WON TON AND CHOPSTICK by Lee Wardlaw
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 17, 2015

"A satisfying companion to Won Ton's eponymous first outing (2011). (Picture book/poetry. 4-8)"
Black cat Won Ton's perfect life with Boy hits a puppy of a hiccup. Read full book review >
IN TODD WE TRUST by Louise Galveston
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 17, 2015

"Instead of satire, readers get a zany adventure, which would be perfectly satisfactory—if it were zany enough. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
This sequel to By the Grace of Todd (2014) sees the return of the title character and his acolytes.Read full book review >

HOPPER'S DESTINY by Lisa Fiedler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 17, 2015

"Mouse fantasy fans will cheer brave-hearted Hopper's latest adventure. (Animal fantasy. 8-12)"
In this sequel to Mouseheart (2014), warrior mouse Hopper finds himself on the streets of Brooklyn, where he discovers new allies for his efforts to bring peace to the rodents of the subway tunnels.Read full book review >
HYPNOTIZE A TIGER by Calef Brown
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 17, 2015

"With verse and illustrations running the gamut from creative to kooky and occasionally gross, kids should devour this entertaining collection in one sitting. (Poetry. 6-12)"
More nonsense verse from inveterate punster/illustrator Brown. Read full book review >
THE GREAT BIG GREEN BOOK by Mary Hoffman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 15, 2015

"Far too hard a sell for the intended audience. (glossary, websites) (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
Busy, colorful cartoons accompany text meant to encourage environmental activism in children. Read full book review >

THE STORY OF LIFE by Catherine Barr
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 15, 2015

"A high-spirited lead-in to discussions of evolution's proofs and mechanisms, despite the anthropocentric view of Earth's biosphere. (glossary) (Informational picture book. 7-9)"
Using colorful language and depicting crayon and collage creatures with wide eyes, even at the single-cell stage, this simple account retraces the history of life on Earth from "tiny floating bits" to humans. Read full book review >
DREAMS OF FREEDOM by Amnesty International UK Section
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 15, 2015

"With proceeds going to Amnesty International, this album provides much food for thought for those children—and adults—who take the time to contemplate its pages. (Picture book. 5-12)"
Twenty artists from around the world illustrate many aspects of the concept of "freedom," accompanying inspirational sayings from thinkers living and dead. Read full book review >
PRICKLY JENNY by Sibylle Delacroix
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 15, 2015

"With its small trim size, this empathetic offering might be just the thing for little ones to take off by themselves when they're feeling prickly. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A girl is in low spirits all day. Read full book review >
A TICKET AROUND THE WORLD by Natalia Diaz
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 15, 2015

"Young readers need to know about their peers in other countries, but this looks like a book their grandparents might have read. (Informational picture book. 5-8)"
Rather than a comprehensive trip around the world, a quick expedition to 13 far-flung countries. Read full book review >
SEE YOU NEXT YEAR by Andrew Larsen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 15, 2015

"Taken as a whole, the book affectionately captures the nostalgic air of vacations past, seashells gathered and summer friends left behind—a great book for the car ride. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The annual summer vacation reveals familiar patterns and the joy of continuity and tradition. Read full book review >
WANDERING WHALE SHARKS by Susumu Shingu
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 15, 2015

"The overall imagery and poetic text combine to create a pleasing book on an unlikely topic for the youngest children. (Informational picture book. 3-8)"
The largest living fish on the planet is feted with spare text and illustrations in blue, black and white. Read full book review >
BEAUTIFUL BIRDS by Jean Roussen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 10, 2015

"With pages that beg to be sliced out and framed, a positive feast for the eyes. (Picture book. 3-8)"
An alphabetical album of birds flies in from the U.K. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frank Bruni
March 31, 2015

Over the last few decades, Americans have turned college admissions into a terrifying and occasionally devastating process, preceded by test prep, tutors, all sorts of stratagems, all kinds of rankings, and a conviction among too many young people that their futures will be determined and their worth established by which schools say yes and which say no. In Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni explains why, giving students and their parents a new perspective on this brutal, deeply flawed competition and a path out of the anxiety that it provokes. “Written in a lively style but carrying a wallop, this is a book that family and educators cannot afford to overlook as they try to navigate the treacherous waters of college admissions,” our reviewer writes. View video >