GRANDPA LOVES YOU! by Helen Foster James
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 15, 2016

"A beloved grandparent gift purchase to be sure but also a toddler-friendly inclusion to an intergenerational storytime. (Picture book. 2-4)"
A grandfather rabbit celebrates the birth of a new baby bunny and recounts the many adventures they will have. Read full book review >
LOOKING FOR BONGO by Eric Velasquez
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 15, 2016

"Darling. (glossary) (Picture book. 2-5)"
A little boy searches for his lost toy. Read full book review >

GOOD NIGHT, TRUCK by Sally Odgers
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 16, 2016

"It's certainly cheery, but it may be lost on the already overflowing vehicle bedtime shelf. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Personified vehicles merrily perform their daily functions in this rhyming bedtime tale. Read full book review >
WHERE MY FEET GO by Birgitta Sif
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 16, 2016

"Pleasingly reflective of familiar childhood inner and outer wanderings, this picture book encourages little readers' feet and minds to run on and on. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A little panda's feet, snug in yellow moon boots, turn everyday walks into extraordinary adventures. Read full book review >
ABRACADABRA, IT'S SPRING! by Anne Sibley O’Brien
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 16, 2016

"Another lovely, if imperfect, book for the spring shelf. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Rhymes, magic words, and gatefolds celebrate the transformations of spring. Read full book review >

THE SLEEPY SONGBIRD by Suzanne Barton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"This sleepy narrative doesn't ever really wake up. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A small bird named Little Peep wants to join the other birds singing at sunrise, but he discovers that he isn't an early riser. Read full book review >
THERE'S A GIRAFFE IN MY SOUP by Ross Burach
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"A zany read-aloud book for the youngest of diners. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Lively and quirky, Burach's first picture-book outing aims to send kids into fits of giggles. Read full book review >
GOOD NIGHT LIKE THIS by Mary Murphy
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"Move over, Goodnight Moon. There's a new star on the bedtime bookshelf. (Picture book. 1-5)"
The third entry in Murphy's ...Like This series explores the nighttime world of animal parents and babies settling down for sleep. Read full book review >
EVERY DAY BIRDS by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"Beginning birding at its best, this pleasing presentation is ideal for families with preschoolers but would work well for storytime, too. (Informational picture book. 2-5)"
A birding primer and rhyming introduction to 20 familiar birds. Read full book review >
INTO THE SNOW by Yuki Kaneko
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 27, 2016

"Thrillingly cozy. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A child narrates a day spent playing in the snow in this collaboration between a Japanese-American author and Japanese illustrator. Read full book review >
DIG IN! by Cindy Jenson-Elliott
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2016

"Use this one to talk to preschoolers about what's in the ground and encourage them to find their own plot of earth to explore. (Picture book. 2-5)"
An exploration into the dirt uncovers worms, pill bugs, seeds, and more. Read full book review >
SOME BIRDS by Matt Spink
by Matt Spink, illustrated by Matt Spink
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2016

"Endearing and great fun to share. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Simple rhymes in bold print cavort among kaleidoscopic images of birds. 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 >