BROTHER GIOVANNI'S LITTLE REWARD by Anna Egan Smucker
Released: Aug. 3, 2015

"As happy a piece of ecclesiastical cuisine as can be imagined (Picture book. 5-9)"
A fanciful and inventive version of how those yummy big soft pretzels came to be. Read full book review >
KAYLA AND KUGEL by Ann D. Koffsky
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 3, 2015

"This upbeat explication should prove both entertaining and instructive. (Picture book/religion. 2-4)"
Kayla sets the table for Shabbat while she manages to avert numerous mishaps caused by her overeager assistant, the mischievous puppy Kugel. Read full book review >

PRINCESS PISTACHIO AND THE PEST by Marie-Louise Gay
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 3, 2015

"Long live Princess Pistachio. (Early reader. 4-8)"
Princess Pistachio Shoelace's summer vacation is not starting out on a high note. Read full book review >
EVEN MONSTERS SAY GOOD NIGHT by Doreen Mulryan Marts
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"Share this with those looking for a benign Halloween story or for those children who always resist bedtime. (Picture book. 3-6)"
"Avery never liked bedtime, and she liked it even less on Halloween when all the monsters were out." Read full book review >
TAMAR'S SUKKAH by Ellie B. Gellman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"An acceptable update with a timeless message. (author's note) (Picture book. 3-5)"
A joint neighborhood effort brings collaboration and cooperation between a young child and her older friends. 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 >
TALIA AND THE VERY YUM KIPPUR by Linda Elovitz Marshall
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"Both a loving family story and a deft introduction to the significance of the holiday. (Picture book/religion. 3-5)"
Once again, Talia (Talia and the Rude Vegetables, 2011) misunderstands her grandmother, this time for the Yom Kippur holiday "break-fast" meal.Read full book review >
GOLDILOCKS: A POP-UP BOOK by John O'Leary
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"A long way from 'just right.' (Pop-up folk tale. 2-4)"
The familiar tale is pressed into service as a vehicle for introducing colors. 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 >
BUSY LITTLE DINOSAURS by Betty Schwartz
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"With so many wonderful ABC books out there, it's safe to skip this ambitious but ultimately disappointing effort. (Board book. 2-5)"
This interactive alphabet book describes a dinosaur day at school. Read full book review >
THE LEMONADE HURRICANE by Licia Morelli
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"A child-friendly introduction to the practice of meditation and the benefits of mindfulness. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Emma teaches Henry by example how to meditate and be mindful, especially after he has quenched his thirst and subsequently wound himself up with sugary lemonade. Read full book review >
MR. POSTMOUSE'S ROUNDS by Marianne Dubuc
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"Like a mailbox overstuffed with gifts, Dubuc's animal scenes are a delight and well worth the wait. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A dedicated postal worker, who happens to be a small mouse, makes the daily deliveries in a lively dispatch from Dubuc. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sabaa Tahir
August 4, 2015

Sabaa Tahir’s novel An Ember in the Ashes reveals a world inspired by ancient Rome and defined by brutality. Seventeen-year-old Laia has grown up with one rule for survival: Never challenge the Empire. But when Laia’s brother Darin is arrested for treason, she leaves behind everything she knows, risking her life to try and save him. She enlists help from the rebels whose extensive underground network may lead to Darin. Their help comes with a price, though. Laia must infiltrate the Empire’s greatest military academy as a spy. Elias is the Empire’s finest soldier—and its most unwilling one. Thrown together by chance and united by their hatred of the Empire, Laia and Elias will soon discover that their fates are intertwined—and that their choices may change the destiny of the entire Empire. We talk to An Ember in the Ashes author Sabaa Tahir this week on Kirkus TV. View video >