COLORS by Aino-Maija Metsola
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 4, 2016

"Unlike its companion, Colors is a conceptual and visual winner. (Board book. 2-4)"
A bold, colorful, and playful board book introduce colors, while its companion addresses the numbers one to 10. Read full book review >
WHO IS HAPPY? by Jarvis
by Jarvis, illustrated by Jarvis
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 4, 2016

"Despite flaws, valuable practice at a crucial skill. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Young children get plenty of practice identifying 12 key emotions in this interactive question-and-answer book. Read full book review >

MARGUERITE'S FOUNTAIN by Rachel Elliot
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 4, 2016

"A classic, traditional tale of heroine, villain, and hero—perhaps too traditional. (Picture book. 4-7)"
In this British picture-book melodrama, a dancing mouse named Marguerite is bullied by the rat Randolph and eventually rescued by the shy but heroic mouse Benjamin. Read full book review >
THE WONDERFUL HABITS OF RABBITS by Douglas Florian
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"Small and friendly. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Florian's whimsical poem is set against a plethora, indeed a veritable multitude, of rabbits. Read full book review >
SNAPPSY THE ALLIGATOR (DID NOT ASK TO BE IN THIS BOOK) by Julie Falatko
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"More than merely meta, Snappsy is clearly a book, if not a protagonist, with bite. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Picture Rita Skeeter as a chicken for a general sense of this book's goofy take on intrusive narration and one-sided reporting. Read full book review >

LITTLE BITTY FRIENDS by Elizabeth McPike
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"Is this a nature book? Not really. But with beautiful young faces respecting living creatures, it is a great choice for toddler libraries. (Picture book. 1-3)"
With expressions of wonder and delight, little toddlers explore nature in its tiniest forms, seeing critters and flowers with the curiosity of new eyes. Read full book review >
DANCE! DANCE! UNDERPANTS! by Bob Shea
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"A friend's single-mindedness overcomes myriad excuses, and a good time is had by all, beginning readers included. (Early reader. 4-8)"
Friendship has its high and low points in this dance adventure. Read full book review >
THAT'S NOT BUNNY! by Chris Barton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"A disappointing effort, particularly when compared to Barton's much more entertaining and creative Shark vs. Train. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A hawk with deplorable aim seems fated to become an unhappy vegetarian. Read full book review >
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 >
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 >