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 >
MISS MOON by Janet Hill
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"Enchanting for dog lovers. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Twenty succinct bits of advice for living are accompanied by whimsical oil paintings of an English governess and her canine charges. Read full book review >

SHHH! THIS BOOK IS SLEEPING by Cédric Ramadier
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"Add this playful purchase to the ever expanding going-to-sleep bookcase. (Board book. 1-3)"
In a nice twist, instead of a book putting readers to sleep, here it is readers who put the book to sleep. Read full book review >
SOLVING THE PUZZLE UNDER THE SEA by Robert Burleigh
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"An ideal introduction to a lesser-known scientist and an important understanding about how the Earth works. (Informational picture book. 5-9)"
Working in a time when women were still unwelcome in her field, Marie Tharp mapped the ocean floor and provided convincing evidence for the previously rejected hypothesis of continental drift. Read full book review >
I HEAR A PICKLE by Rachel Isadora
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"Teachers, make sure this is on your shelves—it's a great read-aloud, an easy read for beginning readers, and a model for student books. (Picture/concept book. 3-6)"
Only the last page features the titular pickle—the rest of the book is a tribute to the five senses that will resonate with young readers. Read full book review >

VIRGIL & OWEN STICK TOGETHER by Paulette Bogan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"A welcome glimpse into child sensibilities. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Virgil and Owen, from their previous eponymous title, might be best friends, but Virgil still has some friendship lessons to learn. Read full book review >
BEAR IS NOT TIRED by Ciara Gavin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"Warm and wonderful. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Bear doesn't want to miss one moment with his duck family. Read full book review >
LIBRARY DAY by Anne Rockwell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"Calling all young children to libraries everywhere. (Informational picture book. 3-6)"
Don visits the local library with his dad and experiences the joys of storytime, meeting a new friend, selecting his own books to take home, and getting his very own library card. Read full book review >
WHAT'S THE OPPOSITE? by Oliver Jeffers
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"A clever concept book from beginning to end. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Hooray! Jeffers' Hueys return—not in a story, but in a concept book about opposites. Read full book review >
SHAPE SHIFT by Joyce Hesselberth
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"Most shape books ask readers to find shapes in the everyday world; Hesselberth does the opposite and sparks children's imaginations. (Concept book. 2-6)"
Hesselberth's is an unusual sort of shape concept book, encouraging readers to create pictures from simple shapes. Read full book review >
A BIRTHDAY CAKE FOR GEORGE WASHINGTON by Ramin Ganeshram
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"Children whose grown-ups do not address the material in the notes with them will be left with a sorely incomplete understanding of both the protagonists' lives and slavery itself. (recipe) (Picture book. 5-8)"
Delia's papa, Hercules, faces a seemingly insurmountable challenge: how to bake a birthday cake for his master, President George Washington, without sugar? Read full book review >
THINGS THAT GO VROOM by Sterling Children's Books
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"This arbitrary collection of things that go really goes nowhere. (Board book. 1-3)"
Twenty-four vehicles are each depicted on a single page with one sentence that describes what that vehicle does. 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 >