THE COLORS OF ISRAEL by Rachel Raz
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"A nice, basic introduction to language, Israel, and some of its vibrant highlights. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Bold, bright photography illustrates this color-concept picture book set in Israel. Read full book review >
COLORS by Susan Steggall
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"Aside from the spinnable color wheel insert at the end of the book, there is little here to hold the attention of even the most digger-crazy toddler. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Another contribution to the crowded field of big-truck picture books, with a focus on color. Read full book review >

PUSSYCAT, PUSSYCAT by Mies van Hout
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"Lighthearted fun with a warm, musical touch. (Picture book/poetry. 2-6)"
Colorful illustrations and simple nursery rhymes with an accompanying audio CD make up this picture book. Read full book review >
CHRISTMAS AT LAST! by Sam Hearn
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"Babies and toddlers can't anticipate what they have not yet fully experienced, and this book will do little to build excitement or even curiosity about Christmas; better just bundle up and build a snowman instead. (Board book. 1-3)"
A bear family anticipates Christmas in this slightly oversized board book. Read full book review >
A DOG WEARING SHOES by Sangmi Ko
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"Comedic pacing and simultaneously scrupulous and silly artwork will leave readers howling. (Picture book. 2-6)"
After spotting a scrawny dog in a swirl of city traffic and taking it home, Mini wants to call it her very own, but her mom suggests a dog with shoes must have an owner. Read full book review >

FIVE LITTLE SNOWMEN by Debbie Rivers-Moore
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"When there are so many titles available that provide counting practice without sacrificing engaging text and illustrations, this simply doesn't make the cut. (Board book. 1-3)"
An interactive counting book featuring five playful snowmen. Read full book review >
THE ITSY BITSY SNOWMAN by Jeffrey Burton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"Take it, or leave it. (Board book. 1-2)"
A wintertime story that can be sung to the tune of "The Itsy Bitsy Spider." Read full book review >
A GREAT BIG CUDDLE by Michael Rosen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"Despite (or perhaps because of) the odd bits, this book successfully celebrates the private, gleeful, imaginative world of toddlers. (Picture book/poetry. 1-5)"
Short poems and accompanying illustrations make up this word-format poetry anthology for little ones. Read full book review >
SNOW BUNNY'S CHRISTMAS GIFT by Rebecca Harry
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"Soft, fluffy, and cute, just like Snow Bunny. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A white rabbit makes hand-knitted Christmas gifts for her friends in this sweet story with foil-embellished illustrations. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"Snow never left you feeling warmer inside. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Three toys make their way out into their first snow. Read full book review >
THE FINGER SPORTS GAME by Hervé Tullet
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 21, 2015

"A perfectly pleasant interactive read for pale-skinned toddlers. (Board book. 2-4)"
The Finger Worms participate in a variety of athletic competitions. Read full book review >
THE GAME OF SHAPES by Hervé Tullet
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 21, 2015

"This is the rare book that would be improved by falling apart. (Board book. 1-4)"
Tullet may have finally run up against the limits created by the conventions of a book with this latest addition to his clever Let's Play Games! series. 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 >