MIGHTY MOLE AND SUPER SOIL by Mary Quattlebaum
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"There are few books available for young readers about these important soil-improvers, so this fills a niche. (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
With her own set of superpowers, a mole navigates underground, finding food, escaping predators, raising a family, and aerating and enriching the soil around her. Read full book review >
LLAMA LLAMA GRAM AND GRANDPA by Anna Dewdney
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"For longtime fans and new readers of the beloved Llama Llama series alike, this won't disappoint. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Llama Llama reaches another childhood milestone—his first sleepover. Read full book review >

MAMA'S NIGHTINGALE by Edwidge Danticat
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A must-read both for children who live this life of forced separation and those who don't. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A tale of triumph that occurs only because a young girl picks up her pencil and writes to people who can help make change. Read full book review >
THE RUNAWAY PUMPKIN by Anne Margaret Lewis
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Little ones just beginning to celebrate Halloween are sure to chime in on the repeated refrain, 'you are my little pumpkin,' and be inspired to dream up all the exciting things they can take part in during Halloween night. (Picture book. 3-6)"
When a little pumpkin tells his mother about all the adventures he wants to have on Halloween, she makes loving preparations so that he will have the best time ever. Read full book review >
THE SNOW BEAST by Chris Judge
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"The short and clever text and colorful images make this book a great read-aloud for wintertime story hours and cozy nights at home with the little ones. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A quirky and snowy tale of affable beasts and friendship in unexpected places. Read full book review >

LOVELY OLD LION by Julia Jarman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A supportive, honest, and needed explanation of Alzheimer's-type illnesses. (Picture book. 4-8)"
What happens when Grandpa can't remember? Read full book review >
STEVE, RAISED BY WOLVES by Jared Chapman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Whether readers extrapolate from Steve's experiences to their own is open to question, but the story's message of the need to balance individuality with group expectations is neatly presented. (Picture book. 5-8)"
As the title indicates, Chapman plays with the raised-by-wolves trope in this first-day-of-school book. Read full book review >
LITTLE ROBOT by Ben Hatke
Kirkus Star
by Ben Hatke, illustrated by Ben Hatke
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Girl power at its best. A sure winner! (Graphic novel. 3-12)"
Possibilities abound for a small, brown-skinned girl with time, a tool belt, and a penchant for urban adventure. Read full book review >
IF YOU LOVE HONEY by Martha Sullivan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A neat look at connections many children can see in action. (Informational picture book. 5-8) "
A cycle of logical syllogisms takes readers from the title stipulation through a series of conclusions that ends at the beginning. Read full book review >
OLLIE'S CLASS TRIP by Stephanie Calmenson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Not as strong as Ollie's first outing but still a good choice to share with classes before a field trip. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Since Ollie already knows what to expect on the first day of school (Ollie's School Day, 2012), this time he tackles another school staple: field trips. Read full book review >
MAYA'S BLANKET/LA MANTA DE MAYA by Monica Brown
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"As the book ends, Maya's daughter is sleeping under 'her own special, magical manta.' Readers may be eager to tell their own versions of the story—that's how magic works. (author's note, glossary) (Bilingual picture book. 5-9)"
A familiar tale crosses cultures with almost magical ease. Read full book review >
MY DOG, BOB by Richard Torrey
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Quiet and clever, just like Bob. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A little boy narrates a story about his dog, Bob, who can do amazing things around the house but can't accomplish standard dog tricks. 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 >