LINEUP FOR YESTERDAY by Ogden Nash
ABC BOOKS
Released: Dec. 15, 2011

"Not for the casual fan, but a work that can be joyfully shared by young baseball enthusiasts with parents and grandparents, who will add their own memories of favorite players of later eras. Lovingly nostalgic. (Informational picture book/poetry. 9 & up)"
Baseball legends of yesteryear come alive more or less alphabetically in Nash's pithy verses. Read full book review >
A LITTLE BOOK OF ALLITERATIONS by Felix Arthur
ABC BOOKS
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"Silly sentences spotlight surprising scenes for sophisticated senses with swagger. (Picture book. 8 & up)"
An alphabet of alliterative sentences, each illustrated with fey drawings. Read full book review >

PAUL THURLBY'S ALPHABET by Paul Thurlby
ABC BOOKS
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"Skillfully constructed and cleverly composed, it's an awesome alphabet book that adults will also appreciate. (author's note) (Picture book. 5-7)"
Is there any new way left to present the alphabet? The answer is Yes, as this graphic artist demonstrates when he applies his retro style to the ABCs. Read full book review >
ABC BOOKS
Released: Sept. 20, 2011

"A searching doozy for older kids, but for the youngest perusers, it's a developmental dud. (Board book. 3-4) "
If anyone ever embodied a name, it's Mister Doodle. Read full book review >
CONFEDERATE ALPHABET by Rickey E. Pittman
ABC BOOKS
Released: Sept. 15, 2011

"Entirely inappropriate for children. (song lyrics, timeline) (Nonfiction. 6-10)"
Aimed less at children and more at Southern sympathizers, this alphabet book is an ill-conceived paean to the Confederacy. Read full book review >

AN ANNOYING ABC by Barbara Bottner
ABC BOOKS
Released: Sept. 13, 2011

"A is for one awesome, amusing, antic alphabet book. (Alphabet picture book. 4-8)"
What's annoying? Read full book review >
A ZEAL OF ZEBRAS by WOOP Studios
ABC BOOKS
Released: Sept. 7, 2011

"From the mesmerizing cover to the dazzling endpapers, this is a fabulously fascinating work of wondrous words. (Informational picture book. 5-10)"
What do you call a group of camels? A caravan. Of cobras? A quiver! Read full book review >
S IS FOR SNOWMAN by Kathy-jo Wargin
ABC BOOKS
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"A nice addition to seasonal bookshelves that will find extra use in church-school programs. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Wargin's latest completes her four-season abecedarian series and relates the wonders of winter to God's goodness. Read full book review >
CAVEMAN by Janee Trasler
ABC BOOKS
Released: Aug. 2, 2011

"Kids will giggle at this clever ABC (note the B.C. in the subtitle) and will gleefully narrate the action out loud. F stands for FUN here. (Alphabet picture book. 4-7)"
A madcap, prehistoric, alphabetic adventure à la Fred Flintstone. Read full book review >
EVERYTHING I NEED TO KNOW BEFORE I'M FIVE by Valorie Fisher
ABC BOOKS
Released: July 26, 2011

"Cheerful, if not exactly essential, fun. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Fisher packs a lot—if not exactly everything, or perhaps not even some of the most important things—into this compendium of basic concepts for young children: letters, numbers up to 20, colors, shapes, opposites, seasons. Read full book review >
ABC BOOKS
Released: July 26, 2011

"A basketful of farm-filled fun and learning. (Informational picture book. 5-8)"
The subtitle announces the approach of this clever ABC that will inform and entertain kids, whether they are farm savvy or naive. Read full book review >
IF ROCKS COULD SING by Leslie McGuirk
ABC BOOKS
Released: May 24, 2011

"Begs to be pored over again and again. (Alphabet book. 3-10)"
With sharp eyes, endless patience and vivid imagination, McGuirk seeks and finds rocks in the shapes of alphabet letters and items representing those letters. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >