THE ARTIST AND THE KING by Julie Fortenberry
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 7, 2014

"Parts of this may fly over younger audiences' heads, but the general point is adroitly made. (Picture book. 6-8)"
In a nod to art's twin powers of subversion and of transformation, a very small painter makes a hardhearted king cry—and then smile. Read full book review >
BROTHER HUGO AND THE BEAR by Katy Beebe
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 4, 2014

"This accurate (if abbreviated) delineation of the process of medieval manuscript bookmaking shines thanks to the fey twist of ursine longing for the written word. (glossary, author's note, illustrator's note) (Picture book. 5-9)"
Prepare to be charmed by a bear who loves words—or at least loves to eat them. Read full book review >

A MOM FOR UMANDE by Maria Faulconer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 3, 2014

"Not only a special adoption story, but also a heartwarming look at the human-animal relationship. (note) (Picture book. 5-8)"
At the center of this tale based on a true story is an adorable baby gorilla whose mother does not know how to take care of him. Read full book review >
FOLLOWING PAPA'S SONG by Gianna Marino
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 3, 2014

"This beautifully executed book about the bond between father and child that can be as deep as the darkest sea and powerful enough to help navigate in times of trouble will resonate with readers both young and old. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A young whale awaits the call for his first migration with a mix of concern and anticipation, but Papa's strong reassuring presence and sage advice make for an exhilarating journey. Read full book review >
THE LIFE OF TY by Lauren Myracle
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 3, 2014

"A so-so read for the second-grade set. (Fiction. 5-8)"
Ty is back, and he's a little nervous about his latest class project: to practice random acts of kindness and then recite them to the class at the end of the week. After all, how can you "do random acts of kindness on purpose?" Read full book review >

UNDERPANTS DANCE by Marlena Zapf
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 3, 2014

"These unmentionables are ready for their close-up. (Picture book. 3-7)"
When it comes to prancing about in your undies, the mortification of an older sibling is just the icing on an already yummy cake. Read full book review >
MAGGI AND MILO by Juli Brenning
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 3, 2014

"Move over Ladybug Girl (2008), there's a new spunky gal-and-canine twosome in town. (Picture book. 3-6)"
What do you need for a frog hunt? Big polka-dot boots, a book about frogs and one giant border collie best friend. Read full book review >
HOPPER AND WILSON FETCH A STAR by Maria van Lieshout
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 3, 2014

"An amusingly absurd adventure that shines starlight on empathy and friendship. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Hopper and Wilson, two stitched-up, stuffed toys (an elephant and a mouse), sit on their dock with their pet cactus looking at the stars and decide to bring one home for a night light.  Read full book review >
FILE UNDER by Lemony Snicket
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"Fans can still look forward to Volume 3 of All the Wrong Questions, coming in October 2014: fabulous (which here means "very good" rather than "not real"). (Mystery/short stories. 8-14)"
How many mysteries lurk in the no-longer-seaside town of Stain'd-by-the-Sea? Thirteen. Read full book review >
THE PIGEON NEEDS A BATH! by Mo Willems
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"Willems' formula is still a winner. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The pigeon is back, and he is filthy! Read full book review >
SUMMONING THE PHOENIX by Emily Jiang
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

Thirteen young musicians of diverse ethnic background ready themselves to play their traditional Chinese instruments on stage in this informative and gracefully illustrated twin debut. Read full book review >
THE QUEEN & MR BROWN by James Francis Wilkins
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"Young readers on either side of the pond who are tempted to do as the queen does should not be dissuaded. (Picture book. 6-8)"
With winks broad enough to sprain his entire face, Wilkins offers a tale of the queen's outing to London's Natural History Museum with a reluctant corgi in tow. Read full book review >