BIRD by Beatriz Martin Vidal
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"An (av)i(a)nvitation to wonder. (Picture book. 4-7)"
This wordless picture book invites readers to make meaning of its mysterious characters' flights. Read full book review >
WENDELL THE NARWHAL by Emily Dove
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Whether would-be musicians or not, children will find a lot to like in little Wendell. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Teamwork helps a narwhal to participate in an underwater orchestra. Read full book review >

ONCE UPON A LINE by Wallace Edwards
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"The artwork is captivating, finding the pen stroke is challenging, and the text will spark some animated conversation. (Picture book. 4-9)"
Great-Uncle George was a magician whose "enchanted pen" has created an array of fancifully surreal illustrations, each begun with the same-shaped pen stroke and each accompanied by a brief story starter. Read full book review >
ON THE BALL by Brian Pinkney
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"An inspired, exhilarating portrait of the transforming power of imagination, with special appeal for aspiring soccer stars. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Failing to keep his eye on the soccer ball, a player finds himself on an eventful chase to catch the runaway plaything. Read full book review >
WHO'S THERE? BEWARE! by Patricia Hegarty
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Thrill-seeking tots will give this a once-over, but that's about it. (Pop-up picture book. 3-5)"
A mouse encounters spooky shadows on the dark path to Grandma's house. Read full book review >

BEAR'S TRUCK IS STUCK!  by Patricia Hegarty
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Despite the gimmick, likely to draw no more than flecks of interest from either truck fans or muck fans. (Pop-up picture book. 3-5)"
Can anyone help Billy Bear get his truck out of the deep mud? Read full book review >
RED CAR, BLUE CAR by Jonathan Litton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Unexceptional in content but at least unusually durable. (Pop-up board book. 1-3)"
A sprightly color rhyme urges toddlers to climb aboard seven pop-up vehicles, from yellow bus to orange rocket. Read full book review >
THE PRINCE WHO WAS JUST HIMSELF by Silke Schnee
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"The author, herself the mother of a child with Down syndrome, and the illustrator ably introduce a difficult subject in a fictional context with a light, sure touch. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-8)"
A gentle fairy tale about a young prince with Down syndrome who saves his kingdom from a menacing knight. Read full book review >
BOATS FLOAT! by George Ella Lyon
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Young navigation enthusiasts, from bathtub ships' captains to ocean-cruiser wannabes, will enjoy this voyage. (Picture book. 4-7)"
WHEN A DRAGON MOVES IN AGAIN by Jodi Moore
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"It doesn't matter whether or not they can be seen; there's a little bit of dragon inside each of us. Here's to dragon-taming. (Picture book. 3-8)"
In this companion to When a Dragon Moves In (2011), it turns out that castles of any sort, not just sand, attract dragons, so the soon-to-be-born baby's crib, with its crenellations and turrets at the corners, has an occupant even before mom gives birth. Read full book review >
SAIL AWAY by Langston Hughes
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Like Hughes, Bryan, at 91, can also boast, 'I'm still pulling.' (Picture book/poetry. 5-12)"
Hughes' pen is paired to Bryan's sculpting scissors, making a rich, poetic picture book indeed. Read full book review >
HELLO WORLD! by Paul Beavis
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A calmly surreal invitation to explore. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Mrs. Mo's Monster (2014), he of the snaggly teeth, spiky blue fur, and lolling pink tongue, is still in the attic. 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 >