VIETNAMESE CHILDREN'S FAVORITE STORIES by Phuoc Thi Minh Tran
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"A welcome addition to any collection of folk tales. (Folk tales. 6-9)"
While publishers in recent years have paid some attention to Asian folk tales, there has been a paucity of stories from Vietnam. This collection of 15 tales will fill the gap. Read full book review >
GRANDMA IN BLUE WITH RED HAT by Scott Menchin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"A good bridge to take children from comic tropes to fine art. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Using his love of art to honor his grandmother, a boy fumbles with his first plan but succeeds with his second. Read full book review >

FIVE STORIES by Anna Alter
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"Here's hoping that in the next Sprout Street tales there are fewer words and more action, which will help young readers connect with these characters. (Fiction. 6-9)"
Five neighbors learn to live together in their apartment building despite their differences. Read full book review >
TRAPPED! A WHALE'S RESCUE by Robert Burleigh
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"Minor's illustrations carry the day, helping readers and whale get past the rescue to the informative backmatter. (resources) (Informational picture book. 4-10)"
Trapped by over 20 ropes set by a crab-trapping boat, each over 200 feet long, a humpback whale struggles to stay alive. Read full book review >
A CROW OF HIS OWN by Megan Dowd Lambert
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"An invitation to be your own showman, crow your own crow, cock-a-doodle-doo with 'a little warble at the beginning, and a crescendo at the ‘doodle'...and oh, that raspy growl.' (Picture book. 4-6)"
A scrawny young rooster named Clyde tries to fill the big shoes of his predecessor, Larry, in Lambert's verbally dexterous ode to identity. Read full book review >

THE WATER AND THE WILD by K.E. Ormsbee
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"While debut author Ormsbee's use of language is laudable and the fantasy details are imaginative, they cannot compensate for the novel's flaws. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Two things make 12-year-old orphan Lottie Fiske's sad life happier: her friendship with Eliot and the magical apple tree near her boardinghouse. Read full book review >
BY MOUSE AND FROG by Deborah Freedman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"An elegant, exuberant portrayal of stylistic differences and child-writer passion. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Mouse wants to tell a simple, gentle story, but Frog bounces in and stirs it up. Read full book review >
WHEN YOU JUST HAVE TO ROAR! by Rachel Robertson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"A reassuring explanation of both expectations in general and the behaviors expected of students in school. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Not the exploration of emotions the title might indicate but instead a look at classroom expectations for those just starting school. Read full book review >
HOW TO PEE by Todd Spector
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"The lesson is clear: Pee with flair. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Sure, potty training is important, but how many books emphasize how to urinate with style? Read full book review >
THE SECOND GUARD by J.D. Vaughn
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"A carefully crafted and empowering coming-of-age tale that adds welcome diversity to the fantasy shelves. (Fantasy. 11-14)"
In the matrilineal monarchy of Tequende, when second-born children reach the tender age of 15, their families must surrender them to be trained as the mightiest soldiers in the land, known as the Second Guard. Read full book review >
OUTSTANDING IN THE RAIN by Frank Viva
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"A visually splendid birthday jaunt is a bit dampened by its text. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A boy's amusement-park birthday becomes a die-cut celebration for all. Read full book review >
VISIT THE BHIL CARNIVAL by Gita Wolf
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"Being just a single spread, it's a quick visit—but big and busy enough to draw and please several viewers at once. (afterword) (Pop-up picture book. 6-9)"
A double-gatefold map opens flat to display a pop-up Ferris wheel and other attractions at an annual festival held in the central Indian province of Madhya Pradesh. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fatima Bhutto
April 14, 2015

Set during the American invasion of Afghanistan, Fatima Bhutto’s debut novel The Shadow of the Crescent Moon begins and ends one rain-swept Friday morning in Mir Ali, a small town in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas close to the Afghan border. Three brothers meet for breakfast. Soon after, the eldest, Aman Erum, recently returned from America, hails a taxi to the local mosque. Sikandar, a doctor, drives to the hospital where he works, but must first stop to collect his troubled wife, who has not joined the family that morning. No one knows where Mina goes these days. But when, later in the morning, the two are taken hostage by members of the Taliban, Mina will prove to be stronger than anyone could have imagined. Our reviewer writes that The Shadow of the Crescent Moon is “a timely, earnest portrait of a family torn apart by the machinations of other people’s war games and desperately trying to survive.” View video >