ARCTIC ANIMALS by Tad Carpenter
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 20, 2015

"Beautiful, smart, and entertaining. (Board book. 2-5)"
Six arctic animals are introduced in this stylized lift-the-flap board book. Read full book review >
SOUNDS by Tony Mitton
by Tony Mitton, illustrated by Ant Parker
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"Serviceable—nothing more. (Board book. 1-3)"
The small 5-inch-square trim and the perennially popular vehicle theme will find an audience for this addition to the Amazing Machines First Concepts series. Read full book review >

I CAN DANCE by Betsy Snyder
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"Encouraging activity on multiple levels, a good choice for toddler board-book collections. (Board book. 6 mos.-2)"
This interactive board book showcases several kinds of dance. Read full book review >
TRUCKS by Sara Gillingham
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"Young readers will enjoy looking at the book and spinning the face, either independently or with their adult readers. (Board book. 2-4)"
A transportation book for the youngest ones. Read full book review >
UP HAMSTER, DOWN HAMSTER by Kass Reich
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"For a genuinely engaging hamster adventure (for slightly older children), pick up Peggy Rathman's 10 Minutes Till Bedtime (1998)—an exact opposite of this weak offering. (Board book. 2-4)"
Hamsters demonstrate opposites in this new board book. Read full book review >

I LOVE YOU, ONE TO TEN by Caroline Adderson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"A tad gooey, but with enough googly to tame the treacle factor. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Inspired by Elizabeth Barrett Browning, a lullaby of love from the mother to the rumbustious child. Read full book review >
PIG IS BIG ON BOOKS by Douglas Florian
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"A subtle, accomplished story with few words but a big overall effect. (Early reader. 2-8)"
A charming pink pig enjoys reading books of different sorts in different places, leading to the creation of a book of his own. Read full book review >
LOST DOG by Michael Garland
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"A delightful story with wide appeal beyond the early-reader designation. (Early reader/picture book. 2-8)"
A huge dog named Pete gets really lost on the way to Grandma's house for a birthday celebration. Read full book review >
COUNTING ON COMMUNITY by Innosanto Nagara
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"Ideal for any community where children count. (Board book. 2-5)"
A difficult concept is simply and strikingly illustrated for the very youngest members of any community, with a counting exercise to boot. Read full book review >
DINOSAUR SAFARI by Nosy Crow
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"This newest interactive outing will please Bizzy Bear's fans and win him some new pint-sized admirers to boot. (Board book. 1-3)"
Bizzy Bear and his bunny friend spend an exciting day in a dinosaur theme park. Read full book review >
PEEKABOO PRESENTS by Night & Day Studios
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Utterly forgettable. (Board book. 1-3)"
The interactive app becomes a holiday board book. Read full book review >
A SURPRISE FOR TINY MOUSE by Petr Horácek
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Tiny Mouse and her small adventure are a most welcome addition to the board-book shelf. (Board book. 6 mos.-3)"
Tiny Mouse likes all kinds of weather, except for "splashy rain." 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 >