THE PREHISTORIC GAMES by Janet Lawler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"For athletic dino action, stick with the Dino-Sports series by Lisa Wheeler and Barry Gott. (glossary, pronunciation guide) (Picture book. 4-7)"
Though the ancient Greeks hadn't yet invented the Olympics, this is what they might have looked like had the dinosaurs participated in the contests. Read full book review >
VOICES OF THE WESTERN FRONTIER by Sherry Garland
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"Painfully parochial. (glossary, map, bibliographies) (Informational picture book/poetry. 6-8)"
A wide-angled overview of the settling of the American West in first-person, free-verse poems. Read full book review >

MR. OKRA SELLS FRESH FRUITS AND VEGETABLES by Lashon Daley
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"A taste of the Big Easy that may whet appetites for a real visit—not to mention a healthy snack. (author's note) (Informational picture book. 6-8)"
A luscious tribute to a New Orleans institution and to the city he supplies. Read full book review >
PARADE by Alexis Braud
by Alexis Braud, illustrated by Alexis Braud
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"More Louisiana details in illustration or tale would have made this more valuable, but it's a passable paean to parading if such is needed. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A mouse in the mood for a parade gathers quite a krewe. Read full book review >
IT'S EASTER, CHLOE ZOE! by Jane Smith
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"A pleasant but not groundbreaking effort, with a cute, yellow elephant leading the charge. (Picture book. 3-6)"
An anthropomorphic elephant girl named Chloe Zoe attends an Easter egg hunt with her two best friends and learns a lesson about sharing. Read full book review >

VASILISA THE BEAUTIFUL by Anthea Bell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"Older children and art students will respond warmly. (Picture book/folk tale. 8-12)"
The Russian tale of Vasilisa and Baba Yaga, reillustrated for a new generation. Read full book review >
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 >
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 >