FIRST WORDS by Rob Walker
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"Bright but small pictures provide many opportunities for vocabulary development when read one-on-one, but don't try to use this in a group setting. (Board book. 1-3)"
A busy addition to the Bright Start Right Start series. Read full book review >
THE GAME OF TOPS AND TAILS by Hervé Tullet
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 16, 2015

"Suffice to say, if Tullet can conceive it, adults and children will both enjoy it. (Board book. 1-3)"
Tullet continues to expand his Let's Play Games! series. Read full book review >

CUTIE PIE LOOKS FOR THE EASTER BUNNY by Nosy Crow
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"An upbeat, interactive offering sure to make an appearance in Easter baskets and storytimes come spring. (Board book. 1-3)"
In the latest Tiny Tabs offering, tots can pull and slide large tabs to help a chick named Cutie Pie as she searches high and low for the elusive Easter Bunny. Read full book review >
HOP! HOP! by Leslie Patricelli
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"As bright and bold as the holiday it celebrates. (Board book. 1-2)"
An excited little one celebrates Easter. Read full book review >
MY FIRST BOOK OF FUNNY ANIMALS by National Wildlife Federation
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"As exciting as a standard wildlife documentary, so individual interest will vary. (Board book. 2-4)"
Amusing captions adorn pictures of silly-looking animals. Read full book review >

A LULLABY FOR LITTLE ONE by Dawn Casey
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"Sure to satisfy toddlers and preschoolers, this father-child tale will warm many hearts. (Picture book. 2-5)"
"Down in the woods in the evening sun, / Big Daddy Rabbit said, ‘Come, Little One!' " So begins this tender book as a furry father and son make the most of the day's last light to play. Read full book review >
PEEP AND DUCKY RAINY DAY by David Martin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"Totally in tune with toddlers, this snappy read-aloud gets it right. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Rainy days are oh, so dreary, but not for Peep and Ducky. Read full book review >
SMICK by Doreen Cronin
by Doreen Cronin, illustrated by Juana Medina
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 5, 2015

"Less is definitely more in this fetching, fun-filled mix of dog, chick and stick, guaranteed to tickle all. (Picture book. 2-8)"
A dog named Smick encounters a stick and Chick, with high-action results. Read full book review >
UP DOWN ACROSS by Corina Fletcher
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"While the premise is interesting, the execution is imperfect. (Board book. 1-2)"
Various marine animals explore the ins and outs of motion. Read full book review >
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ELEPHANT! by La Coccinella
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"Toddlers ready for simple stories will find better choices among regular picture books. (Board book.1-3)"
This very busy board book seems to want to be a toy. Read full book review >
FARM ANIMALS by La Coccinella
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"A simple game needlessly complicated. (Board book. 1-2)"
A baby's favorite game gets a barnyard setting. Read full book review >
NAPTIME WITH THEO AND BEAU by Jessica Shyba
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"Though the book is likely to be a flash in the marketing pan, it's an attractive one. (Picture book. 1-7)"
Beau is a towheaded toddler who naps every day with his puppy, an attractive German shepherd-Shar-Pei mix. 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 >