THE WORLD IN A SECOND by Isabel Minhós Martins
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 15, 2015

"The book's extra-large trim is the perfect format for this mesmerizing vision of a thrillingly expansive world. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Even "while you turn the pages of this book, the world doesn't stop…." Read full book review >
MAGIC LITTLE WORDS by Angèle Delaunois
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 15, 2015

"Beautiful phrasing to be sure, but with etiquette lessons, perhaps it is better to show in action and circumstance rather than to tell. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A lyrical attempt to explain the larger concepts behind 11 "magic words" of good manners. Read full book review >

ROBOT SMASH! by Stephen W. Martin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 15, 2015

"With demand for STEM-themed books for toddlers at an all-time high, this will undoubtedly prove popular with both ends of its intended audience. (Picture book. 2-5)"
The title sums it up: This mechanical man is a total wrecking machine. Read full book review >
THE POTATO KING by Christoph Niemann
Released: April 15, 2015

"Witty and provocative, the tale provides food for thought in behavior management and governance as well as a great story. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-8)"
This German import recounts the intriguing legend surrounding Frederick the Great's potato legislation. Read full book review >
THE CANDY CONSPIRACY by Carrie Snyder
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 15, 2015

"Read the book and then go brush your teeth. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Children stage a surprising revolution in an ultrasweet kingdom ruled by a sugared tyrant. Read full book review >

HENS FOR FRIENDS by Sandy De Lisle
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"That Aarón and his family are Latino is just icing on the cake in this engaging introduction to keeping backyard chickens. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Aarón loves all his family's chickens, but Rhode Island Red Margaret is his special favorite. Read full book review >
BEASTLY VERSE by Joohee Yoon
edited by Joohee Yoon, illustrated by Joohee Yoon
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"Gleefully distinctive stylings, fluorescent colors, and beautiful bookmaking should make an eager new audience for these old poems. (Picture book/poetry. 4-10)"
Using just three impossibly bright colors, printmaker Yoon illustrates a collection of animal-themed poems of varying familiarity. Read full book review >
WE DIG WORMS! by Kevin McCloskey
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"Norma Dixon's Lowdown on Earthworms (2005) digs deeper into the subject, but this lays fertile groundwork for budding naturalists. (Informational picture book. 5-7)"
Beginning readers who tunnel through this upbeat first introduction will "dig" them too. Read full book review >
WHEN YOU JUST HAVE TO ROAR! by Rachel Robertson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"A reassuring explanation of both expectations in general and the behaviors expected of students in school. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Not the exploration of emotions the title might indicate but instead a look at classroom expectations for those just starting school. Read full book review >
NOAH CHASES THE WIND by Michelle Worthington
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"An invitation to wonder, imagine and look at everything (humans included) in a new way. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A young boy sees things a little differently than others. Read full book review >
TRAPPED! A WHALE'S RESCUE by Robert Burleigh
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"Minor's illustrations carry the day, helping readers and whale get past the rescue to the informative backmatter. (resources) (Informational picture book. 4-10)"
Trapped by over 20 ropes set by a crab-trapping boat, each over 200 feet long, a humpback whale struggles to stay alive. Read full book review >
A CROW OF HIS OWN by Megan Dowd Lambert
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"An invitation to be your own showman, crow your own crow, cock-a-doodle-doo with 'a little warble at the beginning, and a crescendo at the ‘doodle'...and oh, that raspy growl.' (Picture book. 4-6)"
A scrawny young rooster named Clyde tries to fill the big shoes of his predecessor, Larry, in Lambert's verbally dexterous ode to identity. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >