FINDING THE MUSIC by Jennifer Torres
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 15, 2015

"An uplifting celebration of family, community, and culture. (author's note) (Bilingual picture book. 6-9)"
Reyna's abuelito was a mariachi musician, and today his prized vihuela, a small, high-pitched guitar, hangs in her family's restaurant. Read full book review >
WHERE TRIPLETS GO, TROUBLE FOLLOWS by Michelle Poploff
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 15, 2015

"An appealing idea for a chapter book but undistinguished in execution. (Fiction. 7-9)"
The Divine triplets, Lily, Daisy, and Violet, are alike in some ways and different in others, but they agree about their troublesome new puppy. Read full book review >

WHEN THE WIND BLOWS by Stacy Clark
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 15, 2015

"Intriguing, easily informative and even inspiring. (Informational picture book. 5-8)"
A poetic composition celebrates the power of the wind as a renewable-energy resource. Read full book review >
MARKET MAZE by Roxie Munro
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 15, 2015

"A great way to introduce kids to their foods' origins and to prepare them for a greenmarket visit of their own. (Interactive informational picture book. 4-8)"
With an interactive maze/map, Munro demystifies for children where all the items for sale at the farmers market originate. Read full book review >
SIMPLE MACHINES by David A. Adler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 15, 2015

"Still, this is as solid a look at simple machines as any that exists outside of dry textbooks, and at least readers can imagine a narrative for the two young boys. (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
Continuing to branch out into science concepts (Things That Float and Things That Don't, 2013), the math and biography whiz tackles the elementary topic of simple machines. Read full book review >

AMAZING PLANT POWERS by Loreen Leedy
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 15, 2015

"A strong demonstration of plant powers but a weak teaching tool. (plant projects, glossary) (Informational picture book. 5-8)"
Spike E. Prickles and his friends show off a wide variety of plant adaptations. Read full book review >
MR. HAPPY AND MISS GRIMM by Antonie Schneider
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 15, 2015

"Stick with the old standby: Roger Hargreaves' Mr. Happy (1980). (Picture book. 4-7)"
Attitude rubs off in this peculiar German import first published as Herr Glück & Frau Unglück.Read full book review >
ASTRID THE FLY by Maria Jönsson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 15, 2015

"Not natural history by any means, but this slice of (fly) life is beguilingly, infectiously whimsical. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Astrid the fly introduces readers to her (huge) family and their home behind the sofa in this Swedish import. Read full book review >
OWL BOY by Brian Schatell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 15, 2015

"An offbeat tale about following your dreams, no matter where they might lead (though older readers will note the cautionary tale of taking your passions a bit too far). (Picture book. 3-7)"
Al loves owls. Read full book review >
THIS IS MY ROCK by David Lucas
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 12, 2015

"A rocky climb to wisdom. (Picture book. 3-6)"
In another philosophical outing from Lucas (A Letter for Bear, 2013), a goat repels all comers from a rugged peak, then finds its claim of ownership a hollow one.Read full book review >
SWIMMING, SWIMMING by Gary Clement
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 12, 2015

"Friendship and a pool: the perfect summer combination, here captured to a T. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A quartet of friends—three boys and one girl—revel in the watery joys afforded by the local public pool. Read full book review >
TOM GATES by L. Pichon
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 12, 2015

"The only thing that materially distinguishes Tom Gates from Greg Heffley and his legions of pretenders is his accent; some readers may feel that's good enough. (Graphic/fiction hybrid. 8-12)"
That wimpy kid from across the pond returns in a sequel to The Brilliant World of Tom Gates (2014).Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer
authors of OFF THE PAGE
May 19, 2015

Meet Oliver, a prince literally taken from the pages of a fairy tale and transported into the real world. Meet Delilah, the girl who wished Oliver into being. In bestseller Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha van Leer’s new young adult novel, Off the Page, it’s a miracle that seems perfect at first—but there are complications. To exist in Delilah’s world, Oliver must take the place of a regular boy. Enter Edgar, who agrees to play Oliver’s role in the pages of Delilah’s favorite book. But just when it seems that the plan will work, everything gets turned upside down. We talk to the mother-daughter team on Kirkus TV. View video >