MAMA SEETON'S WHISTLE by Jerry Spinelli
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"If nothing else, the book will make kids eager to practice whistling. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Lauren Bacall's quote about whistling is classic, but when it comes to puckering, no one tops Mama Seeton. Read full book review >
LOOK OUT FOR BUGS by Jen Prokopowicz
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 8, 2015

"For appreciation rather than information, this is an interesting addition to the environmental shelf. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Photographs of a series of cut-paper dioramas form this seek-and-find puzzle book starring hidden creatures in the natural world. Read full book review >

HAVE YOU SEEN MY MONSTER? by Steve Light
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 8, 2015

"Gently educational and greatly entertaining. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A little girl searches for her monster in every corner of the county fair. Read full book review >
ALIEN INVASION IN MY BACKYARD by Ruben Bolling
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 7, 2015

"A credible bit of sleuthing and a spectacular escalation factor give this opener a bit of bounce. (Mystery/fantasy. 8-10)"
A seemingly insignificant clue leads three young would-be detectives to mind-blowing adventures in their outwardly ordinary suburban neighborhood. Read full book review >
LOST IN NYC by Nadja Spiegelman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 7, 2015

"Required reading for anyone, tourist or resident, mystified by or anxious about using arguably the greatest public-transportation system on the planet. (further reading) (Graphic picture book. 7-10)"
A student new to both New York City and subways loses his class on the way to the Empire State Building. Read full book review >

IZZY & OSCAR by Allison Estes
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 7, 2015

"A grand addition to any pet-themed read-aloud session. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Pirate captain Izzy finds a treasure of a pet in an octopus. Read full book review >
TURTLE AND ME by Robie H. Harris
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 7, 2015

"Though she breaks little new ground, Harris attacks a common childhood anxiety with her customary smarts and bracing lack of sentiment. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Mussed, chewed, torn, stained—no matter what condition this stuffed animal is in, it remains dearly loved. Read full book review >
INSIDE THIS BOOK by Barney Saltzberg
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 7, 2015

"An absolutely nifty invitation to children to create and share their own wee books. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Every child has a story inside...or two or three or more. Read full book review >
THE WHALE IN MY SWIMMING POOL by Joyce Wan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 7, 2015

"Both very silly and very appealing. (Picture book. 4-6)"
A little boy of pleasingly indeterminate ethnicity goes out to his little backyard inflatable pool to find a whale in it. Read full book review >
THE YEAR OF THE THREE SISTERS by Andrea Cheng
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 7, 2015

"This unique sisterhood beats with a gentle heart. (pronunciation guide) (Fiction. 8-10)"
In this fourth novel of the Anna Wang series, seventh-grader Anna can hardly believe her waitress friend from China is coming to America. Read full book review >
STICK AND STONE by Beth Ferry
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 7, 2015

"A light, enjoyable approach to a recognizable narrative about making—and helping—friends. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A lonely tree branch and rock find friendship and strength together. Read full book review >
WILD ABOUT US! by Karen Beaumont
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 7, 2015

"A gleeful look at self-acceptance (and don't forget to search for the hidden fly). (Picture book. 4-8)"
Various zoo animals celebrate their favorite features, warts and all. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >