PIRATE'S LULLABY by Marcie Wessels
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Bedtime is already well-bedecked with piratical fare, but no one's going to object to just one more book of this kind, particularly when it's this good-natured. (Picture book. 3-6)"
On a vessel whose crew numbers two, a young boy uses his formidable avoidance techniques to put off bedtime for as long as possible. Read full book review >
SHARING THE BREAD by Pat Zietlow Miller
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"It may be a romantic view, but it is nevertheless a very appealing one. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A gentle rhyme scheme and a palette that brings to mind folk art shape a nostalgic and rather sentimental view of the holiday. Read full book review >

IN THE DEEP DARK DEEP by Ben Joel Price
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Visually striking but not so rich in the story department (Picture book. 4-7)"
The unlikely trio from Earth Space Moon Base (2014) now has a mystery to solve—this time in the dark depths under the sea.Read full book review >
FRIENDSHAPE by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Friends come in all shapes, but these four just may be the sweetest. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The ups and downs of friendship are explored in a geometric romp. Read full book review >
SIMON'S NEW BED by Christian Trimmer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Accepting what can't be changed is a lesson everyone has to learn, even big, boisterous dogs (and presumably young readers, as well). (Picture book. 4-7)"
A huge, tan dog named Simon learns to share his new dog bed with the family cat. Read full book review >

HOW TO BE A DOG by Jo Williamson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Deceptively simple but delightfully entertaining—if ethnically one-note. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A charming gray-and-white dog of indeterminate breed narrates a guide to finding a home and getting along with a new owner. Read full book review >
THE PLANS I HAVE FOR YOU by Amy Parker
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"With this ahistorical interpretation, this book shows a disregard for both free will and the gradual maturation of talents and personalities. (Picture book/religion. 4-7)"
God's address to the Hebrew exiles from the Old Testament book of Jeremiah is repurposed in this cheery picture book that emphasizes children's future careers. Read full book review >
MANGO, ABUELA, AND ME by Meg Medina
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"This warm family story is a splendid showcase for the combined talents of Medina, a Pura Belpré award winner, and Dominguez, an honoree. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Abuela is coming to stay with Mia and her parents. But how will they communicate if Mia speaks little Spanish and Abuela, little English? Could it be that a parrot named Mango is the solution? Read full book review >
MY TEACHER IS AN IDIOM by Jamie Gilson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Nothing to write home about. (Fiction. 7-12)"
Confusion about idioms plus rudeness in the cafeteria equals unpleasant consequences for second-graders Patrick and Richard. Read full book review >
HIAWATHA AND THE PEACEMAKER by Robbie Robertson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Expressive, handsome, and well-documented. (historical note, acknowledgments, author's note) (Picture book/folk tale. 5-10)"
Robertson, widely known for his work in the legendary group The Band, crafts a legend-based tale about the unification of warring tribes into what would become known as the Six Nations Iroquois Confederacy. Read full book review >
JUST LIKE I WANTED by Elinoar Keller
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 24, 2015

"A fine topic with compelling collage, hampered by poor verse. (Picture book. 4-7)"
While making a drawing, a girl adapts mistakes into new subject matter. Read full book review >
ALPHABET TRAINS by Samantha R. Vamos
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"All in all, this alphabet book lacks steam. (Alphabet picture book. 4-7)"
Almost every kind of vehicle has been alphabetized in a picture book. This companion to Alphabet Trucks (2013) chugs along, depending on rhyming text to identify the type and purpose of 26 trains.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 >