RAISIN, THE LITTLEST COW by Miriam Busch
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 28, 2017

"One to add to the new-baby shelf. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Raisin's tiny bovine nose is out of joint when her new baby brother arrives. Read full book review >
HOORAY FOR BIRDS! by Lucy Cousins
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 28, 2017

"All in all, it's a great way to introduce bird behavior without lecturing—young children will feel like hopping, pecking, and soaring with these exuberant feathered friends. (Picture book. 2-4)"
An exuberant celebration of birds of all kinds—mostly recognizable species (chicken, flamingo, swan, parrot, starling, penguin, ostrich, peacock) but some imaginary. Read full book review >

MAISY GOES TO THE LOCAL BOOKSTORE by Lucy Cousins
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 28, 2017

"Perky support aimed at young kids in the age of Amazon. (Picture book. 2-5)"
The upbeat little mouse treads familiar ground in the search for literary gold. Read full book review >
RAIN by Sam Usher
Kirkus Star
by Sam Usher, illustrated by Sam Usher
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 28, 2017

"Bright, colorful joy for the rainiest of days. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Seeing the window beaded with morning raindrops, the white child narrator can't wait to get out into the wet, but Granddad says they should wait until the weather clears. Read full book review >
PRINCESS CORA AND THE CROCODILE by Laura Amy Schlitz
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 28, 2017

"A clever tale packed with wry wit and charming illustrations. (Illustrated fantasy. 6-9)"
Princess Cora, tired of her young life as a queen-in-training, asks her fairy godmother for a pet—with unexpected results. Read full book review >

PEDAL POWER by Allan Drummond
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 28, 2017

"Drummond rolls along with another successful story of environmental change. (bibliography) (Informational picture book. 5-9)"
Pedal-power protests in the 1970s turned Amsterdam into "the capital city of cycling." Read full book review >
JOHN DEERE, THAT'S WHO! by Tracy Nelson Maurer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 28, 2017

"An informative look at an inventor and his invention's impact. (glossary, additional facts, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 5-9)"
In 1836, John Deere—then a young, white Vermont father and blacksmith—moved to Illinois to settle debts brought on by two forge fires—and wound up inventing a superior plow. Read full book review >
A PERFECT DAY by Lane Smith
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 28, 2017

"Perfectly funny while offering a chance to discuss perspective. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Bear unwittingly upends the backyard animals' perfect day in pursuit of its own in this playful tale. Read full book review >
KEEP A POCKET IN YOUR POEM by J. Patrick Lewis
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 28, 2017

"Clever. (Picture book/poetry. 5-8)"
A dozen classic poems, with Lewis' playful revisions on the opposite pages. Read full book review >
HAPPY DREAMER by Peter H. Reynolds
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 28, 2017

"A sweet gift to praise spirited individuality, this choice encourages readers to dream big. Let those sparkles fly! (Picture book. 4-8)"
Displaying his distinctive voice and images, Reynolds celebrates the joys and challenges of being a creative spirit. Read full book review >
BRACED by Alyson Gerber
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 28, 2017

"Comparisons to Judy Blume's Deenie (1973) might be inevitable, but Rachel stands admirably on her own. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Both the literal and figurative senses of the word "spine" form the backbone of Gerber's debut. Read full book review >
JAKE THE FAKE KEEPS IT REAL by Craig Robinson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 28, 2017

"A fast and funny alternative to the Wimpy Kid. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Black sixth-grader Jake Liston can only play one song on the piano. He can't read music very well, and he can't improvise. So how did Jake get accepted to the Music and Art Academy? He faked it. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Brad Parks
author of SAY NOTHING
March 7, 2017

In Brad Parks’ new thriller Say Nothing, judge Scott Sampson doesn’t brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: a prestigious job. A beloved family. On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, he is about to pick up his six-year-old twins to go swimming when his wife, Alison, texts him that she’ll get the kids from school instead. It’s not until she gets home later that Scott realizes she doesn’t have the children. And she never sent the text. Then the phone rings, and every parent’s most chilling nightmare begins. A man has stolen Sam and Emma. For Scott and Alison, the kidnapper’s call is only the beginning of a twisting, gut-churning ordeal of blackmail, deceit, and terror; a high-profile trial like none the judge or his wife has ever experienced. Their marriage falters. Suspicions and long-buried jealousies rise to the surface. Fractures appear. Lies are told. “The nerve-shredding never lets up for a minute as Parks picks you up by the scruff of the neck, shakes you vigorously, and repeats over and over again till a climax so harrowing that you’ll be shaking with gratitude that it’s finally over,” our critic writes in a starred review. View video >