DOZY BEAR AND THE SECRET OF SLEEP by Katie Blackburn
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 28, 2017

"Just as purposive as the runaway bestseller but significantly more palatable. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Following on the unearned success of Carl-Johan Forssén Ehrlin's The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep (2015), a slightly more artful take on the same relaxation techniques. 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 >

JOHN DEERE, THAT'S WHO! by Tracy Nelson Maurer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 28, 2017

"An informative look at an inventor and his invention's impact. (glossary, additional facts, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 5-9)"
In 1836, John Deere—then a young, white Vermont father and blacksmith—moved to Illinois to settle debts brought on by two forge fires—and wound up inventing a superior plow. Read full book review >
PEDAL POWER by Allan Drummond
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 28, 2017

"Drummond rolls along with another successful story of environmental change. (bibliography) (Informational picture book. 5-9)"
Pedal-power protests in the 1970s turned Amsterdam into "the capital city of cycling." Read full book review >
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 >

MAISY GOES TO THE LOCAL BOOKSTORE by Lucy Cousins
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 28, 2017

"Perky support aimed at young kids in the age of Amazon. (Picture book. 2-5)"
The upbeat little mouse treads familiar ground in the search for literary gold. Read full book review >
HOORAY FOR BIRDS! by Lucy Cousins
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 28, 2017

"All in all, it's a great way to introduce bird behavior without lecturing—young children will feel like hopping, pecking, and soaring with these exuberant feathered friends. (Picture book. 2-4)"
An exuberant celebration of birds of all kinds—mostly recognizable species (chicken, flamingo, swan, parrot, starling, penguin, ostrich, peacock) but some imaginary. Read full book review >
MOSQUITOES CAN'T BITE NINJAS by Jordan P. Novak
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 28, 2017

"Pass. (Picture book. 4-6)"
A mosquito doesn't stand a chance against a ninja. Read full book review >
RAISIN, THE LITTLEST COW by Miriam Busch
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 28, 2017

"One to add to the new-baby shelf. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Raisin's tiny bovine nose is out of joint when her new baby brother arrives. Read full book review >
GOOD MORNING, GRUMPLE by Victoria Allenby
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 22, 2017

"While the relationship between parent and child is a lovely, loving one, this book doesn't do much that isn't being done elsewhere. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The grumple of the title is a small, white-furred animal with a bushy black tail and ears, dressed in pajamas. Read full book review >
WHY DO FAMILIES CHANGE? by Jillian Roberts
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 21, 2017

"A useful resource for a common issue. (Informational picture book. 4-7)"
A simple Q-and-A introduction to a difficult topic. Read full book review >
I AM (NOT) SCARED by Anna Kang
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 21, 2017

"A deft foray into facing fears and overcoming them—told with both understanding and humor. (Picture book. 3-6)"
What can scare two bears? 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 >