LAST STOP ON MARKET STREET by Matt de la Peña
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 8, 2015

"This celebration of cross-generational bonding is a textual and artistic tour de force. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A young boy yearns for what he doesn't have, but his nana teaches him to find beauty in what he has and can give, as well as in the city where they live. Read full book review >
DEAR MR. WASHINGTON by Lynn Cullen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 8, 2015

"This collaboration's clever epistolary narrative and playful pictures present a fresh, remarkably humanizing view of our first president. (author's note) (Picture book. 5-8)"
Gilbert Stuart, George Washington's portraitist, had 12 children and fretted about his famous subject's unsmiling mien. These details inspire Cullen's story of three rambunctious siblings: Charlotte, James and Baby John Stuart. Read full book review >

Fribbet the Frog and the Tadpoles by Carole P. Roman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 7, 2015

"Another strong installment in the Captain No Beard series despite quieter action and the obvious educational bend."
Captain No Beard and his loyal crew hit the high seas amid tears, change, and friendship in Roman's (Captain No Beard and the Aurora Borealis, 2014) newest pirate picture book. Read full book review >
WHO WANTS A HUG? by Jeff Mack
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"Share widely. Few will be able to resist chuckling at this humorous yet heartwarming tale. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A big brown bear is generous with his hugs, and all the forest creatures appear to enjoy his embraces—except a grumpy, scheming skunk. Read full book review >
ZOMBIE IN LOVE 2 + 1 by Kelly DiPucchio
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"Rare is the entertaining story that has equal appeal at Valentine's Day and Halloween. Share with a slightly older audience who will fully appreciate the silly yet wonderfully gross details. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Zombie couple Mildred and Mortimer find a live baby on their doorstep. Although happy to be parents, taking care of a new baby often scares them to death. Read full book review >

PUPPY'S BIG DAY by Nick Bruel
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"Bad Kitty fans will certainly embrace Puppy's first outing since Poor Puppy (2007). (Graphic/fiction hybrid. 8-11)"
Puppy and Uncle Murray escape a rampaging Bad Kitty for a day's adventure on the town. Read full book review >
HISSY FITZ by Patrick Jennings
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"Not Jennings' best, but worth it for cat fans. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Can't a kitty catch a break for a nap? Not in the Fitz house. Read full book review >
A PLAGUE OF BOGLES by Catherine Jinks
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"Hints at the end of a larger story arc notwithstanding, this continuation never develops much steam or clear direction. (glossary of monsters and period slang) (Historical fantasy. 10-13)"
Jinks returns to Victorian London's fetid stews and ragged demimonde in this sequel to How to Catch a Bogle (2013).Read full book review >
ARE YOU MY MOMMY? by Joyce Wan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"A sweet and satisfying quest. (Board book. 6 mos.-2)"
A small bunny searches for its mother and learns all about barnyard animals along the way. Read full book review >
A WONDERFUL YEAR by Nick Bruel
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"From silly to quite touching, an array of emotions spans this whole wide, wonderful year. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A comics-style look at the seasons in four short episodes of buffoonery. Read full book review >
HOW TO GROW A FRIEND by Sara Gillingham
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"The slightly didactic message of tolerance and inclusiveness is made palatable by the gardening analogy, and this book will encourage young friendships to bloom. (Picture book. 2-4)"
This attractive picture book for the very young from accomplished illustrator and debut author Gillingham explores a thoughtful analogy between gardening and friendship. Read full book review >
WORST IN SHOW by William Bee
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"Just sublime. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Can Sidney win the Best Pet Monster in the World! competition? His best friendcertainly thinks so. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kate Beaton
July 21, 2015

Kate Beaton is the author/illustrator of the No. 1 New York Times bestseller Hark! A Vagrant! Now she is also a picture book author and illustrator with the recent release of The Princess and the Pony. Princess Pinecone knows exactly what she wants for her birthday this year. A big horse. A strong horse. A horse fit for a warrior princess! But when the day arrives, she doesn't quite get the horse of her dreams. “Where else can readers find hipster warriors, anime influences, perfectly placed fart jokes, a hidden ugly-sweater contest, and a skirmish packed with delightful nonsense (llamas! knights! hot dogs! turtle costumes!)—and have it all make such wonderful sense?” writes our reviewer in a starred review. “Instead of breaking bones, this warrior princess breaks the mold—and Beaton is in a class of her own.” View video >