MINE! by Susie Lee Jin
by Susie Lee Jin, illustrated by Susie Lee Jin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"This nondidactic story is a natural for collections about sharing, effectively softening the natural tendency toward possessiveness of most living things through its sweet illustrations. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A minimalistic, humorous tale about competitive bunnies, a carrot, and the notion of sharing. Read full book review >
ANIMAL WORDS by Fiona Watt
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 1, 2016

"An eye-popping exploration of the world of animals. (Board book. 1-3)"
Animals of all shapes, sizes, and colors are ready for little readers to discover. Read full book review >

A DAY AT THE BEACH by Sterling Children's Books
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 1, 2016

"Skip A Day at the Farm. A Day at the Beach is worth considering for counting practice, especially since it goes all the way to 20 when most board books stop at five or 10. (Board book. 1-3)"
A counting book from one to 20, featuring Starla the starfish. Read full book review >
I LOVE MY ROBOT by Caroline Jayne Church
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 29, 2015

"Look elsewhere for board books that don't seek to confine children to stereotypes at the toddler stage. (Board book. 6 mos.-3)"
A little boy celebrates his toy robot. Read full book review >
KISS, KISS, POUT-POUT FISH by Deborah Diesen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 15, 2015

"If the point is to help children understand and accept their feelings, this effort is a failure. If the point is to sell Pout-Pout product, it might succeed. (Board book. 1-3)"
The Pout-Pout Fish brand expands. Read full book review >

MY FIRST BUSY BOOK by Eric Carle
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 15, 2015

"A satisfying package that will indeed keep toddlers busy—exemplary. (Board book. 2-4)"
The latest addition to the World of Eric Carle is proof that the Wilder Award-winning picture-book creator knows what appeals to children. Read full book review >
KISS, KISS by Jennifer  Couëlle
by Jennifer Couëlle, illustrated by Jacques Laplante, translated by Karen Simon
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 10, 2015

"'Because a day without kissing / has something missing.' (Picture book. 2-6)"
A rhyming celebration of kisses of all kinds. Read full book review >
KISSES AND CUDDLES by Aly Fronis
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 8, 2015

"A sweet read that will lull many a reader into slumberland. (Board book. 1-3)"
A young penguin spends a day with mama. Read full book review >
BEAR AND BUNNY by Daniel Pinkwater
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 8, 2015

"Whimsical, pretty, and endearing. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Although close friends Bear and Bunny live independently, they decide to acquire a pet together. Read full book review >
HELLO ANIMALS, WHAT MAKES YOU SPECIAL? by Loes Botman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"Exquisite illustrations elevate this simple concept book appropriate for older babies and toddlers. (Board book. 1-3)"
A brief introduction to animals and their particular characteristics. Read full book review >
I LOVE YOU, BABY by Giles Andreae
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"For new siblings who are pretty solid in knowing their body parts. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Andreae and Dodd continue to explore family relationships (I Love My Mommy, 2011; I Love My Daddy, 2012) with this look at the towheaded toddler's love for his new sibling. Read full book review >
HEDGEHUGS by Steve Wilson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"It's sweet, but it thematically (and eponymously) replicates Dan Pinto and Benn Sutton's Hedgehug (2011)—with much less verve. (Picture book. 2-5)"
How do you hug if you're a hedgehog? 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 >