WHY DOGS HAVE WET NOSES by Kenneth Steven
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 1, 2015

"Sheer delight. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A fanciful retelling of the story of Noah and the Ark doubles as a pourquoi tale. Read full book review >
ON THE SHOULDER OF A GIANT by Neil Christopher
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 1, 2015

"Kids will readily warm to this gentle giant from the frozen North. (Picture book/folk tale. 5-8)"
"Inukpak was huge, even for a giant." Read full book review >

PAPA'S BACKPACK by James Christopher Carroll
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 1, 2015

"Heart-deep comfort for children of deployed soldiers, with resplendent illustrations. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Papa has gone for a soldier, and in poetic language, a bear cub imagines going along. Read full book review >
BASEBALLOGY by Kevin Sylvester
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 1, 2015

"Still, as well as a browser's delight, a wide-angled, if fragmentary and heavily pixelated, overview of the sport as it was and is today. (Nonfiction. 8-11)"
Even confirmed students of the sport will have something to learn from this fannish assemblage of baseball facts and trivia. Read full book review >
ALL THE LOST THINGS by Kelly Canby
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 1, 2015

"While full of warmth, this picture book unfortunately loses sight of its young audience. (Picture book. 4-8)"
When Olive discovers "all the lost things" in a mysterious place beneath the city, she decides to bring back hope, memory, and humor for those above. Read full book review >

HOW BIG IS BIG? HOW FAR IS FAR? by Dorothee Soehlke-Lennert
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 1, 2015

"Amusing as it is to learn that the queen of England's crown 'weighs 75 servings of cotton candy,' the overall concept is better served by systematic treatments, such as Lita Judge's How Big Were Dinosaurs? (2013). (Informational picture book. 6-8)"
In a spirit of free association, a Belgian illustrator pulls together assorted animals and objects natural or otherwise to demonstrate the subjective nature of height, weight, distance, speed, and strength. Read full book review >
THE GREAT AND MIGHTY NIKKO by Xavier Garza
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 1, 2015

"One, uno; two, dos; three, tres¡LUCHA! (Bilingual picture book. 3-6)"
What's better than one wrestler jumping on the bed? Ten of them! Read full book review >
THE GREEDY RAINBOW by Susan Chandler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 1, 2015

"Though unapologetically didactic, its lesson is nevertheless both valuable and deftly delivered. (Picture book. 3-6)"
When the rainbow goes on a forest frolic with Monkey, all the colors begin to fade. Can Monkey and his friends get them back? Read full book review >
SCARECROW MAGIC by Ed Masessa
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 30, 2015

"Share with kids who like their spooky stories more silly than scary. (Picture book. 3-6)"
What happens to a scarecrow under the glow of a full moon? He leads a night of fun and frolic with other nocturnal creepy creatures. Read full book review >
BELIEVE IT OR NOT, MY BROTHER HAS A MONSTER! by Kenn Nesbitt
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 30, 2015

"This title could be a fit for those kids whose imaginations occasionally run amok or those whose memories of actual events get wildly embellished. (Picture book. 5-7)"
A boy is horrified as his older brother collects increasing numbers of scary and creepy creatures—and brings them all in the house! Read full book review >
FIRST GRADE, HERE I COME! by Tony Johnston
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 30, 2015

"Skip. (Picture book. 4-6)"
A redheaded boy imagines the fun he will have in first grade if he just has five friends to share it with. Read full book review >
BILLY AND GOAT AT THE STATE FAIR by Dan Yaccarino
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 30, 2015

"Billy's experience may encourage young children who share his attitude toward new adventures to screw their courage to the sticking place. (Picture book. 5-7)"
A shy lad and his horned, adventurous best buddy take in the state fair. The lights! The rides! The corn dogs! Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kate Beaton
July 21, 2015

Kate Beaton is the author/illustrator of the No. 1 New York Times bestseller Hark! A Vagrant! Now she is also a picture book author and illustrator with the recent release of The Princess and the Pony. Princess Pinecone knows exactly what she wants for her birthday this year. A big horse. A strong horse. A horse fit for a warrior princess! But when the day arrives, she doesn't quite get the horse of her dreams. “Where else can readers find hipster warriors, anime influences, perfectly placed fart jokes, a hidden ugly-sweater contest, and a skirmish packed with delightful nonsense (llamas! knights! hot dogs! turtle costumes!)—and have it all make such wonderful sense?” writes our reviewer in a starred review. “Instead of breaking bones, this warrior princess breaks the mold—and Beaton is in a class of her own.” View video >