GIRL & GORILLA by Rick Walton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"Text and art play well together here—just as well as Girl and Gorilla do. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Resourceful Girl and exuberant Gorilla navigate their way through a venturesome day. Read full book review >
DILL & BIZZY by Nora Ericson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"Not-so-opposites attract in an exuberant, eccentric tale of emerging BFFs. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Despite initial appearances, a regular duck and a flamboyant bird have a lot in common. Read full book review >

HENRY WANTS MORE! by Linda Ashman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"This toddler and his insatiable appetite for stimulation will charm readers of almost every age. (Picture book. 2-7)"
Henry is a bundle of toddler energy who enters into every activity with great enthusiasm. Read full book review >
WHAT THIS STORY NEEDS IS A HUSH AND A SHUSH by Emma J. Virján
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"The ending, complete with a change of sleeping venue, will bring a chuckle to lap listeners and new readers alike. Zzzzzzzz. (Early reader. 3-7)"
Virján's porcine protagonist is back in another rollicking, rhyming bedtime book (What This Story Needs Is a Pig in a Wig, 2015). Read full book review >
CAT NAP by Toni Yuly
by Toni Yuly, illustrated by Toni Yuly
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"Delightful pre-nap read-aloud fare. (Picture book. 1-3)"
When Cat agrees to play hide-and-seek with Kitten, he underestimates his relentless opponent. Read full book review >

NANUK THE ICE BEAR by Jeanette Winter
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"As in other books by the author, big issues are presented in an accessible manner and subtly enough that adults can guide children to an age-appropriate understanding of them. (Picture book. 5-8)"
The story of a female polar bear provides an overview of the species' life cycle and includes the mention of environmental changes that threaten their existence. Read full book review >
VIOLET AND VICTOR WRITE THE MOST FABULOUS FAIRY TALE by Alice Kuipers
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"A jam-packed view of the creative process of two imaginative siblings. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Twins Violet and Victor are back for another bout of collaborative (and sometimes competitive) writing. Read full book review >
A RECIPE FOR BEDTIME by Peter Bently
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"A treat of a bedtime book. (Picture book. 0-3)"
Bently and Massini serve up rhyming verse and a bevy of animal friends to guide a little one through the bedtime routine, one "ingredient" at a time. Read full book review >
ROCK-A-BYE ROMP by Linda Ashman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"A fine addition to the nursery bookshelf for baby and all. (Picture book. 0-3)"
Ashman's fresh take on the classic lullaby "Rock-A-Bye, Baby" first expands upon and then addresses the nonsensical aspects of the verses. Read full book review >
ABC DREAM by Kim Krans
by Kim Krans, illustrated by Kim Krans
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"On the whole, sophisticated, subtle, and stunning. (Alphabet book. 5-8)"
A wordless alphabet book becomes an identification game. Read full book review >
BIG FRIENDS by Linda Sarah
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"Excellent, believable advice, with boxes—what could be better than that? (Picture book. 4-8)"
For those few blighted souls out there who are unaware of this fact, cardboard boxes are a kid's answer to pretty much everything. Read full book review >
THIS LITTLE PRESIDENT by Joan Holub
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"Rhymes and sturdy pages do not necessarily make a book right for toddlers; don't expect this little book to please the little people for whom it was ostensibly designed. (Board book. 2-4)"
Presidents for toddlers? Really? 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 >