through five. Read full book review >
IF YOU SEE A COW by Ana Larranaga
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 5, 2015

"A bright and worthy addition to the board-book stack. (Board book. 1-3)"
Little ones learn how to greet animals. 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 >