JUST A LUCKY SO AND SO by Lesa Cline-Ransome
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2016

"Upbeat and celebratory—like Pops himself. (Picture book/biography. 6-9)"
Cline-Ransome traces Armstrong's storied arc, from an impoverished New Orleans childhood to his apex as a giant of jazz. Read full book review >
MY BIG BAREFOOT BOOK OF SPANISH AND ENGLISH WORDS by Sophie Fatus
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2016

"Use as a picture dictionary in households that are already bilingual. (Informational picture book. 5-10)"
This bilingual pictorial word book follows a family from morning to evening as it introduces words and a few sentences. Read full book review >

COLA FOUNTAINS AND SPATTERING PAINT BOMBS by Jesse Goosens
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2016

"Goosens admits that all the activities in the book have been described and/or done on the Internet and includes a list of websites; young experimenters would do better to turn there first. (Nonfiction. 6-12)"
This collection of science tricks and experiments will have kids exploding things, launching them, or making them turn colors. Read full book review >
LET'S GARDEN by Clara Lidström
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2016

"A great incentive to get down and dirty with ordinary garden soil and seeds, this fresh, sweet book will spark enthusiasm for gardening in even the most urban kids. (Nonfiction. 6-10)"
A Swedish import via Germany with an unmistakable Scandinavian ethic, this charming guide to gardening for young children is described in the introduction as "not a book for grown-ups." Read full book review >
KABUNGO by Rolli
Kirkus Star
by Rolli, illustrated by Milan Pavlovic
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2016

"Fresh and original, this appealing account of friendship celebrates differences and community. (Fiction. 7-10)"
"The unexpected is what happens three times a day at least" when your best friend is a cave girl. Read full book review >

CALIFORNIA, THE MAGIC ISLAND by Doug Hansen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2016

"A must in the Golden State; teachers in other states could use it as inspiration for their own mythic histories. (Nonfiction. 6-12)"
In the early 16th century, a Spanish romantic adventure book told of Queen Calafia and her magical land, California, where she led black-skinned Amazon women of great courage and wisdom; Hansen plays on this trope in this illustrated tribute that combines history and myth. Read full book review >
A GIRL CALLED VINCENT by Krystyna Poray Goddu
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2016

"A revealing glimpse of a gifted poet whose impassioned works and acts are sure to capture the imaginations of young readers. (timeline, notes, bibliography) (Biography. 10-16)"
The rags-to-riches story of one of the most popular poets of the Jazz Age has caught the eye of adult biographers repeatedly, and here Goddu brings Millay's action-packed life to light for young readers. Read full book review >
MASTERS OF DISGUISE by Rebecca L. Johnson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2016

"From an assassin bug's 'Coat of Many Corpses' on, a truly astonishing look at some of nature's most ingenious predatory or survival strategies. (index) (Nonfiction. 10-13)"
Disguises are common in nature, but here, Johnson puts the spotlight on nine creatures who take mimicry or camouflage to a whole different level. Read full book review >
SILENT SOLDIERS by Catherine Chambers
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2016

"The tiny text type may keep readers lacking confidence away; otherwise, cheap thrills aplenty for casual browsers. (map, index) (Nonfiction. 10-13)"
Muscular figures in intrepid poses stock this tribute to "stealth warriors" through the ages. Read full book review >
STICKMEN'S GUIDE TO WATERCRAFT by John Farndon
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2016

"The gimmick's thin in more ways than one, and the content never sails beyond routine. (index) (Nonfiction. 7-10)"
An inside look at modern seagoing craft from water bikes to "ginormous" container ships, all crewed by stick figures. Read full book review >
BELIEVE YOUR EYES by Cori Doerrfeld
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2016

"A thoughtful and entertaining mix of fantasy and real-world problems. (Graphic fantasy. 7-12)"
Alongside changing friendships and her parents' imminent separation, Cici learns that she is also a hada, or fairy.Read full book review >
PRAIRIE DOG SONG by Susan L. Roth
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2016

"An inspiration. (additional facts, timeline, glossary, sources) (Informational picture book. 5-12)"
Following their Sibert Award-winning Parrots Over Puerto Rico, Roth and Trumbore turn to prairie dogs.Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Marilu Henner
author of CHANGING NORMAL
April 26, 2016

After they’d been dating only a short while, and as they were falling in love, Marilu Henner and Michael Brown were hit with the ultimate bad news: Michael was diagnosed with cancer. Refusing traditional care, they pieced together a personal and holistic view on battling his cancer, all while forging an unbreakable bond. In this moving and informative book, Marilu pulls back the curtain on how they dealt with the blow. She relates her holistic perspective on health—including the superfoods, exercises, and immunotherapy they used to fight back—and why a diagnosis doesn’t have to be the end of romance or of a happy and fulfilling life. “An inspiring love story wrapped in a serious call for new ways to treat disease,” our reviewer writes. View video >