RAINDROPS FALL ALL AROUND by Charles Ghigna
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 1, 2015

"Skip. (Board book. 2-3)"
Spring rains fall on a variety of happy animals in this rhyming board book. Read full book review >
NO MORE PACIFIER, DUCK by Michael Dahl
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 1, 2015

"Despite the happy ending, a story meant to serve as reassurance to little ones giving up their own pacifiers comes off as harsh and decidedly unpleasant. (Board book. 1-3)"
It's time for little Duck to give up his beloved pacifier. Read full book review >

LITTLE BABY BUTTERCUP by Linda Ashman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 29, 2015

"Cozy, predictable, cheerful and brimming with motherly love—a dependably pleasing read-aloud for the smaller set. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Little Baby Buttercup blooms under the sunny warmth of her mother's love, beaming as she eats (and wears) breakfast, builds with blocks, works the garden hose, hits the playground and returns home. Read full book review >
I AM A BIG BROTHER by Caroline Jayne Church
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"A good choice for caregivers looking for a positive, uncomplicated introduction to a new baby that focuses on everything an older sibling can do to help. (Board book. 2-4)"
A little boy exults in his new role as big brother. Read full book review >
TEN EASTER EGGS by Vijaya Bodach
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"There is always room in the Easter basket for a counting book, and many readers may appreciate having another simple, nonreligious holiday book. (Board book. 2-4)"
A cheerful brown bunny hiding behind the edges of an Easter basket looks just as surprised as young children will be to find the chicks revealed as each egg "hatches." Read full book review >

NIGHT OWL by Toni Yuly
by Toni Yuly, illustrated by Toni Yuly
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"This charming exploration of sound words will stand up to repeat bedtime reads for young preschoolers. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Yuly's latest, a companion to her debut, Early Bird (2014), introduces a young owl who's listening for his mommy's return.Read full book review >
FINDING SPRING by Carin Berger
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"Exceptional, exhilarating artwork perfectly suited for a story about anticipation, discovery and joy. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Maurice, a little bear, can't wait to experience his first spring, so while Mama hibernates, he goes looking for it. Read full book review >
VIRGIL & OWEN by Paulette Bogan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"A story so simple it appears to only skim the surface, but it just might be what territorial toddlers need to hear. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A bow tie-resplendent penguin finds a fluffy polar bear and declares he is going to keep him. Read full book review >
HURRY HOME, HEDGEHOG! by Belle Yang
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"A sweet story with lovely illustrations to boot, developmentally pitch-perfect for older babies and toddlers. (Board book. 1-3)"
A little hedgehog hurries home in an effort to avoid a coming storm in this bilingual board book. Read full book review >
COLORS! by Tad Hills
by Tad Hills, illustrated by Tad Hills
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"Duck and Goose have taken their places alongside Frog and Toad and George and Martha as fine examples of friendship, curiosity and problem-solving, and this offering is a good way to introduce babies to the pair. (Board book. 6 mos.-2)"
Duck and Goose are back with another board book to help very young children learn their colors. Read full book review >
BABY ANIMALS SPOTS & STRIPES by Phyllis Limbacher Tildes
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"This slim volume is a lovely introduction to books for the tiniest babes. (Board books. 0-2)"
Photorealistic, black-and-white images of baby animals dominate this infant-oriented offering. Read full book review >
MY DINOSAURS! by Betty Schwartz
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"While removable dinosaur pieces connected with ribbons might seem like a good idea in theory, in practice, readers wind up with one big dinosaur knot and some thwarted tots. (Board book. 2-5)"
Rhyming couplets present basic information about Tyrannosaurus rex, Stegosaurus, Triceratops and more in this novelty item featuring removable dinosaurs. 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 >