HOW MANY LEGS? by Katja Spitzer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"Condescending text choices in the second part of this counting book undermine the whimsical, retro graphics. (Picture book. 2-4)"
This small, hardcover book uses brightly colored images, words, and numerals to illustrate counting from one to 10. Read full book review >
LET'S GO OUTSIDE by Katja Spitzer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"With its combination of miscellaneous sight words, concept groupings, and attractive pictures, this is a useful book for reading readiness. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Simple, colorful block prints are accompanied by words and phrases in bold primary print, with the English countryside's changing seasons in the background. Read full book review >

SURF'S UP by Kwame Alexander
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"A warmhearted tribute to reading. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A sunny day near the ocean means different kinds of excitement for frog friends Bro and Dude. Read full book review >
WHEN YOU GIVE AN IMP A PENNY by Henry Herz
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"It might be fun once, but Numeroff really holds a corner on this particular market. (Picture book. 5-7)"
If you give an imp a penny, he'll ask for a glass of milk—er, a "coin bag" to go with it. Read full book review >
DR. SEUSS by Kate Klimo
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"Not essential but a handsome tribute. (Early reader/biography. 5-7)"
For children who can read And To Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street without help, an account of its creator's life and career.Read full book review >

BIG CHICKIE, LITTLE CHICKIE by Janee Trasler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"This witty introduction to opposites will be treasured by Chickie fans of all ages. (Board book. 2-4)"
This new volume in Trasler's popular Chickies series (Bedtime for Chickies, 2014; A New Chick for Chickies, 2014, etc.) introduces opposites. Read full book review >
OPPOSITES by Scholastic Inc.
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"While the physical item is well-designed for little hands, the lessons on opposites get lost in the clutter. (Board book. 1-3)"
An interactive board book designed to teach the concept of opposites. Read full book review >
BUSY BUILDERS by Sam Hearn
by Sam Hearn, illustrated by Sam Hearn
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"Construction-crazy toddlers and preschoolers will find plenty here to enjoy. (Board book. 2-5)"
An animal construction crew gets busy building a school. Read full book review >
A FRIEND FOR BO by Elisabeth Zuniga
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"Charming and sweet. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A lonely little rabbit desperately chooses a very unusual friend. Read full book review >
BEDTIME BLASTOFF! by Luke  Reynolds
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"With its simple, declarative text and lively illustrations, this is an ideal story for transportation-themed storytimes or for launching kids to bedtime...maybe later rather than sooner. (Picture book. 2-5)"
An adventurous bedtime story is filled with imagination and a child's keen excitement in vehicular transportation. Read full book review >
HOW TO DRESS A DRAGON by Thelma Lynne Godin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"Simple, direct text and the extra-large dragon squeezing into tiny clothes—plus the underwear endpapers—make for fine fun. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A little boy carefully explains each step of dressing a dragon. Read full book review >
FRANKENCRAYON by Michael Hall
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"With very careful repeat reads, this challenging tale may pay off, especially if readers choose to put on a play of their own. (dramatis personae) (Picture book. 5-8)"
Personified crayons and a pencil, thespians all, re-enact the cancellation of their book, while Hall fills his story within a story with intrigue, theater, and a whole lot of silly. 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 >