PANDA-MONIUM AT PEEK ZOO by Kevin Waldron
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 8, 2014

"In spite of this misfire, few will be able to resist this sweet tale of adult incompetence and youthful problem-solving skills. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A parade, a party and a panda veer tenuously close to a disastrous fiasco in this charming sequel. Read full book review >
THE SIMPLES LOVE A PICNIC by J.C. Phillipps
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 8, 2014

"A funny family story packed with mayhem and good spirits. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Silly humor abounds as a family tries to enjoy a picnic in the park. Read full book review >

PIG KAHUNA PIRATES! by Jennifer Sattler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 8, 2014

"Here's hoping that this welcome return presages plenty of additional adventures. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Fans of porcine siblings Fergus and Dink's first outing will be thrilled to welcome them back to the beach, while pirate-loving listeners (familiar or not) will be particularly pleased. Read full book review >
GALÁPAGOS GEORGE by Jean Craighead George
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 8, 2014

"A heartfelt if imperfect tribute to one George by another who will also be missed. (key terms, timeline, resources) (Picture book. 5-8)"
The passing of Lonesome George, the last of the saddleback tortoises from the island of Pinta, provides the occasion to demonstrate how different species might descend from a common ancestor. Read full book review >
YOKO FINDS HER WAY by Rosemary Wells
Released: April 8, 2014

"A terrific book to share with children preparing for their first flights as well as Yoko's fans. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Yoko and her kimono-clad mother have an adventure at the airport at the beginning of their trip to Japan. Read full book review >

BROTHER HUGO AND THE BEAR by Katy Beebe
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 4, 2014

"This accurate (if abbreviated) delineation of the process of medieval manuscript bookmaking shines thanks to the fey twist of ursine longing for the written word. (glossary, author's note, illustrator's note) (Picture book. 5-9)"
Prepare to be charmed by a bear who loves words—or at least loves to eat them. Read full book review >
A MOM FOR UMANDE by Maria Faulconer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 3, 2014

"Not only a special adoption story, but also a heartwarming look at the human-animal relationship. (note) (Picture book. 5-8)"
At the center of this tale based on a true story is an adorable baby gorilla whose mother does not know how to take care of him. Read full book review >
FOLLOWING PAPA'S SONG by Gianna Marino
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 3, 2014

"This beautifully executed book about the bond between father and child that can be as deep as the darkest sea and powerful enough to help navigate in times of trouble will resonate with readers both young and old. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A young whale awaits the call for his first migration with a mix of concern and anticipation, but Papa's strong reassuring presence and sage advice make for an exhilarating journey. Read full book review >
THE LIFE OF TY by Lauren Myracle
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 3, 2014

"A so-so read for the second-grade set. (Fiction. 5-8)"
Ty is back, and he's a little nervous about his latest class project: to practice random acts of kindness and then recite them to the class at the end of the week. After all, how can you "do random acts of kindness on purpose?" Read full book review >
UNDERPANTS DANCE by Marlena Zapf
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 3, 2014

"These unmentionables are ready for their close-up. (Picture book. 3-7)"
When it comes to prancing about in your undies, the mortification of an older sibling is just the icing on an already yummy cake. Read full book review >
MAGGI AND MILO by Juli Brenning
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 3, 2014

"Move over Ladybug Girl (2008), there's a new spunky gal-and-canine twosome in town. (Picture book. 3-6)"
What do you need for a frog hunt? Big polka-dot boots, a book about frogs and one giant border collie best friend. Read full book review >
HOPPER AND WILSON FETCH A STAR by Maria van Lieshout
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 3, 2014

"An amusingly absurd adventure that shines starlight on empathy and friendship. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Hopper and Wilson, two stitched-up, stuffed toys (an elephant and a mouse), sit on their dock with their pet cactus looking at the stars and decide to bring one home for a night light.  Read full book review >