BIRD, BALLOON, BEAR by Il Sung Na
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 14, 2017

"As simple and soft as a hug—and as reassuring. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Bird's new in the forest, and as much as he'd like to befriend Bear, he never quite gets up the courage to say hello. Read full book review >
IF YOUR MONSTER WON'T GO TO BED by Denise Vega
Released: March 14, 2017

"A few moments shine, but all in all an overstuffed effort. (Picture book. 4-6)"
What with keeping the fridge stocked with slug mush and sour green milk, incidentals such as mud soap and fang paste seem downright ordinary—unlike the consequences of ignoring the emphatic "Don't"s populating this unorthodox DIY manual: "massive monster tantrums." Read full book review >

BROBARIANS by Lindsay Ward
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 14, 2017

"Good and campy and a fine opportunity for vocabulary building. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Two brothers, two great warriors—two brobarians!—engage in an epic backyard battle, until the "magic that ruled all" (aka mother) calls them in. Read full book review >
A SONG ABOUT MYSELF by John Keats
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 14, 2017

"Visually boisterous, great fun to read aloud, and likely to incite some 'wond'ring' along with the laughter. (afterword) (Picture book. 6-9)"
Raschka injects fresh whimsy into a bit of linguistic tomfoolery from one of the poet's letters to his younger sister. Read full book review >
MARTINA & CHRISSIE by Phil Bildner
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 14, 2017

"A fine sports story. (Informational picture book. 6-10)"
A picture-book introduction to tennis greats Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova. Read full book review >

ONE IS NOT A PAIR by Katie Haworth
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 14, 2017

"Even young sleuths who had little trouble finding Waldo may be challenged by some of these exercises in pattern recognition. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Combining the premises of Odd One Out (2014) and Where's the Pair? (2015), galleries of almost identical birds, teddy bears, colorful socks, ice cream cones, and other items invite readers to match up identical pairs—then find outliers. Read full book review >
TIME NOW TO DREAM by Timothy Knapman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 14, 2017

"Time now to savor this lovely offering. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Just the right combination of fairy tale and bedtime book, scary and soothing. Read full book review >
LIGHTER THAN AIR by Matthew Clark Smith
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 14, 2017

"A beautifully told story of a young woman with lofty aspirations. (illustrator's note, bibliography) (Picture book. 5-10)"
A fascination with hot air balloons has hit late-18th-century Paris, and young Sophie Armant dreams of joining those bold aeronauts. Read full book review >
WAKE UP! by Helen Frost
Kirkus Star
by Helen Frost, photographed by Rick Lieder
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 14, 2017

"Stunning as ever: another irresistible imperative from Frost and Lieder to get up and out into nature. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Nature's littlest creatures figure large in this poetic portrait of their early movements. Read full book review >
ANYWHERE FARM by Phyllis Root
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 14, 2017

"This pleasant look at gardening in a city setting reflects a growing trend. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Several inner-city children work together to plant seeds and cultivate their own gardens, transforming their little "anywhere farms" into a lush, green community garden covering a vacant city lot. Read full book review >
STINKY SPIKE THE PIRATE DOG by Peter Meisel
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 14, 2017

"Cast off, me hearties, and meet a dog that brings both the yo ho hos and the nose. (Adventure. 7-9)"
A pungent pup must prove his worth to a bumbling piratical crew. Read full book review >
MY BEAUTIFUL BIRDS by Suzanne Del Rizzo
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 8, 2017

"This story of one frightened little boy who finds strength in caring for animals and uses that strength to comfort other kids is an excellent means of explaining a difficult subject to young children. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-10)"
Sami was feeding his pigeons when his home and his neighborhood were suddenly gone. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Brad Parks
author of SAY NOTHING
March 7, 2017

In Brad Parks’ new thriller Say Nothing, judge Scott Sampson doesn’t brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: a prestigious job. A beloved family. On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, he is about to pick up his six-year-old twins to go swimming when his wife, Alison, texts him that she’ll get the kids from school instead. It’s not until she gets home later that Scott realizes she doesn’t have the children. And she never sent the text. Then the phone rings, and every parent’s most chilling nightmare begins. A man has stolen Sam and Emma. For Scott and Alison, the kidnapper’s call is only the beginning of a twisting, gut-churning ordeal of blackmail, deceit, and terror; a high-profile trial like none the judge or his wife has ever experienced. Their marriage falters. Suspicions and long-buried jealousies rise to the surface. Fractures appear. Lies are told. “The nerve-shredding never lets up for a minute as Parks picks you up by the scruff of the neck, shakes you vigorously, and repeats over and over again till a climax so harrowing that you’ll be shaking with gratitude that it’s finally over,” our critic writes in a starred review. View video >