EDMOND, THE MOONLIT PARTY by Astrid Desbordes
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 14, 2015

"Buy the book for the illustrations and for the concept of living in a tree, which every preschooler will love. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Three very different animal characters live in separate apartments in the old chestnut tree. Read full book review >
BIRDIE'S FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL by Sujean Rim
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 14, 2015

"Birdie is a delightful guide for those new to school, and parents may want to take a page from her mom's book and have a locket handy. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Birdie is back, and this time she is nervous about her first day of school. Read full book review >

BACKPACKS! by Julianne Moore
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 14, 2015

"Though the series continues, readers are not likely to want to meet Freckleface Strawberry and Windy Pants Patrick again. (Early reader. 4-7)"
Two students learn to own up to their mistakes—and not to put gum or doughnuts in their backpacks—in actor Moore's new early-reader series. Read full book review >
LUNCH, OR WHAT'S THAT? by Julianne Moore
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 14, 2015

"New readers deserve better. (Early reader. 4-7)"
Moore lampoons school lunches in this early-reader series outing. Read full book review >
KINDERGARTEN LUCK by Louise Borden
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 14, 2015

"There's a little luck in each person's day; here's hoping young children's eyes are open to theirs. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Theodore's gloomy morning improves when he finds a penny that brings him luck all day long. Read full book review >

RUFUS THE WRITER by Elizabeth Bram
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 14, 2015

"The idea is original and appealing, but the execution is less than inspiring. (Picture book. 4-7)"
"Rufus was watching a cloud shaped like a cushion turn into a cat when the idea first came to him. ‘I'm not going to have a lemonade stand this summer,' he said. ‘I'm going to have a story stand!' " Read full book review >
OVER IN THE WETLANDS by Caroline Starr Rose
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 14, 2015

"A reassuring portrayal of a remarkable event in an equally remarkable natural world. (Informational picture book. 3-7)"
Like the animals that live there, Louisiana wetlands can survive even a hurricane. Read full book review >
LILLIAN'S RIGHT TO VOTE by Jonah Winter
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 14, 2015

"A much-needed picture book that will enlighten a new generation about battles won and a timely call to uphold these victories in the present. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-8)"
In a book commemorating the Voting Rights Act of 1965, readers are introduced to 100-year-old black Alabaman Lillian, who recalls her long-delayed journey to exercise her American right to vote 50 years ago. Read full book review >
SERAFINA AND THE BLACK CLOAK by Robert Beatty
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 14, 2015

"Adults and children will eagerly follow Serafina from the basement into a world of self-discovery, justice, and new friendships. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Serafina mostly enjoyed her life at the Biltmore Estate until the other children started disappearing at night. Read full book review >
THE DOUBLECROSS by Jackson Pearce
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 14, 2015

"International espionage plus wacky high jinks equals plot-twisting fun. (Thriller. 8-12)"
An unlikely hero becomes a double agent to save his parents and possibly the whole world. Read full book review >
THE NEWBIES by Peter Catalanotto
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 14, 2015

"Comforting and reassuring. (Picture book. 4-8)"
There's a new baby coming, and Luke worries about his place in the family's changing configuration. Read full book review >
PLAYFUL PIGS FROM A TO Z by Anita Lobel
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 14, 2015

"Delightfully playful indeed. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Twenty-six pigs spend a glorious day playing with the alphabet. 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 >