IT'S A SEASHELL DAY by Dianne Ochiltree
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 12, 2015

"A charming beach-day book to share with a young child beginning to show interest in the natural world. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A cute, curly-headed boy and his young mother, both Caucasian, head to the beach for a day of collecting seashells. Read full book review >
MRS. NOODLEKUGEL AND DROOLY THE BEAR by Daniel Pinkwater
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 12, 2015

"Utterly, endearingly ridiculous. (Fiction. 5-9)"
Is there a Mr. Noodlekugel? Apparently the answer is yes. Read full book review >

DAREDEVIL DUCK by Charlie Alder
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 12, 2015

"Simple, sweet, and very effective. (Picture book. 3-6)"
He braves the wild and performs daring stunts...in his dreams. Read full book review >
WITH A FRIEND BY YOUR SIDE by Barbara Kerley
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 12, 2015

"Though it treads perilously close to inspirational blandness, this book will serve to comfort those seeking friends of their own and inspire others to expand their friendship circles. (Picture book. 6-8)"
The concept of friendship earns itself another tribute picture book, this time with crisp, stunning photographs to match. Read full book review >
ADVENTURES WITH WAFFLES by Maria Parr
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 12, 2015

"Filled with both rollicking escapades and poignant moments, Parr's notable tale portrays a young boy's heartfelt appreciation of family and friends. (Fiction. 8-11)"
Next-door neighbors in a small Norwegian town share mishaps and mischief. Read full book review >

BAYOU MAGIC by Jewell Parker Rhodes
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 12, 2015

"Adventure-seeking girls with a taste for mermaids need apply. (Magical realism. 8-12)"
Infused with a whimsical sense of adventure, Rhodes' latest draws life from the mystical aura of the Louisiana bayou, braiding it with threads of environmental consciousness. Read full book review >
UNUSUAL CHICKENS FOR THE EXCEPTIONAL POULTRY FARMER by Kelly Jones
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 12, 2015

"A delightful protagonist, interesting fowl of various breeds and a cast of appealing second-string characters make this a top pick for young readers, poultry fanciers or not. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Moving to the farm her family inherited from Great-Uncle Jim, Sophie Brown, 12, discovers a flyer from a local poultry purveyor promoting its "unusual chickens" and quickly discovers it's not false advertising. Read full book review >
SIX by M.M. Vaughan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 12, 2015

"Inventive, entertaining and thought-provoking. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Three kids, a pet pig and a helpful chauffeur must unravel a mystery of cosmic proportions. Read full book review >
BUCK'S TOOTH by Diane  Kredensor
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 12, 2015

"Lots of sight words, full-color cartoon illustrations, easy-to-read speech bubbles, humor, and lots of likable characters add up to a surefire hit for new readers. (Early reader. 4-8)"
Buck is a beaver with just one front tooth—but it's a big one! 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 >
LUNA AND ME by Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 12, 2015

"A gentle introduction to environmental activism for the very young. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A nature lover called Butterfly saves a redwood by living up in the tree for 738 days. Read full book review >
WOODPECKER WHAM! by April Pulley Sayre
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 12, 2015

"Attractive and surprisingly informative, this should join the duo's Eat Like a Bear (2013) on every preschool and primary nature shelf. (Informational picture book. 3-8)"
With bouncy verse and colorful illustrations, an experienced picture-book team introduces a familiar bird. 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 >