THE FLYING HAND OF MARCO B. by Richard Leiter
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2015

"Little listeners will be hoping their hands will take flight on their next road trips. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Just how high can a wayward hand fly? Read full book review >
THE LEGEND OF THE BEAVER'S TAIL by Stephanie Shaw
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2015

"An easily digestible fable with a simple moral and added classroom value as a natural science add-on. (Picture book/folk tale. 6-8)"
Shaw puts an ecological spin on an Ojibwa fable about pride and its consequences. Read full book review >

LAUREN IPSUM by Carlos Bueno
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2015

"Positive, smart, empowering philosophies and thinking skills couched in a wacky adventure. (Fantasy/philosophy. 8-14)"
A lost girl travels through a fantastical Alice in Wonderland-esque world filled with The Phantom Tollbooth-like computer-programming metaphors.Read full book review >
TRASH TALK by Michelle Mulder
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2015

"Enclosed in these pages is plenty of food for thought and examples for direct action. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
To dumpster dive, to glean, perchance to dream of a zero-waste world. Read full book review >
A CHILDREN'S GUIDE TO ARCTIC BIRDS by Mia Pelletier
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2015

"Interesting for bird lovers whose homes are in temperate climes as well, especially those who might see some of these intriguing Arctic nesters in winter. (Nonfiction. 8-15)"
An Arctic ecologist introduces a dozen bird species that take advantage of the food available in the brief but bountiful summer to nest and raise their young in the far north. Read full book review >

SOMETHING SURE SMELLS AROUND HERE by Brian P. Cleary
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2015

"Inviting illustrations and offbeat topics showcase limericks aplenty for amusement or poetic inspiration. (further reading) (Picture book/poetry. 6-11)"
Cleary presents 26 limericks (and, tantalizingly, half of a 27th) for kids. Read full book review >
FISHFISHFISH by Lee Nordling
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2015

"A peaceful meditation that should delight readers with its multiplicity of composition. (Graphic adventure. 4-8)"
Fish—big, small and many—visually tell their tales as three underwater adventures converge in a cleverly developed wordless graphic format. Read full book review >
HOPPELPOPP AND THE BEST BUNNY by Mira Lobe
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2015

"At best an incomplete discussion starter, without much political or psychological depth. (Picture book. 5-7)"
A pointed fable on the hazards of competition and the benefits of cooperation. Read full book review >
CRINKLE, CRACKLE, CRACK by Marion Dane Bauer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2015

"A new perspective on the 'arrival of spring' theme best suited to blond, pink-skinned readers. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Bauer's imaginative first-person romp puts (some) readers right into the story, inviting them to journey with the animals in the moonlight to welcome spring. Read full book review >
LOST IN THE BACKYARD by Alison Hughes
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2015

"A simple, predictable survival adventure. (Adventure. 8-12)"
Lost in the woods for three long, cold days, Flynn makes several mistakes that hinder his rescue and survival. Read full book review >
SCHOOL DAYS AROUND THE WORLD by Margriet Ruurs
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2015

"The picture-book equivalent of 'It's a Small World.' (Picture book. 3-8)"
Third in a series of informational picture books for preschoolers and early-elementary readers about children around the world (Families Around the World, 2014, etc.). Read full book review >
TRASH MOUNTAIN by Jane Yolen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2015

"Though there's a suggestion the story is meant as fable, Nutley's adventure stands alone as a satisfying animal fantasy. (Fiction. 8-11)"
When young Nutley's parents are attacked and killed by the violent members of an invading "inferior race" living nearby, Nutley must leave his babyhood home and learn to make it on his own. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frank Bruni
March 31, 2015

Over the last few decades, Americans have turned college admissions into a terrifying and occasionally devastating process, preceded by test prep, tutors, all sorts of stratagems, all kinds of rankings, and a conviction among too many young people that their futures will be determined and their worth established by which schools say yes and which say no. In Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni explains why, giving students and their parents a new perspective on this brutal, deeply flawed competition and a path out of the anxiety that it provokes. “Written in a lively style but carrying a wallop, this is a book that family and educators cannot afford to overlook as they try to navigate the treacherous waters of college admissions,” our reviewer writes. View video >