THE THREE LITTLE PIGS COUNT TO 100 by Grace Maccarone
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Count on other retellings for the fractured-fairy-tale shelf. (Math picture book. 3-6)"
The three little pigs take on math. Read full book review >
A PIRATE'S MOTHER GOOSE by Nancy I. Sanders
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Nit-picking aside, here be a collection that pint-sized pirates will be pleased to return to again and again. (Picture book/poetry. 3-8)"
Mother Goose exchanges sweet niceties for cutlasses, eyepatches, and gold teeth galore in this piratical updating of nursery-rhyme favorites. Read full book review >

J.P. AND THE GIANT OCTOPUS by Ana Crespo
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Quick, cut-and-dried behavior modeling to share with children in the wakes of common emotional tempests. (Picture book. 4-6)"
To many if not most children, a first visit to a car wash can be a terrifying experience. Read full book review >
LEOPOLD THE LION by Denise Brennan-Nelson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"An essential look at the importance of an active lifestyle sneakily disguised as a fanciful feline tale. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Keeping a lion as a pet is never easy. Read full book review >
THE LITTLE KIDS' TABLE by Mary Ann McCabe Riehle
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Who wouldn't want to join this table? All you have to do is hang a spoon from your nose. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The little-kids' table is where the fun is. Duh! Grown-ups can keep their fancy-schmancy dishes and the icky green stuff they put on them. Read full book review >

A MOUSE SO SMALL by Angela McAllister
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A cheerful story, but others tell it better and with more emotional power. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Molly Mouse learns that while she might be small, being a good friend is what counts in the end. Read full book review >
TRICK ARRR TREAT by Leslie Kimmelman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"While many would welcome a pirate-themed Halloween tale, this one isn't quite shipshape. (Picture book. 4-8)"
When a pack of kids decides to all dress up as pirates for Halloween, their imaginations almost get the best of them. Read full book review >
MY ROTTEN FRIEND by Stephanie J. Blake
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"While zombies appear to be the creature of this Halloween season, look elsewhere for an entertaining reading experience. (Picture book. 4-6)"
A friendship between a girl and a zombie goes awry. The results are downright frightening. Read full book review >
NUT AND BOLT by Nicole de Cock
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Not since The Giving Tree has self-sacrifice been so celebrated. (Picture book. 3-5) "
Nut, a mouse, and Bolt, a donkey, enjoy a beautiful friendship. Kind of. Read full book review >
SLOTH SLEPT ON by Frann Preston-Gannon
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A neatly paced, cleverly presented, humorous lesson in awareness. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Finding an alien animal asleep in the tree in their garden, children question what it is, making a surprising discovery while overlooking the obvious. Read full book review >
ELWOOD BIGFOOT by Jill Esbaum
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Bright, enticing cartoon illustrations and a character many can identify with will hook storytimers and new readers. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Elwood Bigfoot is lonely…won't any birdie be his friend? Read full book review >
MONSTER TROUBLE! by Lane Fredrickson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A brightly colored monster tale that begs to be animated. Repeat readings required. (Picture book. 3-6)"
How do you deal with an infestation of monsters? 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 >