A DAY AT GRANDMA'S by Mi-ae Lee
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2015

"Part storybook, part parental resource; the lack of a clear purpose hurts this title. (Picture book. 3-7)"
After an overnight at Grandma's house, little Yujin looks forward to seeing her mother at the end of the day. Read full book review >
THE FRUITS WE EAT by Gail Gibbons
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2015

"This lacks the information of other nonfiction titles and the pizzazz of April Pulley Sayre's Go, Go, Grapes! (2012), but it may be just the ticket before a school trip to a farm. (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
The prolific Gibbons tackles fruits—how they grow, their parts, and what portions we eat. Read full book review >

JODIE'S SHABBAT SURPRISE by Anna Levine
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2015

"Kids probably wouldn't want to drink juice produced by bare feet, but that prospect is more intriguing than this minor effort. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A dog makes an unexpected discovery just before Shabbat. Read full book review >
GON, THE LITTLE FOX by Nankichi Niimi
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2015

"The startling and violent ending may make it difficult to find an audience, but it is a valuable introduction to a non-Western storytelling aesthetic. (Picture book. 7-10)"
An animal tale from the "Hans Christian Andersen of Japan" is now published in an English edition. Read full book review >
"COULD YOU LIFT UP YOUR BOTTOM?" by Hee-jung Chang
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2015

"An effective choice for developing shape recognition mixed with some salty fun. (Picture book. 3-6)"

ISLAND BIRTHDAY by Eva Murray
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2015

"This book engagingly invites young readers to explore a different lifestyle from a child's perspective. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Life on a remote Maine island can be frustrating for a typical kid who misses the conveniences that mainland residents take for granted. Read full book review >
I LOVE KISSES by Camilla de la Bédoyère
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2015

"Unfortunately, the Hallmark sentiments in the primary text make this book feel generic and just transitorily cute. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Fifteen examples of animal affection, which looks not so different than the human kind. Read full book review >
THE NESTING QUILT by Cathryn Falwell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2015

"A charming, heartwarming story tailor-made for alleviating anxieties about becoming a big sister. (Picture book. 4­-7)"
The impending arrival of a new baby has Maya reflecting that she and her family are nesting, "just like the birds." Read full book review >
NUTS IN SPACE by Elys Dolan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2015

"Light and playful, with busy action and energetic spoofs, this silly story is a good thing. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A space-adventure picture book featuring anthropomorphic animals…and nuts. Read full book review >
THE ADVENTURES OF BLACK DOG by Tiffany  Schmidt
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2015

"Perhaps future outings of the Shenandoah will prove more seaworthy. (Picture book. 4-7)"
It's Black Dog and the crew of the schooner Shenandoah to the rescue!Read full book review >
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MR CROC! by Jo Lodge
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2015

"Some literal jaw-dropping at the climax gives this party-hearty pop-up a big finish. (Pop-up picture book. 1-3)"
Toddlers who find Lodge's Happy Birthday Moo Moo (2001) a touch tame will happily fasten on this toothier follow-up, a British import.Read full book review >
HUNGRY COYOTE by Cheryl Blackford
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2015

"A beautiful tribute to a much-maligned animal with which we share our world. (Informational picture book. 3-7)"
We share our cities with coyotes. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Mona Eltahawy
April 28, 2015

In her debut book, Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution, Egyptian-American journalist and commentator Mona Eltahawy mounts an angry indictment of the treatment of women throughout the Arab world. Born in Egypt, she spent her childhood in London, moving with her family to Saudi Arabia when she was 15. Her shock was immediate and visceral: “It felt as though we’d moved to another planet whose inhabitants fervently wished women did not exist,” she recalls. Women could not travel, work or even go to a doctor’s appointment without male approval. We talk to Eltahawy this week on Kirkus TV about her arresting new book. View video >