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 >

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 >
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 >
THINGS THAT GO VROOM by Sterling Children's Books
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"This arbitrary collection of things that go really goes nowhere. (Board book. 1-3)"
Twenty-four vehicles are each depicted on a single page with one sentence that describes what that vehicle does. Read full book review >
MEOW, MOO, COCK-A-DOODLE-DOO by Sterling Children's Books
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"A solid but unremarkable read. (Board book. 1-3)"
Little ones learn all about their animal friends. Read full book review >
BELLA'S BEST OF ALL by Jamie Harper
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"Cute, but a miss nevertheless. (Picture book. 2-4)"
A little mouse compares her things to her mother's, and all but one come up short. 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 >