IT'S RAINING! by Gail Gibbons
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"This effort gives partial information where children could have handled the full picture. Look to Julie Hannah and Joan Holub's The Man Who Named the Clouds, illustrated by Paige Billin-Frye (2006), instead. (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
Though Gibbons includes lots of facts about rain in her latest, some flaws limit its usefulness. Read full book review >
TWO TOUGH CROCS by David Bedford
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"Good for one time around the block, though probably not for two. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Two tough crocs learn that there is always a bigger, tougher croc in the swamp. Read full book review >

HERE COMES DESTRUCTOSAURUS! by Aaron Reynolds
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"A familiar interchange, featuring a less-ferocious-looking cousin of the tempestuous T. Rex of Bob Shea's Dinosaur vs. Bedtime (2008) and its sequels. (Picture book. 2-4)"
A parent/caregiver—unseen after a glimpse at the beginning—translates a "terrible twos"–style tantrum into a movie-monster rampage. Read full book review >
A FISH NAMED GLUB by Dan Bar-el
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"A story that is as delightful in its individual parts as it is in its sweeping theme of dreams rediscovered and the small push of self-belief needed to follow them. (Picture book. 3-8)"
A lyrical story about life and its mysteries told from the point of view of a small fish living in a glass fishbowl in a diner. Read full book review >
GRANDMOTHER PTARMIGAN by Qaunaq Mikkigak
Released: April 1, 2014

"A brief, illuminating glimpse into Inuit storytelling. (Picture book/folk tale. 4-7)"
Grandma tries to help her little one fall asleep. Read full book review >

THE RAVEN AND THE LOON by Rachel Qitsualik-Tinsley
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"Folklore invitingly told and presented for a young audience. (Picture book/folk tale. 4-8)"
Irrepressible trickster Raven gets his comeuppance when he annoys his friend Loon in a humorous tale based on Inuit folklore. Read full book review >
TWO SPECKLED EGGS by Jennifer K. Mann
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"Readers may not look at their classmates the same again. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Two opposites may not be as opposite as they imagined in Mann's look at grade school cliques and oddballs. Read full book review >
WATER CAN BE . . .  by Laura Purdie Salas
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"Kids of all ages will gain a new appreciation for water, and Salas and Dabija will surely gain new fans. (glossary, further resources) (Informational picture book. 4-10)"
In a look at the forms, functions and uses of water, Salas and Dabija turn the ordinary into the extraordinary. Read full book review >
PETAL AND POPPY by Lisa Clough
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"A blithe and breezy charmer. (Graphic early reader. 4-8)"
An elephant and a rhino can't see eye to eye, but they eventually find a helpful middle ground. Read full book review >
BAD BYE, GOOD BYE by Deborah Underwood
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"This is a useful depiction of a family's physical move, but the strength is in the emotional journey that's expressed with a raw honesty. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Underwood explores the range of emotions a child moving to a new place may feel with a spare, rhyming text that creates a framework for Bean's evocative illustrations. Read full book review >
PRINCESS SPARKLE-HEART GETS A MAKEOVER by Josh Schneider
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"A testament to the joy of creation and a celebration of a different kind of beauty—sparkling indeed. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Schneider's playful take on the beauty makeover upends expectations with comedic—and powerful—results. Read full book review >
CLARA'S CRAZY CURLS by Helen Poole
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"Skip this; for celebrations of curly splendor, get bell hooks' Happy to Be Nappy, illustrated by Chris Raschka (1999), and Carolivia Herron's Nappy Hair, illustrated by Joe Cepeda (1997), instead. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A little girl's very large curls cause chaos in this clunky lesson. Read full book review >