STANLEY THE FARMER by William Bee
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"Steady and bright, this will appeal to toddlers looking for comfort, not thrills. (Picture book. 2-4)"
A cartoonlike hamster named Stanley and two other small mammals demonstrate the steps used to plant, maintain and harvest wheat at a typical commercial farm. Read full book review >
RODEO RED by Maripat Perkins
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"Giddy-up, big sisters! (Picture book. 3-6)"
Old West lingo gives voice to the old story of sibling rivalry sparked by a new baby. Read full book review >

THE BUS RIDE by Marianne Dubuc
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"Good for imagination and travel, this merry bus ride has glimmers of 'Little Red Riding Hood' but is entirely itself. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Clara (named only on the book jacket) narrates her own story of the first time she goes to Grandma's house on the bus by herself. Read full book review >
P. ZONKA LAYS AN EGG by Julie Paschkis
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"Charming, unusual and sure to induce smiles. (author's note) (Picture book. 3-7)"
Hen P. Zonka annoys the other chickens in the yard: Instead of laying eggs, she spends her time carefully observing, and marveling at, the natural world around her. Read full book review >
HOW TO SPY ON A SHARK by Lori Haskins Houran
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"The dichotomy between the adult tasks and the simply worded rhyming text makes this one to skip. (Informational picture book. 4-6)"
Houran invites readers along as a group of marine biologists tracks and follows a juvenile mako shark. Read full book review >

BABY PARTY by Rebecca O'Connell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"Light but sweet. (Picture book. 1-3)"
A party of rosy-cheeked, bigheaded, ethnically diverse babies encourages baby readers to clap and identify shapes. Read full book review >
A DAY IN CANADA by Per-Henrik Gürth
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"Simple details and animal characters will attract the youngest lapsitters, who may want to try some of the activities depicted, even if they can't do them in the specific Canadian environs described. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Gürth adds to his series of books about Canada with this look at time. Read full book review >
IS IT PASSOVER YET? by Chris Barash
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"A joyful and inviting prelude to the weeklong celebration and observance. (Picture book/religion. 3-5)"
Spring's arrival ushers in budding trees, chirping birds, and the sprucing up of house and home that lets Jewish children know the holiday of Passover is almost upon them. Read full book review >
JANINE. by Maryann Cocca-Leffler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"An optimistic but nevertheless real solution to a common school problem. (Picture book. 5-9)"
A slightly new twist on the kid-getting-bullied story. Read full book review >
SUN ABOVE AND BLOOMS BELOW by Felicia Sanzari Chernesky
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"Not a strong choice for either springtime explorations or opposites, though teachers may reach for this in preparation for a farm field trip. (Picture book. 4-7)"
The team of Chernesky and Swan rounds out the four seasons with this look at springtime opposites (Cheers for a Dozen Ears, 2014, etc.). Read full book review >
I WILL FIGHT MONSTERS FOR YOU by Santi Balmes
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"Dream or no, Martina's monster story makes for lovely storytelling. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A young girl learns to fight her nighttime fears by conquering a mirror world of monsters—and a little pink monster learns to do the same. Read full book review >
THE ORIGINAL COWGIRL by Heather Lang
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"Mulhall may not be a household name, but Lang makes her memorable for anyone who admires go-getters who beat the odds and break barriers. (Picture book/biography. 4-8)"
The story of famed rodeo queen Lucille Mulhall is retold as a lesson in girl power and following one's dreams. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Bill Browder
author of RED NOTICE
March 24, 2015

Bill Browder’s Red Notice is a nonfiction political thriller about an American financier in the Wild East of Russia, the murder of his principled young tax attorney, and his mission to expose the Kremlin’s corruption. In 2007, a group of Russian law enforcement officers raided Browder’s offices in Moscow and stole $230 million of taxes that his fund’s companies had paid to the Russian government. Browder’s attorney Sergei Magnitsky investigated the incident and uncovered a sprawling criminal enterprise. A month after Sergei testified against the officials involved, he was arrested and thrown into pre-trial detention, where he was tortured for a year. On November 16, 2009, he was led to an isolation chamber, handcuffed to a bedrail, and beaten to death by eight guards in full riot gear. “It may be that ‘Russian stories never have happy endings,’ ” our reviewer writes about Red Notice, “but Browder’s account more than compensates by ferociously unmasking Putin’s thugocracy.” View video >