THE WONDER by Faye Hanson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Few books so truthfully represent a child's wandering, unwavering wondering. (Picture book. 2-8)"
A boy daydreams, wondering "where the birds are flying to," "who makes the clouds," "what the best playground in the world might be like," "what the crossing guard's sign would taste like," and "how the stars shine." Read full book review >
ONE THOUSAND THINGS by Anna Kövecses
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 3, 2015

"Not a radical departure from similar primary-level catalogs but still useful for building both verbal and visual working vocabularies. (Picture book. 1-4)"
Familiar figures and concepts depicted in a simple graphic style invite very young children to catalog and identify many of the items they might encounter in their everyday worlds. Read full book review >

SOPHIE'S BIG NOISY DAY BOOK! by DK Publishing
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Maisy fans are unlikely to give a hoot for this sugary and clumsily designed alternative. (Novelty board book. 1-3)"
Sophie la girafe's day gets off to a quiet start—but it definitely doesn't stay that way. Read full book review >
VERDURAS / VEGETABLES by Sara Anderson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"As a simple Spanish vocabulary builder, this book, along with its companion, Frutas/Fruit, is serviceable, but as a rollicking read-aloud, it pales by comparison with its original. (Board book. 6 mos.-3)"
A bright celebration of vegetables in Spanish and English for the youngest readers. Read full book review >
A CARNIVAL OF CATS by Charles Ghigna
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"No doubt preschoolers will enjoy learning about the various breeds of cat, but it's the whimsical illustrations that really make this one something to purr about. (Board book. 2-4)"
A carnival theme runs through the illustrations in this brief introduction to different breeds of cats. Read full book review >

JINGLE BELLS by James Lord Pierpont
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Though the added musical feature is a bit of a gimmick, the beaming bears in their sleigh carry the day. (Picture book. 1-4)"
A jolly, brightly illustrated version of the beloved holiday song has a musical chip built into the cover that plays the tune of "Jingle Bells." Read full book review >
’TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS by Clement C. Moore
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Not an exceptional edition of the poem but an accessible one. (Picture book. 2-6)"
This import from Great Britain features an extra-large format and sweet, soft-focus illustrations in a cheery interpretation of the favorite Christmas poem. Read full book review >
WAITING FOR SANTA by Steve Metzger
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Children who have a hard time waiting for Christmas will enjoy seeing these little animal kindred spirits. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Bear and his friends in the forest make preparations for Santa's arrival on Christmas Eve, but only Bear truly believes Santa will come. Read full book review >
GRANDMA'S CHRISTMAS WISH by Helen Foster James
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Perhaps a little too sweet in tone for some, but most grandmas would love to read this to a grandchild. (Picture book. 2-4)"
A gray grandma bunny expresses her love for her little bunny grandbaby in this sweetly sentimental sequel to Grandma Loves You! (2013). Read full book review >
THE BIG BOOK OF ANIMALS OF THE WORLD by Ole Könnecke
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"This is one to pore over—visually appealing, intellectually satisfying, and fun to boot. (Board book. 2-5)"
This oversized board book highlights both familiar and unusual animals in a variety of habitats. Read full book review >
WALTER'S WHEELS by Noelle Dingeldein
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Young children will be happy to find this feline and his wheels again and again. (Board book. 1-3)"
Things that go, a cat to find, cheerful colors, and slight text make a board book that will engage young readers. Read full book review >
LETTERS ARE FOR LEARNING by Andrew Neyer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"This whimsical presentation of the alphabet is good fun for both toddlers and their adults. (Board book. 2-5)"
This small, square board book offers a scene incorporating animal characters, actions, and miscellaneous items to introduce each letter of the alphabet. 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 >