WHEN THE WIND BLOWS by Linda Booth Sweeney
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 25, 2015

"Gale-force gusts of invigorating artwork and imagery will leave readers breathless in windswept wonder. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Whipping, wild wind calls a grandmother and her grandson out-of-doors into the frenzied, fantastic fray with a kite and giddy grins. Read full book review >
NEON ALIENS ATE MY HOMEWORK by Nick Cannon
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"A collection well-suited to young boys of color as well as all young fans of hip-hop culture, who often long for family-friendly content. (Poetry. 7-10)"
What if Shel Silverstein grew up on hip-hop? Read full book review >

STEP INTO THE SPOTLIGHT by Heather Alexander
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"The lure of the big top will bring sparkle-loving girls back to see how Marlo's life with the circus progresses. (Fiction. 6-8)"
When Marlo's mom gets a job with the circus in this chapter-book series opener, the 8-year-old's life changes for the sparklier. Read full book review >
ROBERT CROWTHER'S POP-UP DINOSAUR ABC by Robert Crowther
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"From Allosaurus to Zuniceratops, a mix of familiar standbys and new or rare finds with bite-sized facts for confirmed dinomanes. (Informational pop-up book. 6-8)"
Twenty-six dinos rear up, unfold or slide into view in a pop-up prehistoric procession. Read full book review >
ALICE IN WONDERLAND by Lewis Carroll
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Pretty, though as condensations go, less Wonder-full than Robert Sabuda's pop-up Alice (2003) or the digital Alicewinks (2013). (Picture book. 5-8)"
A much-abridged version of the classic's first five chapters, dressed up with large and properly surreal illustrations. Read full book review >

THE BASEBALL PLAYER AND THE WALRUS by Ben Loory
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"A bit treacly but wistful and charming. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A lonely baseball superstar finds a new friend and rethinks his priorities. Read full book review >
MY SECRET GUIDE TO PARIS by Lisa Schroeder
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Sweet but ultimately unsatisfying. (Fiction. 8-12)"
After the death of her beloved grandmother, a girl travels to Paris with her mother and finds solace and resolution. Read full book review >
MESMERIZED by Mara Rockliff
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Rockliff and Bruno's playful approach buoys solid science and history. (author's note, sources) (Nonfiction. 8-10)"
Ben Franklin's several years in France during the American Revolution included an occasion on which he consulted on a scientific matter for the French king. Read full book review >
I DON'T WANT TO BE A FROG by Dev Petty
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"A lively look at self-acceptance. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A tiny frog desperately wishes to be any other animal. Read full book review >
HOME by Carson Ellis
by Carson Ellis, illustrated by Carson Ellis
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Visually accomplished but marred by stereotypical cultural depictions. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Ellis, known for her illustrations for Colin Meloy's Wildwood series, here riffs on the concept of "home." Read full book review >
MONKEY AND DUCK QUACK UP! by Jennifer Hamburg
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"It may be a bit odd, but it is a solid choice for rhyming play. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Will Duck speak a rhyme by contest time? Read full book review >
JUST ITZY by Lana Krumwiede
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Spidery good fun with a can-do message. (Picture book. 4-7)"
This book that combines nursery rhymes and folk songs about spiders with a first-day-of-school story about not giving up offers a little something for everyone. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Pierce Brown
author of GOLDEN SON
February 17, 2015

With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, and Game of Thrones, Pierce Brown’s genre-defying Red Rising hit the ground running. The sequel, Golden Son, continues the saga of Darrow, a rebel battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom. As a Red, Darrow grew up working the mines deep beneath the surface of Mars, enduring backbreaking labor while dreaming of the better future he was building for his descendants. But the Society he faithfully served was built on lies. Darrow’s kind have been betrayed and denied by their elitist masters, the Golds—and their only path to liberation is revolution. “Stirring—and archetypal—stuff,” our reviewer writes. View video >