HELLO WORLD! by Paul Beavis
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A calmly surreal invitation to explore. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Mrs. Mo's Monster (2014), he of the snaggly teeth, spiky blue fur, and lolling pink tongue, is still in the attic. Read full book review >
WENDELL THE NARWHAL by Emily Dove
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Whether would-be musicians or not, children will find a lot to like in little Wendell. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Teamwork helps a narwhal to participate in an underwater orchestra. Read full book review >

THAT'S (NOT) MINE by Anna Kang
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A simple, direct addition to the 'sharing' shelf. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The creators of 2015 Geisel Medal winner You Are (Not) Small take on an even more fundamental concept.Read full book review >
BEST GRANDMA IN THE WORLD by Eleni Livanios
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"The bright colors of the pictures will appeal to little kids, but overall, this pales in creativity to other grandmother stories. (Picture book. 4-7)"
This German import portrays the relationships of seven animal grandmas and grandchildren in rhyming verse. Read full book review >
THE THREE LITTLE PIGS COUNT TO 100 by Grace Maccarone
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Count on other retellings for the fractured-fairy-tale shelf. (Math picture book. 3-6)"
The three little pigs take on math. Read full book review >

WHEN A DRAGON MOVES IN AGAIN by Jodi Moore
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"It doesn't matter whether or not they can be seen; there's a little bit of dragon inside each of us. Here's to dragon-taming. (Picture book. 3-8)"
In this companion to When a Dragon Moves In (2011), it turns out that castles of any sort, not just sand, attract dragons, so the soon-to-be-born baby's crib, with its crenellations and turrets at the corners, has an occupant even before mom gives birth. Read full book review >
THE FOX CHASE by Sven Nordqvist
by Sven Nordqvist, illustrated by Sven Nordqvist, translated by Tara Chase
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"These two comic characters are sly as any fox—and endearing to boot. (Picture book. 4-7)"
This 10th in the translated Swedish series has farmer Pettson and his talking cat, Findus, trying to outfox a fox. Read full book review >
A LESSON FOR THE WOLF by Rachel Qitsualik-Tinsley
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A gentle alternative to Bernard Waber's 'You Look Ridiculous,' Said the Rhinoceros to the Hippopotamus (1966) and other self-acceptance tales. (Picture book. 6-8)"
In this Arctic tale, a wolf discontented with his own nature tries on other animals' features, with dismal results. Read full book review >
THE SECRETS TO RULING SCHOOL (WITHOUT EVEN TRYING) by Neil Swaab
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Max's proposed campaign and Swaab's oblique storytelling style are equally engaging, though the latter definitely tends to work better. (Graphic/fiction hybrid. 10-12)"
Middle school newbies concerned about fitting in could do worse than fall for this breezy sales pitch from self-appointed "life coach" Max Corrigan. Probably. Read full book review >
MIGHTY MOLE AND SUPER SOIL by Mary Quattlebaum
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"There are few books available for young readers about these important soil-improvers, so this fills a niche. (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
With her own set of superpowers, a mole navigates underground, finding food, escaping predators, raising a family, and aerating and enriching the soil around her. Read full book review >
HILO by Judd Winick
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A wholeheartedly weird and wonderful tale of friendship, acceptance, and robots. (Graphic science fiction. 7-12)"
Hailing from a big family of overachievers, D.J. feels largely unexceptional until he meets a strange boy who falls from the sky and helps him realize his potential. Read full book review >
MCTOAD MOWS TINY ISLAND by Tom Angleberger
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Hendrix's richly detailed, brightly colored spreads make the book visually engaging, but on the whole it feels out of sync with evolving sensibilities and awareness. (Picture book. 3-5)"
McToad likes Thursdays, the day he mows Tiny Island. 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 >