SNIFF! SNIFF! by Ryan Sias
by Ryan Sias, illustrated by Ryan Sias
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 7, 2015

"Young readers will sniff their ways to this one again and again. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A little brown puppy follows his nose and has an aroma-filled day. Read full book review >
THE WHALE IN MY SWIMMING POOL by Joyce Wan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 7, 2015

"Both very silly and very appealing. (Picture book. 4-6)"
A little boy of pleasingly indeterminate ethnicity goes out to his little backyard inflatable pool to find a whale in it. Read full book review >

LOOK! by Jeff Mack
by Jeff Mack, illustrated by Jeff Mack
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 7, 2015

"Look, indeed! An energetic invitation to the joys of books. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Even an ape knows books can be better than TV. Read full book review >
STICK AND STONE by Beth Ferry
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 7, 2015

"A light, enjoyable approach to a recognizable narrative about making—and helping—friends. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A lonely tree branch and rock find friendship and strength together. Read full book review >
WILD ABOUT US! by Karen Beaumont
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 7, 2015

"A gleeful look at self-acceptance (and don't forget to search for the hidden fly). (Picture book. 4-8)"
Various zoo animals celebrate their favorite features, warts and all. Read full book review >

MABEL AND ME  by Mark Sperring
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 7, 2015

"A pretty package but lacking in substance and storyline. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A small mouse with delusions of grandeur strolls down a vaguely Parisian street with his best friend, Mabel. Read full book review >
EVERYBODY SLEEPS (BUT NOT FRED) by Josh Schneider
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 7, 2015

"Ingenious. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Master staller Fred meets his match (poetry!) in this hilarious not-yet-ready-for-bed tale. Read full book review >
BEN DRAWS TROUBLE by Matt Davies
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 7, 2015

"Funny and exuberantly sweet. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Ben Lukin, the bike-loving boy from Ben Rides On (2013), loses something of special significance: his sketchbook.Read full book review >
THE GRASSHOPPER & THE ANTS by Jerry Pinkney
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 7, 2015

"From an unparalleled artist, another brilliant work. (Picture book/folk tale. 3-6)"
Caldecott Medalist Pinkney returns to Aesop, recasting the familiar fable as a meditation on the importance of sustaining both body and soul. Read full book review >
SQUARES by Yusuke Yonezu
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2015

"An engaging, visually appealing introduction to basic shapes, developmentally appropriate for infants and toddlers. (Board book. 1-3)"
Die-cut squares and rectangles form a variety of images as pages are turned, introducing little ones to the versatility of these basic shapes. Read full book review >
I WISH YOU MORE by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2015

"Although the love comes shining through, the text often confuses in straining for patterned simplicity. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A collection of parental wishes for a child. Read full book review >
LUKE & THE LITTLE SEED by Giuliano Ferri
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2015

"Readers will appreciate seeing the good things that come to those who wait, watch, and water. (Picture book. 3-8)"
What could be a better gift for a wee mouse than a mysterious gift that promises both something delicious to eat and branches to climb and play on? Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >