I KNOW SASQUATCH by Jess Bradley
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"Despite its clever multimedia illustrative style reminiscent of the Knuffle Bunny books, this forgettable story lacks the substance to recommend it beyond a cursory source of cuteness. (Picture book. 4-7)"
The truth about Sasquatch is revealed. Read full book review >
TAMAR'S SUKKAH by Ellie B. Gellman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"An acceptable update with a timeless message. (author's note) (Picture book. 3-5)"
A joint neighborhood effort brings collaboration and cooperation between a young child and her older friends. Read full book review >

TALIA AND THE VERY YUM KIPPUR by Linda Elovitz Marshall
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"Both a loving family story and a deft introduction to the significance of the holiday. (Picture book/religion. 3-5)"
Once again, Talia (Talia and the Rude Vegetables, 2011) misunderstands her grandmother, this time for the Yom Kippur holiday "break-fast" meal.Read full book review >
TALES OF A FIFTH-GRADE KNIGHT by Douglas Gibson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"A fizzy mix of low humor and brisk action, with promise of more of both to come. (Fantasy. 9-11)"
Heroic deeds await Isaac after his little sister runs into the school basement and is captured by elves. Read full book review >
PLAYTIME by Fiona Lee
by Fiona Lee, illustrated by Fiona Lee
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"Skip. (Board book. 6 mos.-2)"
Seven classic finger rhymes and songs form the text of this board book. Read full book review >

MARCH GRAND PRIX by Kean Soo
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"An unfalteringly sunny, action-driven collection. (Graphic adventure. 7-11)"
Known as "the fast and the furriest," March Hare and his porcine sidekick, Hammond, race to adventure in three different illustrated tales. Read full book review >
EVEN MONSTERS SAY GOOD NIGHT by Doreen Mulryan Marts
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"Share this with those looking for a benign Halloween story or for those children who always resist bedtime. (Picture book. 3-6)"
"Avery never liked bedtime, and she liked it even less on Halloween when all the monsters were out." Read full book review >
BUSY LITTLE DINOSAURS by Betty Schwartz
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"With so many wonderful ABC books out there, it's safe to skip this ambitious but ultimately disappointing effort. (Board book. 2-5)"
This interactive alphabet book describes a dinosaur day at school. Read full book review >
CHRISTMAS by Michael Dahl
by Michael Dahl, illustrated by Jannie Ho
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"This gimmick is unlikely to outlast the paper it's wrapped in. (Board book. 1-3)"
A built-in frame allows parents to make this board book a personalized Christmas story. Read full book review >
ALL SHOOK UP! by Alain Crozon
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"Don't bother to lift these flaps. (Novelty board book. 2-4)"
Whimsical, big-eyed animals move to an Elvis beat with the lift or swing of a flap. Read full book review >
THE SANTA SHIMMY by Christianne Jones
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"An agreeably active Christmas read. (Board book. 1-3)"
A little tyke dances with old Saint Nick. Read full book review >
I CAN ROAR! by Frank Asch
by Frank Asch, illustrated by Frank Asch
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"Great for adults and children to share, taking turns playing the parts of various animals. For more fun, have a mirror handy so kids can be delighted by their own transformations. (Board book. 2-4)"
Children can pretend to be many different animals by putting their faces up to the large die-cut hole at the center of this interactive board-book offering. 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 >