THE GALINOS by Luis Amavisca
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 12, 2016

"Cold comfort to know we are the not the only environmentally destructive hooligans in the universe. (Picture book. 4-8)"
On distant planet Gala, many Galinos have a bad case of wastefulness. Sound familiar? Read full book review >
THE JOURNEY OF CAPTAIN SCAREDY CAT by José Carlos Andrés
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 12, 2016

"The suggested coping strategy won't work for all children, but if read with proper gusto, the book will be a sure storytime hit. (Picture book. 5-7)"
A once fearless pirate captain gets his mojo back—just in time for bed. Read full book review >

THE OPPOSITE ZOO by Il Sung Na
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 8, 2016

"A beautiful treatment of a familiar subject that repays close looking again and again. (Picture book. 2-4)"
In exploring the concept of opposites at a zoo in nighttime, Na also explores a looser look than in many of his earlier books. Read full book review >
GORDON AND TAPIR by Sebastian Meschenmoser
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2016

"Dispiriting. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Gordon and Tapir discover that friendship isn't enough to find common ground. Read full book review >
NEW BABY! by Stephanie Blake
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2016

"It's a well-worn theme, and takes with less risky coping strategies abound, from Kevin Henkes' Julius, the Baby of the World (1991) on. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Young Simon is stunned to learn that his parents aren't planning to send his new little brother back to the hospital. Read full book review >

HILDIE BITTERPICKLES NEEDS HER SLEEP by Robin Newman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 12, 2016

"Tired readers may empathize with Hildie, but there's not much here to help them get to sleep. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A young witch in need of some shut-eye learns that diplomacy and problem-solving work wonders in dealing with noisy neighbors. Read full book review >
A HOLIDAY FOR ARI ANT by Sylvia Rouss
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 6, 2016

"A nice addition to the holiday shelves. (author's note) (Picture book. 3-5)"
Ari Ant lives on the preschool playground and is eager to watch and participate in his own way with the children's activities and celebrations. Read full book review >
BABY WREN AND THE GREAT GIFT by Sally Lloyd-Jones
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 5, 2016

"An attractive visual presentation complements an engaging text for a fresh interpretation of an old theme. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A little bird explores her environment, meeting other creatures with special talents before discovering her own. Read full book review >
AN ARMADILLO IN NEW YORK by Julie Kraulis
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 12, 2016

"A fun trip to the Big Apple. (Picture book. 5-9)"
An intrepid armadillo feels that special itch that tweaks his curiosity and leads him to new places. Read full book review >
MIMI & PIGGY’S ADVENTURE IN VENICE by Chisato Tashiro
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2016

"Complete with a map and a list of sights, this is part guidebook, part encouraging advice book for future independent adventurers. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Tiny stuffed-animal besties Mimi and Piggy take a long-awaited voyage to Venice. Read full book review >
MR. BEAR’S ANIMAL PARADE by Keiko Kaichi
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2016

"Reassurance that a parent will return from work, coupled with a sweet story and engaging illustrations, makes for a comforting read-aloud, daytime or bedtime. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A lighthearted romp in which all kinds of animals end up frolicking in an imaginary meadow where Mr. Bear and his young son live. Read full book review >
URSA'S LIGHT by Deborah Marcero
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 15, 2016

"If (pigs and) bears could fly—but try as this book might, it can't quite get off the ground. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A dream to fly is fulfilled in an unexpected fashion. 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 >