SWAP! by Steve Light
Kirkus Star
by Steve Light, illustrated by Steve Light
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"Keep your bitcoins—you never know when somebody might need a button. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A broken-down captain and his young, peg-legged mate rediscover an ages-old system to rebuild their battered ship without spending a penny. Read full book review >
TIGER AND BADGER by Emily Jenkins
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"A very funny and fine tribute to a very young friendship. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Tiger and Badger are very young—maybe 4—and they are best friends, doing as best friends do. Read full book review >

THE HOUSE THAT ZACK BUILT by Alison Murray
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"Perfect for giggling and sharing and right on target for lap-time reading. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A new version of a beloved classic. Read full book review >
WHOOPS! by Suzi Moore
by Suzi Moore, illustrated by Russell Ayto
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"Full of fun and sure to evoke giggles, meows, bowwows, and squeaks. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Whoever heard of a cat that can't meow? Read full book review >
A BIG SURPRISE FOR LITTLE CARD by Charise Mericle Harper
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"Check it out! (Picture book. 3-7)"
What will Little Card be? Read full book review >

THE PRINCESS IN BLACK AND THE HUNGRY BUNNY HORDE by Shannon Hale
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"While not exactly novel, it's well-executed and very funny. (Fantasy. 5-7)"
The Princess in Black's cutest adventure yet—no, really, the monsters are deceptively cute. Read full book review >
BLOOM by Doreen Cronin
by Doreen Cronin, illustrated by David Small
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"If youngsters scratch their heads, take them to the yard or community garden to plant and make mud pies. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Cronin and Small combine talents in this fable for modern times: people who live in fragile kingdoms may need to get their hands dirty rebuilding. Read full book review >
NO, NO, GNOME! by Ashlyn Anstee
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"A lighthearted glimpse into a hyperactive, impulsive tot's world and a possible learning tool to encourage social-emotional growth. (Picture book. 4-8)"
It's time to harvest the school garden, and a young gnome has difficulty controlling his excitement. Read full book review >
MY DOG'S A CHICKEN by Susan McElroy Montanari
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"While pet tales abound, this lively look at making the best of a bad situation highlights humor and encourages creativity, enriching the somewhat predictable plot. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A young girl finds an imaginative way to satisfy her desire for a pet dog despite her parents' objections. Read full book review >
A BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO BEAR SPOTTING by Michelle Robinson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"Be sure to snuggle up to 'the stuffed kind' of bears and share this book with future Scaredy Squirrel series fans. (Picture book. 5-7)"
A handy story for little adventurers curious about the outdoor world. Read full book review >
HOW TO PUT YOUR PARENTS TO BED by Mylisa Larsen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"This bedtime book is good for some laughs—even though it feels a bit tired. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Role reversal finds a little girl trying to put her parents to bed. Read full book review >
PUNK SKUNKS by Trisha Speed Shaskan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"Not a stinker, but no hit record either. (Picture book. 4-6)"
BSFs, best skunks forever! Maybe…. 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 >