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 >
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 >

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 >
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 >
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 >

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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
PUTTING THE MONKEYS TO BED by Gennifer Choldenko
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 9, 2015

"With bedtime-story shelves bursting, this is one that can be set aside. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Those monkeys just don't want to sleep! Read full book review >
THE SKY IS FALLING! by Mark Teague
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 30, 2015

"Though this twist on the familiar tale is somewhat heavy-handed in both narrative and image, its sense of fun comes through clearly nonetheless. (Picture book. 2-5)"
The age-old "Chicken Little" story, but with a change-up. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer
authors of OFF THE PAGE
May 19, 2015

Meet Oliver, a prince literally taken from the pages of a fairy tale and transported into the real world. Meet Delilah, the girl who wished Oliver into being. In bestseller Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha van Leer’s new young adult novel, Off the Page, it’s a miracle that seems perfect at first—but there are complications. To exist in Delilah’s world, Oliver must take the place of a regular boy. Enter Edgar, who agrees to play Oliver’s role in the pages of Delilah’s favorite book. But just when it seems that the plan will work, everything gets turned upside down. We talk to the mother-daughter team on Kirkus TV. View video >