BUNNY DREAMS by Peter McCarty
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"Arbitrary and lacking closure, this is more like a real dream than a sleepy-time tale. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Rabbits have group dreams—very peculiar ones. Read full book review >
HILLARY by Jonah Winter
by Jonah Winter, illustrated by Raúl Colón
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"This book's audience will select itself; red staters will avoid it, but Clinton's fans will love it. (author's note) (Picture book/biography. 7-10)"
She is a powerful force in current American politics and immediately identifiable by her first name. Read full book review >

HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON by Michelle Markel
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"Go-girl power and a good read. (timeline, artist's note, selected bibliography) (Picture books/biography. 7-10)"
The strong roots of a presidential hopeful. Read full book review >
WORM LOVES WORM by J.J. Austrian
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"As in life, love conquers all. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Austrian and Curato turn the simple wedding of two worms into a three-ring circus that slyly turns the whole controversy over same-sex versus heterosexual marriage on its head. Read full book review >
ALL PAWS ON DECK by Jessica Young
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"These salty sea dogs put the bite back in buccaneering. (Graphic/fantasy hybrid. 6-9)"
Two bored pups take to the high seas in an imaginative and homophone-friendly caper. Read full book review >

OONA FINDS AN EGG by Adele Griffin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"Prehistoric? More like pre-hysterical. (Fantasy. 6-10)"
If you think children's books set in prehistory are all about the boys, Oona Oodlethunk's got your number. Read full book review >
SHH! BEARS SLEEPING by David Martin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"Short stanzas (with only a few rhythmic missteps) convey the languorous feeling of a bear's slumber. (Informational picture book. 3-6)"
The simplest of narratives, conveyed in lulling rhymes, follows a mother black bear and her two cubs throughout the year. Read full book review >
NICE WORK, FRANKLIN! by Suzanne Tripp Jurmain
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"A solid, immensely readable introduction to a complex man, in a complex time of history. (bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 5-9)"
The 32nd president faced many challenges, including enduring and overcoming a difficult illness and helping to cure an economic sickness of the nation. Read full book review >
FREEDOM IN CONGO SQUARE by Carole Boston Weatherford
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"Weatherford and Christie dazzlingly salute African-Americans' drive to preserve their dignity and pride. (foreword, glossary, author's note) (Picture book. 5-9)"
Count down the days until Sunday, a day for slaves in New Orleans to gather together and remember their African heritage. Read full book review >
TWO FRIENDS by Dean Robbins
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"Young readers can picture two people of action and resolve and hopefully be equally inspired. (author's note, bibliography, photographs) (Picture book/biography. 6-8)"
Two cups of tea for two powerful advocates for equal rights. Read full book review >
THE FIRST STEP by Susan E. Goodman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"Expanding the understanding of equal rights in the classroom is sadly timely, and this helps to fill in an early part of the picture. (afterword, sources and resources, author's note) (Informational picture book. 7-10)"
A 19th-century chapter in the ongoing struggle for school integration. Read full book review >
THE PERFECT TREE by Chloe Bonfield
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"A gorgeous reminder that the natural world is perfect and worthy of notice. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In a natural-world version of Leo Tolstoy's short story "The Three Questions," a boy goes in search of the perfect tree to chop for firewood and finds much more. 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 >