SECRETS OF THE SEASONS by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 22, 2014

"Incorporating both a story and solid science in an engaging way, this is an accessible and welcome addition to the sometimes-confusing reasons-for-the-seasons shelf. (Informational picture book. 4-9)"
Alice, who formerly discovered The Secrets of the Garden (2012), is back to explore the seasons with her friend Zack and her little brother, Pete (and, of course, the two intelligent chickens that provide expert commentary). Read full book review >
I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE by Pat Mora
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 22, 2014

"While it is wonderful to see a book featuring Latina characters who are proud Americans, the promotion of idealized visions of life in the United States and the immigrant experience makes it a distinctly one-sided treatment. (author's note) (Picture book. 5-9)"
An intergenerational ode to a positive United States immigration experience. Read full book review >

DIGGER DOG by William Bee
Released: April 22, 2014

"Digger-obsessed children will be enthralled, though others may easily pass on this one-note dog. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Digger Dog is obsessed with finding buried bones, but will he be able to dig up the world's largest? Read full book review >
CAMP REX by Molly Idle
by Molly Idle, illustrated by Molly Idle
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 22, 2014

"What adventure's next? (Picture book. 4-7)"
Fresh from the pages of Tea Rex (2013), Cordelia, her younger brother and his teddy this time join their dino pals for a camping expedition. Read full book review >
COCK-A-DOODLE-OOPS! by Lori Degman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 21, 2014

"Puns and foolery pitched just right for newly independent readers. (Early reader. 5-7)"
Zemke provides more farmyard huggermugger (George Shannon's Wise Acres, 2004) to illustrate Degman's versified tale of animals trying to substitute at sunrise for an absent rooster. Read full book review >

THE BIG BOOK OF SLUMBER by Giovanna Zoboli
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 18, 2014

"Mary Logue's Sleep Like a Tiger, illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski (2013), and Mem Fox's classic Time for Bed, illustrated by Jane Dyer (1993), explore the same territory with greater success. (Picture book. 3-6)"
In the crowded field of won't-you-please-go-to-sleep books, this visually pleasing but awkwardly rhymed story fails to forge any new paths into dreamland. Read full book review >
I LOVE YOU TOO by Ziggy Marley
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 15, 2014

"The art will draw and hold young children's attention, but the words hang together better when sung rather than spoken. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Lyrics inspired by an exchange with Marley's 3-year-old daughter are set to bright paintings of a multicultural cast of children and adults enjoying each other's company indoors and out. Read full book review >
JIM CURIOUS by Matthias Picard
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 15, 2014

"Required prop notwithstanding, a thoroughly immersive outing. (Picture book/novelty. 6-9)"
Two pairs of 3-D glasses included with the book add plenty of depth to an explorer's undersea adventures in this wordless import. Read full book review >
BRAVO, CHICO CANTA! BRAVO! by Pat Mora
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 15, 2014

"Food for thought for monolingual mouselings—not to mention their parents and teachers. (afterword) (Picture book/folk tale. 5-8)"
A little mouse's foreign-language skills save his family from a cat in this mother-daughter debut. Read full book review >
THE BOX OF HOLES by Carmen Gil
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 15, 2014

"Disappointing and odd. (Picture book. 5-9)"
A wordy, rambling story with an arbitrary conclusion. Read full book review >
MONSTER NEEDS HIS SLEEP by Paul Czajak
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 15, 2014

"Sure to be a welcome choice for the going-to-bed time that never seems to end. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Czajak and Grieb (Monster Needs a Costume, 2013) pair up once again for a hilarious take on the many creative ways a monster attempts to avoid bedtime. Read full book review >
TEA WITH GRANDPA by Barney Saltzberg
Released: April 15, 2014

"The welcome modern twist to Saltzberg's intergenerational story is sweetly affirming for today's far-flung families. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A young girl and her grandpa do not let distance keep them from their daily commitment to have tea together. Read full book review >