THE ALMOST TERRIBLE PLAYDATE by Richard Torrey
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 16, 2016

"A mostly delightful look at the importance of compromise among friends. (Picture book. 3-8)"
A boy and a girl with different ideas of imaginative play find middle ground. Read full book review >
WHERE MY FEET GO by Birgitta Sif
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 16, 2016

"Pleasingly reflective of familiar childhood inner and outer wanderings, this picture book encourages little readers' feet and minds to run on and on. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A little panda's feet, snug in yellow moon boots, turn everyday walks into extraordinary adventures. Read full book review >

GO, LITTLE GREEN TRUCK! by Roni Schotter
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 16, 2016

"A familiar trope with a subtle, ecological twist. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A little green truck is the farm's best work truck, until he is replaced by a bigger and better model. Read full book review >
MISS MARY REPORTING by Sue Macy
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 16, 2016

"A winning tribute to an important game-changer—with points off for its discordant pictorial representation. (author's note, acknowledgements, chronology, resources, sources, notes) (Picture book/biography. 5-9)"
Macy illuminates the pioneering sportswriter's 50-year career. Read full book review >
PETE MILANO'S GUIDE TO BEING A MOVIE STAR by Tommy Greenwald
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 16, 2016

"Alas, there's no blockbuster here. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Can Charlie Joe Jackson's pal Pete Milano survive the transition from school prankster to Hollywood movie star? Read full book review >

SPACE HOSTAGES by Sophia McDougall
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 16, 2016

"The book's odd pacing may disorient some readers, but they'll be very happy to be disoriented. (Science fiction. 8-12)"
The titles in McDougall's space-adventure series are a little misleading, and even the characters know it. Read full book review >
YOU'RE INVITED TOO by Jen Malone
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 16, 2016

"In this lively sequel, both fans and readers new to the story can enjoy the enterprising endeavors of these steadfast friends. (Fiction. 11-14)"
After successfully establishing their party-planning venture, (You're Invited, 2015) the four friends behind RSVP feel ready to handle their first wedding.Read full book review >
THE CIRCLE OF LIES by Crystal Velasquez
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 16, 2016

"The book closes with events that will no doubt be the cornerstone of the plot of the next book; here's hoping that it will be believable. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
The second installment in the Hunters of Chaos series doesn't waste time getting started. Read full book review >
ECHO ECHO by Marilyn Singer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 16, 2016

"In all, though, a visual and interpretive feast bringing timeless tales to a young audience. (Picture book/poetry. 8-12)"
Poetic portraits of well-known figures from Greek mythology. Read full book review >
DANIEL FINDS A POEM by Micha Archer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 16, 2016

"A vividly illustrated, inventively told opportunity for early readers to grasp the power of language to observe, entertain, and mystify. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Collage illustrations offer early readers an introduction to the beauty of poetry through the warmhearted relationships between a young boy and the friendly animals in his local park. Read full book review >
GET A HIT, MO! by David A. Adler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 16, 2016

"This second in the Mo Jackson series is a home run for the home team of early readers. (Early reader. 5-8)"
In this tale of overcoming odds, Mo Jackson, the youngest, smallest player on his Little League team, is excited about helping the Lions to a win. Will he be the hero? Or will he strike out? Read full book review >
ALWAYS REMEMBER by Cece Meng
by Cece Meng, illustrated by Jago
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 16, 2016

"Understated, unsentimental, and gently done. (Picture book. 4-8)"
When Old Turtle dies, his friends remember. 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 >