TRASH TALK by Michelle Mulder
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2015

"Enclosed in these pages is plenty of food for thought and examples for direct action. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
To dumpster dive, to glean, perchance to dream of a zero-waste world. Read full book review >
A CHILDREN'S GUIDE TO ARCTIC BIRDS by Mia Pelletier
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2015

"Interesting for bird lovers whose homes are in temperate climes as well, especially those who might see some of these intriguing Arctic nesters in winter. (Nonfiction. 8-15)"
An Arctic ecologist introduces a dozen bird species that take advantage of the food available in the brief but bountiful summer to nest and raise their young in the far north. Read full book review >

SOMETHING SURE SMELLS AROUND HERE by Brian P. Cleary
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2015

"Inviting illustrations and offbeat topics showcase limericks aplenty for amusement or poetic inspiration. (further reading) (Picture book/poetry. 6-11)"
Cleary presents 26 limericks (and, tantalizingly, half of a 27th) for kids. Read full book review >
FISHFISHFISH by Lee Nordling
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2015

"A peaceful meditation that should delight readers with its multiplicity of composition. (Graphic adventure. 4-8)"
Fish—big, small and many—visually tell their tales as three underwater adventures converge in a cleverly developed wordless graphic format. Read full book review >
HOPPELPOPP AND THE BEST BUNNY by Mira Lobe
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2015

"At best an incomplete discussion starter, without much political or psychological depth. (Picture book. 5-7)"
A pointed fable on the hazards of competition and the benefits of cooperation. Read full book review >

CRINKLE, CRACKLE, CRACK by Marion Dane Bauer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2015

"A new perspective on the 'arrival of spring' theme best suited to blond, pink-skinned readers. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Bauer's imaginative first-person romp puts (some) readers right into the story, inviting them to journey with the animals in the moonlight to welcome spring. Read full book review >
LOST IN THE BACKYARD by Alison Hughes
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2015

"A simple, predictable survival adventure. (Adventure. 8-12)"
Lost in the woods for three long, cold days, Flynn makes several mistakes that hinder his rescue and survival. Read full book review >
SCHOOL DAYS AROUND THE WORLD by Margriet Ruurs
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2015

"The picture-book equivalent of 'It's a Small World.' (Picture book. 3-8)"
Third in a series of informational picture books for preschoolers and early-elementary readers about children around the world (Families Around the World, 2014, etc.). Read full book review >
TRASH MOUNTAIN by Jane Yolen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2015

"Though there's a suggestion the story is meant as fable, Nutley's adventure stands alone as a satisfying animal fantasy. (Fiction. 8-11)"
When young Nutley's parents are attacked and killed by the violent members of an invading "inferior race" living nearby, Nutley must leave his babyhood home and learn to make it on his own. Read full book review >
OCTOPUSES! by Laurence Pringle
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2015

"Pringle inks another winner in a long series of engaging, informative invitations to explore the natural world. (Informational picture book. 5-10)"
A veteran science writer introduces the most intelligent invertebrate of all, the octopus, master of camouflage. Read full book review >
EAT, LEO! EAT! by Caroline Adderson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2015

"Food, family, stories: delizioso! (glossary) (Picture book. 5-8)"
Nonna's tales about the stelline, chiancaredde and other shapes of pasta she serves entice a reluctant ragazzo to the dinner table.Read full book review >
MY FAMILY TREE AND ME by Dusan Petricic
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2015

"Budding genealogists will enjoy poring over this illustrated family history. (Picture book. 4-9)"
This dos-à-dos book looks at both sides of one little boy's ancestry. 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 >