PAINTING THE RAINBOW by Amy Gordon
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 15, 2014

"A story about a tumultuous family that lacks a certain element of hardship needed to make a book truly gripping. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Two young cousins try to recapture the feeling of summertime fun during a fraught vacation at their family's lake house, a summer overshadowed by the mystery of their uncle's long-ago death. Read full book review >
PLANT A POCKET OF PRAIRIE by Phyllis Root
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 15, 2014

"This not-so-whimsical flight of fancy could well inspire a new generation of conservationists. (notes about prairies and prairie wildlife) (Informational picture book. 6-10)"
Readers won't find a definition of what a prairie actually is, but they will learn about the wealth of flora and fauna it contains—and how the loss of any of its life forms affects others tremendously. Read full book review >

DREAMER, WISHER, LIAR by Charise Mericle Harper
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 15, 2014

"Amusing, heartfelt time travel about friends and wishes—old and new. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Bracing for a lonely summer, Ash is surprised when the little girl she babysits and some unexpected time travel open new horizons. Read full book review >
BRUNO & LULU'S PLAYGROUND ADVENTURES by Patricia Lakin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 15, 2014

"A playful, comic romp of a book for new readers. (Early reader. 7-9)"
All the playground's a stage for these two pals. Read full book review >
BRAVO, CHICO CANTA! BRAVO! by Pat Mora
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 15, 2014

"Food for thought for monolingual mouselings—not to mention their parents and teachers. (afterword) (Picture book/folk tale. 5-8)"
A little mouse's foreign-language skills save his family from a cat in this mother-daughter debut. Read full book review >

THE COLOR BOOK by Sophie Benini Pietromarchi
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 15, 2014

"Color explorations should be robust and clear; this one's dull and oddly alienating. (Informational picture book. 7-11)"
Verbosity and loose metaphor overwhelm a few pretty spreads and intriguing projects in this unfocused tribute to colors. Read full book review >
THE BOX OF HOLES by Carmen Gil
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 15, 2014

"Disappointing and odd. (Picture book. 5-9)"
A wordy, rambling story with an arbitrary conclusion. Read full book review >
IT'S CATCHING by Jennifer Gardy
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 15, 2014

"Infectious. (index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
A slim volume about a small protagonist. Read full book review >
NINJA, NINJA, NEVER STOP! by Todd Tuell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 15, 2014

"Although a bit slim on story, still a good choice for mischievous preschoolers with an interest in the martial arts. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Dressed in black and ready for action, a young ninja shows off his skills—which would be more impressive if he did not initially use them to antagonize. Read full book review >
LORDS OF TRILLIUM by Hilary Wagner
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 15, 2014

"Fast-paced and full of intrigue, this is one fantasy lovers won't want to miss. (Animal fantasy. 9-12)"
The third volume of the Nightshade Chronicles (Nightshade City, 2010; The White Assassin, 2011) is as entertaining as it is satisfying. Read full book review >
JIM CURIOUS by Matthias Picard
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 15, 2014

"Required prop notwithstanding, a thoroughly immersive outing. (Picture book/novelty. 6-9)"
Two pairs of 3-D glasses included with the book add plenty of depth to an explorer's undersea adventures in this wordless import. Read full book review >
THE FOUNDRY'S EDGE by Cam Baity
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 15, 2014

"An edgy, fast-moving, Seuss-ian political allegory for a new generation. (Fantasy. 9-13)"
A spoiled 12-year-old girl discovers that her country stands on a metal foundation "built from the bones of a murdered world." Read full book review >