AWAKE BEAUTIFUL CHILD by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 17, 2015

"Albeit Beautiful, Contrived. (Picture book. 4-7)"
An alphabetical look (of the first three letters) at childlike activities throughout the day. Read full book review >
I USED TO BE AFRAID by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"The ingredients may be standard, but the recipe yields a fresh, new dish that's outstanding in almost every way. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Standard Seeger ingredients of careful die-cuts, lush painting, and child-centered text combine in her latest picture book. Read full book review >

THE CROW'S TALE by Naomi Howarth
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"A heartfelt debut. (Picture book/folk tale. 5-8)"
Colorful and eye-catching artwork accompanies this rhyming story of bravery and kindness. Read full book review >
DEWEY BOB by Judy Schachner
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"An undisciplined mess. (Picture book. 3-7)"
The creator of Skippyjon Jones leaves behind, at least temporarily, her bestselling Siamese kitten's Frito Bandito-speak for pure corn pone in her new story of a little hoarder raccoon. Read full book review >
HOLD THIS! by Carolyn Cory Scoppettone
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"A sweet celebration of sharing in the outdoors. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A toddler and her dad take a walk in the woods, where there is much to behold and to hold. Read full book review >

A TOWER OF GIRAFFES by Anna Wright
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"This brief, exquisite overview may well have readers wishing for a sequel—or consulting reference books to find out more collective nouns. (Informational picture book. 4-9)"
From a gaggle of geese to an ostentation of peacocks, a gathering of collective nouns. Read full book review >
I CAN'T WAIT! by Amy Schwartz
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"Although listeners will relate to the difficulty of waiting as presented in Schwartz's straightforward plot, there is not more to glean. Henkes and Portis offer deeper pleasures in more succinct packages. (Picture book. 4-5)"
Periodically, a publishing season yields titles on a common theme. This year, coincidentally, three artists explore dimensions of waiting. Read full book review >
WHERE IS JUMPER? by Ellen Stoll Walsh
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"Walsh has a knack for creating illustrations and text that seem ever so simple yet have plenty of acumen, emotion, and pure fun. More mice, please. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Walsh brings back her trademark mice for another concept book (Balancing Act, 2010, etc.).Read full book review >
A GREAT BIG CUDDLE by Michael Rosen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"Despite (or perhaps because of) the odd bits, this book successfully celebrates the private, gleeful, imaginative world of toddlers. (Picture book/poetry. 1-5)"
Short poems and accompanying illustrations make up this word-format poetry anthology for little ones. Read full book review >
FIVE NICE MICE BUILD A HOUSE by Chisato Tashiro
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"Readers will want to move in with these mice. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Five mice build a house, and what a house it is! Read full book review >
TRUCKS by Sara Gillingham
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"Young readers will enjoy looking at the book and spinning the face, either independently or with their adult readers. (Board book. 2-4)"
A transportation book for the youngest ones. Read full book review >
HOOT! HOOT! by Nosy Crow
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"An excellent read for babies beginning to develop their voices. (Board book. 1-3)"
Little ones learn to mimic the music of the night. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >