THE HUNT FOR THE MAGIC PEARL by Shirley G. Perry-Church
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 26, 2015

"A fun, exciting underwater romp."
Mermaid glamour meets action and suspense in Perry-Church's vividly imagined debut fantasy book for children. Read full book review >
Brisko: A True Tale of Survival by Steven Paul Winkelstein
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 23, 2014

"An amazing story of survival and hope that will resonate with audiences of all ages."
Winkelstein's (Elephant, Elephant, Come Alive!, 2011, etc.) YA novel offers the compelling account of a Holocaust survivor. Read full book review >

NALAH GOES TO MAD MOUSE CITY by Anne Sawyer-Aitch
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 20, 2014

"A wonderfully illustrated, not-too-serious story that may make children eager to visit a mouse town and try taffy hairstyles."
A mischievous young girl visits a mouse city and invites all its residents to a picnic in this boldly illustrated tale by Sawyer-Aitch (Nalah and the Pink Tiger, 2013). Read full book review >
MOMMY GOES TO THE OFFICE by Gulden Mesara-Dogan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 13, 2015

"A must-have introduction to the workplace for young children."
This debut children's book takes a look at a mother's workday. Read full book review >
KEYS TO ATLANTIS by Sally Copus
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 5, 2015

"A sensational, exhilarating adventure that will make new readers want to read the series' first."
Time traveler Jon Sinclair returns to the 17th century to find the lost city of Atlantis in the second installment of Copus' (BlackHeart's Legacy, 2012) middle-grade adventure series. Read full book review >

DOGS DON'T TALK by Nancy May
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 23, 2015

"A heartwarming and realistic YA story."
A young man explores the intricacies of friendships, family, and growing up in debut author May's keenly perceptive coming-of-age novel. Read full book review >
GREATER THAN GOLD by Gayle Eggen Aanensen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"A fresh, openhearted Christmas story about grief and acceptance."
Aanensen's (Summer of the Suffragists, 2012, etc.) earnest chapter book tells the story of two Christmases, one ancient, one contemporary. Read full book review >
FLUTTER AND HUM/ALETEO Y ZUMBIDO by Julie Paschkis
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"Readers would be hard-pressed to find a snappier introduction to language appreciation, poetry and vocabulary enrichment. (author's notes) (Bilingual picture book/poetry. 3-10)"
A striking exploration of the animal kingdom in bilingual poems. Read full book review >
MISS MARY MACK by Lucy Bell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 15, 2015

"An excellent take on an excellent song. (Board book. 6 mos.-2)"
The classic song gets put to the page. Read full book review >
THE GREEDY RAINBOW by Susan Chandler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 1, 2015

"Though unapologetically didactic, its lesson is nevertheless both valuable and deftly delivered. (Picture book. 3-6)"
When the rainbow goes on a forest frolic with Monkey, all the colors begin to fade. Can Monkey and his friends get them back? Read full book review >
R IS FOR ROCKET by Tad Hills
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 7, 2015

"Though this lacks the originality and fizz of How Rocket Learned to Read (2010), it nevertheless reinforces the pup's positive literacy efforts. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Adorable Rocket the dog and his many pals (including a moonlighting Goose) return in a new story centered on the alphabet. Read full book review >
LULLABY AND KISSES SWEET by Lee Bennett Hopkins
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 3, 2015

"Young board-book listeners will be happy when their caregivers take Hopkins' advice: 'Read to me—then— / read to me / read to me / again and again.' (Board book. 1-3)"
In his first collection for toddlers, master anthologist Hopkins has organized 30 poems by over 20 poets in five sections: "Family," "Food," "Firsts," "Play," and "Bedtime." 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 >