PLANT THE TINY SEED by Christie Matheson
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"Preschoolers need to learn how plants grow. This supplies the basics, but novelty (an arguably waning term for app imitators on paper) is not a substitute for compelling art. (notes) (Picture book. 2-5)"
This companion to Matheson's two previous titles featuring interactivity (Tap the Magic Tree, 2013; Touch the Brightest Star, 2015) encourages listeners to tap, press, and swipe their way through gardening. Read full book review >
GOOD NIGHT, BABY ANIMALS YOU'VE HAD A BUSY DAY by Karen B. Winnick
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"Shared one story at a time, this book offers toddlers a first experience with 'chapters.' (Picture book. 2-4)"
In six separate sections, different baby African and/or Asian mammals spend an active day in the wild before nestling down to sleep. Read full book review >

PLAY WITH ME! by Michelle Lee
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"A nice, gentle reminder that it takes two to make a friendship work. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Two friends with different ideas of fun find a way to play together. Read full book review >
MAKE A ROBOT! by Sago Mini
by Sago Mini, illustrated by Sago Mini
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"An effective and silly page-turner. (Board book. 1-3)"
The Sago Mini characters create robots. Read full book review >
THE ITSY BITSY DUCKLING by Jeffrey Burton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"Toddlers are better served by a chorus of the original, accompanied by the finger motions. (Board book. 1-3)"
Yet another remake of the classic fingerplay. Read full book review >

SPRING HARE by Eugene Yelchin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"A celebration of the heights of imagination as the eponymous spring hare lives up (and up and up) to its name. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A bright-eyed, tawny hare joins a red-haired, fair-skinned child on a high-flying adventure in Yelchin's first wordless picture book. Read full book review >
BUNNY BUS by Ammi-Joan Paquette
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"For those who have room on the seasonal shelf as well as bus-obsessed readers. (Picture book. 2-4)"
A smiling, bunny-shaped bus generously picks up one and all until it breaks down. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"A comprehensive treasury of memories, verbal art, and play. (notes, bibliography, index) (Folklore. 1-10)"
An ebullient collection of African-American playtime lore, traced to its sources. Read full book review >
PICKY EATERS by Ellen Jackson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"An engaging introduction to the eating habits of a variety of animals that will keep young readers coming back for as long as the flaps last. (Board book. 2-4)"
Think all animals will eat just anything? Think again. Some animals will only eat some very specific foods. Welcome to the world of picky eaters! Read full book review >
GIRL POWER! by DC Comics
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"A decent introduction to the characters, but diversity remains a problem. And give Supergirl some pants! (Board book. 2-3)"
DC Comics' superwomen fight the good fight. Read full book review >
THE OWL AND THE PUSSY-CAT by Edward Lear
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"An endearing version that appeals to children and adults alike. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Edward Lear's famous lovers sail away for a year and a day in this lushly illustrated picture-book edition. Read full book review >
THE FURTHER ADVENTURES OF THE OWL AND THE PUSSY-CAT by Julia Donaldson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"An enjoyable piece that will entice readers back to the original tale (conveniently re-illustrated by Voake and publishing simultaneously). (Picture book. 2-6)"
Newlyweds Owl and Pussy-cat are ready for another adventure in this continuation of Edward Lear's classic poem. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Laini Taylor
March 27, 2017

In bestselling YA writer Laini Taylor’s new fantasy novel, Strange the Dreamer, the dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he's been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever. What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving? “Lovers of intricate worldbuilding and feverish romance will find this enthralling,” our critic writes. View video >