VIRGIL & OWEN STICK TOGETHER by Paulette Bogan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"A welcome glimpse into child sensibilities. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Virgil and Owen, from their previous eponymous title, might be best friends, but Virgil still has some friendship lessons to learn. Read full book review >
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 >

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 >
SOLVING THE PUZZLE UNDER THE SEA by Robert Burleigh
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"An ideal introduction to a lesser-known scientist and an important understanding about how the Earth works. (Informational picture book. 5-9)"
Working in a time when women were still unwelcome in her field, Marie Tharp mapped the ocean floor and provided convincing evidence for the previously rejected hypothesis of continental drift. 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 >

THE TURN OF THE TIDE by Rosanne Parry
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"Thematically rich, by turns exciting and reflective, this affectionate homage to the mariner life celebrates human commonality and difference in an increasingly interconnected world. (map, message for young mariners, author note) (Fiction. 9-12)"
After a tsunami destroys their community, Kai's parents, busy repairing a power plant, send him to Astoria, Oregon, to stay with relatives he barely knows, including his cousin Jet, whose ambition is to pilot ships across the dangerous Columbia River bar. Read full book review >
SECRETS OF THE DRAGON TOMB by Patrick Samphire
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"A bit Tom Swift-meets-early Heinlein (though without most of the -isms of those dated classics), joyfully modernizing space pulp for a new audience. (Science fiction/steampunk. 10-12)"
What, ho! This classic boys' adventure on Mars has dastardly villains, dizzying feats of derring-do, and dragons. Read full book review >
CHLOE IN INDIA by Kate Darnton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"Blonde American Chloe's perspective gives Western readers a way into this tale of inequality in a foreign culture, mitigating some of the stereotyping. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Chloe is not happy about leaving her shady, green Boston home for life in oppressively hot Delhi, India, especially since she stands out as the only blonde American in her grade. 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 >
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 >
OVER-SCHEDULED ANDREW by Ashley Spires
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"For children, a whimsical word of warning. For their parents, a pleasant surprise that this time they're not made out to be at fault. (Picture book. 7-9)"
Andrew's interests threaten to get the better of him in this tongue-in-cheek take on an all-too-common plight. Read full book review >
MISS MOON by Janet Hill
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"Enchanting for dog lovers. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Twenty succinct bits of advice for living are accompanied by whimsical oil paintings of an English governess and her canine charges. 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 >