KISSES AND CUDDLES by Aly Fronis
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 8, 2015

"A sweet read that will lull many a reader into slumberland. (Board book. 1-3)"
A young penguin spends a day with mama. Read full book review >
BEAR AND BUNNY by Daniel Pinkwater
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 8, 2015

"Whimsical, pretty, and endearing. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Although close friends Bear and Bunny live independently, they decide to acquire a pet together. Read full book review >

HELLO ANIMALS, WHAT MAKES YOU SPECIAL? by Loes Botman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"Exquisite illustrations elevate this simple concept book appropriate for older babies and toddlers. (Board book. 1-3)"
A brief introduction to animals and their particular characteristics. Read full book review >
I LOVE YOU, BABY by Giles Andreae
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"For new siblings who are pretty solid in knowing their body parts. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Andreae and Dodd continue to explore family relationships (I Love My Mommy, 2011; I Love My Daddy, 2012) with this look at the towheaded toddler's love for his new sibling. Read full book review >
HEDGEHUGS by Steve Wilson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"It's sweet, but it thematically (and eponymously) replicates Dan Pinto and Benn Sutton's Hedgehug (2011)—with much less verve. (Picture book. 2-5)"
How do you hug if you're a hedgehog? Read full book review >

DINOSAUR ROCKET! by Penny Dale
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"Combining the popular topics of space and dinosaurs is a surefire recipe for a storytime hit. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Dale continues to put dinos in situations sure to attract preschoolers' attention. Read full book review >
ZOO ZOOM! by Candace Ryan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"An agreeable book to entice space enthusiasts as well as animal lovers. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A bevy of zoo animals takes off for the moon. Read full book review >
PIPPA AND PELLE IN THE WINTER SNOW by Daniela Drescher
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 1, 2015

"Those with extra money in their budgets should go ahead and buy it. Otherwise, skip. (Board book. 2-5)"
Pippa and Pelle have fun on a winter day while also encountering some of the animals in their neighborhood. Read full book review >
TRIANGLES by Yusuke Yonezu
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 1, 2015

"A smart and engaging book that will encourage the imaginations of children, all while teaching them to recognize triangles. (Board book. 2-4)"
A die-cut board book introduces triangles to the very young through a variety of everyday objects. Read full book review >
THE SNOWBALL by Giuliano Ferri
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 1, 2015

"Emphasizing collaboration and creativity, this lovely little board book is a wonderful wintertime selection for toddlers and preschoolers. (Board book. 1-3)"
A group of friends turns a snowball disaster into some spontaneous fun. Read full book review >
VERY FIRST BOOK OF THINGS TO SPOT by Fiona Watt
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 1, 2015

"A good choice for car trips and waiting rooms. (Board book. 2-4)"
Small illustrations on unusually large (9 inches by 10 inches) board pages provide lots of talking points for one-on-one reading time. Read full book review >
SCRITCH SCRATCH SCRAWW PLOP by Kitty Crowther
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"A sweet treatment of a common theme. (Picture book. 2-6)"
In this French import, a little frog is afraid of nighttime sounds until his parents help him feel safe. 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 >