ORION AND THE DARK by Emma Yarlett
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2015

"A funny, savvy bedtime story that addresses common fears. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A friendly, benign-looking creature called the Dark takes the boy Orion on a fear-conquering adventure. Read full book review >
"COULD YOU LIFT UP YOUR BOTTOM?" by Hee-jung Chang
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2015

"An effective choice for developing shape recognition mixed with some salty fun. (Picture book. 3-6)"

A DAY AT GRANDMA'S by Mi-ae Lee
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2015

"Part storybook, part parental resource; the lack of a clear purpose hurts this title. (Picture book. 3-7)"
After an overnight at Grandma's house, little Yujin looks forward to seeing her mother at the end of the day. Read full book review >
THERE IS A CROCODILE UNDER MY BED by Ingrid Schubert
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2015

"A deftly upbeat encounter that should go a long way toward quelling any nascent nighttime anxieties. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Far from being frightened, a small child is utterly delighted to find a green, toothy monster under her bed. Read full book review >
MAZEL TOV! IT'S A BOY/MAZEL TOV! IT'S A GIRL by Jamie Korngold
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2015

"A joyful and eminently useful book. (Picture book/religion. 2-7)"
The joy of welcoming a new baby into a Jewish home is portrayed in this dos-à-dos, dual-gender photo essay. Read full book review >

JOEY AND THE GIANT BOX by Deborah Lakritz
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2015

"Joey would be more sympathetic if he didn't sound like an ad. He's about as believable as a parent who says, 'My child would rather have a box than a toy.' (Picture book. 4-8)"
Beware of books about good role models. Read full book review >
FAMILIES by Shelley Rotner
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2015

"Vibrant photographs—especially action shots—will capture children's attention, build language skills and, one hopes, start conversations. (Picture book. 2-4)"
"We hope this book…will lead children and their parents to engage in conversation about their families." Read full book review >
THE BUK BUK BUK FESTIVAL by Mary Jane Auch
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2015

"This one should fly off the shelf frequently and will be eminently useful in author-visit prep. (Picture book. 5-7)"
The latest pun-filled poultry parody from the Auchs (Beauty and the Beaks, 2007, etc.) explores the travails and triumphs of a hen who strives to be a published writer.Read full book review >
GRACE by Kate Parkinson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2015

"There is more than one way to shine on stage, as Grace happily attests. (Early reader. 2-6)"
Grace is just not graceful. Read full book review >
FUN IN THE SUN by David Catrow
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2015

"So enjoyable the real thing may pale in comparison. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A self-sufficient pup takes his beloved pet to the beach. High jinks ensue. Read full book review >
THE END OF THE RAINBOW by Liza Donnelly
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2015

"Though children will probably move on from it quickly, it will definitely help them on their ways. (Early reader. 4-7)"
This early-reader riff on cumulative folk tales features a girl in pursuit of the end of a rainbow who discovers there's no pot of gold. Read full book review >
BY TROLLEY PAST THIMBLEDON BRIDGE by Ashley Bryan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2015

"Bileck and Bryan capture the stuff of dreams in this mesmerizing and multifaceted pageant. (contributors' notes) (Picture book. 5-9)"
With echoes of Lear and Stevenson, this journey into the land of dreams pairs a detailed Old World setting with a pulsing four-beat rhythm to pull readers into its magical realm. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer
authors of OFF THE PAGE
May 19, 2015

Meet Oliver, a prince literally taken from the pages of a fairy tale and transported into the real world. Meet Delilah, the girl who wished Oliver into being. In bestseller Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha van Leer’s new young adult novel, Off the Page, it’s a miracle that seems perfect at first—but there are complications. To exist in Delilah’s world, Oliver must take the place of a regular boy. Enter Edgar, who agrees to play Oliver’s role in the pages of Delilah’s favorite book. But just when it seems that the plan will work, everything gets turned upside down. We talk to the mother-daughter team on Kirkus TV. View video >