ONE THOUSAND THINGS by Anna Kövecses
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 3, 2015

"Not a radical departure from similar primary-level catalogs but still useful for building both verbal and visual working vocabularies. (Picture book. 1-4)"
Familiar figures and concepts depicted in a simple graphic style invite very young children to catalog and identify many of the items they might encounter in their everyday worlds. Read full book review >
MORE! by Tracey Corderoy
by Tracey Corderoy, illustrated by Tim Warnes
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Here is one case where more is definitely just right. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Who doesn't love getting a little more? Otto is an expert at "More!" Read full book review >

THOR SPEAKS! by Vicky Alvear Shecter
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Showing uncommon foresight, Thor bids adieu with a 'See ya next time, kid!' Return trips are definitely in the offing. (list of gods and monsters, glossary, sources, map, index) (Mythology. 10-13)"
Mortals, do you dare follow the god of "strength and weather and mighty muscles" on a tour through Norse mythology? Read full book review >
HOODOO by Ronald L. Smith
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Seekers of the scary and 'something different' need look no further. (Horror. 9-12)"
A sinister stranger stalks young Hoodoo Hatcher in rural 1930s Alabama. Read full book review >
LOULA AND MISTER THE MONSTER by Anne Villeneuve
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Like a stinky dog-lick on the nose, this simply silly picture book will bring smiles to little faces. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Loula fears Mama might have had it with their family's drooling, wagging, lunging, gargantuan Great Dane, Mister. Read full book review >

DOUBLE TROUBLE FOR ANNA HIBISCUS! by Atinuke
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A double pleasure for old friends and new readers alike. (Picture book. 3-7)"
When twins arrive, Anna Hibiscus finds it hard to share her extended family. Read full book review >
BALANCING ACT by Margaret Gurevich
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A delight for fashionistas everywhere. (Fiction. 9-13)"
Superfashionista Chloe, having won the Teen Design Diva reality TV show in series opener Making the Cut (2014), begins her internship at the New York offices of one of her favorite designers.Read full book review >
THE MYSTERY OF LIFE by Jan Paul Schutten
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A glib and occasionally spotty picture but eminently readable and generally on target. (end references, index) (Nonfiction. 11-13)"
A lighthearted view of the universe's progress, from the Big Bang to the evolution of bacteria, bonobos—and "Joe Schmo from Buffalo." Read full book review >
GIVE ME WINGS by Kathy Lowinger
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"This is a book that cries out for publication as an e-book with links to the music (and fewer sidebars); till then, readers will have to make do by finding the music on their own. (maps, timeline, further reading, index) (Nonfiction. 11-13)"
A biography of Ella Sheppard and the Jubilee Singers, the choir she co-founded. Read full book review >
DIA DE LOS MUERTOS by Roseanne Greenfield Thong
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"This enchanting presentation of the Día de los Muertos holiday will resonate with both those who are new to its traditions and those who have been celebrating for generations. (Picture book. 3-7)"
As the title suggests, Thong and Ballesteros celebrate a Latino holiday that, though it is becoming increasingly more popular in all parts of the United States, is still somewhat misunderstood by non-Latino Americans. Read full book review >
WAITING by Kevin Henkes
Kirkus Star
by Kevin Henkes, illustrated by Kevin Henkes
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Waiting as a joyful activity in itself is almost never celebrated; this Zen-like meditation might win some converts. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Five toys ranged on a windowsill exemplify existential pleasure. Read full book review >
ELEPHANT MAN by Mariangela Di Fiore
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"This compassionate summary of Joseph Merrick's life shows young readers that people can be 'measured by the soul' rather than appearances. (bibliography) (Historical fiction. 8-10)"
Di Fiore colors history with imagined scenes to humanize a man the world knew as the Elephant Man. 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 >