MY LEAF BOOK by Monica Wellington
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"While its true usefulness as an identification guide may be questionable, there's no doubt it will capture children's attention and hopefully have them searching for their own specimens and creating leaf books of their own. (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
Wellington turns a leaf-identification book into a visual display of fall color and shape. Read full book review >
THE PROBLEM WITH NOT BEING SCARED OF KIDS by Dan Richards
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"These cuddly monsters may be a little clichéd, but they get the narrative job done. Maybe they're just that persistent. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A group of not-very-scary monsters tries very hard to make friends with kids, which is exactly as problematic as one might expect. Read full book review >

STARRING SHAPES! by Tania Howells
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Not for beginners, but older children may use this as a springboard for their own shape hunts. (Math picture book. 4-7) "
Howells give familiar shapes both personalities and back stories in her authorial debut. Read full book review >
WORMS by Bernard Friot
by Bernard Friot, illustrated by Aurélie Guillerey, translated by Yvette Ghione
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Readers may carefully pick through their lettuce from now on, just in case. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A French import about an impish boy and one very impulsive decision he makes to liven up his father's dinner party. Read full book review >
LOULA AND MISTER THE MONSTER by Anne Villeneuve
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Like a stinky dog-lick on the nose, this simply silly picture book will bring smiles to little faces. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Loula fears Mama might have had it with their family's drooling, wagging, lunging, gargantuan Great Dane, Mister. Read full book review >

LITTLE BIG by Jonathan Bentley
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A sweet book that needs a little more oomph to make it a big hit. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A little one tries to imagine himself big in this picture-book treatment of sibling dynamics. Read full book review >
SNOWY BEAR by Tony Mitton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"An unapologetically sweet book that will engage both little and big hearts alike. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Where, oh where, can this little polar bear lay his head? Read full book review >
PENGUIN'S BIG ADVENTURE by Salina Yoon
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Slight and self-referential, this is not one of Penguin's more memorable adventures. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Another adventure starring Yoon's small penguin with the big orange scarf (Penguin and Pumpkin, 2014, etc.). Read full book review >
PETE MAKES A MISTAKE by Emily Arnold McCully
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A mistake to celebrate. (Early reader. 5-7)"
Pete's invitation mishap nearly ruins Rose Pig's party, but he corrects his mistake just in time. Read full book review >
NO MORE CUDDLES! by Jane Chapman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A fully rounded, easily associative, and visually inviting story. (Picture book. 3-7)"
As everybody knows, a bigfoot likes his privacy, even if he is built to cuddle: snuggly, soft, and silky (at least those bigfeet like Barry, who evidently knows about bathing). Read full book review >
SHARK DETECTIVE! by Jessica Olien
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Many readers will demand further adventures—or imagine them for themselves. The last page will get them started. Spoiler alert: the cat's name is Watson. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The moral of this story is: dreams can come true. Read full book review >
CATS GET FAMOUS by Ron Barrett
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"There are plenty of pussycat picture books to pick from; let this one stray. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Some Cats Got Talent (2014); those that do return to "get famous."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 >