THE NITTY-GRITTY GARDENING BOOK by Kari Cornell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"Shortcomings aside, garden projects for preteens are always welcome, and Cornell includes excellent resources for further endeavors. (glossary, bibliography, websites, sources for supplies, index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Cornell presents gardening basics and a dozen projects, arranged by season. Read full book review >
THE RED BICYCLE by Jude Isabella
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"Well-meant but more didactic than entertaining. (Informational picture book. 8-10)"
When Leo outgrows his beloved red bicycle, he sends it to Burkina Faso, where it takes on new lives. Read full book review >

HARE AND TORTOISE RACE ACROSS ISRAEL by Laura Gehl
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"If the story teaches any lesson at all, it's this: A short attention span can be a glorious thing, particularly in a place like this. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Anyone who knows "The Tortoise and the Hare" probably remembers the moral: Slow and steady wins the race. This version of the story has a second moral: Go to Israel. Read full book review >
I SAY SHEHECHIYANU by Joanne Rocklin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"A sweet year for all. (Picture book. 3-8)"
A little girl experiences a year of joyous events and traditions. Read full book review >
THE WREN AND THE SPARROW by J. Patrick Lewis
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"A lyrical look at a horrific time; an appeal to the necessity of remembering. (afterword) (Picture book. 6-10)"
An old man called the Wren because of the beautiful music he makes must give up his beloved instrument during the Nazi occupation of his Polish town. Read full book review >

THE QUEEN'S SHADOW by Cybèle  Young
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"Wonderfully odd and cleverly informative. (Informational picture book. 7-10)"
When a queen, looking severe in her ball gown, suddenly misses her shadow at her own ball, the visual capabilities of her guests are put to the test in this mystery infused with natural science. Read full book review >
WALK ON THE WILD SIDE by Nicholas Oldland
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"Another fine lesson couched in a tale that never becomes didactic. (Picture book. 3-9)"
More Life in the Wild from Canadian Oldland (Up the Creek, 2013, etc.).Read full book review >
A BRUSH FULL OF COLOUR by Margriet Ruurs
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"A child-friendly introduction to an iconic, wonderfully accessible and quintessentially Canadian artist. (Picture book/biography. 5-8)"
"Painting is the last great freedom. You can paint what you like." Read full book review >
BIRTHDAY RULES by Laurie Friedman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"Other birthday-themed books present more realistic versions of these annual celebrations, acknowledging that most parties are not all fun and games and that a little rain falls on every parade. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Percy Isaac Gifford shares his rules for maximizing birthday fun. Read full book review >
A ROCK CAN BE by Laura Purdie Salas
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"The economy of language and breadth of imagination suggests a broad audience for this wide-ranging and inventive exploration. (glossary, further reading) (Informational picture book. 4-10)"
"A rock is a rock," but it can be so much more. Read full book review >
PITTER AND PATTER by Martha Sullivan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"An unusually striking glance at the water cycle. (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
Startlingly realistic artwork takes readers through the water cycle. Read full book review >
OVER ON A MOUNTAIN by Marianne Berkes
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"What habitat is left for Berkes to explore? Readers and teachers will hope at least one. (music score) (Informational picture book. 3-7)"
Berkes continues her "Over in the Meadow"-based series of early science books with this look at animals that live in the mountains. 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 >