P. ZONKA LAYS AN EGG by Julie Paschkis
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"Charming, unusual and sure to induce smiles. (author's note) (Picture book. 3-7)"
Hen P. Zonka annoys the other chickens in the yard: Instead of laying eggs, she spends her time carefully observing, and marveling at, the natural world around her. Read full book review >
HOW TO SPY ON A SHARK by Lori Haskins Houran
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"The dichotomy between the adult tasks and the simply worded rhyming text makes this one to skip. (Informational picture book. 4-6)"
Houran invites readers along as a group of marine biologists tracks and follows a juvenile mako shark. Read full book review >

A DAY IN CANADA by Per-Henrik Gürth
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"Simple details and animal characters will attract the youngest lapsitters, who may want to try some of the activities depicted, even if they can't do them in the specific Canadian environs described. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Gürth adds to his series of books about Canada with this look at time. Read full book review >
JANINE. by Maryann Cocca-Leffler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"An optimistic but nevertheless real solution to a common school problem. (Picture book. 5-9)"
A slightly new twist on the kid-getting-bullied story. Read full book review >
SUN ABOVE AND BLOOMS BELOW by Felicia Sanzari Chernesky
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"Not a strong choice for either springtime explorations or opposites, though teachers may reach for this in preparation for a farm field trip. (Picture book. 4-7)"
The team of Chernesky and Swan rounds out the four seasons with this look at springtime opposites (Cheers for a Dozen Ears, 2014, etc.). Read full book review >

I WILL FIGHT MONSTERS FOR YOU by Santi Balmes
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"Dream or no, Martina's monster story makes for lovely storytelling. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A young girl learns to fight her nighttime fears by conquering a mirror world of monsters—and a little pink monster learns to do the same. Read full book review >
THE ORIGINAL COWGIRL by Heather Lang
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"Mulhall may not be a household name, but Lang makes her memorable for anyone who admires go-getters who beat the odds and break barriers. (Picture book/biography. 4-8)"
The story of famed rodeo queen Lucille Mulhall is retold as a lesson in girl power and following one's dreams. Read full book review >
THE SOCK THIEF by Ana Crespo
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"Idyllic, and if anywhere needs an idyll, a Brazilian favela is a fine candidate.(Picture book. 4-8)"
Young Felipe may be relatively poor, but he's rich in imagination when it comes to entertainment. Read full book review >
MEDITATION IS AN OPEN SKY by Whitney Stewart
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"Keep this in mind as a possible introduction to meditation for children. (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
This primer on visualization techniques uses a monkey and an elephant to introduce children to mindfulness and meditation. Read full book review >
UNCLE ELI'S WEDDING by Tracy Newman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"An author's note and glossary of key Jewish wedding vocabulary round out this saccharine introductory story for youngsters attending their first ceremony. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A young nephew must relinquish some of his valued soccer practice time to attend his favorite uncle's wedding and is rewarded. Read full book review >
PARTY CROC! by Margaret Read MacDonald
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"The importance of keeping promises is delivered with a hearty dose of humor, making this a book to return to. (Picture book/folk tale. 4-8)"
A jolly Zimbabwean folk tale teaches the importance of keeping promises. Read full book review >
A TALE OF TWO BEASTS by Fiona Roberton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"Totally delightful. (Picture book. 3-7)"
What really happened in the woods?Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >