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 >
I DON'T LIKE KOALA by Sean Ferrell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"Slightly creepy, funny and fun. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A boy receives a stuffed animal that he really doesn't like—and it's not hard to see why. Read full book review >
GRANDMA IN BLUE WITH RED HAT by Scott Menchin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"A good bridge to take children from comic tropes to fine art. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Using his love of art to honor his grandmother, a boy fumbles with his first plan but succeeds with his second. Read full book review >

DANNY by Yann Le Bec
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"Pleasing art hampered by occasionally overblown storytelling and an ungainly plot twist. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A lesson in heeding the biased advice of strangers takes an unexpected turn. Read full book review >
BAH! SAID THE BABY by Jennifer Plecas
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"A nifty romp that doubles as a guessing game (with some phonics tied in), this has appeal for large read-aloud crowds as well as siblings who seek a lighter new-baby tale. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A baby's first word sends mother, brother and sister rushing around to figure out what it means. Read full book review >
YARD SALE by Eve Bunting
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"A simple, moving tale of a family in transition. (Picture book. 3-7)"
When her parents hold a yard sale to downsize prior to moving, Callie experiences mixed emotions until she realizes she still has what's most important. Read full book review >
THE SONG OF DELPHINE by Kenneth Kraegel
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"As Delphine and Beatrice ride off atop two giraffes, readers of this quiet story will savor their new friendship. (Picture book. 5-8)"
An orphaned servant girl whose singing assuages her loneliness discovers the transformative power of compassion. Read full book review >
HOW TO DRAW A DRAGON by Douglas Florian
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"This rhyming romp will no doubt spur multiple requests for rereading—and redrawing. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Florian's rhyming verse carries a group of children through drawing their own dragon, starting with the encouraging couplet, "Drawing dragons isn't hard. / Drag a dragon to your yard." Read full book review >
BY MOUSE AND FROG by Deborah Freedman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"An elegant, exuberant portrayal of stylistic differences and child-writer passion. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Mouse wants to tell a simple, gentle story, but Frog bounces in and stirs it up. Read full book review >
MY BIKE by Byron Barton
Kirkus Star
by Byron Barton, illustrated by Byron Barton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"A natural for group storytimes, though plenty of single tots will enjoy seeing Tom's seemingly quotidian world suddenly transformed. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Barton (My Car, 2001; My Bus, 2014) wheels out another conveyance—but sends this one rolling past a set of escalating surprises to a high-wire climax. 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 >