THE SNOW BEAST by Chris Judge
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"The short and clever text and colorful images make this book a great read-aloud for wintertime story hours and cozy nights at home with the little ones. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A quirky and snowy tale of affable beasts and friendship in unexpected places. Read full book review >
RED CAR, BLUE CAR by Jonathan Litton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Unexceptional in content but at least unusually durable. (Pop-up board book. 1-3)"
A sprightly color rhyme urges toddlers to climb aboard seven pop-up vehicles, from yellow bus to orange rocket. Read full book review >

BOATS FLOAT! by George Ella Lyon
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Young navigation enthusiasts, from bathtub ships' captains to ocean-cruiser wannabes, will enjoy this voyage. (Picture book. 4-7)"
THE WAY TO SCHOOL by Rosemary McCarney
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"This is both a fascinating look at school around the world and a very subtle message to readers to appreciate what they have. (Informational picture book. 4-10)"
Riding the school bus will lose some of its allure and excitement but not its value for readers after seeing how kids around the world get to school. Read full book review >
OSCAR AND THE AMAZING GRAVITY REPELLENT by Tina L.  Peterson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Although Oscar successfully resolves his bully problem and his clumsiness, the draw here is the magic, not the somewhat bromidic bibliotherapy. (Fantasy. 8-11)"
Chronically clumsy Oscar presents an easy target for bullies—until he discovers a magical anti-gravity solution. Read full book review >

SLOTH SLEPT ON by Frann Preston-Gannon
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A neatly paced, cleverly presented, humorous lesson in awareness. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Finding an alien animal asleep in the tree in their garden, children question what it is, making a surprising discovery while overlooking the obvious. Read full book review >
THE PRINCE WHO WAS JUST HIMSELF by Silke Schnee
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"The author, herself the mother of a child with Down syndrome, and the illustrator ably introduce a difficult subject in a fictional context with a light, sure touch. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-8)"
A gentle fairy tale about a young prince with Down syndrome who saves his kingdom from a menacing knight. Read full book review >
THE MYSTERY OF THE ZORSE'S MASK by Linda Joy Singleton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"This is straight-up series fiction, but it's well-done, and mystery aficionados, especially those who love animals, will find it entertaining and enjoyable. (Mystery. 8-12)"
Three middle school friends try to figure out who abused a zorse (horse/zebra cross) and why the owner's adult son is so eager to get him back. Read full book review >
EDEN'S WISH by M. Tara Crowl
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Imaginative but uneven. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
A 12-year-old genie longs to live outside her lamp. Read full book review >
HURRY UP, ILUA! by Nola Helen Hicks
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Girl power and sibling affection combine with the far north setting for a sweetly memorable tale. (glossary) (Picture book. 3-5)"
A young Arctic ground squirrel enjoying the last few moments of sunshine risks being caught outside when winter falls. Read full book review >
BIRD by Beatriz Martin Vidal
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"An (av)i(a)nvitation to wonder. (Picture book. 4-7)"
This wordless picture book invites readers to make meaning of its mysterious characters' flights. Read full book review >
THE FULL MOON AT THE NAPPING HOUSE by Audrey Wood
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Fans will doubtless be happy to revisit old friends, but they will probably still reach for the original more than this once the novelty wears off. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Thirty-one years after a wakeful flea roused the heaped-up sleepers in The Napping House, a full moon finds the household struggling to get back to sleep.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 >