ONE IS NOT A PAIR by Katie Haworth
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 14, 2017

"Even young sleuths who had little trouble finding Waldo may be challenged by some of these exercises in pattern recognition. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Combining the premises of Odd One Out (2014) and Where's the Pair? (2015), galleries of almost identical birds, teddy bears, colorful socks, ice cream cones, and other items invite readers to match up identical pairs—then find outliers. Read full book review >
TIME NOW TO DREAM by Timothy Knapman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 14, 2017

"Time now to savor this lovely offering. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Just the right combination of fairy tale and bedtime book, scary and soothing. Read full book review >

EVEN MONSTERS NEED TO SLEEP by Lisa Wheeler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 14, 2017

"Even if it doesn't send kids straight off to dreamland, it will keep them looking; snuggled close with a grown-up, that's not all bad. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Rhyming text and detailed, fantastic art invite readers to follow along with little monster's bedtime reading. Read full book review >
LIGHTER THAN AIR by Matthew Clark Smith
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 14, 2017

"A beautifully told story of a young woman with lofty aspirations. (illustrator's note, bibliography) (Picture book. 5-10)"
A fascination with hot air balloons has hit late-18th-century Paris, and young Sophie Armant dreams of joining those bold aeronauts. 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 >

ANYWHERE FARM by Phyllis Root
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 14, 2017

"This pleasant look at gardening in a city setting reflects a growing trend. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Several inner-city children work together to plant seeds and cultivate their own gardens, transforming their little "anywhere farms" into a lush, green community garden covering a vacant city lot. Read full book review >
BEE & ME by Alison Jay
by Alison Jay, illustrated by Alison Jay
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 14, 2017

"A sweet bee idyll. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A little girl befriends a lost bumblebee in this wordless picture book. Read full book review >
EVEN SUPERHEROES HAVE TO SLEEP by Sara Crowe
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 14, 2017

"A nonessential addition to the evening storytime stack. (Picture book. 3-5) "
Everybody needs to sleep. Read full book review >
MY BEAUTIFUL BIRDS by Suzanne Del Rizzo
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 8, 2017

"This story of one frightened little boy who finds strength in caring for animals and uses that strength to comfort other kids is an excellent means of explaining a difficult subject to young children. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-10)"
Sami was feeding his pigeons when his home and his neighborhood were suddenly gone. Read full book review >
OVER AND UNDER THE POND by Kate Messner
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 7, 2017

"A magical artistic and informational world that readers will delight in visiting again and again. (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
The author-illustrator team that brought readers into the garden and under the snow (Over and under the Snow, 2011, etc.) now takes them on a breathtaking journey beneath the calm waters of a pond. Read full book review >
DADDY CUDDLE by Kate Mayes
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 7, 2017

"With its simple vocabulary and pattern, this just might keep young early risers in bed a little longer to read, but don't count on it. (Picture book. 3-6)"
An enthusiastic early riser tries to get the attention of a sleepyhead daddy. Read full book review >
BLOOM by Deborah Diesen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 7, 2017

"A lovely way of looking back on the year with a child who may not realize he or she has 'bloomed.' (Picture book. 3-7)"
Paralleling the planting of a garden in the fall and its blooming is the growth of a young girl and all the milestones that happen between fall and spring. 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 >