FIRST GRADE DROPOUT by Audrey Vernick
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 7, 2015

"A sure conversation-starter about empathy. (Picture book. 5-9)"
In typical child fashion, an embarrassing slip of the tongue leads one young blond boy to want to drop out of school altogether. Read full book review >
DAD'S FIRST DAY by Mike Wohnoutka
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 7, 2015

"By the end of the book, readers will be all set for school too: this is sure to provoke shared laughter that will calm the fears of even the most unready parents. (Picture book. 3-7)"
With tongue firmly in cheek, Wohnoutka recognizes that kids going to school for the first time aren't the only ones who are nervous. Read full book review >

COLORS by Virginie Graire
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 7, 2015

"Though it is flawed, there is enough in this book to engage and entertain both babies and their adult readers. (Board book. 6 mos.-2)"
A concept board book introduces little ones to colors. Read full book review >
BABY'S FIRST WORDS by Maxine Davenport
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 7, 2015

"Still, the cheerful designs and easy handling make this and the others in the Baby's First series a good way to practice page-turning and vocabulary with pre-talkers. (Board book. 6-18 mos.) "
Full Review: Extremely thick pages with curved edges make this early ABC a sturdy and safe choice for the youngest learners. Read full book review >
FALL IS HERE! by Frankie Jones
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 7, 2015

"Use this simple, effective title with its companion or pair it with other seasonal offerings to explore autumn with babies and toddlers. (Board book. 6 mos-2) "
A brief introduction to the signature components of fall in temperate climates as discovered by a puppy, kitty, and squirrel. Read full book review >

TEN MONSTERS IN THE BED by Katie Cotton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 7, 2015

"A distinct change of pace from the cute clucks and oinks of Noisy Farm (2013) and like sound-makers. (Picture book/novelty. 2-6)"
Setting new standards for gross sound effects, 10 monsters snore, scream, scratch, hiccup, belch, or worse as they tumble one by one out of an overcrowded bunk bed. Read full book review >
JANE FOSTER'S 123 by Jane Foster
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 7, 2015

"A fetching and effective introduction to the world of numbers. (Board book. 3 mos.-2)"
A simple and stylish counting book. Read full book review >
BOY, WERE WE WRONG ABOUT THE WEATHER! by Kathleen V. Kudlinski
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 7, 2015

"A humorous take on an endlessly interesting subject. (timeline, websites) (Informational picture book. 5-8)"
From dancing to appease a weather god to observing and investigating with modern scientific tools, humans have come a long way in their understanding of the weather. Read full book review >
DRAGON JELLY by Claire Freedman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 7, 2015

"After one reading, the party is over—pass. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A cuddly, lime-green monster gets ready for a bash. Read full book review >
SPOOKY POOKIE by Sandra Boynton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 7, 2015

"A pleasant holiday spent with a perfectly charming character. (Board book. 1-3)"
One of Boynton's signature characters celebrates Halloween. Read full book review >
HITLIST by K. Rawson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 2, 2015

"A precise portrait of the teen zeitgeist that reassures readers that, despite indications to the contrary, the kids are all right."
An impulsive high school cyber-prank spirals dangerously out of control in Rawson's visceral, compelling debut YA novel. Read full book review >
THE SNAKE WHO SAID SHHH... by Jodie Parachini
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 1, 2015

"A satisfying jungle tale for young readers and listeners. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Who ever heard of a snake that can't hiss? Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >