GOOD NIGHT, KNIGHT  by Betsy Lewin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2015

"Clear text, amusing illustrations, and a captivating easy-to-read story make this a winner for horse-loving emerging readers. (Early reader. 4-6)"
Knight and Horse follow their dreams— literally. Read full book review >
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 >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >