THE A TO Z BEASTLY JAMBOREE by Robert Bender
ABC BOOKS
Released: June 1, 1996

"An exciting, approachable look at the animal kingdom. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Bender (Toads and Diamonds, 1995, etc.) rises to the demands of the highly structured alphabet-book format. Read full book review >
IN THE FOREST by Ann C. Cooper
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 1996

"Economical, effective, and charming. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-8)"
Animals—rabbit, salamander, opossum, deer, bobcat, bat, owl, mouse—from the forest ecosystem are briefly described and illustrated in soft color-pencil drawings in this entry in the Wild Wonder series. Read full book review >

THE COWBOY'S HANDBOOK by Tod Cody
HISTORY
Released: June 1, 1996

"The author, a descendent of Buffalo Bill, brings an enthusiasm to his subject that is perfectly attuned to the curiosity of young readers. (Nonfiction. 7-10)"
A compendium of information and tidbits about cowboys, including full-color and black-and-white photographs and drawings. Read full book review >
CHILDREN OF THE LONGHOUSE by Joseph Bruchac
Released: June 1, 1996

"Thoroughly researched; beautifully written. (Fiction. 8- 11)"
Ohkwa'ri and his twin sister, Otsi:stia, 11, are late-15th century Mohawks living in what would become New York State. Read full book review >
BUSY AT DAY CARE HEAD TO TOE by Patricia Brennan Demuth
FICTION
Released: June 1, 1996

"The effect is childlike and appealing, certain to soothe newcomers to the day care scene. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Caregivers and young children getting ready for their first day care experience will enjoy this exuberant, action-filled look at an interracial group of preschoolers having a great day of play. Read full book review >

Released: June 1, 1996

"Contemporary readers may have different concerns from Moira's but will be delighted by her sincere efforts to find a way around the rules and the resolution of her conflicting feelings. (Fiction. 8-12)"
If seventh grader Moira Flynn were a Unitarian, as is her best friend, Jane, she'd be allowed to see Vivien Leigh in Gone With the Wind, the most wonderful movie in the world. Read full book review >
NOODLES by Sarah Weeks
by Sarah Weeks, illustrated by David Carter
FOOD & COOKING
Released: May 31, 1996

"This product's shelf life is reduced only slightly by its inherent fragility; still, this is a hearty feast. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Noodles ($15.95; May 31, 1996; 20 pp.; 0-694-00842-7): A rare product indeed: a novelty item that doesn't rest on gimmickry, but balances artistic and literary content with eye-popping surprises. Read full book review >
EMMA AND MOMMY TALK TO GOD by Marianne Williamson
RELIGION
Released: May 31, 1996

"By trying in good faith to show no favoritism toward a particular faith, this book should be useful in institutions that receive requests for spiritual books for young children. (Picture book. 2-8)"
It is difficult for a picture book of prayer that attempts to fit almost any monotheistic religion to be successful. Read full book review >
FALCONS NEST ON SKYSCRAPERS by Priscilla Belz Jenkins
ANIMALS
Released: May 31, 1996

"Lloyd's vivid, highly realistic watercolors enhance the lucid, lively text; no one should be surprised if readers finish this book and ask for a lift to one of the bird-watching venues listed in the back. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-9)"
A fine entry in the Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science series that introduces readers to the peregrine falcon, its history, habits, and its near-deadly encounter with DDT. Read full book review >
YOU'RE ABOARD SPACESHIP EARTH by Patricia Lauber
NATURE
Released: May 31, 1996

"The book closes with suggestions for poking about in old leaf piles to see Mother Nature at work and a reminder to take care of spaceship Earth. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-9)"
In this Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science entry, readers learn that, as is true of the space shuttle, Earth is a space craft, speeding through the ether with its own life support systems, elegantly rigged out for recycling. Read full book review >
SID AND SAM by Nola Buck
FICTION
Released: May 31, 1996

"The whole endeavor runs to blatant exaggeration, but the effect is distinctly childlike. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Sid and Sam sing a song. Read full book review >
CLEO AND THE COYOTE by Elizabeth Levy
ANIMALS
Released: May 31, 1996

"Bryer's primitive illustrations are busy and attractive, shifting into western motifs when the story moves to Utah, but her brush can't bring balance to the text. (Picture book. 5-9)"
An abandoned street pooch is taken in by a young boy, Martin, and named Cleopatra (she was found in Queens, New York). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jeff Chang
September 20, 2016

In the provocative essays in journalist Jeff Chang’s new book We Gon’ Be Alright, Chang takes an incisive and wide-ranging look at the recent tragedies and widespread protests that have shaken the country. Through deep reporting with key activists and thinkers, personal writing, and cultural criticism, We Gon’ Be Alright links #BlackLivesMatter to #OscarsSoWhite, Ferguson to Washington D.C., the Great Migration to resurgent nativism. Chang explores the rise and fall of the idea of “diversity,” the roots of student protest, changing ideas about Asian Americanness, and the impact of a century of racial separation in housing. “He implores readers to listen, act, and become involved with today’s activists, who offer ‘new ways to see our past and our present,’ ” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A compelling and intellectually thought-provoking exploration of the quagmire of race relations.” View video >