LITTLE CHICKIES / LOS POLLITOS by Susie Jaramillo
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 26, 2016

"A thoroughly engaging, ingeniously designed Latino celebration. (Board book. 1-5)"
A concertina-style board book features the Spanish nursery rhyme "Los pollitos dicen" on one side and an English translation on the other. Read full book review >
SAFE IN A STORM by Stephen R. Swinburne
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 26, 2016

"From young preschoolers afraid of thunderstorms to school-aged children learning to deal with worrying aspects of the larger world, this encouraging story offers a hopeful view of the protective power of caring adults. (Picture book. 2-7)"
A soothing story follows adult animals as they protect their young and offer words of comfort during stormy times. Read full book review >

THE REAL POOP ON PIGEONS by Kevin McCloskey
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 19, 2016

"Another feather in McCloskey's cap. (Graphic informational early reader. 5-7)"
Budding naturalists who dug We Dig Worms! (2015) will, well, coo over this similarly enlightening accolade.Read full book review >
BEARD IN A BOX by Bill Cotter
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 19, 2016

"Yes, dads are awesome, and if you hang out with them, they'll teach you to be awesome too. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A boy scientifically proves that it's the beard that makes his dad so awesome. So…how to get one? Read full book review >
MAYA by Mahak Jain
Kirkus Star
by Mahak Jain, illustrated by Elly MacKay
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 15, 2016

"Jain and MacKay's story and art work seamlessly to convey an important and subtle story of love, loss, beauty, and joy. (Picture book. 4-10)"
A young girl and her mother soothe themselves to sleep during a power outage in modern urban India, despite how sorely they both miss Maya's dead Papa. Read full book review >

THE ARTIST AND ME by Shane Peacock
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 15, 2016

"A brilliant collaboration: simple, resonate, superb. (biographical note, author's note) (Picture book. 5-8)"
A low-key yet powerful picture-book evocation of the final days of an eccentric artist who was both a victim of his own demons and the target of village bullies. Read full book review >
KNOCK!KNOCK! by Gita Wolf
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 12, 2016

"A wonder. (Novelty. 5-8)"
Innovative design meets a classic lost-and-found story in this remarkable Japanese import. Read full book review >
THE WHALE by Vita Murrow
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 12, 2016

"Wordless, with masterful artwork and an intriguing narrative undertow, this whale's tale will transfix. (Picture book. 5-10)"
Two tenacious preteens (one lanky, long-haired, and light-skinned, the other bespectacled, short-haired, and slightly darker-skinned) strive to get to the briny bottom of a 50-year-old local legend and prove the Great Spotted Whale swims in their town's harbor. Read full book review >
SECRET TREE FORT by Brianne Farley
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 12, 2016

"Like a beloved box rattling with tiny, precious, ferreted things, this delightful picture book holds small, wonderfully specific insights into childhood imaginings, feelings, and frustrations. (Picture book. 3-8)"
A little sister's entreaties to come play go unheard by her bookworm big sister, so she conjures a tree fort sure to get her attention. Read full book review >
MAYBE SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL by F. Isabel Campoy
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 12, 2016

"An inspiring and wistful message wrapped up in a subtle, thoughtful narrative and lively, beautiful art: simply superb. (authors' note) (Picture book. 4-7)"
In a neighborhood full of gray, young Mira shares her colorful art (and heart) with the world beyond her window. Read full book review >
ARE WE THERE YET? by Dan Santat
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 12, 2016

"A multilayered, modern-day parable reminding readers there's no greater gift than the present. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A car trip to visit Grandma on her birthday feels like "an eternity." What happens when you just get too bored? Read full book review >
THE BEST DAYS ARE DOG DAYS by Aaron Meshon
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 12, 2016

"When the duo brush their teeth, the spread has just two words in gigantic type: 'MINTY! / BEEFY!' That sums it up: a dog story with a fresh approach and something with solid flavor to chew on. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A French bulldog narrates a simple but charming story about the activities of his day with a parallel look at similar behavior by his human companion, Sis. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Marilu Henner
author of CHANGING NORMAL
April 26, 2016

After they’d been dating only a short while, and as they were falling in love, Marilu Henner and Michael Brown were hit with the ultimate bad news: Michael was diagnosed with cancer. Refusing traditional care, they pieced together a personal and holistic view on battling his cancer, all while forging an unbreakable bond. In this moving and informative book, Marilu pulls back the curtain on how they dealt with the blow. She relates her holistic perspective on health—including the superfoods, exercises, and immunotherapy they used to fight back—and why a diagnosis doesn’t have to be the end of romance or of a happy and fulfilling life. “An inspiring love story wrapped in a serious call for new ways to treat disease,” our reviewer writes. View video >