BUDDY AND EARL by Maureen Fergus
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"Earl and Buddy know the secret of camaraderie and play it out in fine form. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Two creatures find an unlikely friendship when one takes on the role of gagman and the other an unwitting straight man. Read full book review >
ONCE UPON A RAINY DAY by Édouard Manceau
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"Another playful imagination-stretcher from the author of Look! and Tickle Monster (both 2015). (Picture book. 6-8)"
A ravening wolf, several potential victims, a wild chase, an ambush, and a spectacular reversal of fortune make for an exciting tale—even when all the characters stay home due to bad weather. Read full book review >

THE LITTLE BOOK OF BIG FEARS by Monica Arnaldo
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"Other than the opportunity to commiserate with the children in these pages (while, one hopes, not picking up any new fears along the way), there is little for kids to take away from this. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Arnaldo explores some of the fears young children experience. Read full book review >
FRIGHT CLUB by Ethan Long
by Ethan Long, illustrated by Ethan Long
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"Long ably proves that 'when it comes to scaring, the more the merrier.' (Picture book. 4-8)"
The members of Fright Club are in for a surprise when a crew of cuddly critters wants to join and participate in Operation Kiddie Scare. Read full book review >
IT'S RAINING BATS & FROGS by Rebecca Colby
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"Share at Halloween or use as an example of playing with chants and rhymes. Perhaps this title will inspire many magical spells. (Picture book. 4-7)"
When gloomy weather threatens the Witch Parade, young Delia tries out various spells to change the weather. Read full book review >

THE FUN BOOK OF SCARY STUFF by Emily Jenkins
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"Jenkins and Yum perfectly portray the anxiety and false bravado of this delightful cast of characters who ultimately find fun in the scary stuff. (Picture book. 4-8)"
With the help of his two dogs, a boy attempts to tackle his fears—both imagined and real. Read full book review >
PEANUT BUTTER & BRAINS by Joe McGee
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"Run, don't shamble, to get this original zombie tale. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Everyone knows zombies love to eat brains. What happens when one has a taste for something else, instead? Read full book review >
SONYA'S CHICKENS by Phoebe Wahl
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"A reassuring story about death in the natural world, thoughtfully designed and illustrated. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A father's thoughtful explanation provides a helpful perspective for a child's loss. Read full book review >
MAD ABOUT MONKEYS by Owen Davey
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"A vast amount of information on monkeys is expertly delivered in both text and image without patronizing either readers or monkeys—a delight. (index) (Informational picture book. 5-10)"
An informational picture book about monkeys throughout the world. Read full book review >
TICKLE MONSTER by Édouard Manceau
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"Bonne nuit, chérie. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Matte black pages with blocks of solid geometric color and a white sans-serif type illustrate a small child's dialogue with an imaginary monster in the darkness before sleep. Read full book review >
MITFORD AT THE FASHION ZOO by Donald Robertson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"Sassy and inspiringly drawn: a funny, captivating treat for the eyes and imagination. (Picture book. 4-8)"
An aspiring fashionista gets a big break. Read full book review >
THE LAST BARGAIN by Samita Aiyer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"Steer clear of this one. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A rat learns to bargain in this picture book from India. 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 >