HOW TO RAISE A MOM by Jean Reagan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 28, 2017

"Still, this may be just the ticket for harried moms who want to point out all they do for their kids and get a little help in return—sly fun in other words. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Mothers finally get their due from Reagan and Wildish, who instruct readers on how to raise a happy and healthy mom. Read full book review >
MAMA'S KISSES by Kate McMullan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 28, 2017

"A sweet bedtime tale. (Picture book. 3-6)"
In a rain forest, four animal mamas search for their rambunctious, not-at-all-tired babies so they can put them to bed. Read full book review >

DAD AND THE DINOSAUR by Gennifer Choldenko
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 28, 2017

"Dads get it: being brave takes work…and a dinosaur. (Picture book. 5-8)"
With Dad on his side, a kid finds it easier to be brave. Read full book review >
SNAIL AND WORM AGAIN by Tina Kügler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 28, 2017

"Again! Again! (Picture book/early reader. 4-7)"
Three funny stories about two fast friends. Read full book review >
ABC GULLS by Beth Rand
by Beth Rand, illustrated by Beth Rand
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 28, 2017

"Kids without a frame of reference will still get a kick out of these goofy gulls. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Take a seaside location, add a colony of gulls and the alphabet, and the result is a clever abecedary specific to Maine. Read full book review >

HAPPY DREAMER by Peter H. Reynolds
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 28, 2017

"A sweet gift to praise spirited individuality, this choice encourages readers to dream big. Let those sparkles fly! (Picture book. 4-8)"
Displaying his distinctive voice and images, Reynolds celebrates the joys and challenges of being a creative spirit. Read full book review >
KEEP A POCKET IN YOUR POEM by J. Patrick Lewis
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 28, 2017

"Clever. (Picture book/poetry. 5-8)"
A dozen classic poems, with Lewis' playful revisions on the opposite pages. Read full book review >
A PERFECT DAY by Lane Smith
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 28, 2017

"Perfectly funny while offering a chance to discuss perspective. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Bear unwittingly upends the backyard animals' perfect day in pursuit of its own in this playful tale. Read full book review >
JOHN DEERE, THAT'S WHO! by Tracy Nelson Maurer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 28, 2017

"An informative look at an inventor and his invention's impact. (glossary, additional facts, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 5-9)"
In 1836, John Deere—then a young, white Vermont father and blacksmith—moved to Illinois to settle debts brought on by two forge fires—and wound up inventing a superior plow. Read full book review >
PEDAL POWER by Allan Drummond
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 28, 2017

"Drummond rolls along with another successful story of environmental change. (bibliography) (Informational picture book. 5-9)"
Pedal-power protests in the 1970s turned Amsterdam into "the capital city of cycling." Read full book review >
RAIN by Sam Usher
Kirkus Star
by Sam Usher, illustrated by Sam Usher
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 28, 2017

"Bright, colorful joy for the rainiest of days. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Seeing the window beaded with morning raindrops, the white child narrator can't wait to get out into the wet, but Granddad says they should wait until the weather clears. Read full book review >
MAISY GOES TO THE LOCAL BOOKSTORE by Lucy Cousins
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 28, 2017

"Perky support aimed at young kids in the age of Amazon. (Picture book. 2-5)"
The upbeat little mouse treads familiar ground in the search for literary gold. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Laini Taylor
March 27, 2017

In bestselling YA writer Laini Taylor’s new fantasy novel, Strange the Dreamer, the dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he's been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever. What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving? “Lovers of intricate worldbuilding and feverish romance will find this enthralling,” our critic writes. View video >