HI! by Ethan Long
Kirkus Star
by Ethan Long, illustrated by Ethan Long
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 5, 2015

"A completely satisfying, age-appropriate package. (Board book. 6 mos.-2)"
A clever, deceptively simple board book introduces animal sounds. Read full book review >
NEW FRIEND by Billy Steers
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 5, 2015

"A pleasant-enough trip to the farm. (Picture book. 2-7)"
"Plows, harrows, and cultivators!" Read full book review >

SHEEP GO TO SLEEP by Nancy Shaw
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 5, 2015

"A beguiling bedtime book and a nice choice for just before nap time. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Count the sheep as they fall asleep…. Read full book review >
MAPLE & WILLOW APART by Lori Nichols
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2015

"Ideal for sharing with sibling pairs about to be parted by the first day of school. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Two sisters must adjust to being apart when one starts kindergarten. Read full book review >
BAND INSTRUMENTS by Christophe Boncens
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2015

"The strongest aspect of this otherwise mediocre offering is the quality of the sound, making it and its companion good options for board-book collections lacking multisensory titles. (Board book. 2-4)"
A brief introduction to five band instruments with accompanying sound. Read full book review >

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MR CROC! by Jo Lodge
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2015

"Some literal jaw-dropping at the climax gives this party-hearty pop-up a big finish. (Pop-up picture book. 1-3)"
Toddlers who find Lodge's Happy Birthday Moo Moo (2001) a touch tame will happily fasten on this toothier follow-up, a British import.Read full book review >
I LOVE KISSES by Camilla de la Bédoyère
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2015

"Unfortunately, the Hallmark sentiments in the primary text make this book feel generic and just transitorily cute. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Fifteen examples of animal affection, which looks not so different than the human kind. Read full book review >
PAKKUN THE WOLF AND HIS DINOSAUR FRIENDS by Yasuko Kimura
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2015

"A bland tale for diaper-clad dinophiles, mildly spiced with visual pleasures and surprises. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Children who dote on silly, googly-eyed monsters need look no further than this imported tale of a wolf chasing an errant chicken egg. Read full book review >
MAZEL TOV! IT'S A BOY/MAZEL TOV! IT'S A GIRL by Jamie Korngold
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2015

"A joyful and eminently useful book. (Picture book/religion. 2-7)"
The joy of welcoming a new baby into a Jewish home is portrayed in this dos-à-dos, dual-gender photo essay. Read full book review >
FAMILIES by Shelley Rotner
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2015

"Vibrant photographs—especially action shots—will capture children's attention, build language skills and, one hopes, start conversations. (Picture book. 2-4)"
"We hope this book…will lead children and their parents to engage in conversation about their families." Read full book review >
GRACE by Kate Parkinson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2015

"There is more than one way to shine on stage, as Grace happily attests. (Early reader. 2-6)"
Grace is just not graceful. Read full book review >
OUTDOOR OPPOSITES by Brenda Williams
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2015

"An ebullient book with catchy, rhyming text that's fun to read again and again at home, in the classroom or under a tree. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Poet Williams interprets the concept of opposites in a clever, rhyming book celebrating the outdoors. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Libba Bray
author of LAIR OF DREAMS
August 25, 2015

In Lair of Dreams, the second installment of Libba Bray’s bestselling young adult Diviners series, after a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O'Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to "read" objects, and therefore, read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title "America's Sweetheart Seer." But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviners' abilities....Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer? “Weaving together a chilling mystery with a truly elusive solution, several poignant love stories, agonizing injustice, terrifyingly monstrous dreams, and even a cameo by legendary psychiatrist Carl Jung, this installment wraps enough up to satisfy but clearly sets the stage for more,” our reviewer writes in a rare starred review. “How will readers stand the wait?” View video >