CRYBABY by Karen Beaumont
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"A winning choice for reading aloud in storytimes and a fine gift for a family with a new baby, with or without a dog. (Picture book. 3-8)"
A black Labrador retriever is the only family member who can soothe a crying baby in this humorous, cumulative story that cries out to be read aloud with plenty of sound effects. Read full book review >
FAB FOUR FRIENDS by Susanna Reich
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"First steps on the long and winding road. (author's note, endnotes, glossary) (Picture book/biography. 7-9)"
Four Liverpool lads determinedly dope out how to play their instruments and then make beautiful music together just in time for…Beatlemania! Read full book review >

IN THE CANYON by Liz Garton Scanlon
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"Nature lovers of all ages will welcome the easy accessibility of this Grand Canyon tribute. (Picture book. 3-10)"
The Grand Canyon? That nearly 2 billion-year-old, 277-mile-long, and 1-mile-deep "crevice" in northern Arizona? Never heard of it? Read full book review >
HARRIET THE INVINCIBLE by Ursula Vernon
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"Creatively fresh and feminist, with laughs on every single page. (Graphic/fantasy hybrid. 8-12)"
This new series from Dragonbreath's Vernon puts a wild spin on "Sleeping Beauty." Read full book review >
FIREFLY HOLLOW by Alison McGhee
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"This sweet and memorable tale deserves both a sequel and a film version. (Fantasy. 7-11)"
Firefly and Cricket, two tiny animals with big dreams, challenge the status quo by befriending a miniature giant (a boy named Peter)—and by pursuing their destinies with the help of an old river vole. Read full book review >

A WHOLE NEW BALLGAME by Phil Bildner
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"A school story with heart. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Fifth grade is, as the title indicates, a whole new ballgame for best friends Rip and Red. Read full book review >
FLUTTER AND HUM/ALETEO Y ZUMBIDO by Julie Paschkis
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"Readers would be hard-pressed to find a snappier introduction to language appreciation, poetry and vocabulary enrichment. (author's notes) (Bilingual picture book/poetry. 3-10)"
A striking exploration of the animal kingdom in bilingual poems. Read full book review >
BOO-LA-LA WITCH SPA by Samantha Berger
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 16, 2015

"The excess smothers any potential oohs and aahs. (Picture book. 4-6)"
It seems even witches like to treat themselves to a bit of TLC after the frenzy of Halloween. Read full book review >
KYLE GOES ALONE by Jan Thornhill
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 15, 2015

"A startlingly informative alternative to the run-of-the-mill potty book. (Picture book. 3-7)"
The call of nature prods a young three-toed sloth to go it alone. Read full book review >
KATIE MCGINTY WANTS A PET! by Jenna Harrington
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 13, 2015

"A light and good-natured introduction to following one's dreams, however crazy. (Picture book. 3-6)"
As surely as "Are we there yet?" there comes a time when the call goes out: "I want a pet." Katie wants a pet and a half, with stripes. Read full book review >
SOMETIMES I FEEL LIKE A FOX by Danielle Daniel
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"This book will fascinate children expanding their horizons and learning about other cultures (or, in the case of Anishinaabe kids, their own). (author's note) (Picture book. 5-8)"
An introduction to the Anishinaabe tradition of totem animals. Read full book review >
GRANT AND TILLIE GO WALKING by Monica Kulling
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"Though the factual information about Grant Wood is scanty, this fanciful story represents the power of friendship and the role of the familiar in the creative process. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-7)"
Loosely based on the life of Grant Wood, this is the story of the artist's search for inspiration and his discovery that home—and a cow named Tillie—was all he needed to be happy. 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 >