ABC PASSOVER HUNT by Tilda Balsley
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"A mildly stimulating and challenging exploration of the holiday. (author's note, answer key) (Picture book/religion. 5-8)"
An alphabet book employs a series of riddles and puzzles to engage children in the recognition of the various aspects of the Passover holiday. Read full book review >
A PLACE FOR ELIJAH by Kelly Easton Ruben
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"A sweet Pesach indeed. (afterword) (Picture book. 5-9)"
Everyone is welcome at the Seder table, but will there be a seat for the Prophet Elijah? Read full book review >

BIG CAT by Ethan Long
by Ethan Long, illustrated by Ethan Long
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"Big Cat's expressive antics offer success for children just starting their reading journeys. (Early reader. 4-8)"
The patient and long-suffering orange tabby Big Cat is an ideal companion for beginning readers. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"Poetic and informative, a breath of fresh air in the too-often-contrived world of bilingual books. (author notes, glossaries, author's sources) (Bilingual informational picture book. 5-9)"
By means of the alphabet, this bilingual book introduces the cloud forest habitat of the olinguito, a recently discovered mammalian species from the Ecuadorean Andes. Read full book review >
THE DRAGON'S TOOTHACHE by Annie Besant
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"A whimsical quest, pure fun to read aloud, that may even remind kids to brush their teeth. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A resourceful narrator finds a way to alleviate a dragon's pain. Read full book review >

NATE LIKES TO SKATE by Bruce Degen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"For a genuinely clever story about street skating, stick to the almost wordless classic Skates, by Ezra Jack Keats. For a nonpedantic beginning reader, Degen's offering works well enough. (Picture book/early reader. 4-7)"
Degen attempts the daunting task of writing a satisfying story using just 49 words and avoiding singsong rhymes. Read full book review >
I SEE AND SEE by Ted Lewin
by Ted Lewin, illustrated by Ted Lewin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"A useful instructional addition for beginning readers who need to experience success. (Picture book/early reader. 3-6)"
The latest entry in the I Like to Read series involves very little reading. Read full book review >
DREW THE SCREW by Mattia Cerato
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"Words like 'measures' might be challenging for this first reader, but for the most part, Cerato brings the coolness of working in the toolshed to life. (Picture book. 4-8)"
An anthropomorphic screw introduces readers to the tools in his shed then suffers a modest existential crisis before he learns his own raison d'être. Read full book review >
MR. MCGINTY'S MONARCHS by Linda Vander Heyden
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"An appealing and appropriate addition to the nature shelf in the preschool and early elementary grades. (Informational picture book. 4-7)"
Mr. McGinty and his dog, Sophie, perform a heroic monarch rescue. Read full book review >
AT THE MARSH IN THE MEADOW by Jeanie Mebane
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"Simplistic science with appealing illustrations and a catchy text. (author's notes, glossary) (Picture book. 3-6)"
A simple text slowly adds members of a marsh food chain, "House That Jack Built"-style, from mud to raptors. Read full book review >
DON'T CALL ME GRANDMA by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"Children will best appreciate this nostalgic journey when accompanied by a doting loved one. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Scary grandmas are always called "grandMOTHER," especially if they are 96-year-old great-grandmothers who have "chocolaty brown" skin and are named Nell and sometimes growl into their mirrors. Read full book review >
WHEN THE SUN SHINES ON ANTARCTICA by Irene Latham
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"A tender, lively, and mostly thoughtful tour through summer on the frozen continent. (glossary, further reading) (Informational picture book/poetry. 7-12)"
For six months straight, the sun shines in Antarctica, and the ice and oceans are alive with activity. 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 >