OVER AND UNDER THE POND by Kate Messner
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 7, 2017

"A magical artistic and informational world that readers will delight in visiting again and again. (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
The author-illustrator team that brought readers into the garden and under the snow (Over and under the Snow, 2011, etc.) now takes them on a breathtaking journey beneath the calm waters of a pond. Read full book review >
DADDY CUDDLE by Kate Mayes
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 7, 2017

"With its simple vocabulary and pattern, this just might keep young early risers in bed a little longer to read, but don't count on it. (Picture book. 3-6)"
An enthusiastic early riser tries to get the attention of a sleepyhead daddy. Read full book review >

BLOOM by Deborah Diesen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 7, 2017

"A lovely way of looking back on the year with a child who may not realize he or she has 'bloomed.' (Picture book. 3-7)"
Paralleling the planting of a garden in the fall and its blooming is the growth of a young girl and all the milestones that happen between fall and spring. Read full book review >
I PROMISE by David McPhail
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 7, 2017

"Ideal for starting discussions about promises and expressing motherly love. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A wise mother bear teaches her cub all about promises as they enjoy a day spent together. Read full book review >
FAR APART, CLOSE IN HEART by Becky Birtha
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 7, 2017

"With more than 2.7 million American children experiencing the incarceration of a parent, this book is a necessary one. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The subtitle of this picture book says it all. Read full book review >

CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 7, 2017

"Grand, in several ways. (author's & illustrator's notes, sources) (Informational picture book. 7-10)"
An account of the former first lady's impassioned campaign to save one of New York's iconic buildings. Read full book review >
ROUND by Joyce Sidman
Kirkus Star
by Joyce Sidman, illustrated by Taeeun Yoo
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 7, 2017

"A serene invitation to see and to think about both shape and concept. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A celebration of all things round—mostly in nature but also beneath a cozy blanket, in a circle of friends, encircled by loving arms. Read full book review >
BORIS AND THE WORRISOME WAKIES by Helen Lester
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 7, 2017

"This book needs to reject stereotypes in order to get woke. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Trouble sleeping keeps little Boris from thriving at school. Read full book review >
LUCÍA THE LUCHADORA by Cynthia Leonor Garza
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 7, 2017

"A KA-POW kind of wonderful. (author's note) (Picture book. 3-7)"
Who says girls can't be superheroes? Read full book review >
MUTANT MANTIS LUNCH LADIES! by Bruce Hale
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 7, 2017

"'Freakity freaking freakiness!' (to quote Carlos) on a high and gleeful level. (Horror. 8-10)"
Seasoned fourth-grade monster hunters Carlos and Benny find heaping helpings of horror in the lunchroom. Read full book review >
THE ELEPHANT'S GARDEN by Jane Ray
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 7, 2017

"Readers who can get over the story's peculiar device will find a fine tale about the importance of keeping secrets and the dangers of greed. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Who or what is eating the best fruits in Jasmine's garden? Read full book review >
NORTON AND ALPHA by Kristyna Litten
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 7, 2017

"A quietly amusing fable that highlights the importance of nature in a mechanical world. (Picture book. 4-7)"
What is that strange red object sticking up out of the ground? Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Laini Taylor
March 27, 2017

In bestselling YA writer Laini Taylor’s new fantasy novel, Strange the Dreamer, the dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he's been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever. What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving? “Lovers of intricate worldbuilding and feverish romance will find this enthralling,” our critic writes. View video >