BUDDHISM by Harriet Brundle
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2017

"With limitations, a valuable asset to any caregiver or library collection interested in expanding the horizons of the very young. (glossary, index) (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
An exploration of religion and Buddhism for the youngest seekers, one of six major religions introduced in this British educational publisher's new Your Faith series. Read full book review >
PREHISTORIC ANCESTORS OF MODERN ANIMALS by Matthew Rake
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2017

"Armchair thrills aplenty for Anthropocene readers. (index) (Nonfiction. 8-10)"
Artful digital collage makes it easy to imagine memorable modern encounters with a hippo-eating snake and other extinct creatures. Read full book review >

NOAH WEBSTER'S FIGHTING WORDS by Tracy Nelson Maurer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2017

"An attractive volume demonstrating that even words themselves have a story. (author's note, illustrator's note, timeline, sources, bibliography, primary sources, more information) (Picture book/biography. 7-10)"
The story of Noah Webster, America's original man of letters. Read full book review >
PLAGUE! by John Farndon
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2017

"Pass this regrettable title and its companions by. (index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Gory bits of information offered in brief text and amusing cartoon illustrations combine for a quick exploration of various epidemics throughout history. Read full book review >
THE SHEEP WHO HATCHED AN EGG by Gemma Merino
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2017

"Merino's airy style reflects the light message of the book: celebrate yourself and enjoy your imperfections. (Picture book. 3-8)"
One vain sheep with a gorgeous head of hair plus an egg that needs a place to hatch equals a dandy tale of self-acceptance. Read full book review >

ANDREW THE SEEKER by Lee Nordling
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2017

"Quietly thoughtful and emotionally on-point. (Graphic adventure. 4-8)"
A wordless graphic offering conveys the fun and frustration of playing with friends. Read full book review >
NIKO DRAWS A FEELING by Bob Raczka
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2017

"Conceptual and thoughtful, like Niko's own pieces. (Picture book. 5-9)"
A boy finds ample artistic inspiration, but people find his artwork baffling. Read full book review >
TROLL STINKS by Jeanne Willis
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2017

"Let's be honest. The goats are the stinkers. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Two kids—as in young goats—prove just why that creature has a tough reputation. Read full book review >
THE HOLE STORY by Paul Bright
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2017

"A good choice for budding philosophers. (Picture book. 4-9)"
A first step into the world of ontology, picture-book style! Read full book review >
JAMAL'S JOURNEY by Michael Foreman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2017

"Adults will likely appreciate this low-key introduction to a far-off place, but young listeners may not find quite enough action or context to make the trip worthwhile. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A young camel is lost in a sandstorm then finds his way to his owners. Read full book review >
SUPERFAIRIES by Janey Louise Jones
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2017

"An aesthetically pleasing fairy-fix. (Fantasy. 6-9)"
A team of fairies rescues forest animals in distress. Read full book review >
YOURS SINCERELY, GIRAFFE by Megumi Iwasa
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2017

"This is a rare book: joyful, ingenuous, playfully earnest, but without a whiff of studied cuteness. (Fantasy. 7-10)"
Giraffe, bored and looking for a friend, becomes pen pals with Penguin in this illustrated chapter book. 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 >