BIRD AND BEAR by Ann James
by Ann James, illustrated by Ann James
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 7, 2015

"Ultimately, Bird and Bear are charming characters to look at, but their story needs more…story. (Picture book. 2-4)"
A slice-of-life story describes the friendship enjoyed by the eponymous Bird and Bear. Read full book review >
VEGETABLES IN UNDERWEAR by Jared Chapman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 7, 2015

"Those who are making the transition from diapers are sure to laugh, though it doesn't really stand out from the other books in the underwear drawer. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A survey of underwear and opposites is leavened (as if talk of underwear needs to be made funnier) by anthropomorphized veggies. Read full book review >

SNIFF! SNIFF! by Ryan Sias
by Ryan Sias, illustrated by Ryan Sias
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 7, 2015

"Young readers will sniff their ways to this one again and again. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A little brown puppy follows his nose and has an aroma-filled day. Read full book review >
THE WHALE IN MY SWIMMING POOL by Joyce Wan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 7, 2015

"Both very silly and very appealing. (Picture book. 4-6)"
A little boy of pleasingly indeterminate ethnicity goes out to his little backyard inflatable pool to find a whale in it. Read full book review >
LOOK! by Jeff Mack
by Jeff Mack, illustrated by Jeff Mack
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 7, 2015

"Look, indeed! An energetic invitation to the joys of books. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Even an ape knows books can be better than TV. Read full book review >

STICK AND STONE by Beth Ferry
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 7, 2015

"A light, enjoyable approach to a recognizable narrative about making—and helping—friends. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A lonely tree branch and rock find friendship and strength together. Read full book review >
WILD ABOUT US! by Karen Beaumont
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 7, 2015

"A gleeful look at self-acceptance (and don't forget to search for the hidden fly). (Picture book. 4-8)"
Various zoo animals celebrate their favorite features, warts and all. Read full book review >
MABEL AND ME  by Mark Sperring
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 7, 2015

"A pretty package but lacking in substance and storyline. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A small mouse with delusions of grandeur strolls down a vaguely Parisian street with his best friend, Mabel. Read full book review >
EVERYBODY SLEEPS (BUT NOT FRED) by Josh Schneider
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 7, 2015

"Ingenious. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Master staller Fred meets his match (poetry!) in this hilarious not-yet-ready-for-bed tale. Read full book review >
BEN DRAWS TROUBLE by Matt Davies
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 7, 2015

"Funny and exuberantly sweet. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Ben Lukin, the bike-loving boy from Ben Rides On (2013), loses something of special significance: his sketchbook.Read full book review >
THE GRASSHOPPER & THE ANTS by Jerry Pinkney
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 7, 2015

"From an unparalleled artist, another brilliant work. (Picture book/folk tale. 3-6)"
Caldecott Medalist Pinkney returns to Aesop, recasting the familiar fable as a meditation on the importance of sustaining both body and soul. Read full book review >
SQUARES by Yusuke Yonezu
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2015

"An engaging, visually appealing introduction to basic shapes, developmentally appropriate for infants and toddlers. (Board book. 1-3)"
Die-cut squares and rectangles form a variety of images as pages are turned, introducing little ones to the versatility of these basic shapes. 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 >