THE OPPOSITE ZOO by Il Sung Na
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 8, 2016

"A beautiful treatment of a familiar subject that repays close looking again and again. (Picture book. 2-4)"
In exploring the concept of opposites at a zoo in nighttime, Na also explores a looser look than in many of his earlier books. Read full book review >
WHY DO CATS HAVE TAILS? by David Ling
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2016

"Good for a nursery bedtime story with parents or grandparents. (Picture book. 2-5)"
When a young girl asks her grandfather why cats have tails, his teasing responses provoke some thoughtful replies. Read full book review >

A DOG LIKE THAT! by Janene Cooper
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2016

"Simple and emphatic—both visually and linguistically—this story of a child's unconditional love for a dog is a nice twist on the more conventional dog's-unconditional-love-for its-owner storyline. (Picture book. 2-5)"
In this picture book, an unruly dog enjoys total love even though he doesn't behave the way others think a dog should. Read full book review >
ONE MORE TICKLE! by Sam McBratney
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"This will give readers a case of the giggles, but they won't be rolling on the floor in hysterics. (Board book. 1-3)"
The lovable hares return for a ticklefest. Read full book review >
THE WHEELS ON THE BUS by Nosy Crow
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"A pleasant rendering of a classic song. (Board book. 1-3)"
Animals ride a bus through town. Read full book review >

DEEP-SEA DIVER by Nosy Crow
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"A fine read for any tot that loves adventure. (Board book. 1-3)"
Bizzy Bear travels under the sea. Read full book review >
BEACHY AND ME by Bob Staake
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"A child as bored as Pixie may read this once. (Picture book. 2-5)"
In rhyming text, the diminutive, blonde, pink-faced Pixie Picklespeare befriends a whale named Beachy. Read full book review >
IN THE ANTARCTIC by Ella Bailey
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 12, 2016

"An appealing introduction to Antarctica that appropriately fosters a child's sense of wonder without adding a layer of worry about its future. (Informational picture book. 2-5)"
After a last breakfast with her parents on a frozen coast, a young Adélie penguin spends a long summer feeding in the cold ocean, followed by an even longer dark winter resting on the ice until the sun rises the following spring. Read full book review >
PLAYGROUND by Mies van Hout
Kirkus Star
by Mies van Hout, illustrated by Mies van Hout, translated by Ineke Lenting
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2016

"Thrilling. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A playful book about play. Read full book review >
SAFE IN A STORM by Stephen R. Swinburne
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 26, 2016

"From young preschoolers afraid of thunderstorms to school-aged children learning to deal with worrying aspects of the larger world, this encouraging story offers a hopeful view of the protective power of caring adults. (Picture book. 2-7)"
A soothing story follows adult animals as they protect their young and offer words of comfort during stormy times. Read full book review >
THE OCEAN by Nathalie Choux
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 5, 2016

"A decent introduction to the undersea world. (Board book. 2-4)"
A French import introduces toddlers to the seven seas. Read full book review >
THIS LITTLE PRESIDENT by Joan Holub
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"Rhymes and sturdy pages do not necessarily make a book right for toddlers; don't expect this little book to please the little people for whom it was ostensibly designed. (Board book. 2-4)"
Presidents for toddlers? Really? 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 >