They may be pesky and unwelcome in the garden, but as any child who has picked dandelions knows, Weeds Find a Way (Beach Lane, 16.99). With vibrant and brightly colorful depictions, Carolyn Fisher’s illustrations capture the way these often dreaded plants can be colorful and beautiful, peeking up through cracks in our industrial landscape, while the poetic prose of Cindy Jenson-Elliot highlights their hardiness and adaptability. Unlikely heroes they might be, but in this non-fiction picture book it is hard not to root for the weeds, relentlessly and optimistically poking their heads up despite the odds. Ages 4-8. Courtney Burtraw

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ISBN: 9781442412606
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Published: Beach Lane Books - February 4th, 2014

Broccoli, lightning, and mountain ranges cannot be described as cylinders, spheres, or cones, so what shape are they? Sarah C. Campbell uses stunning photography and clear language to describe and explain the Mysterious Patterns (Boyds Mill, $16.95) that make up these and many other natural phenomena: fractals. First described by Benoit Mandelbrot, shapes comprised of repeating parts of different sizes make up much of the world around us, from the Colorado River to Queen Anne’s lace. An afterword by mathematician Michael Frame, who worked with Mandelbrot, describes how humans have harnessed nature’s mysterious shape for technologies from the internet to the invisibility cloak. Ages 6-10. Emily Ellerbe

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By Sarah C. Campbell, Richard P. Campbell (Photographs by)
ISBN: 9781620916278
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Published: Boyds Mills Press - April 1st, 2014

Fossils, bunkers, gems, and farms. These are just a few of the things that lie steps, or miles, below our known world. In Underworld: Exploring the Secret World Beneath your Feet (Kids Can, $18.95), author Jane Price invites readers to explore the tunnels of cave cities, the tombs of pharaohs, French catacombs, terra-cotta soldiers, and other underground worlds that you may not have encountered before. From hibernating bears and complex subway systems to buried treasure and underground science labs, immerse yourself in James Gulliver Hancock’s intricately detailed illustrations and descend into the unknown. Ages 9-12. Allison Trotter

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ISBN: 9781894786898
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Published: Kids Can Press - April 1st, 2014