SHOW'S OVER by Jamie Michalak
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 8, 2014

"Rarely will a book review recommend watching TV over reading a book, but in this case, find the remote. (Fiction. 6-9)"
Ruff Ruffman's second literary outing is much lighter than the first (Doggie Duties, 2014), especially in the science department. Read full book review >
THE SIMPLES LOVE A PICNIC by J.C. Phillipps
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 8, 2014

"A funny family story packed with mayhem and good spirits. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Silly humor abounds as a family tries to enjoy a picnic in the park. Read full book review >

PIG KAHUNA PIRATES! by Jennifer Sattler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 8, 2014

"Here's hoping that this welcome return presages plenty of additional adventures. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Fans of porcine siblings Fergus and Dink's first outing will be thrilled to welcome them back to the beach, while pirate-loving listeners (familiar or not) will be particularly pleased. Read full book review >
GALÁPAGOS GEORGE by Jean Craighead George
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 8, 2014

"A heartfelt if imperfect tribute to one George by another who will also be missed. (key terms, timeline, resources) (Picture book. 5-8)"
The passing of Lonesome George, the last of the saddleback tortoises from the island of Pinta, provides the occasion to demonstrate how different species might descend from a common ancestor. Read full book review >
PLANES, TRAINS, AND AUTOMOBILES by Chris Oxlade
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 8, 2014

"Nevertheless, a valuable reference tool, a solid contribution to the literature of technology for teens and blissful eye candy for transportation enthusiasts. (Nonfiction. 6-14)"
This oversized book comprises not pages but a 6 1/2-foot-wide foldout poster, with illustrations of 100 iconic aircraft, spacecraft, trains, cars, bikes and boats. Read full book review >

YOKO FINDS HER WAY by Rosemary Wells
Released: April 8, 2014

"A terrific book to share with children preparing for their first flights as well as Yoko's fans. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Yoko and her kimono-clad mother have an adventure at the airport at the beginning of their trip to Japan. Read full book review >
THE DAY I LOST MY SUPERPOWERS by Michaël  Escoffier
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 7, 2014

"The narrator's buoyancy and quick recovery save this from turning into a dreary life lesson. (Picture book. 6-8)"
In an import that is high on zest, a child and her blithe conviction that she has superpowers both take an abrupt tumble. Read full book review >
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 >