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 >
A PERFECT DAY by Lane Smith
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 28, 2017

"Perfectly funny while offering a chance to discuss perspective. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Bear unwittingly upends the backyard animals' perfect day in pursuit of its own in this playful tale. Read full book review >

TIDY by Emily Gravett
Kirkus Star
by Emily Gravett, illustrated by Emily Gravett
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 21, 2017

"Alarming, timely, gorgeous, and open-ended, allowing readers the time to think for themselves. (Picture book. 4-8)"
How tidy can a forest become and remain a forest? Read full book review >
GREEN PANTS by Kenneth Kraegel
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 21, 2017

"This quirky kid and his loving family will instantly endear themselves to readers. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A little boy has a big decision to make when asked to be in his cousin's wedding. Read full book review >
MARLO by Christopher Browne
Released: March 21, 2017

"With a deft minimalism recalling Charles Schultz or Mo Willems, Browne creates a character to care about, whether excavating at home or when plunged into the pleasures and perils of the wider world. Dripping with delight. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A pit bull transforms a simple bath into an underwater epic in Browne's picture-book debut. 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 >
OUT OF SCHOOL AND INTO NATURE by Suzanne Slade
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 15, 2017

"An inspirational must-read for budding scientists and those who teach them. (notes, bibliography) (Picture book. 5-8)"
Slade and Lanan bring the biography of scientist Anna Comstock to young readers. Read full book review >
ME TALL, YOU SMALL by Lilli  L'Arronge
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 15, 2017

"This book delights on many levels as it affirms the importance of young children's close relationships. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Readers tall and small will recognize themselves between the pages of this book. Read full book review >
NOODLEHEADS SEE THE FUTURE by Tedd Arnold
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 15, 2017

"Two delightfully dense heroes bring folk tales into the 21st century, and young readers are all the richer for it. (Graphic early reader. 5-9)"
Two thickheaded macaroni noodles prove the old adage: a fool and his firewood are soon parted. Read full book review >
RUTABAGA BOO! by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 14, 2017

"A joyous celebration of a wonderful bond. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A mother and son's call-and-response tradition keeps them linked even when they aren't together. Read full book review >
THE HIDDEN LIFE OF A TOAD by Doug Wechsler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 14, 2017

"A book that encourages observation and conservation and may start some young biologists off on their own lifelong quests to understand animals. (glossary, amphibian & toad facts, resources) (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
How do toads develop from fertilized eggs? Do toads need saving? Read full book review >
WAKE UP! by Helen Frost
Kirkus Star
by Helen Frost, photographed by Rick Lieder
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 14, 2017

"Stunning as ever: another irresistible imperative from Frost and Lieder to get up and out into nature. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Nature's littlest creatures figure large in this poetic portrait of their early movements. 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 >