DREAMS OF FREEDOM by Amnesty International UK Section
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 15, 2015

"With proceeds going to Amnesty International, this album provides much food for thought for those children—and adults—who take the time to contemplate its pages. (Picture book. 5-12)"
Twenty artists from around the world illustrate many aspects of the concept of "freedom," accompanying inspirational sayings from thinkers living and dead. Read full book review >
PRICKLY JENNY by Sibylle Delacroix
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 15, 2015

"With its small trim size, this empathetic offering might be just the thing for little ones to take off by themselves when they're feeling prickly. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A girl is in low spirits all day. Read full book review >

A TICKET AROUND THE WORLD by Natalia Diaz
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 15, 2015

"Young readers need to know about their peers in other countries, but this looks like a book their grandparents might have read. (Informational picture book. 5-8)"
Rather than a comprehensive trip around the world, a quick expedition to 13 far-flung countries. Read full book review >
SEE YOU NEXT YEAR by Andrew Larsen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 15, 2015

"Taken as a whole, the book affectionately captures the nostalgic air of vacations past, seashells gathered and summer friends left behind—a great book for the car ride. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The annual summer vacation reveals familiar patterns and the joy of continuity and tradition. Read full book review >
WANDERING WHALE SHARKS by Susumu Shingu
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 15, 2015

"The overall imagery and poetic text combine to create a pleasing book on an unlikely topic for the youngest children. (Informational picture book. 3-8)"
The largest living fish on the planet is feted with spare text and illustrations in blue, black and white. Read full book review >

BEAUTIFUL BIRDS by Jean Roussen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 10, 2015

"With pages that beg to be sliced out and framed, a positive feast for the eyes. (Picture book. 3-8)"
An alphabetical album of birds flies in from the U.K. Read full book review >
PEACE IS AN OFFERING by Annette LeBox
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 10, 2015

"Affecting and heartfelt. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A list of small lessons that, when added up, have a great impact. Read full book review >
IN THE NEW WORLD by Gerda Raidt
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 10, 2015

"While social studies teachers and/or those of German heritage seem likely to be the most enthusiastic audience, the narrative style, informal tone and attractive artwork broaden it significantly. (Informational picture book. 5-8)"
This import offers a straightforward account of the reasons why a German family immigrates to America and how they fare initially, along with a brief look at the lives of their descendants. Read full book review >
BUTTERFLY COUNTING by Jerry Pallotta
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 10, 2015

"This welcome reworking of the author's earlier Butterfly Counting Book (1998) and board book ButterflyColors and Counting (2013) offers learning opportunities galore. (Informational picture book. 4-7)"
An unusual butterfly book introduces facts about the insects, portrays 24 different species, gives the word for "butterfly" in 27 languages other than English, and counts up from zero to 25. Read full book review >
MY PEN by Christopher Myers
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 10, 2015

"Poignant, vulnerable, wise. (Picture book. 7-12)"
A boy describes everything his pen can do, from the literal to the metaphorical. Read full book review >
JOHN MUIR WRESTLES A WATERFALL by Julie Danneberg
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 10, 2015

"A welcome addition to the modern collection of John Muir's adventures. (Internet resources, bibliography, citations) (Informational picture book. 4-9)"
A noted naturalist nearly loses his life exploring a waterfall. Read full book review >
OVER THE HILLS AND FAR AWAY by Elizabeth Hammill
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 10, 2015

"Never mind far away, keep this collection close by. (Poetry. 1-8)"
A sumptuous multicultural collection of nursery rhymes includes art by over 70 illustrators. 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 >