IT IS NIGHT by Phyllis Rowand
Released: April 22, 2014

"Fresh illustrations give luminous new life to this reissue of a bedtime story originally published in 1953. (Picture book. 2-5)"
What could be more pleasant than a cozy circle of smiling animals on a starlit night?   Read full book review >
FLIP & FIN by Timothy Gill
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 22, 2014

"Particularly good for kids not ready to move beyond nonthreatening shark stories. (Picture book. 5-7)"
These twin sand sharks just love a good joke.  Read full book review >

IT'S AN ORANGE AARDVARK! by Michael Hall
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 22, 2014

"Suspenseful and entertaining; all-around great fun. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Get ready for some hilarity and hijinks as five ants discover what's really outside their stump home in this die-cut offering from Hall. Read full book review >
LILY THE UNICORN by Dallas Clayton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 22, 2014

"All will agree: Lily is lovely. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Readers first see Lily the unicorn, a picture of exuberance in pink and blue, bounding across a field of flowers. She has energy and enthusiasm for many activities and friends—doesn't everyone? Read full book review >
ABUELO by Arthur Dorros
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 22, 2014

"This book succeeds at both specificity and universality, presenting the distinct culture of the gaucho cowboy and the plains of South America through a story that will resonate broadly with many children and families. (Picture book. 4-7)"
More than 20 years after Abuela, illustrated by Elisa Kleven (1991), Dorros offers a gentle story of the lessons a grandfather imparts to his grandson while riding horses together on the plains before the boy moves to the city. Read full book review >

LITTLE LOLA by Julie Saab
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 22, 2014

"The duo promises further adventures for their little clothed kitty—she's off to a good start. (Picture book. 4-6)"
What kind of adventure will Little Lola have? Read full book review >
TYLER MAKES A BIRTHDAY CAKE! by Tyler Florence
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 22, 2014

"Like most desserts, sweet and enjoyable but not essential. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Food Network star chef Florence and esteemed graphic artist Frazier serve up a third entry about cooking and food origins. Read full book review >
THE LION AND THE MOUSE by Jenny Broom
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 22, 2014

"Almost too squeaky-clean to be much fun. (Picture book. 2-4)"
A lackluster take on the well-worn Aesop's fable that does not stand up as well as other picture-book interpretations, notably Jerry Pinkney's masterful wordless version.  Read full book review >
SECRETS OF THE SEASONS by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 22, 2014

"Incorporating both a story and solid science in an engaging way, this is an accessible and welcome addition to the sometimes-confusing reasons-for-the-seasons shelf. (Informational picture book. 4-9)"
Alice, who formerly discovered The Secrets of the Garden (2012), is back to explore the seasons with her friend Zack and her little brother, Pete (and, of course, the two intelligent chickens that provide expert commentary). Read full book review >
I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE by Pat Mora
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 22, 2014

"While it is wonderful to see a book featuring Latina characters who are proud Americans, the promotion of idealized visions of life in the United States and the immigrant experience makes it a distinctly one-sided treatment. (author's note) (Picture book. 5-9)"
An intergenerational ode to a positive United States immigration experience. Read full book review >
DIGGER DOG by William Bee
Released: April 22, 2014

"Digger-obsessed children will be enthralled, though others may easily pass on this one-note dog. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Digger Dog is obsessed with finding buried bones, but will he be able to dig up the world's largest? Read full book review >
CAMP REX by Molly Idle
by Molly Idle, illustrated by Molly Idle
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 22, 2014

"What adventure's next? (Picture book. 4-7)"
Fresh from the pages of Tea Rex (2013), Cordelia, her younger brother and his teddy this time join their dino pals for a camping expedition. Read full book review >