POETRY
Released: Feb. 27, 2012

"A thrilling integration of verse and image, motivating all to serious fun. (Picture book/poetry. 3-8)"
Turning the adage that sticks and stones may break one's bones on its ear, picture-book titans Singer and Pham team up to entice young readers to go where most Generation Xbox angels fear to tread: outside. Read full book review >
POETRY
Released: Feb. 6, 2012

"In the end, however, they all testify to something important: Presidents are only men (so far, anyway) and capable of every mortal weakness and weirdness. (Picture book/poetry. 6-9)"
This gathering of presidential foibles and fancies covers the gamut, from George W. the First to Barack. Read full book review >

POETRY
Released: Dec. 15, 2011

"This inspired collaboration adds a heightened poetic dimension to readers' understanding of Chagall's life and art. (Picture book/poetry/biography. 11 & up)"
U.S. Children's Poet Laureate Lewis and the prolific Yolen team up for a celebratory picture-book biography in verse of the 20th century painter and designer Marc Chagall (1887-1985) that may quickly become a favorite of art-loving families and museum docents. Read full book review >
THE CAT AND THE FIDDLE by Jackie Morris
MUSIC AND THE ARTS
Released: Dec. 1, 2011

"A beguiling and surprising addition to the nursery-rhyme shelf. (Picture book/nursery rhymes. 3-7)"
Forty familiar and not-so-familiar nursery rhymes are illustrated with gorgeous and evocative images. Read full book review >
HUSH, BABY, HUSH! by Kathy Henderson
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"This attractive presentation is appropriate as a baby gift, for daycare and preschool collections and public libraries. (sheet music) (Picture book. birth-5)"
Addressed primarily to adults interested in singing these traditional songs to their children, this collection includes 29 lullabies from countries including Japan, Nigeria, Malawi and Greenland. Read full book review >

POEMS I WROTE WHEN NO ONE WAS LOOKING by Alan Katz
POETRY
Released: Oct. 25, 2011

"As clever and funny as the poetry of Jack Prelutsky in his prime and less edgy than Shel Silverstein's, this deserves and should have no trouble drawing chuckles and belly laughs from a wide audience, even outside the confines of National Poetry Month. (Poetry. 7-11) "
Katz and Koren follow up Oops! (2008) with another set of 100 or so rhymed (usually) knee-slappers paired to scribbly ink drawings. Read full book review >
POETRY
Released: Oct. 11, 2011

"As much as the visual styles may vary, the high levels of wit and invention never falter. (Graphic nursery rhymes. 5 & up)"
No fewer than 50 cartoonists and comic-book artists provide distinctive visual riffs on as many nursery rhymes in this memorable showcase. Read full book review >
SWIRL BY SWIRL by Joyce Sidman
POETRY
Released: Oct. 3, 2011

"Exquisitely simple and memorable. (Informational picture book. 2-8)"
"A spiral is a snuggling shape" is the somewhat homely observation that begins Sidman's brief and graceful poem—she goes on to catalog and celebrate the ways that spirals manifest themselves in the physical and natural world in a way that will draw in the youngest listeners. Read full book review >
EVERY THING ON IT by Shel Silverstein
POETRY
Released: Sept. 20, 2011

"Adults who grew up with Uncle Shelby will find themselves wiping their eyes by the time they get to the end of this collection; children new to the master will find themselves hooked. (Poetry. All ages)"
A second posthumous collection from the archives of the multitalented Silverstein is definitely a cause for celebration. Read full book review >
THERE WAS AN ODD PRINCESS WHO SWALLOWED A PEA by Jennifer Ward
MUSIC AND THE ARTS
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"In the end, though, while princesses-in-training may enjoy this the first time round, it is ultimately forgettable. (Picture book. 3-7)"
The familiar song gets a princess makeover in this second of its like from Ward (There Was an Old Monkey Who Swallowed a Frog, 2010; illustrated by Steve Gray). Read full book review >
POETRY
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"A note about the author and her poem concludes this celebration, an ideal grandparent gift. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Wintry new illustrations recall the forgotten landscape of Child's traditional Thanksgiving travel song. Read full book review >
POETRY
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"Brilliant in every way: poetically, visually—the Tao of dogginess! (Picture books/poetry. 5 & up)"
Pooches large and small, common and rare abound in this glorious collection of haiku. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sabaa Tahir
August 4, 2015

Sabaa Tahir’s novel An Ember in the Ashes reveals a world inspired by ancient Rome and defined by brutality. Seventeen-year-old Laia has grown up with one rule for survival: Never challenge the Empire. But when Laia’s brother Darin is arrested for treason, she leaves behind everything she knows, risking her life to try and save him. She enlists help from the rebels whose extensive underground network may lead to Darin. Their help comes with a price, though. Laia must infiltrate the Empire’s greatest military academy as a spy. Elias is the Empire’s finest soldier—and its most unwilling one. Thrown together by chance and united by their hatred of the Empire, Laia and Elias will soon discover that their fates are intertwined—and that their choices may change the destiny of the entire Empire. We talk to An Ember in the Ashes author Sabaa Tahir this week on Kirkus TV. View video >