BAH! SAID THE BABY by Jennifer Plecas
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"A nifty romp that doubles as a guessing game (with some phonics tied in), this has appeal for large read-aloud crowds as well as siblings who seek a lighter new-baby tale. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A baby's first word sends mother, brother and sister rushing around to figure out what it means. Read full book review >
TELL ME WHAT TO DREAM ABOUT by Giselle Potter
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"Playful bedtime treat for wee ones. (Picture book. 3-7)"
When a little girl asks her older sister to tell her what to dream about, the big sister's creative suggestions seem to fall on deaf ears. Read full book review >

CODY AND THE FOUNTAIN OF HAPPINESS by Tricia  Springstubb
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"Cody is sure to make friends with many readers, who will cross their fingers and hope for further adventures. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Well-meaning Cody is excited about the first day of her summer vacation. Read full book review >
TIGER BOY by Mitali Perkins
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"A multicultural title with obvious appeal for animal-loving middle graders. (author's note, organizations, glossary) (Fiction. 8-11)"
When a Bengali boy finds and saves a tiger cub from a man who wants to sell her on the black market, he realizes that the schoolwork he resents could lead to a career protecting his beloved Sunderbans island home. Read full book review >
SHOULD YOU BE A RIVER by Ed Young
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"Mystifying and ultimately uplifting, this book challenges all of us to seek out the dizzying scope of love. (Picture book. 10 & up)"
Startling collages of torn photos, cut paper and calligraphy seek to describe love's many forms and feelings through comparisons found in nature. Read full book review >

THE MONKEY AND THE BEE by C.P. Bloom
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"This lighthearted story has a lot to offer as a discussion starter and read-aloud. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A comic tale about sharing and friendship. Read full book review >
THE WHISPERER by Fiona McIntosh
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"A gripping, first-rate tale of a prince and a pauper. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Two 13-year-old strangers living in the land of Drestonia find themselves communicating through their minds as their perilous lives become surprisingly intertwined. Read full book review >
HOW TO DRAW A DRAGON by Douglas Florian
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"This rhyming romp will no doubt spur multiple requests for rereading—and redrawing. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Florian's rhyming verse carries a group of children through drawing their own dragon, starting with the encouraging couplet, "Drawing dragons isn't hard. / Drag a dragon to your yard." Read full book review >
UH-OH! by Shutta Crum
by Shutta Crum, illustrated by Patrice Barton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"Though there are as many 'Uh-oh' books out there as there are fishies in the sea, this petite charmer is a fine addition to the beach-time shelf. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Aside from the ubiquitous "NO!" few toddler phrases are more beloved than the expansively useful "Uh-oh!" Read full book review >
WONDER AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD by Nicole Helget
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"Set against the growing-pains backdrop of pre-Civil War America, both reflecting and supporting Hallelujah's coming-of-age story, Helget's tale celebrates the curiosity and mystery of life. (Adventure. 8-13)"
History, science, adventure and fantasy combine in this tale that carries readers from the plains of Kansas to Antarctica. Read full book review >
THE SONG OF DELPHINE by Kenneth Kraegel
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"As Delphine and Beatrice ride off atop two giraffes, readers of this quiet story will savor their new friendship. (Picture book. 5-8)"
An orphaned servant girl whose singing assuages her loneliness discovers the transformative power of compassion. Read full book review >
JACK by Liesl Shurtliff
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"Fans of retold fairy tales will be well-satisfied. (author's note) (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Boom! Boom! Boom! Giants are real! Jack sees them slide down from Above to raid his farm. Worse, they take his Papa. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >