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 >
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 >

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 >
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 >
WILL YOU HELP DOUG FIND HIS DOG? by Jane Caston
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2017

"Lively interactive fun. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A small boy loses his dog—and readers help him find it. Read full book review >

THE DAY I RAN AWAY by Holly L. Niner
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2017

"Sweet but not extraordinary, which just may be the point. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Toddler Grace tells her dad about the rough day she had. Read full book review >
FREE AS A CLOUD by Bai Bing
by Bai Bing, illustrated by Yu Rong
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2017

"Perhaps 'Sweetie' would more aptly be named 'Bittersweet.' (Picture book. 2-7)"
A bird learns the value of freedom in this import from China via Australia. Read full book review >
IF I WERE A KANGAROO by Mylisa Larsen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 4, 2017

"A warm, comforting tale with interesting facts appended. (Picture book. 2-5)"
How do baby animals sleep? Read full book review >
OLD MACDONALD'S THINGS THAT GO by Jane Clarke
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 4, 2017

"A great singalong that proves that Old MacDonald still has new tricks. (Picture book. 2-8)"
Turns out there's more than a moo-moo here and a moo-moo there on Old MacDonald's farm. Read full book review >
SHINE! by Patrick McDonnell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 4, 2017

"There's no place like home, even underwater, though the eventual happiness here seems more dictated than organic. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A sea creature yearns to live in the sky. Read full book review >
PUPPY, PUPPY, PUPPY by Julie Sternberg
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 4, 2017

"A book to enjoy with dog-loving little ones—if not one to follow for its gift-giving advice. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Puppy and Baby are double the trouble and double the love in this baby-and-dog picture book. Read full book review >
PUP THE SEA OTTER by Jonathan London
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 4, 2017

"Aimed at a slightly younger audience than author London's river otter book, this provides an agreeable introduction. (Informational picture book. 2-6)"
A sea otter pup grows up. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Brad Parks
author of SAY NOTHING
March 7, 2017

In Brad Parks’ new thriller Say Nothing, judge Scott Sampson doesn’t brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: a prestigious job. A beloved family. On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, he is about to pick up his six-year-old twins to go swimming when his wife, Alison, texts him that she’ll get the kids from school instead. It’s not until she gets home later that Scott realizes she doesn’t have the children. And she never sent the text. Then the phone rings, and every parent’s most chilling nightmare begins. A man has stolen Sam and Emma. For Scott and Alison, the kidnapper’s call is only the beginning of a twisting, gut-churning ordeal of blackmail, deceit, and terror; a high-profile trial like none the judge or his wife has ever experienced. Their marriage falters. Suspicions and long-buried jealousies rise to the surface. Fractures appear. Lies are told. “The nerve-shredding never lets up for a minute as Parks picks you up by the scruff of the neck, shakes you vigorously, and repeats over and over again till a climax so harrowing that you’ll be shaking with gratitude that it’s finally over,” our critic writes in a starred review. View video >