ON THE SHOULDER OF A GIANT by Neil Christopher
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 1, 2015

"Kids will readily warm to this gentle giant from the frozen North. (Picture book/folk tale. 5-8)"
"Inukpak was huge, even for a giant." Read full book review >
BLACK PLUS by Annette Tamarkin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 1, 2015

"Paper at play, designed to appeal as much to touch as to the eye. Both toddlers and budding paper artists may be drawn in. (Pop-up picture book. 2-4)"
Lifting a flap brings bright color and visual surprises to plain silhouettes in this wordless outing from a Belgian paper artist. Read full book review >

ALL THE LOST THINGS by Kelly Canby
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 1, 2015

"While full of warmth, this picture book unfortunately loses sight of its young audience. (Picture book. 4-8)"
When Olive discovers "all the lost things" in a mysterious place beneath the city, she decides to bring back hope, memory, and humor for those above. Read full book review >
THE GREAT AND MIGHTY NIKKO by Xavier Garza
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 1, 2015

"One, uno; two, dos; three, tres¡LUCHA! (Bilingual picture book. 3-6)"
What's better than one wrestler jumping on the bed? Ten of them! Read full book review >
THE SNAKE WHO SAID SHHH... by Jodie Parachini
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 1, 2015

"A satisfying jungle tale for young readers and listeners. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Who ever heard of a snake that can't hiss? Read full book review >

THE GREEDY RAINBOW by Susan Chandler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 1, 2015

"Though unapologetically didactic, its lesson is nevertheless both valuable and deftly delivered. (Picture book. 3-6)"
When the rainbow goes on a forest frolic with Monkey, all the colors begin to fade. Can Monkey and his friends get them back? Read full book review >
SCARECROW MAGIC by Ed Masessa
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 30, 2015

"Share with kids who like their spooky stories more silly than scary. (Picture book. 3-6)"
What happens to a scarecrow under the glow of a full moon? He leads a night of fun and frolic with other nocturnal creepy creatures. Read full book review >
BELIEVE IT OR NOT, MY BROTHER HAS A MONSTER! by Kenn Nesbitt
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 30, 2015

"This title could be a fit for those kids whose imaginations occasionally run amok or those whose memories of actual events get wildly embellished. (Picture book. 5-7)"
A boy is horrified as his older brother collects increasing numbers of scary and creepy creatures—and brings them all in the house! Read full book review >
MY BARNYARD! by Betty Schwartz
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 30, 2015

"Part book, part puzzle, all fun. (Board book. 1-3)"
Little ones are invited to piece together a farm. Read full book review >
FIRST GRADE, HERE I COME! by Tony Johnston
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 30, 2015

"Skip. (Picture book. 4-6)"
A redheaded boy imagines the fun he will have in first grade if he just has five friends to share it with. Read full book review >
ABC SCHOOL'S FOR ME! by Susan B.  Katz
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 30, 2015

"A fun-to-read-aloud introduction to kindergarten, if not the top of the heap. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Anthropomorphized bears lead readers on a rhyming ABC tour through some typical school-day sights and activities. Read full book review >
BILLY AND GOAT AT THE STATE FAIR by Dan Yaccarino
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 30, 2015

"Billy's experience may encourage young children who share his attitude toward new adventures to screw their courage to the sticking place. (Picture book. 5-7)"
A shy lad and his horned, adventurous best buddy take in the state fair. The lights! The rides! The corn dogs! Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kate Beaton
July 21, 2015

Kate Beaton is the author/illustrator of the No. 1 New York Times bestseller Hark! A Vagrant! Now she is also a picture book author and illustrator with the recent release of The Princess and the Pony. Princess Pinecone knows exactly what she wants for her birthday this year. A big horse. A strong horse. A horse fit for a warrior princess! But when the day arrives, she doesn't quite get the horse of her dreams. “Where else can readers find hipster warriors, anime influences, perfectly placed fart jokes, a hidden ugly-sweater contest, and a skirmish packed with delightful nonsense (llamas! knights! hot dogs! turtle costumes!)—and have it all make such wonderful sense?” writes our reviewer in a starred review. “Instead of breaking bones, this warrior princess breaks the mold—and Beaton is in a class of her own.” View video >