THE MOST IMPORTANT THING by Avi
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 26, 2016

"What Oedipus didn't know about the intricacies of father/son kinship could fill a book—and has. (Short stories. 10 & up)"
Multiaward-winning author Avi asks as an epigraph, "What's the most important thing you can do for your son?" Read full book review >
POISON IS NOT POLITE by Robin Stevens
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 26, 2016

"A first-rate whodunit, reminiscent of a game of Clue and terrific preparation for the works of Agatha Christie. (Historical mystery. 10-14)"
Wells and Wong return in a classic country-estate mystery. Read full book review >

SAFE IN A STORM by Stephen R. Swinburne
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 26, 2016

"From young preschoolers afraid of thunderstorms to school-aged children learning to deal with worrying aspects of the larger world, this encouraging story offers a hopeful view of the protective power of caring adults. (Picture book. 2-7)"
A soothing story follows adult animals as they protect their young and offer words of comfort during stormy times. Read full book review >
WOLF HOLLOW by Lauren Wolk
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 26, 2016

"Trusting its readers implicitly with its moral complexity, Wolk's novel stuns. (Historical fiction. 9-13)"
Evil comes to rural Pennsylvania in an unlikely guise in this novel of the American homefront during World War II. Read full book review >
LITTLE CHICKIES / LOS POLLITOS by Susie Jaramillo
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 26, 2016

"A thoroughly engaging, ingeniously designed Latino celebration. (Board book. 1-5)"
A concertina-style board book features the Spanish nursery rhyme "Los pollitos dicen" on one side and an English translation on the other. Read full book review >

THE SECRET OF DREADWILLOW CARSE by Brian Farrey
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 19, 2016

"Heart-rending and genuine, this magical coming-of-age story is not to be missed. (Fantasy 10-14)"
The queen is dying, a strange menace lures townspeople to places unknown, and Princess Jeniah's only hope for saving her monarchy lies in the one place prophesied to bring about its destruction. Read full book review >
THE REAL POOP ON PIGEONS by Kevin McCloskey
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 19, 2016

"Another feather in McCloskey's cap. (Graphic informational early reader. 5-7)"
Budding naturalists who dug We Dig Worms! (2015) will, well, coo over this similarly enlightening accolade.Read full book review >
BEARD IN A BOX by Bill Cotter
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 19, 2016

"Yes, dads are awesome, and if you hang out with them, they'll teach you to be awesome too. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A boy scientifically proves that it's the beard that makes his dad so awesome. So…how to get one? Read full book review >
HALF-TRUTHS AND BRAZEN LIES by Kira Vermond
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 15, 2016

"Yes, sometimes lies grease the wheels—'society would collapse if we told the truth all the time,' say some experts. You wouldn't want that to happen, so let Vermond be your guide. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
We all lie. We can't help it. Read full book review >
WORMS FOR BREAKFAST by Helaine Becker
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 15, 2016

"With fascinating facts and a lively design, this is a surprisingly nourishing treat. (glossary, puzzle answers, index) (Informational picture book. 7-10)"
Monkey chow, mealworm mush, and predator popsicles, yum yum. Read full book review >
CARAVAGGIO by Mark David Smith
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 15, 2016

"Combining the timeless allure of action and young-love romance with the historically accurate and turbulent life of the painter Caravaggio, this story succeeds on all levels. (Historical fiction. 12-15)"
Late Renaissance Italy comes to life in this upper-middle-grade novel featuring the painter Caravaggio and a young friend. Read full book review >
MAYA by Mahak Jain
Kirkus Star
by Mahak Jain, illustrated by Elly MacKay
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 15, 2016

"Jain and MacKay's story and art work seamlessly to convey an important and subtle story of love, loss, beauty, and joy. (Picture book. 4-10)"
A young girl and her mother soothe themselves to sleep during a power outage in modern urban India, despite how sorely they both miss Maya's dead Papa. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Marilu Henner
author of CHANGING NORMAL
April 26, 2016

After they’d been dating only a short while, and as they were falling in love, Marilu Henner and Michael Brown were hit with the ultimate bad news: Michael was diagnosed with cancer. Refusing traditional care, they pieced together a personal and holistic view on battling his cancer, all while forging an unbreakable bond. In this moving and informative book, Marilu pulls back the curtain on how they dealt with the blow. She relates her holistic perspective on health—including the superfoods, exercises, and immunotherapy they used to fight back—and why a diagnosis doesn’t have to be the end of romance or of a happy and fulfilling life. “An inspiring love story wrapped in a serious call for new ways to treat disease,” our reviewer writes. View video >