I, FLY by Bridget Heos
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 10, 2015

"A breezy bucketful of buggy braggadocio, with tasty nuggets of well-digested natural history stirred in. (glossary, bibliography) (Informational picture book. 6-8)"
Why study boring old butterflies in school when there's a far buzzier insect on tap? A charismatic housefly eloquently states his kind's case. Read full book review >
CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE NERD KIND by Jeff Miller
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 10, 2015

"Space farce, to infinity and...well...if not beyond, then to Mars at least. (Science fiction. 10-12)"
Recovering a stolen NASA spacecraft turns out to be only the beginning for Neil and his crew of gonzo video gamers. Read full book review >

WELCOME TO THE NEIGHBORWOOD by Shawn Sheehy
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 10, 2015

"An auspicious debut, imparting a worthy message in playful language and harmonious, sophisticated paper design. (Informational pop-up book. 6-9)"
Seven big, multileveled pop-up versions of animal-built homes or other structures highlight nature's interconnectedness. Read full book review >
THE WHISPERING TREES by J.A. White
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 10, 2015

"This title has all the ingredients—a doughty heroine and her admirable younger brother, an unreliable guide who can't stay the same age for long, and a heavy 'ick' factor—to keep readers glued to it. (Fantasy. 11-15)"
This fantasy follow-up to A Path Begins (2014) continues the story of 12-year-old Kara Westfall and her brother, Taff, who escape their village by riding the mare Shadowdancer into the surrounding Thickety. Read full book review >
PIZZA by Frank Asch
by Frank Asch, illustrated by Frank Asch
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 10, 2015

"A sweetly simple story that hinges on not just Baby Bear's appetite, but his imaginative flights of fancy, too. (Picture book. 2-5)"
It may be hard for many American readers to believe, but Baby Bear has never had pizza before in this new offering from the beloved creator of Moonbear. Read full book review >

MAX'S MATH by Kate Banks
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 10, 2015

"Inventive. Bold. MAXimum fun! (Picture book. 3-8)"
Max is back in the fourth in his eponymous series of concept books. Read full book review >
ROLLER GIRL by Victoria Jamieson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 10, 2015

"Full of charm and moxie—don't let this one roll past. (Graphic fiction. 9-13)"
One summer changes everything for two 12-year-old girls whose friendship is tested when their interests—and attitudes—diverge. Read full book review >
TRICKY VIC by Greg Pizzoli
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 10, 2015

"An appealingly colorful, deadpan account of a remarkably audacious and creative criminal. (glossary, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 7-9)"
Geisel winner Pizzoli turns from early readers to biography with this story of a consummate 20th-century con man. Read full book review >
MS. RAPSCOTT'S GIRLS by Elise Primavera
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 10, 2015

"This is not an emotionally involving tale but one that's quirky and imaginative, aimed at middle-graders who like their fiction with a twist. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Aided by her two corgis, the headmistress of the Great Rapscott School for Girls of Busy Parents teaches her 8-year-old charges—Beatrice, Mildred, Fay and Annabelle, children whose parents don't have time for them—how to take care of themselves. Read full book review >
LITTLE BIRD TAKES A BATH by Marisabina Russo
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 10, 2015

"Simple and understated—and all the more enjoyable for it. (Picture book. 4-7)"
In the decidedly urban setting that Little Bird calls his own, he wakes up with a song—he always starts his day with a song—and looks for a puddle for a bath after the unpleasantness of the nighttime rain. Read full book review >
THE DEATH OF THE HAT by Paul B. Janeczko
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 10, 2015

"Another winning collaboration from two luminaries. (acknowledgements) (Picture book/poetry. 8-12)"
Janeczko and Raschka reunite for a fourth anthology, featuring poems spanning two millennia. Read full book review >
HIPPOS ARE HUGE! by Jonathan London
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 10, 2015

"The combined effect is a playful, clever introduction to the hippo that works for read-alouds or independent study. (index, author's note) (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
Hippos are huge, graceful and dangerous, as depicted in this colorful, informative book for the youngest naturalists. 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 >