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
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >