I DON'T DRAW, I COLOR! by Adam Lehrhaupt
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 21, 2017

"Nothing new—and more discouraging than most, to boot. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A small child colors instead of drawing. Read full book review >
JOHN RONALD'S DRAGONS by Caroline McAlister
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 21, 2017

"Since the likeliest audience for this is kids who have seen the Hobbit films, it's a good reminder that the book came first. (afterword, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 7-10)"
The story of a boy who dreamed of dragons and found a way to bring them to life. Read full book review >

WHO WANTS TO BE A PRINCESS? by Bridget Heos
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 21, 2017

"An unconvincing attempt to contrast fantasy with historical reality. (author's note, bibliography) (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
Text and Disney-esque artwork contrast the "typical" fairy-tale princess's way of life and that of a real (though fictional) princess in medieval Europe. Read full book review >
THE CATAWAMPUS CAT by Jason Carter Eaton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 21, 2017

"A pleasing reminder that finding a new point of view can create positive change. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A sideways-leaning cat strolls into town and sparks a revolution in perspective. Read full book review >
WHEN I GROW UP by Paula Vásquez
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 21, 2017

"Love makes a family, but this may not be the best book to demonstrate this truism. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A duckling wants to be just like his porcine parents when he grows up. Read full book review >

MARLO by Christopher Browne
Released: March 21, 2017

"With a deft minimalism recalling Charles Schultz or Mo Willems, Browne creates a character to care about, whether excavating at home or when plunged into the pleasures and perils of the wider world. Dripping with delight. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A pit bull transforms a simple bath into an underwater epic in Browne's picture-book debut. Read full book review >
STAND UP AND SING! by Susanna Reich
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 21, 2017

"While not a comprehensive treatment of Seeger's life, this is an excellent introduction; read and sing along—loudly. (author's note, quotation sources, selected sources) (Picture book/biography. 7-12)"
In the world of American folk music, Pete Seeger stood tall and proud in his unflinching, lifelong commitment to human rights and dignity. Read full book review >
THE QUEEN OF THE FROGS by Davide Cali
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 20, 2017

"A lovely but garbled fable. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Pond life: an interrupted idyll. Read full book review >
VILONIA BEEBE TAKES CHARGE by Kristin L. Gray
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 17, 2017

"A humorous, poignant, realistic debut story about a very responsible little girl who's a 'force of nature.' (Fiction. 8-12)"
Fourth-grader Vilonia takes on more than she bargains for trying to prove she's responsible enough to adopt a dog. Read full book review >
BILL BOWERBIRD AND THE UNBEARABLE BEAK-ACHE by Tyler Clark Burke
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 15, 2017

"Skip. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Bill Bowerbird, normally a happy fellow, awakens one morning with a terrible pain in his beak. Read full book review >
THE HUNT by Margaux Othats
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 15, 2017

"A simple story with a powerful anti-violence message. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A small child creates a stone sculpture despite the repeated efforts of hunters to destroy it. Read full book review >
OUT OF SCHOOL AND INTO NATURE by Suzanne Slade
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 15, 2017

"An inspirational must-read for budding scientists and those who teach them. (notes, bibliography) (Picture book. 5-8)"
Slade and Lanan bring the biography of scientist Anna Comstock to young readers. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Laini Taylor
March 27, 2017

In bestselling YA writer Laini Taylor’s new fantasy novel, Strange the Dreamer, the dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he's been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever. What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving? “Lovers of intricate worldbuilding and feverish romance will find this enthralling,” our critic writes. View video >