MOM, THERE'S A BEAR AT THE DOOR by Sabine Lipan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"Verbal and visual humor abound. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A bear, a mother, and her child have lively two-way conversations. Read full book review >
WANT TO PLAY? by Paula Yoo
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"Young readers are sure to want to join Pablo, Lily, and all of their friends, and it's wonderful to note that the diverse characterization will aid in making many feel all the more included. (Early reader. 6-8)"
In the companion title to Yoo and Ng-Benitez's Lily's New Home (2015), Lily enjoys playing with a diverse group of friends in her new neighborhood.Read full book review >

LILY'S NEW HOME by Paula Yoo
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"Welcome to the neighborhood, Lily! (Early reader. 6-8)"
A debut early reader from Yoo and Ng-Benitez introduces a refreshingly diverse cast of characters in an urban setting. Read full book review >
NOT ME! by Valeri Gorbachev
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"An early reader that kids will want to befriend. (Early reader. 5-7)"
In an odd-couple pairing of Bear and Chipmunk, only one friend is truly happy to spend the day at the beach. Read full book review >
BAKER'S MAGIC by Diane Zahler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"A sweet, magical, environmentally conscious adventure. (Fantasy. 8-11)"
A young orphan will need all the magic she can muster if she is to help her friends, defeat an evil mage, and figure out how to save the kingdom from destruction. Read full book review >

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 >
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 >