OUT OF SHAPES by Ashley G.
by Ashley G., illustrated by Ashley G.
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Best when used or displayed alongside the blocks, where it might inspire young children to build their own shape-based creations. (Board book. 18 mos.-4)"
The basic shapes—circle (in yellow), triangle (in red), square (in blue), rectangle (in orange)—combine to form easily recognizable objects. Read full book review >
CRITTER COLORS by Ashley G.
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"With so many excellent board books about color on the market, those with limited budgets can safely pass on this pale contribution to the spectrum. (Board book. 18 mos.-4)"
"What can you make out of colors?" is the question posed by this simple board book. Read full book review >

I CAN ROAR! by Frank Asch
by Frank Asch, illustrated by Frank Asch
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"Great for adults and children to share, taking turns playing the parts of various animals. For more fun, have a mirror handy so kids can be delighted by their own transformations. (Board book. 2-4)"
Children can pretend to be many different animals by putting their faces up to the large die-cut hole at the center of this interactive board-book offering. 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 >
TEN PLAYFUL PENGUINS by Emily Ford
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"Leave these penguins on the ice. (Board book. 2-4)"
As the title implies, a counting book set at the zoo. Read full book review >

UNDER THE SLEEPY STARS by Stephanie Shaw
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A sweet selection to help comfort and pacify baby at bedtime. (Board book. 1-3)"
Mama Owl and her baby owlet look down on the forest, watching as the animals settle down for the night. Read full book review >
BOO! by Jonathan Litton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Predictable text, a slight storyline, and cutouts that toddlers will use to turn the pages make this an acceptable introduction to the fun of Halloween. (Board book. 1-3)"
Six bug-eyed, smiling iconic Halloween characters are startled by mysterious shouts of "Boo!" but little ones won't be fazed. Read full book review >
SCRITCH SCRATCH SCRAWW PLOP by Kitty Crowther
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"A sweet treatment of a common theme. (Picture book. 2-6)"
In this French import, a little frog is afraid of nighttime sounds until his parents help him feel safe. Read full book review >
BEAR AND BUNNY by Daniel Pinkwater
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 8, 2015

"Whimsical, pretty, and endearing. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Although close friends Bear and Bunny live independently, they decide to acquire a pet together. 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 >
THE SANTA SHIMMY by Christianne Jones
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"An agreeably active Christmas read. (Board book. 1-3)"
A little tyke dances with old Saint Nick. 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 >