VISIT THE BHIL CARNIVAL by Gita Wolf
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"Being just a single spread, it's a quick visit—but big and busy enough to draw and please several viewers at once. (afterword) (Pop-up picture book. 6-9)"
A double-gatefold map opens flat to display a pop-up Ferris wheel and other attractions at an annual festival held in the central Indian province of Madhya Pradesh. Read full book review >
WE DIG WORMS! by Kevin McCloskey
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"Norma Dixon's Lowdown on Earthworms (2005) digs deeper into the subject, but this lays fertile groundwork for budding naturalists. (Informational picture book. 5-7)"
Beginning readers who tunnel through this upbeat first introduction will "dig" them too. Read full book review >

WHEN YOU JUST HAVE TO ROAR! by Rachel Robertson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"A reassuring explanation of both expectations in general and the behaviors expected of students in school. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Not the exploration of emotions the title might indicate but instead a look at classroom expectations for those just starting school. Read full book review >
NOAH CHASES THE WIND by Michelle Worthington
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"An invitation to wonder, imagine and look at everything (humans included) in a new way. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A young boy sees things a little differently than others. Read full book review >
TRAPPED! A WHALE'S RESCUE by Robert Burleigh
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"Minor's illustrations carry the day, helping readers and whale get past the rescue to the informative backmatter. (resources) (Informational picture book. 4-10)"
Trapped by over 20 ropes set by a crab-trapping boat, each over 200 feet long, a humpback whale struggles to stay alive. Read full book review >

HER IDEA by Rilla Alexander
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"A perfect storm of ugly imagery, sloppy thinking and subpar writing. (Picture book. 6-8)"
The author of The Best Book in the World (2014), a paean to reading, brings to the art of writing the same over-the-top exuberance.Read full book review >
A CROW OF HIS OWN by Megan Dowd Lambert
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"An invitation to be your own showman, crow your own crow, cock-a-doodle-doo with 'a little warble at the beginning, and a crescendo at the ‘doodle'...and oh, that raspy growl.' (Picture book. 4-6)"
A scrawny young rooster named Clyde tries to fill the big shoes of his predecessor, Larry, in Lambert's verbally dexterous ode to identity. Read full book review >
HIGH TIDE FOR HORSESHOE CRABS by Lisa Kahn Schnell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"A splendid introduction to an extraordinary spectacle. (Informational picture book. 3-7)"
In a natural-world extravaganza, horseshoe crabs, birds and people meet up each spring on the shores of the Delaware Bay. Read full book review >
UNDER A PIG TREE by Margie Palatini
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"Joining the growing colony of self-referential meta-kid lit, this one-joke treatment has its moments. And the recipes work—for figs. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A purported editing error—substituting the letter "p" for "f" on a critical word throughout—transforms a tribute to figs into an appreciation of—pigs! Read full book review >
TOMMY CAN'T STOP! by Tim Federle
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"An enjoyable performance for both the boisterous and the calm. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Little brother Tommy is a perpetual-motion machine, and he is driving his family bonkers. Read full book review >
TROMBONE SHORTY by Troy Andrews
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"This well-told and exquisitely illustrated story of a musician with a steep career trajectory will inspire young readers to pursue their passions, despite the challenges. (illustrator's note) (Picture book/biography. 4-8)"
An autobiographical tale of a young man who started making "musical gumbo" at age 4. Read full book review >
FRIENDS OF A FEATHER by Lauren Myracle
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"Humor and humility mark Ty's arc in his third outing. (Fiction. 6-9)"
Now that his best friend, Joseph, is out of the hospital and returning to school, second-grader Ty hopes things will be just as they used to be, but he finds that change is a normal part of life. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fatima Bhutto
April 14, 2015

Set during the American invasion of Afghanistan, Fatima Bhutto’s debut novel The Shadow of the Crescent Moon begins and ends one rain-swept Friday morning in Mir Ali, a small town in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas close to the Afghan border. Three brothers meet for breakfast. Soon after, the eldest, Aman Erum, recently returned from America, hails a taxi to the local mosque. Sikandar, a doctor, drives to the hospital where he works, but must first stop to collect his troubled wife, who has not joined the family that morning. No one knows where Mina goes these days. But when, later in the morning, the two are taken hostage by members of the Taliban, Mina will prove to be stronger than anyone could have imagined. Our reviewer writes that The Shadow of the Crescent Moon is “a timely, earnest portrait of a family torn apart by the machinations of other people’s war games and desperately trying to survive.” View video >