APPLEBLOSSOM THE POSSUM by Holly Goldberg Sloan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"A warm and funny possum-family saga. (Animal fantasy. 8-12)"
A young possum topples down a chimney to become the pet of a little girl while her brothers try to rescue her. Read full book review >
THE LITTLE GARDENER by Emily Hughes
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"A lovely visual tribute to the persistent hard work behind every flourishing garden. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A lad scarcely bigger than his pet worm struggles to maintain a large garden by himself. Read full book review >

THE GOOD LITTLE BOOK by Kyo Maclear
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"In a decade of de rigueur picture books praising books, it is primarily the artwork that sets this one apart. (Picture book. 4-8)"
When a boy heads to the study, ordered to "think things over," he begins a relationship with a book that becomes special to him, even if it has no "proper jacket." Read full book review >
TOBY AND THE ICE GIANTS by Joe Lillington
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"A skimpy alternative to Adrian Lister and Martin Ursell's Ice Age Tracker's Guide (2010). (Informational picture book. 7-9)"
A small bison meets some ice age megafauna in this prehistoric ramble. Read full book review >
FUR, FINS, AND FEATHERS by Cassandre Maxwell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 10, 2015

"Sure to spark the interest of animal-loving children, this engaging portrait will also please history buffs and Anglophiles. (timeline, author's note, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 5-8)"
Maxwell presents a brief biography of Abraham Dee Bartlett, the self-taught animal expert who became superintendent of the London Zoo in 1859 and subsequently made significant improvements in the understanding, care, and treatment of animals in captivity. Read full book review >

MARVELOUS CORNELIUS by Phil Bildner
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"A fine tribute to an unsung African-American hero. (Picture book. 3-7)"
An almost-true story of a man who loved his job and did it well. Read full book review >
YOUR ALIEN by Tammi Sauer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Will likely inspire preschoolers to stare hopefully heavenward looking for their own close encounters. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Even aliens need hugs! Read full book review >
DOUBLE HAPPINESS by Nancy Tupper Ling
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"A thoughtful and moving story of memory and change. (Picture book/poetry. 5-8)"
In this gentle tale told in verse, Gracie and her brother, Jake, journey to their new home, all the while searching for special things to keep in their happiness boxes. Read full book review >
FOWL PLAY by Travis Nichols
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Amusing to the point of provoking an inquiry. Really, it's the bee's knees. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Idioms get a run for their money in this good-humored and stimulating piece of wordplay from Nichols. Read full book review >
WILD CHILD by Steven Salerno
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"A salutary lesson in jungle parenting. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A two-toothed toddler needs no wolf suit to be wildest thing of all in this high-volume prequel to a certain well-known classic. Read full book review >
MY AUTUMN BOOK by Wong Herbert Yee
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Quibble aside, a sound conclusion to the series. (Picture book. 3-6)"
In the fourth installment of Yee's seasonal picture-book quartet (Who Likes Rain?, 2007, etc.), a girl celebrates the coming of autumn and finds a special way to remember it when it's over.Read full book review >
WHERE DID MY CLOTHES COME FROM? by Chris Butterworth
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"This engaging account will wear well in any collection. (Informational picture book. 5-8)"
Using a pair of energetic children as models, Butterworth describes the making of the clothes they wear. 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 >