As fresh as a toddler’s first experience of rain, Raindrops Roll is our favorite infant book of the year. With stunning photography magnifying beads of water on a leaf, dripping branches, and insects taking cover, it pulls you into the intimate world of a raindrop. The humorous, perfectly crafted rhyme reminds us, playfully, of the web of life. An utterly satisfying lesson in wonder.  —Tera

ISBN: 9781481420648
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Published: Beach Lane Books - January 6th, 2015

On a rain-grey day, a young boy in a bright yellow slicker is off on a solo (wordless) adventure. In his hand he has a folded-paper boat, which he sails along the fence tops. The rain comes sluicing down and he becomes a puddle-jumper and now his boat can really sail on water. (A limited palette—white, grey, black, yellow—and reflection, shadow, and movement are key to the voyage.) But the boat sails down the rain grate and, when it reappears, it is a single sodden sheet. Defeated, the boy returns home and is comforted by his dad (or older brother) with a tender wraparound hug, a change of clothes, the sweet delight of hair blown dry, and a cup of cocoa. After the folding of a new mode of transportation, an origami plane, the boy is off again and this time, we see, there is only brilliant yellow sunlight.  — Gā

By Daniel Miyares, Daniel Miyares (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781481415248
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - June 9th, 2015

Olia Hercules knows that there is a lot of misperception when it comes to her home country of Ukraine—that it is cold, vast, and bleak, for example—and her main motivations for writing her new cookbook were to dispel those ideas and celebrate and preserve her heritage. What a wonderful result: Mamushka is vibrant, colorful, and filled with terrific seasonal dishes like Spring Radish & Tomato Salad, Stuffed Cabbage Leaves, and Honey Cake—not to mention divine dumplings and noodles. No doubt the mamushkas from Ukraine and Eastern Europe are proud.  —S.B.

ISBN: 9781616289614
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Published: Weldon Owen - October 6th, 2015

I am a big fan of John Besh’s cookbooks—they are always filled with outstanding recipes and never fail to transport me to New Orleans. In Besh Big Easy, the James Beard Award-winning chef and restaurateur simplifies his signature food—including jambalaya, gumbo, and po’boys—making it more accessible for the home cook. “Today I cook more like my mother and grandmother than ever,” writes Besh. It is his wish that we make these well-tested, simple recipes and enjoy the pleasures of breaking bread with family and friends. Let’s eat!  —S.B.

ISBN: 9781449469177
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Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - September 29th, 2015

Best-selling author Isabel Allende’s latest masterpiece is about a passionate love, heart-breaking loss, and the lasting regret of sacrifices born out of fear and social convention. The Japanese Lover is truly a treat to read. At times it brought tears to my eyes, yet it inspired a sense of joy in me, with its understanding of how the fulfillment we find in love can ultimately come from within.  —Ashley

ISBN: 9781501116971
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Published: Atria Books - November 3rd, 2015

Aldo has failed at everything he’s ever tried: countless outlandish entrepreneurial schemes, his marriage, even suicide attempts. When he takes his most downward turn yet, his old friend Liam sets out to write Aldo’s biography, reviving his abandoned dream of authorship. Through flashbacks, police interviews, and court testimony, Liam tries to make sense of the bizarre misfortunes and delusions of his pathetic yet magnetic frenemy. Depressing in the funniest way and with loopy momentum, Quicksand tugs a reader into this complex, hilarious friendship.  —Julia

ISBN: 9781476797823
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Published: Simon & Schuster - September 15th, 2015

Forty-eight hours after reluctantly arriving at an estranged friend’s bachelorette party in a glass house deep in the woods, Nora awakens in a hospital with one thought: “What have I done?” Thus begins a twisting, slightly creepy tale that shifts between the party—where tensions rise and old wounds fester—and Nora’s struggle to remember what happened that final night. I devoured this book in two sittings—it’s a total pleasure.  --Flannery

ISBN: 9781501112317
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Published: Gallery/Scout Press - August 4th, 2015

Is medicine a science? It seems like an obvious yes, but sciences have immutable laws and medicine does not. In this philosophical book from TED Talks, renowned oncologist and author of The Emperor of All Maladies Siddhartha Mukherjee outlines the laws he has practiced by and relates them to medicine as a whole. His discussion of probability and human bias, and his thoughts on the future of medicine will make you view the field differently.  —Flannery

ISBN: 9781476784847
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Published: Simon & Schuster/ Ted - October 13th, 2015

What could be more unlikely than a boy growing up with a pet cheetah? This true story, told in photographs, text, and drawings, has fascinated my kids ever since they were toddlers—and it is downright compelling for grown-ups, as well. Xan Hopcraft grew up with a pet cheetah (who was abandoned as a baby) at his home in Nairobi, Kenya. When the magnificent animal, Dooms, died, Xan wrote a story about what it was like to have a cheetah as part of his family, and the impact of his loss. How it Was With Dooms is a tender and moving book, but also one that shows that cheetahs are, in fact, wild—and like all living things, deserve our respect.  --S.B.

ISBN: 9780689835391
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Published: Aladdin Paperbacks - August 2000

After missing a semester because of mono, Indigo does not want to go back to school, where he knows bullies await him. But once he returns, he befriends a new kid, Tom, who has just moved to England from the U.S., and who is also targeted by the bullies. Spurred on by Indigo’s little sister, Rose, they become friends and eventually find the strength to stand up for themselves. Warm, funny, and encouraging, filled with wonderful dialogue and characters, this is a great book for middle schoolers.  --Flannery

ISBN: 9781416914037
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Published: Aladdin Paperbacks - January 2006


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