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 >
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 >
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 >

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 >
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 DOOR BY THE STAIRCASE by Katherine Marsh
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"Well-drawn characters, an original setting, and a satisfying resolution are the ingredients that make this carefully crafted middle-grade adventure a highly rewarding read. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Will bravery, kindness, and perceptiveness be enough to earn 12-year-old orphan Mary Hayes a permanent home with Madame Zolotaya, the elderly woman who rescues her from a terrible Buffalo orphanage? Read full book review >
ALISTAIR GRIM'S ODD AQUATICUM by Gregory Funaro
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"Dive head-, feet-, or face-first into this delicious danger. (character list) (Fantasy. 10-13)"
If it's fear that keeps the senses sharp, all five of Grubb Grim's must be knives. Read full book review >
MOUSE SCOUTS by Sarah Dillard
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"Strong characters plus lots of laughs make this a welcome series for new readers, who will look forward to reading about all 16 badges. (Animal fantasy. 7-10)"
Best friends Tigerlily and Violet earn merit badges and develop their leadership skills as newly minted Acorn Scouts. Read full book review >
THE TIARA ON THE TERRACE by Kristen Kittscher
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"An entertaining mystery featuring kids who readily outsmart all the adults; what could be better? (Mystery. 9-12)"
Following The Wig in the Window (2013), preteen sleuths Sophie Young and Grace Yang are back for a second outing, joined by Trista Bottoms, this time investigating the death—and potentially the murder—of a man managing their major local parade.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 >