ALWAYS TWINS by Teri Weidner
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 15, 2015

"Although obviously fitting for twins, the story's themes can easily apply to other siblings and friends as well. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Being twins isn't all it's quacked up to be for two duckling siblings. Read full book review >
SIMPLE MACHINES by David A. Adler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 15, 2015

"Still, this is as solid a look at simple machines as any that exists outside of dry textbooks, and at least readers can imagine a narrative for the two young boys. (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
Continuing to branch out into science concepts (Things That Float and Things That Don't, 2013), the math and biography whiz tackles the elementary topic of simple machines. Read full book review >

AMAZING PLANT POWERS by Loreen Leedy
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 15, 2015

"A strong demonstration of plant powers but a weak teaching tool. (plant projects, glossary) (Informational picture book. 5-8)"
Spike E. Prickles and his friends show off a wide variety of plant adaptations. Read full book review >
MR. HAPPY AND MISS GRIMM by Antonie Schneider
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 15, 2015

"Stick with the old standby: Roger Hargreaves' Mr. Happy (1980). (Picture book. 4-7)"
Attitude rubs off in this peculiar German import first published as Herr Glück & Frau Unglück.Read full book review >
ASTRID THE FLY by Maria Jönsson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 15, 2015

"Not natural history by any means, but this slice of (fly) life is beguilingly, infectiously whimsical. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Astrid the fly introduces readers to her (huge) family and their home behind the sofa in this Swedish import. Read full book review >

OWL BOY by Brian Schatell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 15, 2015

"An offbeat tale about following your dreams, no matter where they might lead (though older readers will note the cautionary tale of taking your passions a bit too far). (Picture book. 3-7)"
Al loves owls. Read full book review >
THIS IS MY ROCK by David Lucas
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 12, 2015

"A rocky climb to wisdom. (Picture book. 3-6)"
In another philosophical outing from Lucas (A Letter for Bear, 2013), a goat repels all comers from a rugged peak, then finds its claim of ownership a hollow one.Read full book review >
DRIVE by Kellen Hatanaka
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 12, 2015

"A fine showcase for the illustrator's talents, but a thin entry in a crowded field. (Picture book. 2-4)"
One-word captions (and two short phrases) point out opposites of diverse sorts on a road trip through town and countryside. Read full book review >
SWIMMING, SWIMMING by Gary Clement
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 12, 2015

"Friendship and a pool: the perfect summer combination, here captured to a T. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A quartet of friends—three boys and one girl—revel in the watery joys afforded by the local public pool. Read full book review >
SONG FOR A SUMMER NIGHT by Robert Heidbreder
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 12, 2015

"Populated by pink, gold, and brown children, the story is a sweet evocation of the pleasures of nighttime. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A rhyming ode to the sights and sounds of a summer night. Read full book review >
ABUKACHA'S SHOES by Tamar Tessler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 12, 2015

"Funny and charming. (Picture book. 4-7)"
No matter how hard Abukacha tries to discard his old, worn-out shoes, they always find their way back to him. Read full book review >
THE FLY by Petr Horácek
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 12, 2015

"This apologium may not change minds about flies, but it's definitely buzz-worthy. (Picture book. 3-6)"
What's it like to be a fly? Well, it ain't easy. 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 >