GOING WHERE IT'S DARK by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"Buck's strength is inspirational, and his family's love and respect are heartwarming. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Thirteen-year-old Buck Anderson knows the dangers of exploring underground caves alone, but when he discovers a new hole in the ground, it proves too tempting to resist. Read full book review >
THE TERRIBLE TWO GET WORSE by Mac Barnett
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"This revenger's comedy, dotted with references to classic plays and philosophical concepts, will be a joy for pranksters and seekers of a good-hearted laugh. (Fiction. 8-11)"
When pranking perfection meets the seemingly unprankable foe, who gets the last laugh? Read full book review >

BLUE IN THE FACE by Gerry Swallow
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"A surprising heroine fulfills her destiny in this rollicking version of Mother Goose. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
After throwing a terrible tantrum, a horrid 11-year-old wakes up in a parallel world and discovers her true self. Read full book review >
THE EXTRA YARD by Mike Lupica
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"For football fans, what's not to like? (Fiction. 8-12)"
A Cinderella theme plays out for middle school football fans in this second book in the Home Team series. Read full book review >
I HEAR A PICKLE by Rachel Isadora
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"Teachers, make sure this is on your shelves—it's a great read-aloud, an easy read for beginning readers, and a model for student books. (Picture/concept book. 3-6)"
Only the last page features the titular pickle—the rest of the book is a tribute to the five senses that will resonate with young readers. Read full book review >

BEAR IS NOT TIRED by Ciara Gavin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"Warm and wonderful. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Bear doesn't want to miss one moment with his duck family. Read full book review >
LIBRARY DAY by Anne Rockwell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"Calling all young children to libraries everywhere. (Informational picture book. 3-6)"
Don visits the local library with his dad and experiences the joys of storytime, meeting a new friend, selecting his own books to take home, and getting his very own library card. Read full book review >
WHAT'S THE OPPOSITE? by Oliver Jeffers
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"A clever concept book from beginning to end. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Hooray! Jeffers' Hueys return—not in a story, but in a concept book about opposites. Read full book review >
SHAPE SHIFT by Joyce Hesselberth
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"Most shape books ask readers to find shapes in the everyday world; Hesselberth does the opposite and sparks children's imaginations. (Concept book. 2-6)"
Hesselberth's is an unusual sort of shape concept book, encouraging readers to create pictures from simple shapes. Read full book review >
A BIRTHDAY CAKE FOR GEORGE WASHINGTON by Ramin Ganeshram
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"Children whose grown-ups do not address the material in the notes with them will be left with a sorely incomplete understanding of both the protagonists' lives and slavery itself. (recipe) (Picture book. 5-8)"
Delia's papa, Hercules, faces a seemingly insurmountable challenge: how to bake a birthday cake for his master, President George Washington, without sugar? Read full book review >
SCIENCE STUNTS by Jordan D. Brown
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"Magical science that's amazing, astounding, and sure to appeal to middle-grade and middle school readers. (biographies, glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 8-14)"
Showman Dr. Dazzleberry and his friends Galileo, Newton, and Einstein demonstrate and explain 25 astonishing science tricks. Read full book review >
TO THE STARS! by Carmella Van Vleet
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"This welcome addition to the field of female fliers will be informative as well as inspirational for girls. (Picture book/biography. 5-9)"
This biography of Kathy Sullivan joins the ranks of picture books about women who have taken to the air. 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 >