UNDER THE SEA by Mike Goldsmith
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 8, 2015

"Well-intentioned but confusing, these British imports should have stayed in England. (Board book. 2-4)"
A busy board book presents sea creatures to identify. Read full book review >
IF MY MOM WERE A BIRD by Jedda Robaard
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 3, 2015

"Sweet enough but slight and monocultural. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A passel of smiling children imagines what kinds of birds their moms would be. Read full book review >

TOYS by David Stewart
by David Stewart, illustrated by David Stewart
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 3, 2015

"This and the other titles in the Black & White series may well become favorites for tots to chew on until they graduate to Donald Crews' graphically striking classics, such as Truck and Freight Train. (Board book. 3-18 mos.)"
There is much to talk about with baby in this sturdy, wordless, black-and-white board book. Read full book review >
RHYMOCEROS by Janik Coat
Kirkus Star
by Janik Coat, illustrated by Janik Coat
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 3, 2015

"Charmingly simple. (Board book. 6 mos.-2)"
A rhyming rhinoceros composes a most amusing doggerel. Read full book review >
LULLABY AND KISSES SWEET by Lee Bennett Hopkins
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 3, 2015

"Young board-book listeners will be happy when their caregivers take Hopkins' advice: 'Read to me—then— / read to me / read to me / again and again.' (Board book. 1-3)"
In his first collection for toddlers, master anthologist Hopkins has organized 30 poems by over 20 poets in five sections: "Family," "Food," "Firsts," "Play," and "Bedtime." Read full book review >

BUNNIES by Laura Ellen Anderson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 3, 2015

"Cheery and colorful, though not extraordinary. (Board book. 1-3)"
A cluster of bunnies plays the day away. Read full book review >
BOATS GO by Steve Light
Kirkus Star
by Steve Light, illustrated by Steve Light
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 3, 2015

"The real challenge will be keeping it out of the bathtub. (Board book. 6 mos.-2)"
Eight boats sail across the elongated double-page spreads, rendered in primary-color watercolors and accompanied by an appropriate sound. Read full book review >
OLIVE MARSHMALLOW by Katie Saunders
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 3, 2015

"Well-done new sibling books are always welcome, and this one is as cozy as being swaddled. (Picture book.2-4)"
Another new-baby story joins the cribfull of titles told from the big-sibling angle. Read full book review >
THE BABIES AND DOGGIES BOOK by John Schindel
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 3, 2015

"No new territory here, but the combination of charming kids and adorable dogs creates an appealing board book for little ones. (Board book. 1-4)"
Photographs of babies and toddlers in a variety of activities are juxtaposed with similar shots of puppies and older dogs in this sturdy board book. Read full book review >
COUNTING CROWS by Kathi Appelt
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 3, 2015

"Beginning readers will just fly through their numbers. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A lively and original addition to the overstuffed genre of counting picture books.
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LITTLE PUFFIN'S FIRST FLIGHT by Jonathan London
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 2, 2015

"A bracing nature adventure for animal-loving preschoolers. (Informational picture book. 2-6)"
A horned puffin hatches, grows and flies for the first time on the Alaskan coast. Read full book review >
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 >
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 >