FELIX STANDS TALL by Rosemary Wells
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Concise and kid-appropriate language combines with darling drawings (who can resist cute little guinea pigs?) for another feather in Wells' literary cap. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A sweet little story about the power of friendship and learning to stand up—to anyone! Read full book review >
GRYPHONS AREN'T SO GREAT by James Sturm
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Gryphons might not be great, but this sweet tale of friendship certainly is. (Graphic early reader. 4-7)"
The Knight and his noble steed, Edward, find their friendship challenged when the Knight turns his attention to a new friend: a gryphon. Read full book review >

THE WONDER by Faye Hanson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Few books so truthfully represent a child's wandering, unwavering wondering. (Picture book. 2-8)"
A boy daydreams, wondering "where the birds are flying to," "who makes the clouds," "what the best playground in the world might be like," "what the crossing guard's sign would taste like," and "how the stars shine." Read full book review >
CINDERELLA'S STEPSISTER AND THE BIG BAD WOLF by Lorraine Carey
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"A tongue-in-cheek fractured fairy tale for those who like a little naughty with their nice. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Carey and Blanco look at a favorite fairy tale from a new angle. Read full book review >
LIZARD FROM THE PARK by Mark Pett
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"As independent as Max and Ruby, as creative as purple-crayon-wielding Harold, and as dedicated a friend as Charlotte's Wilbur, Leonard will delight kids of all ages, regardless of habitat. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The tale of a sizable sidekick for one competent kid. Read full book review >

USE YOUR IMAGINATION by Nicola O'Byrne
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Visually irregular but satisfyingly victorious. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A wolf coaxes a rabbit into a "Little Red Riding Hood" narrative. Read full book review >
THE RACE CAR PROBLEM by Jennifer  Oxley
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Much stronger at depicting problem-solving than at reinforcing math concepts. (Math picture book. 4-8)"
Peg and Cat, problem-solvers extraordinaire, put their shape-recognition and comparing skills to the test in this second book based on the Peg + Cat TV series. Read full book review >
MAX THE BRAVE by Ed Vere
by Ed Vere, illustrated by Ed Vere
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"A cat-and-mouse game to be laughed at and reread. (Picture book. 3-5)"
The time-worn scenario in which mouse outwits cat gets a fresh new spin. Read full book review >
THIS ORQ. (HE SAY "UGH!") by David Elliott
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Wacky and well-tuned to the preschool sense of humor. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Even in prehistoric times, a pet is a boy's best friend and a bully, his worst enemy. Read full book review >
IT'S TOUGH TO LOSE YOUR BALLOON by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"A feel-good book to turn to when helping a young child cope with the everyday setbacks life brings his or her way. (author's note) (Picture book. 3-5)"
A series of short vignettes shows how kids can make the most out of a bad situation when they look at life with a positive attitude. Read full book review >
JACKRABBIT MCCABE AND THE ELECTRIC TELEGRAPH by Lucy Margaret Rozier
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Good, quick-moving fun. Kids may marvel that communication existed before the telephone and Internet. (Picture book. 4-7)"
This original tall tale is literally up to speed. Read full book review >
MAISY'S PIRATE SHIP by Lucy Cousins
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Not Maisy's finest exploit but likely to excite an 'ARRRR!' or two from scurvy knavelets who can't get enough of the redoubtable rodent. (Pop-up playscape. 3-5)"
Avast! On a pop-up pirate ship, punch-out figures of Capt. Maisy and her crew set sail in search of a treasure chest (also punch-out). 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 >