I AM HENRY FINCH by Alexis Deacon
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Small bird, big thoughts. Greatness achieved. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Can thinking change the world? Just ask Henry Finch! Read full book review >
LIKE A WOLF by Géraldine Elschner
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"It's hard not to feel for this good dog. (Picture book. 4-8)"
High-contrast, laser-cut images accompany a simple story about the destiny of a canine whose wolflike appearance and behavior lead it from imprisonment in a pound to a better life. Read full book review >

NONNA'S HANUKKAH SURPRISE by Karen Fisman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A lovely choice. (author's note) (Picture book. 5-8)"
When Rachel's special, new menorah is accidentally left on the plane, her resourceful Italian grandmother finds a way for the family to light candles and celebrate Hanukkah. Read full book review >
FROG AND FRIENDS CELEBRATE THANKSGIVING, CHRISTMAS, AND NEW YEAR'S EVE by Eve Bunting
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Frog and friends are a delightful group—entertaining, charming, and funny. Just the sort of friends anyone is glad to have. (Early reader. 5-7) "
Frog and his animal pals celebrate the winter holidays in this latest in Bunting's early-reader series. Read full book review >
THE CHRISTMAS COAL MAN by Joe Kulka
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"It's hard to dig up a new angle on Santa's cast of helpers, but the Coal Man is a nugget of originality. (Picture book. 4-7) "
A new helper for Santa is introduced as an elderly, elfin man who provides the lumps of coal for the stockings of naughty boys and girls. Read full book review >

THAT'S (NOT) MINE by Anna Kang
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A simple, direct addition to the 'sharing' shelf. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The creators of 2015 Geisel Medal winner You Are (Not) Small take on an even more fundamental concept.Read full book review >
THE FULL MOON AT THE NAPPING HOUSE by Audrey Wood
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Fans will doubtless be happy to revisit old friends, but they will probably still reach for the original more than this once the novelty wears off. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Thirty-one years after a wakeful flea roused the heaped-up sleepers in The Napping House, a full moon finds the household struggling to get back to sleep.Read full book review >
CAN YOU WHOO, TOO? by Harriet Ziefert
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Attractive, unusual, and unexpectedly informative. (Informational picture book. 2-6)"
Ziefert and Fatus explore and interpret familiar animal sounds. Read full book review >
A LESSON FOR THE WOLF by Rachel Qitsualik-Tinsley
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A gentle alternative to Bernard Waber's 'You Look Ridiculous,' Said the Rhinoceros to the Hippopotamus (1966) and other self-acceptance tales. (Picture book. 6-8)"
In this Arctic tale, a wolf discontented with his own nature tries on other animals' features, with dismal results. Read full book review >
HILO by Judd Winick
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A wholeheartedly weird and wonderful tale of friendship, acceptance, and robots. (Graphic science fiction. 7-12)"
Hailing from a big family of overachievers, D.J. feels largely unexceptional until he meets a strange boy who falls from the sky and helps him realize his potential. Read full book review >
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 >
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 >
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 >