SHOW ME HAPPY by Kathryn Madeline Allen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"A nice addition to the bookshelves of day care centers, preschools and families with young children. (Picture book. 1-4)"
Rhyming text in large print accompanies colorful photographs of children of different ethnic backgrounds, all engaged in the enjoyment of life. Read full book review >
UNCLE ELI'S WEDDING by Tracy Newman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"An author's note and glossary of key Jewish wedding vocabulary round out this saccharine introductory story for youngsters attending their first ceremony. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A young nephew must relinquish some of his valued soccer practice time to attend his favorite uncle's wedding and is rewarded. Read full book review >

PARTY CROC! by Margaret Read MacDonald
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"The importance of keeping promises is delivered with a hearty dose of humor, making this a book to return to. (Picture book/folk tale. 4-8)"
A jolly Zimbabwean folk tale teaches the importance of keeping promises. Read full book review >
A TALE OF TWO BEASTS by Fiona Roberton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"Totally delightful. (Picture book. 3-7)"
What really happened in the woods?Read full book review >
SPORT-O-RAMA by Benoit Tardif
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"While readers will be introduced to sports they may never have heard of before (rowing, cricket), the rudimentary entries will likely leave them frustrated rather than intrigued. (Informational picture book. 3-7)"
Illustrator Tardif's picture-book debut is a collection of terms related to 23 different sports, all illustrated with stylized people, brilliant colors and a touch of humor. Read full book review >

PLEASE by Patricia Hegarty
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"Though a lack of clarity and coherence in Please sabotages the intended lesson, at least Thank You is a solid choice for teaching toddlers to express gratitude. (Board book. 6 mos.-3)"
This board book featuring a finger puppet focuses on teaching tots to say "please." Read full book review >
THE ITSY BITSY SPIDER AND FRIENDS by Samantha Meredith
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"Any small irritations will not bother the intended audience—very young children who need a sturdy collection of nursery rhymes that can be handled and read again and again. (Board book. 2-4)"
A first introduction to some of the best-known nursery rhymes, some shortened to fit the format. Read full book review >
YOU NEST HERE WITH ME by Jane Yolen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"As a whole, the book ably carries readers past many flying friends and lands with ease in a safe nest. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Nestling her young child in for the night, a mother shares in rhyme the many ways birds bed down to sleep. Read full book review >
HICCUPOTAMUS by Steve Smallman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"Though there's not much to the story, the energetic wordplay coupled with cheery images makes this an easy crowd-pleaser. (Picture book. 3-7)"
By a bubbling creek in the jungle, Mouse squeaks out a musical beat. Who else wants to join in? Read full book review >
WHEN YOU NEED A FRIEND by Suzanne Chiew
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"Young listeners will readily embrace this warm tale of friendship, cooperation and community. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Is there someone you count on through thick and thin? Read full book review >
MESSY JESSE by Paula Bowles
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"A lighthearted story that toddlers will relate to. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A picture book about the joys of messy play. Read full book review >
THE FIRST SLODGE by Jeanne Willis
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"From the primordial ooze to the red fruit, the illustrations serve to reinforce the Adam and Eve metaphor, and the whole thing may leave readers rooting for the serpentlike Snawk. (Picture book. 4-7)"
The prolific Willis' offbeat fable of cooperation and sharing features a solitary green, bipedal, two-armed, sluglike being called a Slodge. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >