A BRUSH FULL OF COLOUR by Margriet Ruurs
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"A child-friendly introduction to an iconic, wonderfully accessible and quintessentially Canadian artist. (Picture book/biography. 5-8)"
"Painting is the last great freedom. You can paint what you like." Read full book review >
THE RED BICYCLE by Jude Isabella
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"Well-meant but more didactic than entertaining. (Informational picture book. 8-10)"
When Leo outgrows his beloved red bicycle, he sends it to Burkina Faso, where it takes on new lives. Read full book review >

DINO-MIKE AND THE T. REX ATTACK by Franco
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"Like Sam with those hot dogs, readers eager to snap up any dino-story will make quick work of this tongue-in-cheek romp. (Science fiction. 8-10)"
The appearance of a live T. Rex near a fossil dig kicks off a wild round of dino-antics in this series kickoff from an Eisner Award-winning comics writer. Read full book review >
BIRTHDAY RULES by Laurie Friedman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"Other birthday-themed books present more realistic versions of these annual celebrations, acknowledging that most parties are not all fun and games and that a little rain falls on every parade. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Percy Isaac Gifford shares his rules for maximizing birthday fun. Read full book review >
HARE AND TORTOISE RACE ACROSS ISRAEL by Laura Gehl
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"If the story teaches any lesson at all, it's this: A short attention span can be a glorious thing, particularly in a place like this. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Anyone who knows "The Tortoise and the Hare" probably remembers the moral: Slow and steady wins the race. This version of the story has a second moral: Go to Israel. Read full book review >

THE WREN AND THE SPARROW by J. Patrick Lewis
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"A lyrical look at a horrific time; an appeal to the necessity of remembering. (afterword) (Picture book. 6-10)"
An old man called the Wren because of the beautiful music he makes must give up his beloved instrument during the Nazi occupation of his Polish town. Read full book review >
I SAY SHEHECHIYANU by Joanne Rocklin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"A sweet year for all. (Picture book. 3-8)"
A little girl experiences a year of joyous events and traditions. Read full book review >
PITTER AND PATTER by Martha Sullivan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"An unusually striking glance at the water cycle. (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
Startlingly realistic artwork takes readers through the water cycle. Read full book review >
ELEPHANTS CAN'T JUMP! by Jeanne Willis
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"Elephant may fail spectacularly, but this is a success story through and through. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The old adage that if you dream it, you can do it gets (rightfully) turned on its head in this sweet concoction. Read full book review >
THE FIRST SLODGE by Jeanne Willis
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"From the primordial ooze to the red fruit, the illustrations serve to reinforce the Adam and Eve metaphor, and the whole thing may leave readers rooting for the serpentlike Snawk. (Picture book. 4-7)"
The prolific Willis' offbeat fable of cooperation and sharing features a solitary green, bipedal, two-armed, sluglike being called a Slodge. Read full book review >
WHEN YOU NEED A FRIEND by Suzanne Chiew
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"Young listeners will readily embrace this warm tale of friendship, cooperation and community. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Is there someone you count on through thick and thin? Read full book review >
MEET DIZZY DINOSAUR! by Jack Tickle
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"Tailor-made for ticklers and ticklees alike. (Picture book. 1-3)"
From authorial pseudonym on, an invitation to interact with a jolly red dinosaur. 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 >