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 >
CRYBABY by Karen Beaumont
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"A winning choice for reading aloud in storytimes and a fine gift for a family with a new baby, with or without a dog. (Picture book. 3-8)"
A black Labrador retriever is the only family member who can soothe a crying baby in this humorous, cumulative story that cries out to be read aloud with plenty of sound effects. Read full book review >
FAB FOUR FRIENDS by Susanna Reich
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"First steps on the long and winding road. (author's note, endnotes, glossary) (Picture book/biography. 7-9)"
Four Liverpool lads determinedly dope out how to play their instruments and then make beautiful music together just in time for…Beatlemania! Read full book review >
IN THE CANYON by Liz Garton Scanlon
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"Nature lovers of all ages will welcome the easy accessibility of this Grand Canyon tribute. (Picture book. 3-10)"
The Grand Canyon? That nearly 2 billion-year-old, 277-mile-long, and 1-mile-deep "crevice" in northern Arizona? Never heard of it? Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Libba Bray
author of LAIR OF DREAMS
August 25, 2015

In Lair of Dreams, the second installment of Libba Bray’s bestselling young adult Diviners series, after a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O'Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to "read" objects, and therefore, read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title "America's Sweetheart Seer." But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviners' abilities....Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer? “Weaving together a chilling mystery with a truly elusive solution, several poignant love stories, agonizing injustice, terrifyingly monstrous dreams, and even a cameo by legendary psychiatrist Carl Jung, this installment wraps enough up to satisfy but clearly sets the stage for more,” our reviewer writes in a rare starred review. “How will readers stand the wait?” View video >