BEATRIX POTTER AND THE UNFORTUNATE TALE OF A BORROWED GUINEA PIG by Deborah Hopkinson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"The use of invented dialogue makes this problematic as straight biography, but it is nevertheless a charming, delightful homage. (author's note, photographs, notes) (Picture book. 4-9)"
Beatrix Potter was an artist and writer whose tales of the small animals she loved have entertained generations of children; here, Hopkinson and Voake offer a story of her childhood. Read full book review >
GOOSE GOES TO THE ZOO by Laura Wall
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"Wall's cheery, flat, brightly colored illustrations are neatly suited to this naïve rendering of the age-old dilemma of friendship: how to enjoy others' company in spite of different tastes and habits. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Human Sophie and goose Goose are best friends; they do everything together, but needless to say, in some respects they are not compatible. Read full book review >

THE BATTLE OF THE VEGETABLES by Matthieu Sylvander
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"Delicious, nutritious absurdity. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Three stories with vegetable protagonists make up this quirky French import. Read full book review >
BUILDER MOUSE by Sofia Eldarova
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"There's room on the bookshelf for this yummy friendship-themed picture book. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Two mice learn that friendship is all about give and take in this sweet and simple tale. Read full book review >
THERE WAS AN OLD LADY WHO GOBBLED A SKINK by Tammera Will Wissinger
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"This fisherman's adaptation doesn't add much to the original. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A fishing version of the classic song "There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly" has readers wondering, "Perhaps she'll sink." Read full book review >

PUDDLE JUMPERS by Anne Margaret Lewis
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"The cheery, yellow-slickered tot brims with child exuberance. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A little boy imagines himself with many animals as he jumps into a puddle. Read full book review >
THE LEGEND OF THE EASTER ROBIN by Dandi Daley Mackall
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"Well-meant but heavy-handed. (author's note) (Religion/picture book. 4-7)"
A Pennsylvania Dutch folk tale about the origin of the robin's red breast is woven into a story of a girl and her grandmother preparing for Easter together. Read full book review >
A ROYAL EASTER STORY by Jeanna Young
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"Slick: clearly calculated to hit a marketing sweet spot. (Religion/picture book. 4-7)"
This seasonal entry in the Princess Parables series finds the five princess siblings traveling to an Easter festival, rescuing a lost little girl on the way. Read full book review >
LITTLE BO PEEP AND HER BAD, BAD SHEEP by A.L. Wegwerth
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"Skip the narrator's distraction and just enjoy all the familiar allusions. (Picture book. 4-8)"
As a narrator tries to recite "Little Bo Peep," chaos erupts. Read full book review >
THE PREHISTORIC GAMES by Janet Lawler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"For athletic dino action, stick with the Dino-Sports series by Lisa Wheeler and Barry Gott. (glossary, pronunciation guide) (Picture book. 4-7)"
Though the ancient Greeks hadn't yet invented the Olympics, this is what they might have looked like had the dinosaurs participated in the contests. Read full book review >
PARADE by Alexis Braud
by Alexis Braud, illustrated by Alexis Braud
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"More Louisiana details in illustration or tale would have made this more valuable, but it's a passable paean to parading if such is needed. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A mouse in the mood for a parade gathers quite a krewe. Read full book review >
IT'S EASTER, CHLOE ZOE! by Jane Smith
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"A pleasant but not groundbreaking effort, with a cute, yellow elephant leading the charge. (Picture book. 3-6)"
An anthropomorphic elephant girl named Chloe Zoe attends an Easter egg hunt with her two best friends and learns a lesson about sharing. 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 >