IN A VILLAGE BY THE SEA by Muon Van
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 18, 2015

"The illustrations, with strong references to Chinese pen-and-ink landscapes and Japanese woodblock prints of the sea, will draw readers to this book again and again. (Picture book. 4-7)"
In circular fashion, this simple story's narration unfolds, with great power behind the few words on each page. Read full book review >
MARKET MAZE by Roxie Munro
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 15, 2015

"A great way to introduce kids to their foods' origins and to prepare them for a greenmarket visit of their own. (Interactive informational picture book. 4-8)"
With an interactive maze/map, Munro demystifies for children where all the items for sale at the farmers market originate. Read full book review >

TROTO AND THE TRUCKS by Uri Shulevitz
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 12, 2015

"A winner. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Slow and steady wins the race. Read full book review >
WHERE ARE MY BOOKS? by Debbie Ridpath Ohi
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 12, 2015

"The brilliant combination of art and text will capture the imaginations of both bibliophiles and less-than-enthusiastic readers. (Picture book. 3-7)"
When young Spencer's beloved books begin to disappear, the boy devises a plan to catch the culprit (although not before suspecting his toddler sister). Read full book review >
ASK ME by Bernard Waber
Kirkus Star
by Bernard Waber, illustrated by Suzy Lee
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 12, 2015

"Sublimely satisfying. (Picture book. 4-8)"
As a little girl and her father take a walk together, the girl directs her dad to ask her questions about what she likes. Read full book review >

BEAR AND DUCK by Katy Hudson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 12, 2015

"A charming story of friendship and acceptance, distinguished by humorous and affectionate illustrations. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Fed up and frustrated with the indignities of life as a bear, Bear joins a family of ducks only to end up realizing that being a bear has its own compensations. Read full book review >
BULLDOZER'S BIG DAY by Candace Fleming
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 5, 2015

"A winning addition to the construction-vehicle shelf. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Bulldozer feels forgotten on his birthday, until a surprise brightens his day. Read full book review >
LITTLE KUNOICHI, THE NINJA GIRL by Sanae Ishida
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 5, 2015

"Stunning artwork, full of warmth and pizazz, presents a lovable heroine who will win hearts with her perseverance and humor. (Picture book. 3-7)"
For Little Kunoichi, ninja school is hard, but with practice, friendship, and humor, she flies high at the Island Festival. Read full book review >
ALLY-SAURUS & THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL by Richard Torrey
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 5, 2015

"Ally is an empathetic guide for young children facing their own first days, no matter what or who they imagine themselves to be. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A little girl with a dino-sized imagination joins, and learns to get along with, other kids with their own particular styles on the first day of school. Read full book review >
OTTER IN SPACE by Sam Garton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 5, 2015

"Lively, giggle-producing proof that imaginative play is just as good as getting to the moon. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Having previously opened a toast restaurant (I Am Otter, 2014), an otter ups the ante and shoots for the moon.Read full book review >
WHEREVER YOU GO by Pat Zietlow Miller
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 5, 2015

"At the mountain's summit, young readers will glow with the understanding that roads connect more than places—and the assurance they can retrace this reading journey nightly. (Picture book. 3-8)"
A rabbit's cross-country bike excursion introduces the open road, its free-wheeling, giddy freedom, and its role in connecting travelers to an ever changing landscape of new friends and communities. Read full book review >
MAPLE & WILLOW APART by Lori Nichols
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2015

"Ideal for sharing with sibling pairs about to be parted by the first day of school. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Two sisters must adjust to being apart when one starts kindergarten. 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 >