WAKE UP! by Helen Frost
Kirkus Star
by Helen Frost, photographed by Rick Lieder
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 14, 2017

"Stunning as ever: another irresistible imperative from Frost and Lieder to get up and out into nature. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Nature's littlest creatures figure large in this poetic portrait of their early movements. Read full book review >
COME ON IN, AMERICA by Linda Barrett Osborne
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 14, 2017

"A slim volume big on historical information and insight. (timeline, source notes, credits) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
A wide-ranging exploration of World War I and how it changed the United States forever. Read full book review >

THE DANCE OF THE VIOLIN by Kathy Stinson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 14, 2017

"A joyful reminder that perseverance pays off, especially when you let out the artist within. (Picture book/biography. 5-8)"
The early life of renowned violinist Joshua Bell is portrayed in a lively fashion. Read full book review >
THE GOLEM OF PRAGUE by Irène  Cohen-Janca
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 14, 2017

"Strange and powerful. (glossary) (Picture book. 10-12)"
A dark, mystical tale raised from ancient Jewish folklore tells of a young boy and his encounter with a golem in this picture book for older readers. Read full book review >
TOP DOGS by Elizabeth MacLeod
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 14, 2017

"Excellent information presented in a frustrating and distracting jumble. (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
Dogs have played a role in human history for eons. Read full book review >

BOTANICUM by Kathy Willis
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 14, 2017

"Not encyclopedic but reasonably systematic: a big, decorative, eye-filling survey. (index, websites) (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
A large-format tour of the plant world, organized into seven "galleries" of related types. Read full book review >
A GOOD DAY FOR A HAT by T. Nat Fuller
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 14, 2017

"Mild hat-inspired silliness makes for mild fun. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Although the world beyond his front door continually changes, this hat-loving bear has the hats ready to face it. Read full book review >
BEE & ME by Alison Jay
by Alison Jay, illustrated by Alison Jay
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 14, 2017

"A sweet bee idyll. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A little girl befriends a lost bumblebee in this wordless picture book. Read full book review >
ARGYLE FOX by Marie Letourneau
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 14, 2017

"Argyle ably demonstrates that if you build it yourself, you and your friends will have a great time. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Outdoor playtime can be a challenge, but not for a clever and artistic fox. Read full book review >
ONE TRICK PONY by Nathan Hale
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 14, 2017

"Hale blends adventure, aliens, an apocalyptic future, and folklore into an easy-to-read stand-alone. (Graphic science fiction. 8-12)"
In the future, the extraterrestrial Pipers devour electrical devices while threatening human lives and forcing them to regress to pre-electrical technology. Read full book review >
THE FIRE HORSE by Vladimir Mayakovsky
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 14, 2017

"A glimpse into Soviet children's-book illustration; likely of more interest to scholars than to children. (Picture book. 6 & up)"
Hot off the American presses comes this translated collection of three illustrated texts from the 1920s golden age of Soviet children's-book publishing. Read full book review >
TRIANGLE by Mac Barnett
by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 14, 2017

"Children will be intrigued by the fairy-tale quality of this narrative and may enjoy debating the motivations of its peculiar characters. (Picture book. 2-4)"
The pairing of Barnett's deceptively simple, tongue-in-cheek text with Klassen's iconic splattered and stenciled watercolor and digital illustrations in earth tones makes for a unique approach to exploring shapes. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Laini Taylor
March 27, 2017

In bestselling YA writer Laini Taylor’s new fantasy novel, Strange the Dreamer, the dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he's been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever. What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving? “Lovers of intricate worldbuilding and feverish romance will find this enthralling,” our critic writes. View video >