STELLA BRINGS THE FAMILY by Miriam B. Schiffer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 5, 2015

"Essential. (Picture book. 4-8)"
At school, everyone is excited about the upcoming Mother's Day celebration except for Stella. She is not sure what she will do since she has two dads and no mom. Read full book review >
WHOSE TOOLS? by Toni Buzzeo
by Toni Buzzeo, illustrated by Jim Datz
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 5, 2015

"A nifty, unexpectedly sophisticated exploration of the tools and professions connected to the world of construction. (Board book. 2-5)"
This board book is an extended guessing game featuring 24 construction tools. Read full book review >

LITTLE KUNOICHI, THE NINJA GIRL by Sanae Ishida
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 5, 2015

"Stunning artwork, full of warmth and pizazz, presents a lovable heroine who will win hearts with her perseverance and humor. (Picture book. 3-7)"
For Little Kunoichi, ninja school is hard, but with practice, friendship, and humor, she flies high at the Island Festival. 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 >
EL PERRO CON SOMBRERO by Derek Taylor Kent
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 5, 2015

"A nifty bilingual treat. (Picture book. 5-10)"
Move over, Puss in Boots and Cat in the Hat; now there's el Perro con Sombrero and el Gato con Zapatos. Read full book review >

BULLDOZER'S BIG DAY by Candace Fleming
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 5, 2015

"A winning addition to the construction-vehicle shelf. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Bulldozer feels forgotten on his birthday, until a surprise brightens his day. Read full book review >
RHINOS DON'T EAT PANCAKES by Anna Kemp
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 5, 2015

"Amusing and whimsical. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A purple rhino moves in and the adults are oblivious. What's a kid to do? Read full book review >
WHEREVER YOU GO by Pat Zietlow Miller
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 5, 2015

"At the mountain's summit, young readers will glow with the understanding that roads connect more than places—and the assurance they can retrace this reading journey nightly. (Picture book. 3-8)"
A rabbit's cross-country bike excursion introduces the open road, its free-wheeling, giddy freedom, and its role in connecting travelers to an ever changing landscape of new friends and communities. Read full book review >
TALLULAH'S TAP SHOES by Marilyn Singer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 5, 2015

"The ballerina-to-be explores new and challenging steps—successfully. (Picture book. 4-7)"
To toe or to tap—that is the question for Tallulah. Read full book review >
RORY THE DINOSAUR by Liz Climo
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 5, 2015

"Readers will appreciate the clean design and the warm and humorous story; they'll hope Rory sets off again soon. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Rory is a young dinosaur who loves to do things with his dad, but when his father takes some time to relax, Rory decides to set off on a solo adventure. Read full book review >
DADDY SAT ON A DUCK by Scott M. Cohn
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 5, 2015

"This silly but original story demonstrates that imagination can be both troubling and exhilarating. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Where are all the animals that keep making strange noises in this little girl's house? Read full book review >
OTTER IN SPACE by Sam Garton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 5, 2015

"Lively, giggle-producing proof that imaginative play is just as good as getting to the moon. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Having previously opened a toast restaurant (I Am Otter, 2014), an otter ups the ante and shoots for the moon.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 >