EMMA by Paola  Opal
Kirkus Star
by Paola Opal, illustrated by Paola Opal
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"This sweet and simple offering is ideal for sharing one-on-one or for featuring with a small audience in a program celebrating family or, even better, small acts of kindness and love. (Board book. 1-3)"
This volume in the Simply Small board-book series introduces Emma, a little hedgehog with a heart of gold. Read full book review >
LOVE YOU MORE by Susan Musgrave
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"Not exactly captivating toddler fare, but this celebration of love and life will no doubt be enjoyed by doting new parents and their not-yet-mobile infants. (Board book. 6 mos.-3)"
A parent or other loving caregiver proclaims love for a child in a series of couplets that invoke the beauty of each month of the year. Read full book review >

THE PIGEON NEEDS A BATH! by Mo Willems
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"Willems' formula is still a winner. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The pigeon is back, and he is filthy! Read full book review >
TOAST TO FAMILY by Sandra Gross
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"This is one breakfast to skip. (Board book. 1-3)"
The faces of a white-bread family—literally—are created on slices of toast with condiment features. Read full book review >
WATER by John Hutton
by John Hutton, illustrated by Andrea Kang
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"A sweet encouragement to play. (Board book. 1-3)"
The newest title in the Baby Unplugged series by pediatrician Hutton (Book, 2012, etc.) takes a toddler-friendly approach to its examination of the properties and virtues of water. Read full book review >

PAPA CHAGALL, TELL US A STORY by Laurence Anholt
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"Nevertheless, it's an engaging entry in a winning series. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Anholt continues his series of introductory picture books about the artists with this entry on Marc Chagall. Read full book review >
BEN & ZIP by Joanne Linden
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"This boardwalk frolic proves even small fries can solve big mysteries. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A beachside lost-and-found adventure, told from a kid's point of view. Read full book review >
CHEFS AND WHAT THEY DO by Liesbet Slegers
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"The percentage of American children who often visit restaurants of the type described may be relatively small, but blossoming foodies will enjoy learning about activity behind the scenes in a high-end restaurant. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Where does the delicious food in a restaurant come from?   Read full book review >
MR ROUSE BUILDS HIS HOUSE by Stefan Themerson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"Fascinatingly anachronistic and a tad long-winded, this book is an eccentric curiosity that will have both kids and adults puzzling over its arcane Briticisms and enjoying its Python-esque wackiness. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Originally published by Polish poet and avant-garde filmmaker Themerson in 1938 and illustrated with charming line drawings by his wife Franciszka, this miniature hardback book in six chapters tells the story of Mr. Rouse's unusual house-building challenges. Read full book review >
THE GEESE MARCH IN STEP by Jean-François Dumont
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"A jazzy, eye-catching take on the ancient beat of the distant drummer. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Zita, an innocently precocious gosling, can't find common ground with the tradition of marching in step down to the pond in the morning. Read full book review >
WHO'S IN THE TREE? by Craig Shuttlewood
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"A cousin to Eric Hill's Spot series, derailed by a problematic end. (Picture book. 1-3)"
Drollery for the diapered set: Distinctly out-of-place creatures lurk beneath glued-in flaps. Read full book review >
THE MERMAID AND THE SHOE by K.G. Campbell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"Although this luminous tale of self-discovery has echoes of "The Little Mermaid," like Minnow, it sings its own strong song. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Unlike her talented older sisters, a little mermaid feels disappointingly ordinary until her curiosity unveils her special skills. Read full book review >