DANNY by Yann Le Bec
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"Pleasing art hampered by occasionally overblown storytelling and an ungainly plot twist. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A lesson in heeding the biased advice of strangers takes an unexpected turn. Read full book review >
NOAH'S ARK by Linda Falken
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"Children may need an adult's help to understand the significance of the illustrations, but this thoughtfully designed book deserves attention and a place on the crowded shelf of Noah's Ark retellings. (Picture book/religion. 5-9)"
A wide variety of works from the Metropolitan Museum of Art's collection and those of other museums serve as the illustrations in this retelling of the Old Testament tale of Noah and his Ark. Read full book review >

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 >

THE BULLIES OF WALL STREET by Sheila Bair
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"Nevertheless, Bair offers young readers an informed, insightful look into a crisis that continues to affect millions of citizens of all ages. (financial terms, index) (Nonfiction. 12-18)"
An insider's perspective on the causes of America's recent financial crisis and its ongoing consequences. 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 >
ARROW TO ALASKA by Hannah Viano
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"This intriguing and delightfully illustrated story will be of particular interest to young readers in Washington state and Alaska, who are least likely to notice the skimpiness of geographical detail. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A boy named Arrow recounts his journey from Seattle to Alaska to visit his grandfather. Read full book review >
FUN AND FRUIT by Maria Teresa Barahona
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"A little heavy on the purposive side, but it will lend itself well to classroom extension activities. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Healthy food, healthy world. 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 >
WEIRD AND WILD ANIMAL FACTS by Jessica Loy
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"An entertaining beginning photo essay that appeals to children's insatiable curiosity about the natural world. (introduction, fun facts, resources) (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
Fourteen (mostly) common animals are investigated to showcase their unusual talents. 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 >