TOUCH THE BRIGHTEST STAR by Christie Matheson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 26, 2015

"A delightful bedtime book that encourages both imaginative play and restorative rest. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A nocturnal companion to Matheson's Tap the Magic Tree (2013), this interactive picture book illuminates nighttime's wonders while shepherding readers toward sleep. Read full book review >
ELEPHANT JOE, BRAVE FIREFIGHTER! by David Wojtowycz
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 26, 2015

"A visual muddle makes for an early-reader fail. (Early reader. 4-6)"
Animal friends save the day when a dragon's birthday party gets out of hand in this graphic-novel addition to the venerable Step into Reading line. Read full book review >

ONE FAMILY by George Shannon
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 26, 2015

"A visually striking, engaging picture book that sends the message that everyone counts. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A playful counting book also acts as a celebration of family and human diversity. Read full book review >
DUCK'S VACATION by Gilad Soffer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 26, 2015

"While propelling energy lags, large storytime crowds may be able to infuse it with their own. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Duck's vacation is interrupted by readers; would they please just stop turning the pages? Read full book review >
WATER IS WATER by Miranda Paul
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 26, 2015

"An engaging and lyrical look at the water cycle. (water facts, further reading, bibliography) (Informational picture book. 6-10)"
A biracial brother and sister explore the out-of-doors (and a bit of mischief) through the four seasons in this poetic look at the many forms water takes on its trip through its cycle. Read full book review >

BILLY SURE, KID ENTREPRENEUR by Luke Sharpe
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 26, 2015

"Put this page-turner in the hands of those who appreciate a light read with a touch of mystery and humor. (Fiction. 8-11)"
Billy Sure is the envy of his peers, a whiz-kid who has turned his invention into a moneymaking success story. What could go wrong? Read full book review >
CAKES IN SPACE by Philip Reeve
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 26, 2015

"Campy, 1960s-style science fiction mixes with zany, kid-friendly ridiculousness for extreme fun. (Science fiction. 7-11)"
The American debut of an acclaimed British comedy. Read full book review >
THE ENCHANTED CHARMS by Geronimo Stilton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 26, 2015

"Adequate for its audience. (Fantasy. 7-10)"
The latest in the Kingdom of Fantasy series sends Geronimo Stilton on a scavenger hunt for magic items to stop an evil wizard. Read full book review >
THE SEARCH FOR BABY RUBY by Susan Shreve
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 26, 2015

"An entertaining thriller with a feel-good ending that, despite its over-the-top plot, showcases the emotionally resonant ties that bind sisters and families. (Thriller. 8-12)"
After her niece is kidnapped from a hotel room, 12-year-old Jess must find the baby and get her back. Read full book review >
THE FOG DIVER by Joel Ross
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 26, 2015

"It's a fresh approach, convincingly delivered, with overtones reminiscent of Dickens…the only thing missing is a sequel, which readers will hope won't be far behind. (Science fiction. 8-12)"
Adult novelist Ross (White Flag Down, 2007, etc.) makes his middle-grade debut with a boy's desperate search to save himself and his crew from a horrible fate in a post-apocalyptic future.Read full book review >
PRINCE OF A FROG by Jackie Urbanovic
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 26, 2015

"Fairy-tale fun for frog fans. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Who came first: the frog or the prince? Read full book review >
ICE CREAM SUMMER by Peter Sís
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 26, 2015

"Oh, yum. (author's note, further reading) (Picture book. 4-10)"
In ice cream colors, Sís delivers an encomium to summer, to the power of learning, and to that beloved, creamy-cold treat. 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 >