SECRETS OF WINTER by Carron Brown
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A one-trick pony unlikely to tempt readers into a second ride. (Informational novelty picture book. 6-8)"
Holding alternate pages up to a light reveals animals hiding, sleeping, or foraging through a winter night. Read full book review >
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 >

THE COLOR THIEF by Andrew Fusek Peters
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Subtle as a rock but likely to be more effective than many other bibliotherapeutic titles. (Picture book. 6-9)"
The colors leach out of a child's bright world when his father is afflicted with depression. Will they ever return? Read full book review >
THE RED APPLE by Feridun Oral
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A worthy tale, if not very well thought out nor the comic gold of Eric Rohmann's similar, Caldecott-winning My Friend Rabbit. (2002). (Picture book. 6-8)"
How will hungry Rabbit reach the apple hanging so far out of reach? With help from friends, of course! 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 >

DINOSAURS! by Sheri Safran
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Lacklusterus nonstarteris. (Informational pop-up. 4-6)"
Eight dinos pose fetchingly in this hand-sized pop-up gallery. 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 >
THE NUTCRACKER COMES TO AMERICA by Chris Barton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Nutcracker aficionados can enjoy a background overture to a Christmas classic. (author's note, illustrator's note, timeline, summary, photographs, further reading) (Picture book/biography. 5-10)"
From Russia with battling mice and waltzing flowers. 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 NUTCRACKER'S NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS by Keith Brockett
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"This adroit amalgamation of two beloved Christmas stories will be best appreciated by children already familiar with both tales rather than as an introduction to The Nutcracker ballet. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A Christmas Eve performance of The Nutcracker ballet runs amok with multiple mishaps but is saved in the nick of time by the arrival on set of Santa Claus and his elves.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 >
’TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS by Clement C. Moore
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Not an exceptional edition of the poem but an accessible one. (Picture book. 2-6)"
This import from Great Britain features an extra-large format and sweet, soft-focus illustrations in a cheery interpretation of the favorite Christmas poem. 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 >