MAX'S MATH by Kate Banks
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 10, 2015

"Inventive. Bold. MAXimum fun! (Picture book. 3-8)"
Max is back in the fourth in his eponymous series of concept books. Read full book review >
I, FLY by Bridget Heos
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 10, 2015

"A breezy bucketful of buggy braggadocio, with tasty nuggets of well-digested natural history stirred in. (glossary, bibliography) (Informational picture book. 6-8)"
Why study boring old butterflies in school when there's a far buzzier insect on tap? A charismatic housefly eloquently states his kind's case. Read full book review >

I SEE A PATTERN HERE by Bruce Goldstone
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 10, 2015

"A solid resource for both introducing and reinforcing patterns. (Informational picture book. 7-10)"
Goldstone tackles slides, turns, flips and folds in his latest, a look at patterning. Read full book review >
EDMUND UNRAVELS by Andrew Kolb
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 10, 2015

"This long extended metaphor filled with laugh-worthy wordplay will comfort children and parents alike. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Edmund, a ball of teal yarn, explores the world but returns to his family. Read full book review >
TRICKY VIC by Greg Pizzoli
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 10, 2015

"An appealingly colorful, deadpan account of a remarkably audacious and creative criminal. (glossary, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 7-9)"
Geisel winner Pizzoli turns from early readers to biography with this story of a consummate 20th-century con man. Read full book review >

TALKIN' GUITAR by Robbin Gourley
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 10, 2015

"Aspects of visual discontinuity detract from this otherwise sensitive treatment of a celebrated guitarist's early inspirations. (biographical note, bibliography, list of websites) (Picture book/biography. 5-8)"
This affectionate portrait of guitar great Arthel "Doc" Watson focuses on his formative musical influences during his Appalachian childhood. Read full book review >
RED by Jan De Kinder
by Jan De Kinder, illustrated by Jan De Kinder, translated by Laura Watkinson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 9, 2015

"Moral trumps story here. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A girl moves from instigator to bystander to hero in this anti-bullying picture book originally published in Belgium. Read full book review >
IF YOU PLANT A SEED by Kadir Nelson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 3, 2015

"Though the message is as old as time, its delivery here is fresh and sweet as August corn. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Nelson spins a gardening metaphor about kindness. Read full book review >
LOVEY BUNNY by Kristine A. Lombardi
Released: March 3, 2015

"A great book to share with sensitive children concerned about the steadiness of parental love and a pleasant example of creative problem-solving. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A winsome girl rabbit is her mother's "lovey bunny," but when she borrows her mother's fancy dress with unfortunate results, she wonders if the affection from her mother is in jeopardy. Read full book review >
HOW TO DRAW WITH YOUR FUNNY BONE by Elwood H. Smith
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 3, 2015

"Smith's pictures are always good for a hoot, though tyros will get a truer start from Ed Emberley's classic manuals. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Sage instruction for would-be cartoonists from a veteran, self-billed "Trained Professional Artist." Read full book review >
A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO SCHOOL... by Davide Cali
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 3, 2015

"A well-traveled premise, but like all of its ilk, a fertile source of inspiration for similarly dilatory students. (Picture book. 6-9)"
In the grand tradition of John Burningham's John Patrick Norman McHennessy, the Boy Who Was Always Late (1987), a tardy lad spins exciting if unlikely excuses to a skeptical teacher.Read full book review >
BUG DETECTIVE by Maggie Li
by Maggie Li, illustrated by Maggie Li
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 3, 2015

"For readers who can get beyond the use of the generic 'bug,' this could be an engaging invitation to explore the world of small creatures. (Nonfiction. 7-10)"
Curious facts about familiar invertebrates are packaged with a magnifying glass for extended observations. 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 >