HICCUPOTAMUS by Steve Smallman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"Though there's not much to the story, the energetic wordplay coupled with cheery images makes this an easy crowd-pleaser. (Picture book. 3-7)"
By a bubbling creek in the jungle, Mouse squeaks out a musical beat. Who else wants to join in? Read full book review >
SPECTACULAR SPOTS by Susan Stockdale
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"Despite a blotch or two, a spot-on animal gallery for budding naturalists. (Informational picture book. 2-6)"
In this companion to the animal gallery in Stripes of All Types (2013), Stockdale focuses her spotlight.Read full book review >

LITTLE PUPPY LOST by Holly Webb
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"Pleasant and heartwarming but with somewhat sluggish illustrations. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A picture book about a lost puppy's adventure, ultimately finding friends and home. Read full book review >
I WILL FIGHT MONSTERS FOR YOU by Santi Balmes
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"Dream or no, Martina's monster story makes for lovely storytelling. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A young girl learns to fight her nighttime fears by conquering a mirror world of monsters—and a little pink monster learns to do the same. Read full book review >
SUN ABOVE AND BLOOMS BELOW by Felicia Sanzari Chernesky
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"Not a strong choice for either springtime explorations or opposites, though teachers may reach for this in preparation for a farm field trip. (Picture book. 4-7)"
The team of Chernesky and Swan rounds out the four seasons with this look at springtime opposites (Cheers for a Dozen Ears, 2014, etc.). Read full book review >

HICKORY, DICKORY, DOCK by Fhiona Galloway
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"Other, better nursery-rhyme board books abound. (Board books. 6 mos.-2)"
A digitally illustrated board book presents familiar nursery rhymes to babies and their caregivers. Read full book review >
THE SPIRIT OF THE SEA by Rebecca Hainnu
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"A fresh, if not quite as seamless, alternative to Robert D. and Daniel San Souci's Song of Sedna (1981). (Picture book/folk tale. 7-9)"
A popular Inuit cautionary legend, featuring a haughty young woman and a gruesome climactic twist. Read full book review >
PARTY CROC! by Margaret Read MacDonald
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"The importance of keeping promises is delivered with a hearty dose of humor, making this a book to return to. (Picture book/folk tale. 4-8)"
A jolly Zimbabwean folk tale teaches the importance of keeping promises. Read full book review >
TOAD WEATHER by Sandra Markle
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"A fine addition to the sense-of-wonder shelf. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-8)"
At the end of a walk in the rain on a gloomy March evening, Ally and her grandmother find the surprise Mama promised: a street full of migrating toads that need their help. Read full book review >
JESSICA'S BOX by Peter Carnavas
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"The message is clear: Just be yourself, and friends will come. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A little girl who is new to school uses a cardboard box to make friends. Read full book review >
MEDITATION IS AN OPEN SKY by Whitney Stewart
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"Keep this in mind as a possible introduction to meditation for children. (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
This primer on visualization techniques uses a monkey and an elephant to introduce children to mindfulness and meditation. Read full book review >
SPORT-O-RAMA by Benoit Tardif
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"While readers will be introduced to sports they may never have heard of before (rowing, cricket), the rudimentary entries will likely leave them frustrated rather than intrigued. (Informational picture book. 3-7)"
Illustrator Tardif's picture-book debut is a collection of terms related to 23 different sports, all illustrated with stylized people, brilliant colors and a touch of humor. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >