COLORS by Joanna Lake
by Joanna Lake, illustrated by Jess Racklyeft
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 2, 2015

"Though a bit of a bust in the concept department, it's a good way to set the stage for friends like George and Martha, Frog and Toad, and Elephant and Piggie. (Board book. 2-3)"
A new pair of best friends for the board-book crowd is introduced in this Australian import. Read full book review >
SHARK BITE! by Beatrice Costamagna
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 2, 2015

"Though slight, this story has compensatory interactive components and characters that are time-tested kid-pleasers. (Board book. 2-4)"
Poor Mark the shark can't make any friends because all the other fish are frightened of his teeth. Read full book review >

THE BIG BOOK OF HAPPY by Natalie Marshall
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 2, 2015

"A good choice for young listeners not quite ready for plot but willing to spend time with an adult engaging in conversation about ideas. (Board book. 2-4)"
As the title promises, a board book big enough to use at toddler storytimes as well as in a lap. Read full book review >
BUBBLE TROUBLE by Tom Percival
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 2, 2015

"The book treads familiar friendship territory and ends up feeling as insubstantial as, well, a bubble. (Picture book. 2-6)"
How much trouble can a bubble really cause? You'd be surprised. Read full book review >
TO THE SEA by Cale Atkinson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 2, 2015

"A whale's tale that dives deep and surfaces with useful lessons about making, keeping, and helping friends. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Tim finds a whale beached on a street adjacent to his school and vows to help his new friend get back to the sea. Read full book review >

DINOBLOCK by Christopher Franceschelli
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 1, 2015

"The age-appropriate new vocabulary and the clever design will prompt hours of study by aspiring paleontologists; the sturdy construction ensures the book will survive them. (Board book. 2-5)"
At a hefty 96 pages and 2 inches thick, this dinofest will be a challenge for little hands to lift, but the subject matter is sure to intrigue for longer than most board books. Read full book review >
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 >
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 >