INSIDE OF A DOG by Alexandra Horowitz
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 22, 2016

"This exploration of what makes dogs behave as they do is comprehensive and interesting, but the presentation is both haphazard and off-putting. (glossary, notes, sources, index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Adapted for middle-grade readers from the 2009 book of the same title, this book explores what scientists and researchers currently understand about the physical and behavioral makeup of dogs. Read full book review >
THE INN BETWEEN by Marina Cohen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 22, 2016

"Readers looking for a mystery with heart, humor, and hairy moments will be captivated. (Supernatural fiction. 9-12)"
A haunted hotel seeks new victims in this middle-grade suspense novel. Read full book review >

TEDDY MARS by Molly B. Burnham
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 22, 2016

"Unlikely to break any records for winning new fans. (Fiction. 8-11)"
Will breaking a world record break up long-standing friendships? Read full book review >
ASK THE ASTRONAUT by Tom Jones
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 22, 2016

"Fine browsing for space geeks. (Nonfiction. 11-14)"
A veteran astronaut weighs in on queries ranging from how the universe began to how to pee in a spacesuit. Read full book review >
WILL'S WORDS by Jane Sutcliffe
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 22, 2016

"Still, even if what's done is done, there is absolutely no need to knit a brow or make short shrift of this well-tempered piece of work. (Informational picture book. 7-10)"
Sutcliffe presents an enjoyable, if slightly rocky, introductory reconnaissance into Shakespeare's wordplay. Read full book review >

RAYBOT by Adam F. Watkins
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 22, 2016

"A bland take on a heavily used plot that nevertheless has some potential as a high-volume storytime choice. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A junkyard robot ventures out into the wide world in search of a friend. Read full book review >
ISAAC AND HIS AMAZING ASPERGER SUPERPOWERS! by Melanie Walsh
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 22, 2016

"While simplistic, it's a serviceable starter for discussions of spectrum disorders with younger neurotypical audiences. (URL list) (Picture book. 6-8)"
Isaac explains why he wears a mask and cape and sometimes has special needs. Read full book review >
GREEN BEAN! GREEN BEAN! by Patricia Thomas
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 25, 2016

"An interestingly presented and well-written story of gardening for the young ones, but it's brought low by its illustrations. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Scarlet runner beans planted by a little girl grow in their natural cycle in this picture book. Read full book review >
FORENSICS SQUAD UNLEASHED by Monique Polak
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 28, 2016

"Science and courage make for an appealing mystery for dog lovers. (Mystery. 8-11)"
A 13-year-old budding criminal analyst gets to go to forensics day camp in the summer and also finds a real mystery to crack. Read full book review >
ITTY BITTY KITTY AND THE RAINY PLAY DAY by Joan Holub
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 29, 2016

"A good addition to stuck-inside storytimes. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Ava and Itty Bitty Kitty (who is anything but itty-bitty) have a day of indoor play. Read full book review >
CHICKEN LILY by Lori Mortensen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 29, 2016

"Nice addition to storytimes and good bibliotherapy for anyone who's a little chicken. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Lily the chicken is chicken. Read full book review >
CAPTAIN JACK AND THE PIRATES by Peter Bently
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 29, 2016

"Gently and agreeably thrilling. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Jack, Zack, and Caspar (King Jack and the Dragon, 2011) are back in an adventure by the seaside, complete with stormy waters…and pirates!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 >