ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 24, 2012

"The book, a revision of A Night-Light for Bunny (2004), is only partly successful in execution. Children who want soothing at bedtime may do better with House in the Night, by Susan Marie Swanson and illustrated by Beth Krommes (2008), or the classic Goodnight Moon. (Picture book. 2-5)"
When Bunny announces that he cannot sleep because "[t]here's too much dark at night," he and Papa go off on the subtitle's promised "Glow-in-the-Dark Search" for the perfect night-light. Read full book review >
GOODNIGHT, ANGELS by Melody Carlson
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Dec. 1, 2011

"Older preschoolers will find this too babyish, and toddlers (and adults) will prefer Brown's classic. (Picture book/religion. 2-4)"
A little boy says goodnight to his friends, family, toys and household items in this earnest but unsuccessful effort that is a pale imitation of the concept and structure of the classic Goodnight, Moon. Read full book review >

HUSH, BABY, HUSH! by Kathy Henderson
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"This attractive presentation is appropriate as a baby gift, for daycare and preschool collections and public libraries. (sheet music) (Picture book. birth-5)"
Addressed primarily to adults interested in singing these traditional songs to their children, this collection includes 29 lullabies from countries including Japan, Nigeria, Malawi and Greenland. Read full book review >
TEX by Dorie McCullough Lawson
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 15, 2011

"This ode to the range emphasizes the enduring allure of the American West. (Picture book. 3-5) "
A little boy longs for a life out on the open frontier. Read full book review >
LIGHT UP THE NIGHT by Jean Reidy
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Oct. 11, 2011

"A dreamy-yet-instructive ode to the universe. (Picture book. 2-6)"
The coziest of quilts becomes a rocket ship in this gorgeous, mesmerizingly rhythmic read-aloud that explores a boy's small place in a vast world. Read full book review >

THE OTHER FELIX by Keir Graff
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Oct. 11, 2011

"This thoughtful, whimsical story promises rewards for those patient readers who stick with Felix till the end. (Fiction. 9-12)"
An allegorical tale about friendship, fear, happiness and hope. Read full book review >
EVERYBODY SEES THE ANTS by A.S. King
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Oct. 3, 2011

"Readers who look beyond these problems will find a resonant, uplifting story about not just getting through, but powering through, the tough times. (Fiction. 15 & up)"
An involving, if slightly uneven, follow-up to Printz Honor winner Please Ignore Vera Dietz (2010). Read full book review >
THE HOUSE BABA BUILT by Ed Young
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Oct. 3, 2011

"Sophisticated, inventive art invites close viewings for patient readers in this unusual family story. (foreword, time line, author's note) (Picture book/memoir. 7-12)"
Flashes of multi-media brilliance illuminate this darkly colored, leisurely paced memoir of childhood in Shanghai. Read full book review >
A CHRISTMAS GOODNIGHT by Nola Buck
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"A terrific introduction for preschoolers who are just learning about the Nativity story. (Picture book/religion. 2-5)"
A preschool-age boy plays with his Nativity crèche figures on the cover of this quietly charming bedtime story that integrates the little boy's world with the Christmas Eve story of the birth of the Christ Child. Read full book review >
GUESS HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU by Sam McBratney
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"The book is available in just about every format—but this is the perfect one. (Pop-up picture book. 3-6)"
It's hard to believe that a pop-up wasn't the creators' original intention, so seamlessly do moveable parts dovetail into this modern classic's storyline. Read full book review >
LITTLE OWL'S NIGHT by Divya Srinivasan
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"Hold on to Little Owl's tail feathers and soar. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A graceful bedtime story celebrates the beauty found in night. Read full book review >
FIVE LITTLE MONKEYS READING IN BED by Eileen Christelow
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 12, 2011

"Reading promotion at its best, with a little bit of bad behavior to spice things up. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Christelow's mischief-making monkey siblings return to the bed for their eighth Mama-frustrating adventure. 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 >