FIVE LITTLE SNOWMEN by Debbie Rivers-Moore
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"When there are so many titles available that provide counting practice without sacrificing engaging text and illustrations, this simply doesn't make the cut. (Board book. 1-3)"
An interactive counting book featuring five playful snowmen. Read full book review >
THE ITSY BITSY SNOWMAN by Jeffrey Burton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"Take it, or leave it. (Board book. 1-2)"
A wintertime story that can be sung to the tune of "The Itsy Bitsy Spider." Read full book review >

A GREAT BIG CUDDLE by Michael Rosen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"Despite (or perhaps because of) the odd bits, this book successfully celebrates the private, gleeful, imaginative world of toddlers. (Picture book/poetry. 1-5)"
Short poems and accompanying illustrations make up this word-format poetry anthology for little ones. Read full book review >
SNOW BUNNY'S CHRISTMAS GIFT by Rebecca Harry
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"Soft, fluffy, and cute, just like Snow Bunny. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A white rabbit makes hand-knitted Christmas gifts for her friends in this sweet story with foil-embellished illustrations. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"Snow never left you feeling warmer inside. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Three toys make their way out into their first snow. Read full book review >

THE FINGER SPORTS GAME by Hervé Tullet
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 21, 2015

"A perfectly pleasant interactive read for pale-skinned toddlers. (Board book. 2-4)"
The Finger Worms participate in a variety of athletic competitions. Read full book review >
THE GAME OF SHAPES by Hervé Tullet
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 21, 2015

"This is the rare book that would be improved by falling apart. (Board book. 1-4)"
Tullet may have finally run up against the limits created by the conventions of a book with this latest addition to his clever Let's Play Games! series. Read full book review >
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 >
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 >