THE PLANS I HAVE FOR YOU by Amy Parker
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"With this ahistorical interpretation, this book shows a disregard for both free will and the gradual maturation of talents and personalities. (Picture book/religion. 4-7)"
God's address to the Hebrew exiles from the Old Testament book of Jeremiah is repurposed in this cheery picture book that emphasizes children's future careers. Read full book review >
STEVE, RAISED BY WOLVES by Jared Chapman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Whether readers extrapolate from Steve's experiences to their own is open to question, but the story's message of the need to balance individuality with group expectations is neatly presented. (Picture book. 5-8)"
As the title indicates, Chapman plays with the raised-by-wolves trope in this first-day-of-school book. Read full book review >

I'M NEW HERE by Anne Sibley O’Brien
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Whether readers are new themselves or meeting those who are new, there are lessons to be learned here about perseverance, bravery, and inclusion, and O'Brien's lessons are heartfelt and poetically rendered. (Picture book. 5-10)"
Readers walk in the shoes of three students struggling after immigrating to the United States Read full book review >
ALPHABET SCHOOL by Stephen Johnson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Not only does Johnson once again take something simple and make it extraordinary, but he will inspire readers to do the same. (Alphabet book. 4-8)"
The multiple-award-winning illustrator takes a page from his own book—Alphabet City (1995), that is—and creates a graphic-alphabet book that will have students searching their own schools for letters. Read full book review >
MAISY'S PIRATE SHIP by Lucy Cousins
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Not Maisy's finest exploit but likely to excite an 'ARRRR!' or two from scurvy knavelets who can't get enough of the redoubtable rodent. (Pop-up playscape. 3-5)"
Avast! On a pop-up pirate ship, punch-out figures of Capt. Maisy and her crew set sail in search of a treasure chest (also punch-out). Read full book review >

EMERGENCY VEHICLES by Rod Green
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 14, 2015

"A pleaser for fans of big rigs and disaster scenarios alike. (Informational novelty. 5-7)"
An international gallery of air, sea, and land firefighting and rescue vehicles, with hinged flaps offering peeks inside each. Read full book review >
ONE GOOD DEED by Terri Fields
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"A sweet plug for random acts of kindness. (Picture book. 3-5)"
When Jake spontaneously decides to give some handpicked mulberries to the old woman next door, he begins a chain of "pay-it-forward" events in his neighborhood. Read full book review >
OLLIE'S CLASS TRIP by Stephanie Calmenson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Not as strong as Ollie's first outing but still a good choice to share with classes before a field trip. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Since Ollie already knows what to expect on the first day of school (Ollie's School Day, 2012), this time he tackles another school staple: field trips. Read full book review >
MY FIRST DAY by Leilani Sparrow
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 7, 2015

"Ideal for new readers who are also new to school. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Written in the first person in a rollicking rhyme, this look at a little bear's first school day will reassure those just starting preschool or kindergarten. Read full book review >
WHEN I AM HAPPIEST by Rose Lagercrantz
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"More likely to create anxiety than to cultivate empathy or sympathy. (Fiction. 5-7)"
Forty-six pages into Dani's happy, second-to-last day at school, her teacher takes her out to the hallway, newly informed that "Your father has been run over….He was biking to work." Read full book review >
IN THE SAVANNAH by Ella Bailey
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"A sweet ecosystem introduction for preschoolers, the first of a promising series. (Picture book. 2-5)"
The African savanna, home of a tiny lion cub, is full of intriguing wildlife. Read full book review >
THIS ORQ. (HE SAY "UGH!") by David Elliott
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Wacky and well-tuned to the preschool sense of humor. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Even in prehistoric times, a pet is a boy's best friend and a bully, his worst enemy. 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 >