THE EVERYTHING BOOK by Denise Fleming
NONFICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"It truly has everything. (Picture book. 1-4)"
Beginning with a brilliantly colored rooster greeting the day in "Good Morning to You!" and concluding with a mother hen cuddling her chicks in "Good Night," this compilation of rhymes, games, and learning will keep young readers busy from sunup to sundown. Read full book review >
HURRAY FOR PRE-K! by Ellen B. Senisi
FICTION
Released: Aug. 31, 2000

"A vibrant, honest book that will soothe anxious newcomers and generate enthusiasm for their exciting foray into academia. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Colorful photographs combined with brief text give young readers a taste of pre-kindergarten. Read full book review >

THE NIGHT WORKER by Kate Banks
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Aug. 28, 2000

"The pictured warmth of the father-son relationship combines with restrained yet poetic text to make this 'take your son to work night' a special one indeed. (Picture book. 2-6)"
The team behind And If the Moon Could Talk (1998) relates what happens one night when Alex achieves his wish to go to work with Papa, a nighttime engineer on a construction site. Read full book review >
BROWN SUGAR BABIES by Jr. Smith
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"No candy is sweeter than these scrumptious babies in all of their delicious colors. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Poet-photographer, Smith (Tall Tales, p. 124) offers a delectable assortment of chubby-fisted, cherub-cheeked, African-American babies. Read full book review >
MOTHER GOOSE REMEMBERS by Clare  Beaton
POETRY
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"A foreword includes a rather esoteric introduction from the publisher regaling interested adults with an abbreviated history of Mother Goose, from her roots in an ancient Hindu goddess to her first published appearance in 1697. (contents list, index) (Picture book. 2-8)"
Arresting artwork combined with a playful challenge of seek-and-find offers readers a fresh alternative to more traditional Mother Goose collections. Read full book review >

MINERVA LOUSIE AT THE FAIR by Janet Morgan Stoeke
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"This latest escapade is a delight both for newcomers and those already familiar with the plucky hen. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Stoeke's (A Friend For Minerva Louise, 1997, etc.) inquisitive chicken returns for another adventure when she visits a nearby fair. Read full book review >
BEAR’S DAY by Lisa Campbell Ernst
FICTION
Released: June 1, 2000

"Cuddly sweet, these board books are made for lap-sharing and read-aloud sessions. (Board books. 0-4)"
This pair of beguiling board books focuses on a busy toddler and his playmates. Read full book review >
CAREER DAY by Anne Rockwell
FICTION
Released: May 31, 2000

"A sparkling, family-centered, no-threat introduction to considerations of what might be fun for little ones to do when they grow up. (Picture book. 2-5)"
The mother-daughter team of Anne and Lizzy Rockwell (Thanksgiving Day, 1999, etc.) presents their fourth visit to Mrs. Madoff's busy, bright, and active classroom. Read full book review >
WALK THE DOG by Bob Barner
Released: May 1, 2000

"Whether walking, running, sniffing, licking, jumping, digging, or chasing, these happy-go-lucky four-footed friends exemplify all the alluring traits that qualify them for the title of man's (and kids') best friend. (Picture book. 2-5)"
From the oversize pawprints on the grassy-green endpapers to the parade of pups between the covers, this alphabetic array of popular pooches will have young readers howling, barking, and growling for a dog of their own. Read full book review >
HATS OFF FOR THE FOURTH OF JULY! by Harriet Ziefert
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2000

"Hats off indeed to this splendid parade of a book. (Picture book. 2-5)"
The business of a parade is to march along with style and zip and knock the socks off those who watch. Read full book review >
THE BABY'S GAME BOOK by Isabel Wilner
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 30, 2000

"A winsome treasury of games that reinforce the bonds of love between parent and child. (author's note) (Picture book. 0-2)"
Wilner's (The Poetry Troupe, not reviewed) collection of games, especially for baby, engages children's entire being, from the top of their fuzzy little heads to the tips of their tiny toes, in loving play. Read full book review >
BOUNCING TIME by Patricia Hubbell
ANIMALS
Released: April 30, 2000

"Young readers will be enthralled by this jubilant tale that celebrates children's wondrous ability to revel in the moment. (Picture book. 1-4)"
An energetic tot bounds through her day in this jaunty tale from Hubbell (Sidewalk Trip, 1999, etc.). 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 >