FRIGHT CLUB by Ethan Long
by Ethan Long, illustrated by Ethan Long
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"Long ably proves that 'when it comes to scaring, the more the merrier.' (Picture book. 4-8)"
The members of Fright Club are in for a surprise when a crew of cuddly critters wants to join and participate in Operation Kiddie Scare. Read full book review >
IT'S RAINING BATS & FROGS by Rebecca Colby
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"Share at Halloween or use as an example of playing with chants and rhymes. Perhaps this title will inspire many magical spells. (Picture book. 4-7)"
When gloomy weather threatens the Witch Parade, young Delia tries out various spells to change the weather. Read full book review >

CARL'S HALLOWEEN by Alexandra Day
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"All but extreme fans of the series can pass on this slim title. (Picture book. 3-5)"
In this long-running series of nearly wordless picture books, young Madeleine and her beloved Rottweiler, Carl, set off for a Halloween evening adventure. Read full book review >
THE FUN BOOK OF SCARY STUFF by Emily Jenkins
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"Jenkins and Yum perfectly portray the anxiety and false bravado of this delightful cast of characters who ultimately find fun in the scary stuff. (Picture book. 4-8)"
With the help of his two dogs, a boy attempts to tackle his fears—both imagined and real. Read full book review >
PEANUT BUTTER & BRAINS by Joe McGee
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"Run, don't shamble, to get this original zombie tale. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Everyone knows zombies love to eat brains. What happens when one has a taste for something else, instead? Read full book review >

SONYA'S CHICKENS by Phoebe Wahl
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"A reassuring story about death in the natural world, thoughtfully designed and illustrated. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A father's thoughtful explanation provides a helpful perspective for a child's loss. Read full book review >
MAD ABOUT MONKEYS by Owen Davey
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"A vast amount of information on monkeys is expertly delivered in both text and image without patronizing either readers or monkeys—a delight. (index) (Informational picture book. 5-10)"
An informational picture book about monkeys throughout the world. Read full book review >
TICKLE MONSTER by Édouard Manceau
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"Bonne nuit, chérie. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Matte black pages with blocks of solid geometric color and a white sans-serif type illustrate a small child's dialogue with an imaginary monster in the darkness before sleep. Read full book review >
MITFORD AT THE FASHION ZOO by Donald Robertson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"Sassy and inspiringly drawn: a funny, captivating treat for the eyes and imagination. (Picture book. 4-8)"
An aspiring fashionista gets a big break. Read full book review >
THE LAST BARGAIN by Samita Aiyer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"Steer clear of this one. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A rat learns to bargain in this picture book from India. Read full book review >
LULU'S PARTY by Kit Chase
by Kit Chase, illustrated by Kit Chase
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"Adorable. (Picture book. 2-5)"
What's the best thing to do on a rainy day? Read full book review >
FINDERS KEEPERS by Keiko Kasza
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"With silly scenarios and a surprise ending to tickle young readers, this circular story makes a terrific storytime read. (Picture book. 3-5)"
When is a hat not a hat? When it finds its way into the hands of Kasza's lively cast of woodland creatures! 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 >