ALL YEAR ROUND by Emilie Leduc
by Emilie Leduc, illustrated by Emilie Leduc, translated by Shelley Tanaka
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"Joyful and sweet. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A celebration of the joys brought by each month of the year as seen through the eyes of a young child. Read full book review >
SOMETIMES I FEEL LIKE A FOX by Danielle Daniel
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"This book will fascinate children expanding their horizons and learning about other cultures (or, in the case of Anishinaabe kids, their own). (author's note) (Picture book. 5-8)"
An introduction to the Anishinaabe tradition of totem animals. Read full book review >

ONCE UPON A RAINY DAY by Édouard Manceau
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"Another playful imagination-stretcher from the author of Look! and Tickle Monster (both 2015). (Picture book. 6-8)"
A ravening wolf, several potential victims, a wild chase, an ambush, and a spectacular reversal of fortune make for an exciting tale—even when all the characters stay home due to bad weather. Read full book review >
BUDDY AND EARL by Maureen Fergus
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"Earl and Buddy know the secret of camaraderie and play it out in fine form. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Two creatures find an unlikely friendship when one takes on the role of gagman and the other an unwitting straight man. Read full book review >
IT'S RAINING BATS & FROGS by Rebecca Colby
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"Share at Halloween or use as an example of playing with chants and rhymes. Perhaps this title will inspire many magical spells. (Picture book. 4-7)"
When gloomy weather threatens the Witch Parade, young Delia tries out various spells to change the weather. Read full book review >

CARL'S HALLOWEEN by Alexandra Day
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"All but extreme fans of the series can pass on this slim title. (Picture book. 3-5)"
In this long-running series of nearly wordless picture books, young Madeleine and her beloved Rottweiler, Carl, set off for a Halloween evening adventure. Read full book review >
FRIGHT CLUB by Ethan Long
by Ethan Long, illustrated by Ethan Long
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"Long ably proves that 'when it comes to scaring, the more the merrier.' (Picture book. 4-8)"
The members of Fright Club are in for a surprise when a crew of cuddly critters wants to join and participate in Operation Kiddie Scare. Read full book review >
PEANUT BUTTER & BRAINS by Joe McGee
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"Run, don't shamble, to get this original zombie tale. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Everyone knows zombies love to eat brains. What happens when one has a taste for something else, instead? Read full book review >
THE FUN BOOK OF SCARY STUFF by Emily Jenkins
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"Jenkins and Yum perfectly portray the anxiety and false bravado of this delightful cast of characters who ultimately find fun in the scary stuff. (Picture book. 4-8)"
With the help of his two dogs, a boy attempts to tackle his fears—both imagined and real. Read full book review >
FUR, FINS, AND FEATHERS by Cassandre Maxwell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 10, 2015

"Sure to spark the interest of animal-loving children, this engaging portrait will also please history buffs and Anglophiles. (timeline, author's note, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 5-8)"
Maxwell presents a brief biography of Abraham Dee Bartlett, the self-taught animal expert who became superintendent of the London Zoo in 1859 and subsequently made significant improvements in the understanding, care, and treatment of animals in captivity. Read full book review >
Escape from Dorkville by Dean Ammerman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 10, 2015

"Zany fun in an exciting adventure."
It falls upon 14-year-old Wilkin Delgado and his partner in crime, tug of war champion Alice Jane Zelinski, to save the universe again in the latest installment of Ammerman's (Waiting for the Voo, 2014, etc.) adventures.Read full book review >
Guinea: The Invasion of the Ant Creatures by Carine Colas Diallo
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 6, 2015

"This pleasant children's adventure needs some tweaking for tone and illustrations."
Diallo's (No Fear: A Personal Memoir or My Journey with God, 2014) first picture book sees a superpowered family save its West African village from marauding ant monsters in by a first-time children's author.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 >