MORE BLUEBERRIES! by Susan Musgrave
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"A little monomaniacal, but a great read-aloud that supports both vocabulary building and phonemic awareness. (Board book. 6 mos -2)"
Two siblings overindulge in the titular fruit. Read full book review >
RUN, RUN PIGLET by Betty Ann Schwartz
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"The brief, simple storyline and built-in participation will make this one a treat for busy tots. (Board book. 2-4)"
This interactive offering asks readers to help Piglet find a favorite mud puddle. Read full book review >

BATHTIME by Courtney Dicmas
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"Perfectly sweet. (Board book. 6-12 mos.)"
Animals and their youngsters enjoy a squeaky-clean time. Read full book review >
SNOW by Carol Thompson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"Perfect for toting along to the park, no matter what the weather. (Board book. 6 mos.-2)"
Limited, clear text and matching illustrations are the highlights of this offering for active toddlers. Read full book review >
ANIMAL HOMES by Maxine Davenport
Released: March 1, 2015

"A useful, sturdy conversation starter between caregivers and children. (Board book. 6 mos.-3)"
Sweet pastel colors and cheery images across five double-page spreads introduce various animal habitats to young children. Read full book review >

SPECTACULAR SPOTS by Susan Stockdale
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"Despite a blotch or two, a spot-on animal gallery for budding naturalists. (Informational picture book. 2-6)"
In this companion to the animal gallery in Stripes of All Types (2013), Stockdale focuses her spotlight.Read full book review >
STANLEY THE FARMER by William Bee
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"Steady and bright, this will appeal to toddlers looking for comfort, not thrills. (Picture book. 2-4)"
A cartoonlike hamster named Stanley and two other small mammals demonstrate the steps used to plant, maintain and harvest wheat at a typical commercial farm. Read full book review >
BABY PARTY by Rebecca O'Connell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"Light but sweet. (Picture book. 1-3)"
A party of rosy-cheeked, bigheaded, ethnically diverse babies encourages baby readers to clap and identify shapes. Read full book review >
SHOW ME HAPPY by Kathryn Madeline Allen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"A nice addition to the bookshelves of day care centers, preschools and families with young children. (Picture book. 1-4)"
Rhyming text in large print accompanies colorful photographs of children of different ethnic backgrounds, all engaged in the enjoyment of life. Read full book review >
PLEASE by Patricia Hegarty
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"Though a lack of clarity and coherence in Please sabotages the intended lesson, at least Thank You is a solid choice for teaching toddlers to express gratitude. (Board book. 6 mos.-3)"
This board book featuring a finger puppet focuses on teaching tots to say "please." Read full book review >
THE ITSY BITSY SPIDER AND FRIENDS by Samantha Meredith
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"Any small irritations will not bother the intended audience—very young children who need a sturdy collection of nursery rhymes that can be handled and read again and again. (Board book. 2-4)"
A first introduction to some of the best-known nursery rhymes, some shortened to fit the format. Read full book review >
MESSY JESSE by Paula Bowles
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"A lighthearted story that toddlers will relate to. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A picture book about the joys of messy play. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >