A DAY WITH CINDERELLA by Gemma Cooper
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"A good choice for children learning to tell time. (Board book. 3-6)"
This oversized board-book version of "Cinderella" features a built-in clock with hands that click when turned. Read full book review >
I WILL CHOMP YOU! by Jory John
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"A metafictive treat. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Never mind a monster at the end, there's a monster all the way through this book! Read full book review >

I'M NEW HERE by Anne Sibley O’Brien
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Whether readers are new themselves or meeting those who are new, there are lessons to be learned here about perseverance, bravery, and inclusion, and O'Brien's lessons are heartfelt and poetically rendered. (Picture book. 5-10)"
Readers walk in the shoes of three students struggling after immigrating to the United States. Read full book review >
PRINCESS PISTACHIO AND THE PEST by Marie-Louise Gay
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 3, 2015

"Long live Princess Pistachio. (Early reader. 4-8)"
Princess Pistachio Shoelace's summer vacation is not starting out on a high note. Read full book review >
HANUKKAH COOKIES WITH SPRINKLES by David A. Adler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 3, 2015

"A sweet and compassionate introduction to an important Jewish custom. (author's note) (Picture book. 5-8)"
A little girl watches a poor man take a bruised apple from the market's discard pile and finds a way to help him. Read full book review >

Sharky Marky and the Scavenger Hunt by Lance Olsen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 3, 2015

"An undersea adventure that both wins and loses."
Olsen and Perry (Sharky Marky and the Big Race, 2015) introduce the alphabet in the second installment of the Sharky Marky picture-book series. Read full book review >
KAYLA AND KUGEL by Ann D. Koffsky
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 3, 2015

"This upbeat explication should prove both entertaining and instructive. (Picture book/religion. 2-4)"
Kayla sets the table for Shabbat while she manages to avert numerous mishaps caused by her overeager assistant, the mischievous puppy Kugel. Read full book review >
FARMER KOBI'S HANUKKAH MATCH by Karen Rostoker-Gruber
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 2, 2015

"Though Hanukkah takes something of a back seat, this funny, friendly tale is a worthy addition to the holiday shelves. (Picture book. 3-6)"
An Israeli farmer's menagerie proves to be both a hindrance and an asset when making the perfect romantic match. Read full book review >
Cut Paste Gone by Lisa  Safran
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 2, 2015

"A well-written, engaging exploration of the maxim, 'Be careful what you wish for.'"
A young girl with a magic pair of scissors makes a collage out of reality in Safran's debut YA novel. Read full book review >
SEEING IS BELIEVING by Gareth Moore
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"Visually appealing starter volumes for readers who take pleasure in giving their powers of perception and deduction a workout. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
A slender but diverse gallery of line and color illusions, with bright, crisply printed graphics. Read full book review >
THE GREEN MUSICIAN by Mahvash Shahegh
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"A serene, simply retold tale of dreams pursued and achieved. (source and background notes) (Picture book/folk tale. 6-8)"
A young musician finds a clever way to play to a royal audience in this tale from ancient Persia. Read full book review >
SUPERBRAIN by Toronto Public Library
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"Intended as a pathway to lifelong learning, this is more like a winding, muddy dead end. (appendix, glossary, source list) (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
From the librarian-authors of The Research Virtuoso (2012), a guide for younger would-be "super-learners" to gathering and evaluating information.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 >