ROOM FOR BEAR by Ciara Gavin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 10, 2015

"Just ducky. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Creating a blended family demands a new choice in housing in Gavin's picture-book debut. Read full book review >
LITTLE BIRD TAKES A BATH by Marisabina Russo
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 10, 2015

"Simple and understated—and all the more enjoyable for it. (Picture book. 4-7)"
In the decidedly urban setting that Little Bird calls his own, he wakes up with a song—he always starts his day with a song—and looks for a puddle for a bath after the unpleasantness of the nighttime rain. Read full book review >

FROGGY'S BIRTHDAY WISH by Jonathan London
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 10, 2015

"Predictable fare to be sure, but series fans will likely follow Froggy wherever he goes. (Picture book. 3-6)"
In his 24th adventure, Froggy finally celebrates a birthday. Read full book review >
MAX'S MATH by Kate Banks
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 10, 2015

"Inventive. Bold. MAXimum fun! (Picture book. 3-8)"
Max is back in the fourth in his eponymous series of concept books. Read full book review >
EDMUND UNRAVELS by Andrew Kolb
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 10, 2015

"This long extended metaphor filled with laugh-worthy wordplay will comfort children and parents alike. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Edmund, a ball of teal yarn, explores the world but returns to his family. Read full book review >

TALKIN' GUITAR by Robbin Gourley
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 10, 2015

"Aspects of visual discontinuity detract from this otherwise sensitive treatment of a celebrated guitarist's early inspirations. (biographical note, bibliography, list of websites) (Picture book/biography. 5-8)"
This affectionate portrait of guitar great Arthel "Doc" Watson focuses on his formative musical influences during his Appalachian childhood. Read full book review >
RED by Jan De Kinder
by Jan De Kinder, illustrated by Jan De Kinder, translated by Laura Watkinson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 9, 2015

"Moral trumps story here. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A girl moves from instigator to bystander to hero in this anti-bullying picture book originally published in Belgium. Read full book review >
UNDER THE SEA by Mike Goldsmith
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 8, 2015

"Well-intentioned but confusing, these British imports should have stayed in England. (Board book. 2-4)"
A busy board book presents sea creatures to identify. Read full book review >
IF MY MOM WERE A BIRD by Jedda Robaard
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 3, 2015

"Sweet enough but slight and monocultural. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A passel of smiling children imagines what kinds of birds their moms would be. Read full book review >
BUNNIES by Laura Ellen Anderson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 3, 2015

"Cheery and colorful, though not extraordinary. (Board book. 1-3)"
A cluster of bunnies plays the day away. Read full book review >
IF YOU PLANT A SEED by Kadir Nelson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 3, 2015

"Though the message is as old as time, its delivery here is fresh and sweet as August corn. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Nelson spins a gardening metaphor about kindness. Read full book review >
LOVEY BUNNY by Kristine A. Lombardi
Released: March 3, 2015

"A great book to share with sensitive children concerned about the steadiness of parental love and a pleasant example of creative problem-solving. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A winsome girl rabbit is her mother's "lovey bunny," but when she borrows her mother's fancy dress with unfortunate results, she wonders if the affection from her mother is in jeopardy. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frank Bruni
March 31, 2015

Over the last few decades, Americans have turned college admissions into a terrifying and occasionally devastating process, preceded by test prep, tutors, all sorts of stratagems, all kinds of rankings, and a conviction among too many young people that their futures will be determined and their worth established by which schools say yes and which say no. In Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni explains why, giving students and their parents a new perspective on this brutal, deeply flawed competition and a path out of the anxiety that it provokes. “Written in a lively style but carrying a wallop, this is a book that family and educators cannot afford to overlook as they try to navigate the treacherous waters of college admissions,” our reviewer writes. View video >