ONE MORE RIVER by Joan Paley
FICTION
Released: April 1, 2001

"Its graphics and design are clear and joyous, and lends itself to a group reading. (Picture book. 2-5)"
This traditional spiritual is the basis of a new counting book with bright, happy collages of animals entering Noah's ark. Read full book review >
MUD IS CAKE by Pam Muñoz Ryan
FICTION
Released: April 1, 2001

"340, etc.) enthralling illustrations gives this work the makings of a future classic. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Richly colored, fanciful illustrations imbue Ryan's (Mice and Beans, 2001, etc.) simple yet imaginative verse with all of the humor, wonder, and faith necessary for a phenomenal daydream in which anything is possible. Read full book review >

BABY KNOWS BEST by Kathy Henderson
Released: April 1, 2001

"This roly-poly little one will bring a smile to every reader. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Babies always have a mind of their own when it comes to what they want to play with, eat, and wear, and the little girl in this story is no exception. Read full book review >
BUBBA AND BEAU, BEST FRIENDS by Kathi Appelt
NONFICTION
Released: April 1, 2001

"A howling good time. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A brand new baby and a newborn puppy find that they share the object of their affection—one very dirty blanket (and the object of their loathing)—soap. Read full book review >
WHAT THE BABY HEARS by Laura Godwin
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2001

"Toddlers will delight in the sounds that this selection will encourage. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Babies, whether kittens, owlets, joeys, or tadpoles, hear different sounds from burps to purrs; this sweet story has them all. Read full book review >

ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2001

"The attractive format and high-quality photographs make this series a natural selection for public and school libraries. (Nonfiction. 2-7)"
Another in the Moments in the Wild series (Amusing Moments in the Wild: Animals and Their Friends, above, etc.) continues with the same successful format: superb double-page-spread nature photographs and one simple, patterned sentence that explicates the theme. Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2001

"The fantastic photographs are the stars here, with each striking shot worth more than the proverbial thousand words. (Nonfiction. 2-7)"
Younger children will enjoy the amusing photographs in this collection of nature photography, the third in the Moments in the Wild series (Peaceful Moments in the Wild: Animals and Their Homes, below, etc.). Read full book review >
THE DADDY BOOK by Todd Parr
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 2001

"Recent ex-toddlers will be drawn to these sunny, colorful consciousness-raisers. (Picture book. 2-4)"
The Byron Barton of feelings and relationships offers a gallery of Dads at work and play, all drawn with thick lines and intense, contrasting colors against monochromatic backgrounds. Read full book review >
MAMA’S LITTLE BEARS by Nancy Tafuri
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2001

"As playful as a romp in the woods. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Three curious bear cubs hurry around investigating their surroundings until they realize they miss their Mama and run to receive her welcoming hugs. Read full book review >
MAISY’S BIG FLAP BOOK by Lucy Cousins
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2001

"Brimming with interactive educational opportunities—and a whole lot of fun to boot—this is a notable addition to the Maisy collection. (Board book. 2-5)"
Readers explore basic preschool concepts with that ever-popular mouse, Maisy (Happy Birthday Maisy, 1998, etc.). Read full book review >
THE VERY BEST DOOR OF ALL by Clara Linders
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2001

"A fairly absurd little treat made memorable by Cate's stunning artwork, with its sophisticated color and design. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A cockamamie story about a cockamamie birthday present—suitable as an April Fool's joke—from Netherlanders Linders and Cate. Read full book review >
FIRE FIGHTER PIGGYWIGGY by Christyan Fox
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2001

"The playful action is captivating, as are the minor heroics, but it is the artwork's chromatic fireworks that do all the heavy lifting, and they are simply dazzling. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Colors of bottomless saturation will have readers of this elementary fantasy from the Foxes rocking back on their heels. 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 >