DOZY BEAR AND THE SECRET OF SLEEP by Katie Blackburn
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 28, 2017

"Just as purposive as the runaway bestseller but significantly more palatable. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Following on the unearned success of Carl-Johan Forssén Ehrlin's The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep (2015), a slightly more artful take on the same relaxation techniques. Read full book review >
RAIN by Sam Usher
Kirkus Star
by Sam Usher, illustrated by Sam Usher
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 28, 2017

"Bright, colorful joy for the rainiest of days. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Seeing the window beaded with morning raindrops, the white child narrator can't wait to get out into the wet, but Granddad says they should wait until the weather clears. Read full book review >

MAISY GOES TO THE LOCAL BOOKSTORE by Lucy Cousins
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 28, 2017

"Perky support aimed at young kids in the age of Amazon. (Picture book. 2-5)"
The upbeat little mouse treads familiar ground in the search for literary gold. Read full book review >
HOORAY FOR BIRDS! by Lucy Cousins
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 28, 2017

"All in all, it's a great way to introduce bird behavior without lecturing—young children will feel like hopping, pecking, and soaring with these exuberant feathered friends. (Picture book. 2-4)"
An exuberant celebration of birds of all kinds—mostly recognizable species (chicken, flamingo, swan, parrot, starling, penguin, ostrich, peacock) but some imaginary. Read full book review >
GOD MADE THE ANIMALS by Marie Turner
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 21, 2017

"A well-intentioned read held back by some design flaws. (Board book. 1-2)"
Little ones learn about God's creations. Read full book review >

NOT WHAT IT SEEMS by Paula Vásquez
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 21, 2017

"Ultimately the book's concept is too thin and unlikely to sustain interest beyond one reading. (Picture book. 2-4)"
As the title indicates, nothing is what it seems in this Chilean import. Read full book review >
TURTLE TUG TO THE RESCUE by Michael Slack
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 21, 2017

"A role model for all, levelheaded Turtle Tug keeps his cool even in times of danger. (Picture book. 2-5)"
The third installment of Slack's wildly inventive animal/rescue-vehicle hybrids (Monkey Truck, 2011, etc.). Read full book review >
YOU ARE THREE by Sara O'Leary
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 15, 2017

"Three cheers for 3: hip-hip hooray! (Picture book. 2-4)"
O'Leary and Klassen's third installment in their picture-book series about early childhood ages and stages is every bit as delightful as its predecessors, You Are One and You Are Two (both 2016). Read full book review >
GOOD NIGHT, MY DARLING BABY  by Alyssa Capucilli
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 14, 2017

"An excellent bedtime storybook. (Board book. 1-2)"
Little animals bed down for the night. Read full book review >
THE FOX WISH by Kimiko Aman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 14, 2017

"A sweet, compelling yarn that perfectly captures the archetypal childhood synthesis of fantasy and reality. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Wishes come true in this story of an unexpected, interspecies friendship imported from Japan. Read full book review >
TRIANGLE by Mac Barnett
by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 14, 2017

"Children will be intrigued by the fairy-tale quality of this narrative and may enjoy debating the motivations of its peculiar characters. (Picture book. 2-4)"
The pairing of Barnett's deceptively simple, tongue-in-cheek text with Klassen's iconic splattered and stenciled watercolor and digital illustrations in earth tones makes for a unique approach to exploring shapes. Read full book review >
ALL KINDS OF CARS by Carl Johanson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 14, 2017

"The absence of a well-told storyline makes the book feel static, but kids who love cars will enjoy this crazy compendium and will be engaged by the imaginative take on a traditional subject. (Informational picture book. 2-4)"
Can there be room for yet another picture book about cars? Apparently. 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 >