PRESIDENT LINCOLN by Demi
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 12, 2016

"A picture-book portrait that's beautiful as well as admiring. (Picture book/biography. 5-10)"
With a jewel cutter's precision of image and a like economy of language, Demi tells the story of the 16th U.S. president. Read full book review >
TOO MANY CARROTS by Katy Hudson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 11, 2016

"Superficially appealing; much less so upon closer examination. (Picture book. 6-8)"
When Rabbit's unbridled mania for collecting carrots leaves him unable to sleep in his cozy burrow, other animals offer to put him up. Read full book review >

MIDNIGHT MADNESS AT THE ZOO by Sherryn Craig
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 10, 2016

"It may not be great literature, but it's a valuable STEM and Common Core tool. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Math, basketball, and a trip to the zoo. Read full book review >
MIRACLE MAN by John Hendrix
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"Brief of text but memorably illustrated. (Picture book/religion. 5-9)"
Some of Jesus' message is here, but the focus is on selected miracles and the wonder thereof. Read full book review >
THE QUICKEST KID IN CLARKSVILLE by Pat Zietlow Miller
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"Sweet and inspiring. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Two little girls compete to meet a local hero. Read full book review >

IF I HAD A GRYPHON by Vikki VanSickle
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"Brisk and bright, if a tad one-dimensional. (Picture book. 5-7)"
An imaginative little girl dreams of an exotic pet. Read full book review >
DEEP ROOTS by Nikki Tate
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"Still, a solid foundation, a taproot to appreciating the incredible diversity and contribution of trees to our everyday lives. (resources, glossary index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
A rangy introduction to trees and how they sustain our very existence. Read full book review >
WHEN SPRING COMES by Kevin Henkes
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"Henkes and Dronzek make waiting almost as much fun—if not more so—than the payoff. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Caldecott Medalist and Newbery honoree Henkes hands over the paintbrush for this ode to spring. Read full book review >
LITTLE BUTTERFLY by Laura Logan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"Avoid this confusing fantasy and instead seek out one of the many excellent books that directly discuss the monarch's amazing journey. (Picture book. 4-7)"
When her cat injures the wing of a monarch butterfly at the opening of this wordless story, the blonde little white girl is delighted to discover that the creature can still fly. Read full book review >
LIVING FOSSILS by Caroline Arnold
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"School and public libraries whose copies of James Martin's Living Fossils (1997) have worn out will welcome this inviting new look at a popular subject, as will kids with an interest in paleontology and evolution. (timeline, glossary, resources) (Nonfiction. 7-10)"
Six creatures whose essential appearances haven't changed in millions of years provide an introduction to the idea of "living fossils." Read full book review >
LET SLEEPING DOGS LIE by Helaine Becker
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"With a smart balance of humor and heart, this is a winning sequel. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Dirk Daring, Secret Agent (2014) returns for another spy romp. Read full book review >
FENWAY AND HATTIE by Victoria J. Coe
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"Young dog lovers will enjoy Fenway's point of view, even if his eagerness wears a bit thin. (Fiction. 8-10)"
Fenway, a young, exuberant Jack Russell terrier, is having lots of trouble getting his "short human," Hattie, to behave. 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 >