GOOD AS GOLDIE by Margie Palatini
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 2000

"She addresses a sensitive subject for young children, deftly using humor to lighten the mood with her signature flair for the comical and giving readers a protagonist with whom they can identify. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Palatini's (Ding Dong Ding Dong, 1999) hilarious tale offers readers a kid's-eye view of sibling relationships. Read full book review >
OFF WE GO! by Jane Yolen
by Jane Yolen, illustrated by Laurel Molk
Released: April 1, 2000

"Pick this up, lickety split. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Little ones know that Grandma's house is best! Read full book review >

ALFIE'S 1-2-3 by Shirley Hughes
FICTION
Released: March 31, 2000

"Fans of Alfie will savor this newest adventure while the uninitiated will quickly discover why this series has such enduring popularity with children and adults alike. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Alfie and his little sister Annie Rose are back, this time introducing the numbers one through ten in a playful approach to counting. Read full book review >
SOME THINGS GO TOGETHER by Charlotte Zolotow
Released: March 31, 1999

"The original was grand, but here's a chance to replace those lost and worn copies. (Picture book. 2-6)"
The cozy, 30-year-old title gets bright new illustrations from Wolff and is primed for a new generation of children. Read full book review >
MY FIRST NURSERY RHYMES by Bruce Whatley
POETRY
Released: March 31, 1999

"A witty introduction to the realm of nursery rhymes. (Picture book. 1-3)"
This entry in the Growing Tree series provides a sampling of ten classic rhymes. Read full book review >

BABY DANCE by Ann Taylor
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 31, 1999

"A boisterous romp. (Board book. 1-3)"
This abbreviated version of Taylor's poem,"The Baby Dance," drawing upon infants' universal love of song, weaves a few bouncing lines to make listeners wriggle. Read full book review >
WHAT IS ROUND? by Rebecca Kai Dotlich
NUMBERS AND COUNTING
Released: March 31, 1999

"An expertly executed precursor to the I Spy books and their kind. (Picture book. 1-3)"
Bright full-color photographs, featuring bold objects and dramatic contrasts, characterize this first book about shapes in the Growing Tree series. Read full book review >
TICKLEMONSTER AND ME by Max Haynes
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 9, 1999

"There is little doubt that these stage directions will be only a jumping-off point for most readers; just in case the story is not provocative enough, there are additional games included. (Picture book. 2-7)"
Haynes (In the Driver's Seat, 1997, etc.) has produced a visual script for a ticklefest. Read full book review >
BUNNY'S RAINBOW DAY by Monica Wellington
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"In fact, fans of Wellington's Night Rabbits (1995) may miss this one, with its young format, even though story and art are comparable. (Board book. 1-3)"
An affable rabbit watches the sun rise, and goes through the day romping among other creatures. Read full book review >
LITTLE BUNNY BOBKIN by James Riordan
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"Cartoonish line drawings capture action but not nuance in a tale that includes a warm fuzzy ending. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A young bunny and a hungry fox stick to their traditional roles in this formulaic bunny-finds-trouble tale, imported from Britain. Read full book review >
LITTLE BUNNY'S EASTER SURPRISE by Jr. Modesitt
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"The bunnies are shown against a palette of spring pastels in this calming, comfortable tale, which is just right for tucking into a basket or reading the day of the egg hunt. (Picture book. 2-6)"
The members of a rabbit family take turns being "Easter Bunny" for one another. Read full book review >
DAISY KNOWS BEST by Lisa Kopper
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

As Daisy the dog instructs her three pups in the finer points of chewing up the mail, pulling tablecloths, digging in the garden and other skills, Baby tags along, an enthusiastic student. 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 >