FOOD & COOKING
Released: Feb. 28, 2012

"Sure to become a standard go-to for elementary teachers and gardeners alike, this is bound to spark some backyard explorations. (Informational picture book. 4-9)"
Zoehfeld's latest is a wonderfully informative and enjoyable journey through one family's backyard garden, from spring planting to fall harvest. Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 10, 2012

"Some readers won't make it through the most painful jokes, but those who do will see something marvelous building itself in front of their eyes. (Graphic novel. 6-9)"
Who says penguins are cute? Read full book review >

CROCODILE'S TEARS by Alex Beard
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2012

"Ecological storytelling at its finest. (author's note, glossary of endangered animals with colored photos) (Picture book. 4-8)"
Rhino and Tickbird's query about why Crocodile cries tears leads them from one animal to another, triggering troubling and provocative questions about Africa's endangered habitats and its vanishing wildlife. Read full book review >
BLOOD SUN by David Gilman
ADVENTURE
Released: Dec. 27, 2011

"While not as believable or as enjoyable as Max's last adventure, this is still a solid read from start to breathless finish. (Thriller. 11-15)"
The third installment in the adventures of British teen Max Gordon, who continues his quest to learn more about his family's past. Read full book review >
THE LONELY PINE by Aaron Frisch
ANIMALS
Released: Dec. 15, 2011

"Beautifully turned phrases and perfectly captured descriptions beg for this to be used in middle- and high-school writing classes. (Picture book. 9-13)"
Poetic phrases and gorgeous illustrations introduce readers to the harsh environment of the Arctic. Read full book review >

ROSIE SPROUT'S TIME TO SHINE by Allison Wortche
FICTION
Released: Dec. 13, 2011

"A confusing, if visually attractive offering. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Rosie is pretty secure in her own skin, but, just once, she wants to be better than her classmate Violet at something. Read full book review >
THE CRAZY THINGS GIRLS DO FOR LOVE by Dyan Sheldon
FICTION
Released: Dec. 13, 2011

"Plenty of witty merriment for all high-school social sets. (Chick-lit comedy. 12-18)"
Superior comic writing combined with a major snark factor turns this full-on chick-lit outing into major fun. Read full book review >
SOMETHING TO HOLD by Katherine Schlick Noe
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Dec. 5, 2011

"The ever-present threat of forest fire makes a grimly effective backdrop to the gentle foreground of this engaging tale, chronicling how tolerance of difference engenders mutual respect and opens the door to necessary change. (author's note, glossary) (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
Kitty Schlick is apprehensive about starting sixth grade on Oregon's Warm Springs Indian Reservation, home to Paiute, Warm Springs and Wasco people, where her father's job has taken the family in 1962. Read full book review >
CHILLY MILLY MOO by Fiona Ross
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"Delightfully different, just like Milly Moo. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Individuality is the order of the day on this farm, where milk production (or lack thereof) depends on the weather. Read full book review >
NATURE ADVENTURES by Mick Manning
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"A strong choice for explorers, artists and nature lovers. (glossary, safety note, list of poems and music, information on The Wildlife Trust) (Nonfiction. 6-10)"
Chocked full of information, illustrations and inspiration, this wildlife journal will captivate nature lovers young and old. Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"Something to crow about. (index, glossary) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Having explored poop and parasites, survival techniques and size, Davies and Layton turn to animal communication, describing how animals send and receive messages by sound, sight, smell and touch, for a variety of purposes. Read full book review >
NORTH by Nick Dowson
NATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"Simple but effective, this is a beautiful introduction to a remarkable region that should encourage any child's sense of wonder. (index) (Informational picture book. 7-10)"
In the dark Arctic winters, few species can survive, but in short, lush summers, millions of animals return to reproduce. 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 >