SOME KIND OF MAGIC by Adrian Fogelin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2015

"A fine, complex tale of family, friends and magic. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Old friends Ben, Cass, Jemmie and Justin start high school in the fall, so this might be their last summer together; though they hope for an exciting summer, they get more intrigue than they bargained for. Read full book review >
THE AMAZING AGE OF JOHN ROY LYNCH by Chris Barton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2015

"A picture book worth reading about a historical figure worth remembering. (Picture book biography. 7-10)"
An honestly told biography of an important politician whose name every American should know. <.p> Read full book review >

WHERE IS PIM? by Lena Landström
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2015

"Pom is the elemental Everychild—and just darlin'. (Picture book. 2-7)"
Dog takes Pom's Pim in this return of one of the most heart-gladdening creatures on Earth (Pom and Pim, 2014).Read full book review >
THE FEAST FOR THE KING by Marlies Verhelst
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2015

"Despite the awkward writing, children will have no beef with King Lion's inability to wait for the guests. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Someone has snatched the tender roast from the top of King Lion's meaty birthday "cake," so chef Tarantula sets out to find the culprit. Read full book review >
SONA AND THE WEDDING GAME by Kashmira Sheth
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2015

"Everyone will want to attend this wedding. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Who would have thought that the bride's younger sister must steal the groom's shoes at an Indian wedding ceremony? Not Sona. Read full book review >

UH-OH OCTOPUS! by Elle van Lieshout
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2015

"This Dutch import's fatuous ending falls short, but the illustrations are worth the time spent appreciating them. (Picture book. 4-6)"
A small yellow octopus is nonplussed to return home from his daily swim to find someone else's tale protruding from his home. Read full book review >
WHO EATS FIRST? by Ae-hae Yoon
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2015

"Wry text and witty illustrations make for one enjoyable math lesson. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A giraffe, a rhino, a rabbit, a monkey, an alligator and a caterpillar all come upon a peach that has fallen to the ground and have a discussion—and a competition—as to which of them should get the first bite. Read full book review >
MATH AT THE ART MUSEUM by Group Majoongmul
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2015

"Some may find this simplistic and oversold, but a few highly industrious parents and creative teachers, eager to more fully integrate the arts into Common Core curriculum, may find even these skimpy explorations invigorating. (Picture book. 3-5)"
An ambitious picture-book introduction to the underlying mathematical principles that can be discovered in a major art museum. Read full book review >
TILT YOUR HEAD, ROSIE THE RED by Rosemary McCarney
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2015

"A sketchy bit of behavior modeling that may serve as a discussion starter but has all the thematic and psychological depth of some franchise athlete's side project. (Picture book. 6-9)"
In this semiautobiographical outing, a budding social activist turns jeers to cheers by spinning her new classmate's hijab as a fashion statement. Read full book review >
CHANGES by Charlotte Zolotow
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2015

"Though touted as a child's 'first' poetry collection, Zolotow's heartwarming seasonal verse charms all ages. (Picture book/poetry. 4 & up)"
A newly gathered collection of timeless seasonal poems originally published in the 1960s, '70s, and '80s, with all-new illustrations. Read full book review >
THE PATUA PINOCCHIO by Carlo Collodi
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2015

"A thought-provoking if not particularly successful experiment. (afterword) (Fantasy. 11-13)"
Illustrations done in a style indigenous to West Bengal test the universality of Collodi's classic puppet-to-boy tale. Read full book review >
LUKE & THE LITTLE SEED by Giuliano Ferri
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2015

"Readers will appreciate seeing the good things that come to those who wait, watch, and water. (Picture book. 3-8)"
What could be a better gift for a wee mouse than a mysterious gift that promises both something delicious to eat and branches to climb and play on? Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frank Bruni
March 31, 2015

Over the last few decades, Americans have turned college admissions into a terrifying and occasionally devastating process, preceded by test prep, tutors, all sorts of stratagems, all kinds of rankings, and a conviction among too many young people that their futures will be determined and their worth established by which schools say yes and which say no. In Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni explains why, giving students and their parents a new perspective on this brutal, deeply flawed competition and a path out of the anxiety that it provokes. “Written in a lively style but carrying a wallop, this is a book that family and educators cannot afford to overlook as they try to navigate the treacherous waters of college admissions,” our reviewer writes. View video >