TEN PLAYFUL PENGUINS by Emily Ford
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"Leave these penguins on the ice. (Board book. 2-4)"
As the title implies, a counting book set at the zoo. Read full book review >
RACE CAR COUNT by Rebecca Kai Dotlich
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"When the cars line up for another race, children will cheer. (Picture book. 2-5)"
The flash and thrill of the race car track—it's all here in a zippy counting book just right for the toddler set. Read full book review >

HOW TO SHARE WITH A BEAR by Eric Pinder
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 20, 2015

"Tender and charming. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Thomas makes a cozy cave that attracts a small bear. Read full book review >
WHEN I GROW UP by Tad Carpenter
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"A pleasant introduction to the concept of careers. (Board book. 2-4)"
Little ones explore the different jobs they may aspire to. Read full book review >
JINGLE! JINGLE! by Nosy Crow
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"An excellent Christmas read for the littlest ones, built to last. (Board book. 1-3)"
Christmastime is given a smart lift-the-flap treatment. Read full book review >

WHERE DO BABIES COME FROM? by Jillian Roberts
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"Far less detailed than most such explanations, this title in the Just Enough series for the very young is best as a conversation starter. (Informational picture book. 2-6)"
A child psychologist offers simple answers to a perennial question. Read full book review >
HOLD THIS! by Carolyn Cory Scoppettone
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"A sweet celebration of sharing in the outdoors. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A toddler and her dad take a walk in the woods, where there is much to behold and to hold. Read full book review >
BEA IN <i>THE NUTCRACKER</i> by Rachel Isadora
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"A sugarplum-sweet treat. (Picture book. 2-5)"
The diminutive star of Bea at Ballet (2012) returns for an encore, this time dancing the starring role of Clara in a production of The Nutcracker ballet.Read full book review >
THANK YOU AND GOOD NIGHT by Patrick McDonnell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"Small listeners will nestle deep under their covers feeling thankful for tender books that make bedtime a pleasure. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Clement, Jean, and Alan Alexander (a small rabbit, miniature elephant, and a pint-sized bear) enjoy a proper pajama party—complete with chicken dances, funny faces, balloon bounces, midnight snacks, stargazing, and lullabies. Read full book review >
WINTER by Child's Play
by Child's Play, illustrated by Ailie Busby
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"An arbitrary listing of activities loosely connected by the concept of seasons, the book may be too wordy for toddlers and doesn't provide enough substance to engage preschoolers. (Board book. 2-3)"
A multiethnic cast of characters is shown cheerfully engaged in seasonal activities. Read full book review >
CHOO! CHOO! by Child's Play
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"Cute but not exciting! (Board book. 1-3)"
An abundance of exclamation points helps to define this British import and its companions. Read full book review >
NUMBERS by Anton Poitier
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"This book will have babies and toddlers spinning the pages again and again. (Board book. 1-3)"
A genuinely clever new twist on standard board-book topics. 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 >