THE THUNDER EGG by Tim J. Myers
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 7, 2015

"Well-meaning but flawed. (bibliography) (Picture book. 6-8)"
An original tale based in folklore about a Native American girl's willingness to help her people through the power of a mysterious stone. Read full book review >
POPPY'S BEST PAPER by Susan Eaddy
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 7, 2015

"Poppy's paper is hard-won but worth the A it gets. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Following her decision to become a writer when she grows up, Poppy takes a significant step in the right direction—after a few false starts. Read full book review >

THE CURIOUS WORLD OF CALPURNIA TATE by Jacqueline Kelly
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 7, 2015

"A warm, welcome stand-alone companion to Kelly's lauded debut. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Thirteen-year-old Calpurnia Virginia Tate of turn-of-the-20th-century Texas—introduced in the 2010 Newbery Honor-winning The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate—is more focused than ever on unlocking the secrets of the natural world.Read full book review >
BEASTLY BABIES by Ellen Jackson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 7, 2015

"Lots of fun. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A simple rhyming text celebrates some shared characteristics of baby animals. Read full book review >
BOB AND FLO by Rebecca Ashdown
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 7, 2015

"Here's hoping for a return of Bob and Flo…and for every preschooler to find a friendship like theirs. (Picture book. 2-5)"
On the first day of preschool, a bucket becomes the catalyst for a wonderful new friendship. Read full book review >

THE SCHOOL SHOW by Maria Gianferrari
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 7, 2015

"Penny and Jelly are sure to warm the hearts of both future talent-show contestants and readers who have similarly close canine friends. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The Peabody Elementary School Talent Show is a source of anxiety for Penny, who has no clear talent. Read full book review >
ROSIE GOES TO PRESCHOOL by Karen Katz
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 7, 2015

"Rosie provides a delightful introduction to preschool that will soothe first-day worries. (Picture book. 2-5)"
An endearing guide shows young children what preschool will be like. Read full book review >
MY FIRST DAY by Leilani Sparrow
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 7, 2015

"Ideal for new readers who are also new to school. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Written in the first person in a rollicking rhyme, this look at a little bear's first school day will reassure those just starting preschool or kindergarten. Read full book review >
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 >
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 >