HOLD THIS! by Carolyn Cory Scoppettone
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"A sweet celebration of sharing in the outdoors. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A toddler and her dad take a walk in the woods, where there is much to behold and to hold. Read full book review >
A GREAT BIG CUDDLE by Michael Rosen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"Despite (or perhaps because of) the odd bits, this book successfully celebrates the private, gleeful, imaginative world of toddlers. (Picture book/poetry. 1-5)"
Short poems and accompanying illustrations make up this word-format poetry anthology for little ones. Read full book review >

TRUCKS by Sara Gillingham
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"Young readers will enjoy looking at the book and spinning the face, either independently or with their adult readers. (Board book. 2-4)"
A transportation book for the youngest ones. Read full book review >
HOOT! HOOT! by Nosy Crow
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"An excellent read for babies beginning to develop their voices. (Board book. 1-3)"
Little ones learn to mimic the music of the night. Read full book review >
WHERE ARE YOU, BLUE? by Sonali Fry
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 28, 2015

"Utterly charming. (Board book. 2-3)"
All the Dots in Dot Town gather for a swell meal, but one of their number is missing. Read full book review >

SPOOKY POOKIE by Sandra Boynton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 7, 2015

"A pleasant holiday spent with a perfectly charming character. (Board book. 1-3)"
One of Boynton's signature characters celebrates Halloween. Read full book review >
COLORS by Susan Steggall
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"Aside from the spinnable color wheel insert at the end of the book, there is little here to hold the attention of even the most digger-crazy toddler. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Another contribution to the crowded field of big-truck picture books, with a focus on color. Read full book review >
IN THE FOREST by Jonathan Litton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A solid read for little ones who crave the outdoors. (Board book. 2-5)"
A traipse through the woods is filled with surprises. Read full book review >
GLOBAL BABY BEDTIMES by Global Fund for Children
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Sweet, tender, and positive; perfect for sharing with the newest world citizens. (Board book. 3 mos.-3)"
The universality of the most basic human need—sleep—is touchingly illustrated with ahh-inspiring photos. Read full book review >
COUNTING ON COMMUNITY by Innosanto Nagara
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"Ideal for any community where children count. (Board book. 2-5)"
A difficult concept is simply and strikingly illustrated for the very youngest members of any community, with a counting exercise to boot. Read full book review >
HANUKKAH IS COMING! by Tracy Newman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A joyful and sweet introduction to the holiday. (Board book. 1-4)"
A simple introduction for very young children to some of the ways Hanukkah is celebrated. Read full book review >
PUSSYCAT, PUSSYCAT by Mies van Hout
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"Lighthearted fun with a warm, musical touch. (Picture book/poetry. 2-6)"
Colorful illustrations and simple nursery rhymes with an accompanying audio CD make up this picture book. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sabaa Tahir
August 4, 2015

Sabaa Tahir’s novel An Ember in the Ashes reveals a world inspired by ancient Rome and defined by brutality. Seventeen-year-old Laia has grown up with one rule for survival: Never challenge the Empire. But when Laia’s brother Darin is arrested for treason, she leaves behind everything she knows, risking her life to try and save him. She enlists help from the rebels whose extensive underground network may lead to Darin. Their help comes with a price, though. Laia must infiltrate the Empire’s greatest military academy as a spy. Elias is the Empire’s finest soldier—and its most unwilling one. Thrown together by chance and united by their hatred of the Empire, Laia and Elias will soon discover that their fates are intertwined—and that their choices may change the destiny of the entire Empire. We talk to An Ember in the Ashes author Sabaa Tahir this week on Kirkus TV. View video >