THE POPCORN ASTRONAUTS by Deborah Ruddell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 24, 2015

"A scrumptious set of food-themed poems for budding gourmets, ripe for hours of read-aloud fun. (Picture book/poetry. 4-10)"
Ruddell's collection of 21 bite-sized poems whets even the littlest of literary appetites. Read full book review >
DRUM DREAM GIRL by Margarita Engle
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 24, 2015

"A beautiful account of a young girl's bravery and her important contribution toward gender equality in the creative arts. (historical note) (Picture book. 3-8)"
Pura Belpré winner and Newbery honoree Engle, known for writing free-verse historical fiction, introduces readers to Millo Castro Zaldarriaga with this illustrated poem, inspired by her subject's childhood. Read full book review >

ORANGUTANKA by Margarita Engle
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 24, 2015

"Listeners aping big sister's dance will hoot for a repeat. (Picture book/poetry. 4-8)"
Follow an orangutan family through a day in the wildlife refuge. Read full book review >
MEET THE DULLARDS by Sara Pennypacker
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 24, 2015

"When the siblings sneak out to join the circus, readers may hope that they never return. (Picture book. 4-8)"
All children wonder, at times, if parents make decisions solely to suppress fun; in this story, there is no doubt. Read full book review >
THE BOY WHO LOST HIS BUMBLE by Trudi Esberger
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 22, 2015

"Children are often afraid of bees; this unassuming book may well soothe those fears effectively. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A little boy who loves the bees that visit his garden becomes concerned when rain and then snow drive them away. Read full book review >

SALSA by Jorge Argueta
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 17, 2015

"Ummm, a delicious companion to Argueta's Tamalitos (2013, illustrated by Domi), Guacamole (2012, illustrated by Margarita Sada) and his other poemas para cocinar. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Music, dancing and food unite in this giddy bilingual whirl. Read full book review >
SIDEWALK FLOWERS by JonArno Lawson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 17, 2015

"Bracketed by beautiful endpapers, this ode to everyday beauty sings sweetly. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A child in a red hoodie and a man on a cellphone navigate an urban landscape, the child picking flowers from cracks and crannies along the way. Read full book review >
NIGHT CIRCUS by Etienne Delessert
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 17, 2015

"Children who have not yet gained a sense of irony will particularly enjoy the seemingly random but carefully delineated juxtaposition of image and idea. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A modern master of surrealism presents an astonishing traveling circus. Read full book review >
MONKEYS ON A FAST by Kaushik Viswanath
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 17, 2015

"An amusing folk tale equally suited to multicultural programming and wellness collections, if not monkey-themed storytimes. (Picture book/folk tale. 3-6)"
Chakku the monkey chieftain tries to control his chubby tribe. Read full book review >
THE GLORKIAN WARRIOR EATS ADVENTURE PIE by James Kochalka
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 17, 2015

"Kooky, bubble-gum fun. (Graphic science fiction/humor. 5-10)"
Silliness reigns supreme as the Glorkian Warrior finds himself on another goofy illustrated adventure that revolves around food and fart jokes. Read full book review >
MARIAMA by Jéronimo Cornelles
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 17, 2015

"The artwork will lure readers into spending time on each page, though the representation of Mariama's experience is at best elliptical. (brief African cultural notes) (Picture book. 5-8)"
When Mariama moves from Fulakunda, a small West African village, to a metropolis in Europe or North America, she adjusts to life with her new light-skinned friends and observes that they are more alike than different. Read full book review >
ZIG AND THE MAGIC UMBRELLA by Sylvie Kantorovitz
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 17, 2015

"For all its seeming strangeness, a comforting and familiar tale about a journey that ends in companionship and contentment. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A magic umbrella transports Zig to a faraway place where adventure and friendship await. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frank Bruni
March 31, 2015

Over the last few decades, Americans have turned college admissions into a terrifying and occasionally devastating process, preceded by test prep, tutors, all sorts of stratagems, all kinds of rankings, and a conviction among too many young people that their futures will be determined and their worth established by which schools say yes and which say no. In Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni explains why, giving students and their parents a new perspective on this brutal, deeply flawed competition and a path out of the anxiety that it provokes. “Written in a lively style but carrying a wallop, this is a book that family and educators cannot afford to overlook as they try to navigate the treacherous waters of college admissions,” our reviewer writes. View video >