EXTREME SURVIVORS by Connie Roop
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"Just the ticket to spark or nurture early interest in the wonders of the natural world. (Informational early reader. 5-7)"
"Extreme" gets a broad definition (ticks?), but the first-rate photographs and easy-to-read commentary in this survey of animals adapted to harsh habitats will win over budding naturalists. Read full book review >
ALBERT THE MUFFIN-MAKER by Eleanor May
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"An enjoyable, instructive story with humor, heart and a pair of adorable mice. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Ordinal numbers are featured in this delightful entry in the Mouse Math series starring brother-and-sister team Albert and Wanda. Read full book review >

TYRANNOSAURUS WRECKS! by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"Along with the pleasure of pronouncing those multisyllabic dino names, young audiences may find food for thought in the behavioral dynamics on display. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Primary socialization and cooperation in action—with dinosaurs, and no grown-ups in sight. Read full book review >
PUDDLE PUG by Kim Norman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"Sweet and muddy—err, sunny. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Are the pigs' digs big enough for both a porcine family and a mud-loving pug? Read full book review >
THE MERMAID'S SHOES by Sanne te Loo
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"Genuinely sweet. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Long after she's back home in the city, a little girl dreams of her vacation by the sea. Read full book review >

TOUCAN CAN! by Juliette MacIver
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"Read the book for its gleeful energy, but have one with antipodean animal descriptions on hand to answer questions. (Picture book. 3-6)"
There are so many things these colorful birds can do. Can you? Read full book review >
ZUBERT by Charlie Sutcliffe
Released: April 1, 2014

"It's a playful, even psychedelic feast for the eyes, but don't get it for the story. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Attendees at a convention of extraterrestrials mingle with equally strange, large-headed children as young Zubert rides with his mother in her van to deliver flowers to the best hotels in London. Read full book review >
TWINKLE, TWINKLE, LITTLE STAR by Mies van Hout
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"Most songbooks fall into two categories: either a traditional picture book with one song or a big volume with an assortment of songs. This effort hits a nice in-between note. (Picture book/songbook. 2-6)"
Twelve children's songs are presented in this picture book with accompanying CD. Read full book review >
HANNAH'S NIGHT by Komako Sakai
Kirkus Star
by Komako Sakai, illustrated by Komako Sakai, translated by Cathy Hirano
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"Absolutely enchanting. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A child wakes in the middle of the night and embarks on a quiet adventure. Read full book review >
BEST FRIEND TROUBLE by Frances Itani
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"A warm, pithy navigation of the ups and downs of friendship, this straightforward selection points out the necessity of catharsis and the satisfaction of compromise. (Picture book. 3-6)"
SURPRISE by Mies van Hout
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"While certainly a work that will appeal to parents, it will also delight children with the profusion of color and the single words illustrated with so much energy and imagination. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Extraordinary colors and single words describe the journey of bird parents and children. Read full book review >
POM AND PIM by Lena Landström
Released: April 1, 2014

"A perfect primer for the existential philosophy required for a small one to make it through the day. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Young Pom and his potato-shaped rag doll, Pim, make their way through the ups and downs of everyday life. Read full book review >