THE GALINOS by Luis Amavisca
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 12, 2016

"Cold comfort to know we are the not the only environmentally destructive hooligans in the universe. (Picture book. 4-8)"
On distant planet Gala, many Galinos have a bad case of wastefulness. Sound familiar? Read full book review >
THE JOURNEY OF CAPTAIN SCAREDY CAT by José Carlos Andrés
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 12, 2016

"The suggested coping strategy won't work for all children, but if read with proper gusto, the book will be a sure storytime hit. (Picture book. 5-7)"
A once fearless pirate captain gets his mojo back—just in time for bed. Read full book review >

MYSTERY OF THE MISSING FOX by Tamra Wight
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 26, 2016

"Young detectives will be charmed by the whole kit and caboodle. (Mystery. 8-12)"
In this third whodunit, Cooper wonders: who is poaching the fox kits from their den? Read full book review >
LIFE AND I by Elisabeth Helland Larsen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2016

"Possibly the uncredited translation is what's at issue here…but children struggling with the presence or fear of death are unlikely to find relief in this elliptical treatment. (Picture book. 7-10)"
In this Norwegian import, Death, a shrouded, doll-like figure with flowers at its temple, explains its place in the scheme of things. Read full book review >
GORDON AND TAPIR by Sebastian Meschenmoser
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2016

"Dispiriting. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Gordon and Tapir discover that friendship isn't enough to find common ground. Read full book review >

NEW BABY! by Stephanie Blake
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2016

"It's a well-worn theme, and takes with less risky coping strategies abound, from Kevin Henkes' Julius, the Baby of the World (1991) on. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Young Simon is stunned to learn that his parents aren't planning to send his new little brother back to the hospital. Read full book review >
THE BUNNY BURROW BUYER'S BOOK by Steve Light
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2016

"A droll, minimalist take on an odyssey that will be within the experiences of many children…and most adults. (Picture book. 6-8)"
With a family that grows between each page turn, it's definitely time to find new digs. Read full book review >
HILDIE BITTERPICKLES NEEDS HER SLEEP by Robin Newman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 12, 2016

"Tired readers may empathize with Hildie, but there's not much here to help them get to sleep. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A young witch in need of some shut-eye learns that diplomacy and problem-solving work wonders in dealing with noisy neighbors. Read full book review >
SING-ALONG ALEF BET by Mama Doni
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 6, 2016

"Children new to the language may flounder; those with a handle on their alef-bets already will happily sing along, and they'll probably pick up some new words along the way. (Picture book. 6-8)"
An effervescent run through the sounds and characters of the Hebrew alphabet, with a free musical track available via download. Read full book review >
BABY WREN AND THE GREAT GIFT by Sally Lloyd-Jones
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 5, 2016

"An attractive visual presentation complements an engaging text for a fresh interpretation of an old theme. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A little bird explores her environment, meeting other creatures with special talents before discovering her own. Read full book review >
FRAME AND THE MCGUIRE by Joanna M. Weston
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 24, 2016

"A promising debut novel with a brave, endearing female protagonist. (Historical mystery. 8-12)"
Fifth-grader Frame is thrown into a sharp learning curve after she and her brother, Ranger, discover family friend Uncle Tam's dead body in a river. Read full book review >
AN ARMADILLO IN NEW YORK by Julie Kraulis
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 12, 2016

"A fun trip to the Big Apple. (Picture book. 5-9)"
An intrepid armadillo feels that special itch that tweaks his curiosity and leads him to new places. 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 >