RUN, RUN PIGLET by Betty Ann Schwartz
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"The brief, simple storyline and built-in participation will make this one a treat for busy tots. (Board book. 2-4)"
This interactive offering asks readers to help Piglet find a favorite mud puddle. Read full book review >
BATHTIME by Courtney Dicmas
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"Perfectly sweet. (Board book. 6-12 mos.)"
Animals and their youngsters enjoy a squeaky-clean time. Read full book review >

SNOW by Carol Thompson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"Perfect for toting along to the park, no matter what the weather. (Board book. 6 mos.-2)"
Limited, clear text and matching illustrations are the highlights of this offering for active toddlers. Read full book review >
ANIMAL HOMES by Maxine Davenport
Released: March 1, 2015

"A useful, sturdy conversation starter between caregivers and children. (Board book. 6 mos.-3)"
Sweet pastel colors and cheery images across five double-page spreads introduce various animal habitats to young children. Read full book review >
SPECTACULAR SPOTS by Susan Stockdale
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"Despite a blotch or two, a spot-on animal gallery for budding naturalists. (Informational picture book. 2-6)"
In this companion to the animal gallery in Stripes of All Types (2013), Stockdale focuses her spotlight.Read full book review >

STANLEY THE FARMER by William Bee
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"Steady and bright, this will appeal to toddlers looking for comfort, not thrills. (Picture book. 2-4)"
A cartoonlike hamster named Stanley and two other small mammals demonstrate the steps used to plant, maintain and harvest wheat at a typical commercial farm. Read full book review >
BABY PARTY by Rebecca O'Connell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"Light but sweet. (Picture book. 1-3)"
A party of rosy-cheeked, bigheaded, ethnically diverse babies encourages baby readers to clap and identify shapes. Read full book review >
SHOW ME HAPPY by Kathryn Madeline Allen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"A nice addition to the bookshelves of day care centers, preschools and families with young children. (Picture book. 1-4)"
Rhyming text in large print accompanies colorful photographs of children of different ethnic backgrounds, all engaged in the enjoyment of life. Read full book review >
PLEASE by Patricia Hegarty
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"Though a lack of clarity and coherence in Please sabotages the intended lesson, at least Thank You is a solid choice for teaching toddlers to express gratitude. (Board book. 6 mos.-3)"
This board book featuring a finger puppet focuses on teaching tots to say "please." Read full book review >
THE ITSY BITSY SPIDER AND FRIENDS by Samantha Meredith
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"Any small irritations will not bother the intended audience—very young children who need a sturdy collection of nursery rhymes that can be handled and read again and again. (Board book. 2-4)"
A first introduction to some of the best-known nursery rhymes, some shortened to fit the format. Read full book review >
MESSY JESSE by Paula Bowles
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"A lighthearted story that toddlers will relate to. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A picture book about the joys of messy play. Read full book review >
MEET DIZZY DINOSAUR! by Jack Tickle
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"Tailor-made for ticklers and ticklees alike. (Picture book. 1-3)"
From authorial pseudonym on, an invitation to interact with a jolly red dinosaur. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fatima Bhutto
April 14, 2015

Set during the American invasion of Afghanistan, Fatima Bhutto’s debut novel The Shadow of the Crescent Moon begins and ends one rain-swept Friday morning in Mir Ali, a small town in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas close to the Afghan border. Three brothers meet for breakfast. Soon after, the eldest, Aman Erum, recently returned from America, hails a taxi to the local mosque. Sikandar, a doctor, drives to the hospital where he works, but must first stop to collect his troubled wife, who has not joined the family that morning. No one knows where Mina goes these days. But when, later in the morning, the two are taken hostage by members of the Taliban, Mina will prove to be stronger than anyone could have imagined. Our reviewer writes that The Shadow of the Crescent Moon is “a timely, earnest portrait of a family torn apart by the machinations of other people’s war games and desperately trying to survive.” View video >