OVER THE HILLS AND FAR AWAY by Elizabeth Hammill
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 10, 2015

"Never mind far away, keep this collection close by. (Poetry. 1-8)"
A sumptuous multicultural collection of nursery rhymes includes art by over 70 illustrators. Read full book review >
FLY! by Karl Newsom Edwards
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 10, 2015

"Toddlers will cheer this tale of exploration while simultaneously jumping to their feet to try every action, right along with Fly. (appended bug facts) (Picture book. 2-5)"
A young fly struggles to find his special talent. Read full book review >

NIGHTBIRD by Alice Hoffman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 10, 2015

"Enchanting. (Magical realism. 9-12)"
There's a monster in Sidwell, Massachusetts, that can only be seen at night or, as Twig reveals, if passersby are near her house. Read full book review >
EDMUND UNRAVELS by Andrew Kolb
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 10, 2015

"This long extended metaphor filled with laugh-worthy wordplay will comfort children and parents alike. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Edmund, a ball of teal yarn, explores the world but returns to his family. Read full book review >
GREAT BALL OF LIGHT by Evan Kuhlman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 10, 2015

"Eerie and hopeful: family tragedy and reconciliation wrapped in a zombie encounter. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
When a lightning strike near the dead maple tree seems to produce a ball of lightning, Fiona and her twin are certain something extraordinary is at hand. Read full book review >

THE BOY & THE BOOK by David Michael Slater
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 10, 2015

"Presented as a grand adventure, the moment when a child first learns to read is powerfully rendered in this well-made story. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A nearly wordless picture book presents the "I can read" moment. Read full book review >
JOHN MUIR WRESTLES A WATERFALL by Julie Danneberg
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 10, 2015

"A welcome addition to the modern collection of John Muir's adventures. (Internet resources, bibliography, citations) (Informational picture book. 4-9)"
A noted naturalist nearly loses his life exploring a waterfall. Read full book review >
MARILYN'S MONSTER by Michelle Knudsen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 10, 2015

"A surprising spin on monsters with nicely effective artwork—and heart. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Marilyn waits and waits for her monster to find her, the way all her friends' monster companions found them, until she finally gives up and goes looking for him. Read full book review >
CATCH YOU LATER, TRAITOR by Avi
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 10, 2015

"A thought-provoking story about suspicion, trust and a memorable pennant race from a one-time Brooklyn boy. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
How does loyalty to country, to family and to the local baseball team define one's life? Read full book review >
SMALL ELEPHANT'S BATHTIME by Tatyana Feeney
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 10, 2015

"Charming, brilliant in color and execution, and funny to even the most indignant foot stompers, NO! screamers and bathtime boycotters. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Small Elephant loves water—most of the time. Read full book review >
MY PEN by Christopher Myers
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 10, 2015

"Poignant, vulnerable, wise. (Picture book. 7-12)"
A boy describes everything his pen can do, from the literal to the metaphorical. Read full book review >
BUTTERFLY COUNTING by Jerry Pallotta
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 10, 2015

"This welcome reworking of the author's earlier Butterfly Counting Book (1998) and board book ButterflyColors and Counting (2013) offers learning opportunities galore. (Informational picture book. 4-7)"
An unusual butterfly book introduces facts about the insects, portrays 24 different species, gives the word for "butterfly" in 27 languages other than English, and counts up from zero to 25. 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 >