CASSIE AND JASPER TO THE RESCUE by Bryn Fleming
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2014

"Paced at a smooth canter and tugging at the heartstrings, this slim tale is a call to action for middle-grade animal lovers. (Adventure. 8-12)"
Cassie and Jasper try to save an abused horse in this tense and heroic little adventure. Read full book review >
THE SODA BOTTLE SCHOOL by Seño Laura Kutner
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2014

"A likely hit with young eco-activists, despite the bland visuals. (afterword) (Informational picture book. 6-8)"
A Guatemalan community turns trash to treasure, thanks to a teacher's "crazy idea." Read full book review >

THE UNICORN THIEF by R.R. Russell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2014

"But readers of the first will need to read this effort, and a third part seems sure to follow. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
In the sequel to Wonder Light (2013), Twig and Ben continue to protect the last free unicorn herd, on Washington's Lonehorn Island. Read full book review >
HUNGRY JOHNNY by Cheryl Minnema
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2014

"Children less patient (or good-natured) than Johnny aren't likely to take a cue from his example, but the episode certainly opens the way to further discussion and socialization. (Ojibwe glossary) (Picture book. 4-6)"
Family and community values underpin this tale of a young Ojibwe child forced to wait while local elders get first crack at a communal feast. Read full book review >
DOZER'S RUN by Debbie Levy
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2014

"Owners of goldendoodles, Maryland residents and families with runners will find this story touching. (Picture book. 5-8)"
In this true story, a goldendoodle named Dozer runs away from home and then runs a half marathon, becoming a celebrated canine mascot and fundraiser for cancer in the process. Read full book review >

SHADOW CHASERS by Elly MacKay
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2014

"Playful and more than just a little mysterious—like a shadow-puppet play in full color. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Intriguing illustrations draw readers into a meditation on shadows. Read full book review >
THE HULA HOOPIN' QUEEN by Thelma Lynne Godin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2014

"A fine incentive to motivate couch potatoes young and old to move. (Picture book. 6-10)"
A lively intergenerational picture book that will send readers out to the sidewalk for a hoopin' good time. Read full book review >
GRANDPA'S THIRD DRAWER by Judy Tal Kopelman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2014

"The story is obviously purposive, but as discussion starters go, it's certainly a good choice. (Picture book. 6-9)"
A carefully nonexplicit lead-in to a discussion of the Holocaust with young children, with photo-collage illustrations made of artifacts from Terezín. Read full book review >
WHAT FLOWERS REMEMBER by Shannon Wiersbitzky
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2014

"What do flowers remember? The stories of the people who cared for them, of course, as Wiersbitzky's sensitive novel compassionately conveys. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Thanks to her love of flowers, Delia has become a sort of apprentice to talented gardener Old Red and is devastated when he begins to show signs of encroaching dementia. Read full book review >
CHENGDU COULD NOT, WOULD NOT, FALL ASLEEP by Barney Saltzberg
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 6, 2014

"Little sleepyheads will love chanting along with the words, and no one can deny the appeal of the art. A bedtime winner. (Picture book. 1-5)"
In a twist on numerous picture books about little animals who are determined to stay awake, Chengdu the panda is trying his hardest to get to sleep. Read full book review >
ALL DIFFERENT NOW by Angela Johnson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 6, 2014

"The richness of this book's words and images will inspire readers to learn more about this holiday that never should have been necessary…but was. (Web resources, glossary) (Picture book. 5-9)"
Johnson tells a tale of Juneteenth in Texas through the eyes of a child, while Lewis' earth-toned watercolor illustrations capture the quotidian aspects of the way of life emancipation ended. Read full book review >
MEET THE PARENTS by Peter Bently
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 6, 2014

"Heart-warming to smile-inducing to giggle-generating, this book gives parents and children of most types something to relate to. (Picture book. 3-7)"
What are parents actually good for? Read full book review >