HIGH TIDE FOR HORSESHOE CRABS by Lisa Kahn Schnell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"A splendid introduction to an extraordinary spectacle. (Informational picture book. 3-7)"
In a natural-world extravaganza, horseshoe crabs, birds and people meet up each spring on the shores of the Delaware Bay. Read full book review >
UNDER A PIG TREE by Margie Palatini
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"Joining the growing colony of self-referential meta-kid lit, this one-joke treatment has its moments. And the recipes work—for figs. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A purported editing error—substituting the letter "p" for "f" on a critical word throughout—transforms a tribute to figs into an appreciation of—pigs! Read full book review >

BUNNY ROO, I LOVE YOU by Melissa Marr
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"A lovely package, this quiet title will be best as a gift book for new moms eager to read aloud to the newest members of their families. (Picture book. 1-3)"
A mother's observations of her new baby lead to a series of sweet comparisons to various animals. Read full book review >
TOMMY CAN'T STOP! by Tim Federle
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"An enjoyable performance for both the boisterous and the calm. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Little brother Tommy is a perpetual-motion machine, and he is driving his family bonkers. Read full book review >
TROMBONE SHORTY by Troy Andrews
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"This well-told and exquisitely illustrated story of a musician with a steep career trajectory will inspire young readers to pursue their passions, despite the challenges. (illustrator's note) (Picture book/biography. 4-8)"
An autobiographical tale of a young man who started making "musical gumbo" at age 4. Read full book review >

KIKI KOKÍ by Ed Rodríguez
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"Previously self-published, this tale ably uses a modern artistic approach to tell an age-old tale of virtue and its rewards. (Spanish picture book. 5-8)"
An insolent Taíno boy learns a valuable lesson in cooperative behavior when he is magically transformed into a tree frog in this Spanish-language retelling of a Puerto Rican folk tale. Read full book review >
SLEEPLESS KNIGHT by James Sturm
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"This Knight may be sleepless, but he certainly does shine. (Graphic early reader. 4-7)"
How is a Knight supposed to fall asleep without his beloved teddy bear? Read full book review >
WILD IDEAS by Elin Kelsey
Kirkus Star
by Elin Kelsey, illustrated by Soyeon Kim
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"Profound and entirely wonderful. (author's note) (Informational picture book. 5-12)"
Finding solutions to sticky problems can be a mind-expanding adventure. Read full book review >
THE MONKEY AND THE BEE by C.P. Bloom
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"This lighthearted story has a lot to offer as a discussion starter and read-aloud. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A comic tale about sharing and friendship. Read full book review >
ARROW TO ALASKA by Hannah Viano
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"This intriguing and delightfully illustrated story will be of particular interest to young readers in Washington state and Alaska, who are least likely to notice the skimpiness of geographical detail. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A boy named Arrow recounts his journey from Seattle to Alaska to visit his grandfather. Read full book review >
NOAH'S ARK by Linda Falken
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"Children may need an adult's help to understand the significance of the illustrations, but this thoughtfully designed book deserves attention and a place on the crowded shelf of Noah's Ark retellings. (Picture book/religion. 5-9)"
A wide variety of works from the Metropolitan Museum of Art's collection and those of other museums serve as the illustrations in this retelling of the Old Testament tale of Noah and his Ark. Read full book review >
FUN AND FRUIT by Maria Teresa Barahona
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"A little heavy on the purposive side, but it will lend itself well to classroom extension activities. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Healthy food, healthy world. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >