A MOUSE SO SMALL by Angela McAllister
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A cheerful story, but others tell it better and with more emotional power. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Molly Mouse learns that while she might be small, being a good friend is what counts in the end. Read full book review >
TEACH YOUR KIDS TO CODE by Bryson Payne
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Sophisticated concepts and serious programming make for an easy, enjoyable game for families. (Python setup information, Pygame setup instructions, module-building instructions, glossary, index, website address for updates) (Nonfiction. 8 & up)"
A programming manual for parents and kids to use together. Read full book review >

A PIRATE'S MOTHER GOOSE by Nancy I. Sanders
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Nit-picking aside, here be a collection that pint-sized pirates will be pleased to return to again and again. (Picture book/poetry. 3-8)"
Mother Goose exchanges sweet niceties for cutlasses, eyepatches, and gold teeth galore in this piratical updating of nursery-rhyme favorites. Read full book review >
FISH ON A DISH! by Jack Tickle
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Bouncy underwater fun. (Picture book. 2-5) "
A trio of peppy penguins has a surprisingly hard time catching a fish for dinner. Read full book review >
FINDERS KEEPERS by Shelley Tougas
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Entertaining and humorous; good light fare for middle graders. (Fiction. 8-12) "
A 10-year-old searches for Al Capone's lost treasure. Read full book review >

PLEASE SHARE, APHRODITE! by Joan Holub
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A gimmicky use of the Greek myths that falls flat. (Board book. 3-5)"
This entry in the Mini Myths series is meant to encourage sharing through the Greek myth of Aphrodite. Read full book review >
MY ROTTEN FRIEND by Stephanie J. Blake
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"While zombies appear to be the creature of this Halloween season, look elsewhere for an entertaining reading experience. (Picture book. 4-6)"
A friendship between a girl and a zombie goes awry. The results are downright frightening. Read full book review >
TRICK ARRR TREAT by Leslie Kimmelman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"While many would welcome a pirate-themed Halloween tale, this one isn't quite shipshape. (Picture book. 4-8)"
When a pack of kids decides to all dress up as pirates for Halloween, their imaginations almost get the best of them. Read full book review >
THE RUNAWAY PUMPKIN by Anne Margaret Lewis
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Little ones just beginning to celebrate Halloween are sure to chime in on the repeated refrain, 'you are my little pumpkin,' and be inspired to dream up all the exciting things they can take part in during Halloween night. (Picture book. 3-6)"
When a little pumpkin tells his mother about all the adventures he wants to have on Halloween, she makes loving preparations so that he will have the best time ever. Read full book review >
LIKE A WOLF by Géraldine Elschner
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"It's hard not to feel for this good dog. (Picture book. 4-8)"
High-contrast, laser-cut images accompany a simple story about the destiny of a canine whose wolflike appearance and behavior lead it from imprisonment in a pound to a better life. Read full book review >
THE RED APPLE by Feridun Oral
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A worthy tale, if not very well thought out nor the comic gold of Eric Rohmann's similar, Caldecott-winning My Friend Rabbit. (2002). (Picture book. 6-8)"
How will hungry Rabbit reach the apple hanging so far out of reach? With help from friends, of course! Read full book review >
CAN YOU WHOO, TOO? by Harriet Ziefert
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Attractive, unusual, and unexpectedly informative. (Informational picture book. 2-6)"
Ziefert and Fatus explore and interpret familiar animal sounds. 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 >