LEO by Mac Barnett
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Dazzling. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Leo, like any child, hopes for acceptance, but it's hard to find friendship when one is a ghost. Read full book review >
CAN WE HELP? by George Ancona
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"While this may be too didactic for many readers to choose on their own, it's a sure bet for groups and families focused on doing some community service. (Nonfiction. 5-12)"
Kids don't often get a chance to help others outside their families in meaningful ways. This book may change that. Read full book review >

RAGWEED'S FARM DOG HANDBOOK by Anne Vittur Kennedy
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Give that Ragweed an extra biscuit, or just hand over the whole box. A star deserves his just rewards. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A lovable farm dog named Ragweed pens a first-person guidebook that explains how to succeed on the job while earning lots of biscuit rewards. Read full book review >
WHO'S HUNGRY? by Dean Hacohen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"A terrific read to placate little ones who may be waiting on their own meals. (Picture book. 2-4)"
From the team behind Tuck Me In (2010) comes another clever flip-the-flap creation.Read full book review >
A LUCKY AUTHOR HAS A DOG by Mary Lyn Ray
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"A surprising miss from an author whose books for young readers are usually spot-on. (Picture book. 4-6)"
This author couldn't get by without her dog. Read full book review >

HAPPY IN OUR SKIN by Fran Manushkin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"The combination of lovingly humorous and detailed mixed-media illustrations and infectious rhymes will cause little ones and their families to pore over this book again and again. (Picture book. 2-5)"
More than skin deep, this rhyming paean to diversity offers readers an array of families of all colors and orientations, living and loving one another in a vibrant city setting. Read full book review >
THE NOT-SO ITTY-BITTY SPIDERS by Amy Marie Stadelmann
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"This pleasant tale doesn't stand out. (activities) (Fantasy. 5-7)"
Twins Beatrix and Olive and friend Eddie have an adventure with spiders in this early chapter book. Read full book review >
PUMPKIN DAY! by Candice Ransom
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"A warm and welcome story for emerging readers and their families. (Early reader. 3-6)"
Pumpkins star in this family-centered early reader. Read full book review >
PIRATE'S LULLABY by Marcie Wessels
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Bedtime is already well-bedecked with piratical fare, but no one's going to object to just one more book of this kind, particularly when it's this good-natured. (Picture book. 3-6)"
On a vessel whose crew numbers two, a young boy uses his formidable avoidance techniques to put off bedtime for as long as possible. Read full book review >
SHARING THE BREAD by Pat Zietlow Miller
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"It may be a romantic view, but it is nevertheless a very appealing one. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A gentle rhyme scheme and a palette that brings to mind folk art shape a nostalgic and rather sentimental view of the holiday. Read full book review >
IN THE DEEP DARK DEEP by Ben Joel Price
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Visually striking but not so rich in the story department (Picture book. 4-7)"
The unlikely trio from Earth Space Moon Base (2014) now has a mystery to solve—this time in the dark depths under the sea.Read full book review >
WHERE'S WALRUS? AND PENGUIN? by Stephen  Savage
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Clever, cheeky, and endearing—a wordless achievement. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Walrus escapes again, this time with pal Penguin, but their day on the town takes an unexpected turn for the fun-loving pinniped of Where's Walrus? (2011). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Vanessa Diffenbaugh
September 1, 2015

Vanessa Diffenbaugh is the New York Timesbestselling author of The Language of Flowers; her new novel, We Never Asked for Wings, is about young love, hard choices, and hope against all odds. For 14 years, Letty Espinosa has worked three jobs around San Francisco to make ends meet while her mother raised her children—Alex, now 15, and Luna, six—in their tiny apartment on a forgotten spit of wetlands near the bay. But now Letty’s parents are returning to Mexico, and Letty must step up and become a mother for the first time in her life. “Diffenbaugh’s latest confirms her gift for creating shrewd, sympathetic charmers,” our reviewer writes. View video >