GOOSE GOES TO THE ZOO by Laura Wall
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"Wall's cheery, flat, brightly colored illustrations are neatly suited to this naïve rendering of the age-old dilemma of friendship: how to enjoy others' company in spite of different tastes and habits. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Human Sophie and goose Goose are best friends; they do everything together, but needless to say, in some respects they are not compatible. Read full book review >
LET'S GO OUTSIDE by Katja Spitzer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"With its combination of miscellaneous sight words, concept groupings, and attractive pictures, this is a useful book for reading readiness. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Simple, colorful block prints are accompanied by words and phrases in bold primary print, with the English countryside's changing seasons in the background. Read full book review >

BIG CHICKIE, LITTLE CHICKIE by Janee Trasler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"This witty introduction to opposites will be treasured by Chickie fans of all ages. (Board book. 2-4)"
This new volume in Trasler's popular Chickies series (Bedtime for Chickies, 2014; A New Chick for Chickies, 2014, etc.) introduces opposites. Read full book review >
BEDTIME BLASTOFF! by Luke  Reynolds
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"With its simple, declarative text and lively illustrations, this is an ideal story for transportation-themed storytimes or for launching kids to bedtime...maybe later rather than sooner. (Picture book. 2-5)"
An adventurous bedtime story is filled with imagination and a child's keen excitement in vehicular transportation. Read full book review >
HOW TO DRESS A DRAGON by Thelma Lynne Godin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"Simple, direct text and the extra-large dragon squeezing into tiny clothes—plus the underwear endpapers—make for fine fun. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A little boy carefully explains each step of dressing a dragon. Read full book review >

HENRY WANTS MORE! by Linda Ashman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"This toddler and his insatiable appetite for stimulation will charm readers of almost every age. (Picture book. 2-7)"
Henry is a bundle of toddler energy who enters into every activity with great enthusiasm. Read full book review >
CAT NAP by Toni Yuly
by Toni Yuly, illustrated by Toni Yuly
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"Delightful pre-nap read-aloud fare. (Picture book. 1-3)"
When Cat agrees to play hide-and-seek with Kitten, he underestimates his relentless opponent. Read full book review >
A RECIPE FOR BEDTIME by Peter Bently
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"A treat of a bedtime book. (Picture book. 0-3)"
Bently and Massini serve up rhyming verse and a bevy of animal friends to guide a little one through the bedtime routine, one "ingredient" at a time. Read full book review >
ROCK-A-BYE ROMP by Linda Ashman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"A fine addition to the nursery bookshelf for baby and all. (Picture book. 0-3)"
Ashman's fresh take on the classic lullaby "Rock-A-Bye, Baby" first expands upon and then addresses the nonsensical aspects of the verses. Read full book review >
SHHH! THIS BOOK IS SLEEPING by Cédric Ramadier
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"Add this playful purchase to the ever expanding going-to-sleep bookcase. (Board book. 1-3)"
In a nice twist, instead of a book putting readers to sleep, here it is readers who put the book to sleep. Read full book review >
VIRGIL & OWEN STICK TOGETHER by Paulette Bogan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"A welcome glimpse into child sensibilities. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Virgil and Owen, from their previous eponymous title, might be best friends, but Virgil still has some friendship lessons to learn. Read full book review >
SHAPE SHIFT by Joyce Hesselberth
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"Most shape books ask readers to find shapes in the everyday world; Hesselberth does the opposite and sparks children's imaginations. (Concept book. 2-6)"
Hesselberth's is an unusual sort of shape concept book, encouraging readers to create pictures from simple shapes. 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 >