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 >

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 >
Kirkus Interview
Ace Atkins
June 2, 2015

P.I. Spenser, knight-errant of the Back Bay, returns in Kickback, the latest in the iconic New York Times–bestselling series from author Ace Atkins. What started out as a joke landed 17-year-old Dillon Yates in a lockdown juvenile facility in Boston Harbor. When he set up a prank Twitter account for his vice principal, he never dreamed he could be brought up on criminal charges, but that’s exactly what happened. This is Blackburn, Massachusetts, where zero tolerance for minors is a way of life. Leading the movement is tough-as-nails Judge Joe Scali, who gives speeches about getting tough on today’s wild youth. But Dillon’s mother, who knows other Blackburn kids who are doing hard time for minor infractions, isn’t buying Scali’s line. She hires Spenser to find the truth behind the draconian sentencing. “It’s great to see Spenser tackle a social evil with its roots in real life,” our reviewer writes. View video >