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 >
SEX IS A FUNNY WORD by Cory Silverberg
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 5, 2015

"This carefully thought-out explanation may surprise but should be widely appreciated. (glossary) (Nonfiction.7-10)"
Moving up in target audience from their explanation of reproduction, What Makes a Baby (2013), Silverberg and Smyth explore various meanings for the word "sex." Read full book review >

MY TATA'S REMEDIES / LOS REMEDIOS DE MI TATA by Roni Capin Rivera-Ashford
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 5, 2015

"So many cultural treasures are dependent on word-of-mouth transmission, and this story encourages grandparents to lovingly pass on their knowledge to eager grandchildren and family members. (Bilingual picture book. 4-11)"
Following My Nana's Remedies/Los Remedios De Mi Nana, illustrated by Edna San Miguel (2002), Rivera-Ashford offers another semiautobiographical and child-friendly recounting of the importance of sharing intergenerational wisdom, this time accompanied by Castro L.'s expressive illustrations. Read full book review >
GOOD MORNING TO ME! by Lita Judge
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 5, 2015

"A few hearty squawks and a brisk bit of exercise—what better way to start the day? (Picture book. 5-7)"
Unlike her snoozing friend Mouse, Beatrix is a morning person…er, parrot, who rises both in full voice and fully ready to torment the household cat. Read full book review >
THERE'S A LION IN MY CORNFLAKES by Michelle Robinson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 5, 2015

"This bland addition to the 'unusual pets' genre misses most of the comedic possibilities and ends up a long way from 'grrrrreat.' (Picture book. 5-7)"
An all-too-successful cereal promotion leads to surprises, some of them unpleasant, for two lads who send in coupons for a free lion. Read full book review >

POOL by JiHyeon Lee
by JiHyeon Lee, illustrated by JiHyeon Lee
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 5, 2015

"While the contrast between the slender explorers and the fat intruders is unfortunate, Lee's control of palette and pacing makes this Korean import otherwise a delight. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Two children with phenomenal lung capacity have an astonishing adventure in the neighborhood pool. Read full book review >
MONKEY AND THE LITTLE ONE by Claire Alexander
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 5, 2015

"The story looks beautiful, but the depths of the issue are never plumbed. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A mouse disturbs a monkey's tranquility but soon turns from irksome to indispensable in Alexander's tale of friendship's often strange course. Read full book review >
THE TOTALLY SECRET SECRET by Bob Shea
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 5, 2015

"Here's hoping that Ballet Cat and Sparkles return soon to help new readers learn about friendship. This series will not be a secret for long. (Early reader. 4-8)"
A pink cat and a polka-dot horse join together in a light story of secrets and friendship. Read full book review >
THE WORST CLASS TRIP EVER by Dave Barry
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 5, 2015

"A light, comic tone and more-or-less believable stakes make for a winning combination. (Thriller. 8-12) "
A Miami eighth-grader's class trip to the nation's capital quickly escalates into an international incident. Read full book review >
HENRY'S STARS by David Elliot
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 5, 2015

"A lovely story with fetching illustrations that needs a more developed ending to completely succeed. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Henry, the likable pig of Henry's Map (2013), is back in this picture book. Read full book review >
DON'T THROW IT TO MO! by David A. Adler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 5, 2015

"A diverse cast of football players, including a pigtailed girl and a proudly centered African-American protagonist, adds interest, but the plot's flaws may put off even young football fanatics. (Early reader. 4-7)"
Mo is one football-crazy little boy. Read full book review >
THE STARS OF SUMMER by Tara Dairman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 5, 2015

"How Gladys rises to these and other challenges is the fun of the story, and despite the novel's flaws, middle-grade girls should enjoy the ride. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A 12-year-old girl who freelances as a restaurant reviewer (her employer doesn't know her age) finds it increasingly difficult to keep her job secret from her parents while dealing with the problems of being a first-time camper and counselor-in-training. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >