STAR SCOUTS by Mike Lawrence
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 21, 2017

"All scouts—and readers—must now raise their right hands and solemnly swear to read this. (Graphic science fiction. 7-12)"
An alien abduction goes a long way toward curing Avani's new-kid blues. Read full book review >
TIDY by Emily Gravett
Kirkus Star
by Emily Gravett, illustrated by Emily Gravett
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 21, 2017

"Alarming, timely, gorgeous, and open-ended, allowing readers the time to think for themselves. (Picture book. 4-8)"
How tidy can a forest become and remain a forest? Read full book review >

GREEN PANTS by Kenneth Kraegel
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 21, 2017

"This quirky kid and his loving family will instantly endear themselves to readers. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A little boy has a big decision to make when asked to be in his cousin's wedding. Read full book review >
MARLO by Christopher Browne
Released: March 21, 2017

"With a deft minimalism recalling Charles Schultz or Mo Willems, Browne creates a character to care about, whether excavating at home or when plunged into the pleasures and perils of the wider world. Dripping with delight. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A pit bull transforms a simple bath into an underwater epic in Browne's picture-book debut. Read full book review >
OUT OF SCHOOL AND INTO NATURE by Suzanne Slade
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 15, 2017

"An inspirational must-read for budding scientists and those who teach them. (notes, bibliography) (Picture book. 5-8)"
Slade and Lanan bring the biography of scientist Anna Comstock to young readers. Read full book review >

NOODLEHEADS SEE THE FUTURE by Tedd Arnold
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 15, 2017

"Two delightfully dense heroes bring folk tales into the 21st century, and young readers are all the richer for it. (Graphic early reader. 5-9)"
Two thickheaded macaroni noodles prove the old adage: a fool and his firewood are soon parted. Read full book review >
NIGHTLIGHTS by Lorena Alvarez
Released: March 14, 2017

"A winner. (Graphic fantasy. 8-10)"
When a young girl's imagination and creativity are co-opted by a mysterious new friend, she must find a way to regain what is rightfully hers. Read full book review >
OUT OF WONDER by Kwame Alexander
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 14, 2017

"A magnificent exploration of the poetic imagination. (Picture book/poetry. 8-14)"
Powerhouse poet Alexander, along with friends Colderley and Wentworth, offers a culturally rich collection of poetic tributes that extends the legacies of poets from around the globe. Read full book review >
RUTABAGA BOO! by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 14, 2017

"A joyous celebration of a wonderful bond. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A mother and son's call-and-response tradition keeps them linked even when they aren't together. Read full book review >
THE HIDDEN LIFE OF A TOAD by Doug Wechsler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 14, 2017

"A book that encourages observation and conservation and may start some young biologists off on their own lifelong quests to understand animals. (glossary, amphibian & toad facts, resources) (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
How do toads develop from fertilized eggs? Do toads need saving? 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 >
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 >
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 >