DANCE! DANCE! UNDERPANTS! by Bob Shea
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"A friend's single-mindedness overcomes myriad excuses, and a good time is had by all, beginning readers included. (Early reader. 4-8)"
Friendship has its high and low points in this dance adventure. Read full book review >
THAT'S NOT BUNNY! by Chris Barton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"A disappointing effort, particularly when compared to Barton's much more entertaining and creative Shark vs. Train. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A hawk with deplorable aim seems fated to become an unhappy vegetarian. Read full book review >

SNAPPSY THE ALLIGATOR (DID NOT ASK TO BE IN THIS BOOK) by Julie Falatko
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"More than merely meta, Snappsy is clearly a book, if not a protagonist, with bite. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Picture Rita Skeeter as a chicken for a general sense of this book's goofy take on intrusive narration and one-sided reporting. Read full book review >
LITTLE BITTY FRIENDS by Elizabeth McPike
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"Is this a nature book? Not really. But with beautiful young faces respecting living creatures, it is a great choice for toddler libraries. (Picture book. 1-3)"
With expressions of wonder and delight, little toddlers explore nature in its tiniest forms, seeing critters and flowers with the curiosity of new eyes. Read full book review >
SIMON THORN AND THE WOLF'S DEN by Aimée Carter
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"A thrill from start to finish, the book will have readers eager to return to the magical world of Simon Thorn. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Simon Thorn enters a supernatural world as the unlikely hero of Carter's middle-grade novel. Read full book review >

SHADOW WRACK by Kim Thompson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"A story whose idea has potential but that needs characters with real depth and a more complex and consistent plot to have impact. (Fantasy. 8-11)"
The peculiar residents of Eldritch Manor return. Read full book review >
A WEIRD AND WILD BEAUTY by Erin Peabody
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"A lively, richly detailed account of exploration, conservation, and natural history. (photos, maps, endnotes, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 12-18)"
If Peabody's impassioned, vividly written chronicle of how Yellowstone became a national park does not make readers want to visit, nothing will. Read full book review >
WHEN YOU GIVE AN IMP A PENNY by Henry Herz
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"It might be fun once, but Numeroff really holds a corner on this particular market. (Picture book. 5-7)"
If you give an imp a penny, he'll ask for a glass of milk—er, a "coin bag" to go with it. Read full book review >
TIMO'S GARDEN by Victoria Allenby
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"A fine title for growing readers. (Early reader. 7-9)"
Timo the rabbit is eager to make his garden "great." Read full book review >
AT THE MARSH IN THE MEADOW by Jeanie Mebane
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"Simplistic science with appealing illustrations and a catchy text. (author's notes, glossary) (Picture book. 3-6)"
A simple text slowly adds members of a marsh food chain, "House That Jack Built"-style, from mud to raptors. Read full book review >
DREW THE SCREW by Mattia Cerato
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"Words like 'measures' might be challenging for this first reader, but for the most part, Cerato brings the coolness of working in the toolshed to life. (Picture book. 4-8)"
An anthropomorphic screw introduces readers to the tools in his shed then suffers a modest existential crisis before he learns his own raison d'être. Read full book review >
HENRY DAVID THOREAU FOR KIDS by Corinne Hosfeld Smith
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"Utilitarian of format but well organized and with plenty of grist for both minds and hands. (period photos, bibliography, endnotes, index) (Biography. 11-13)"
A portrait of Thoreau as a seminal American philosopher and naturalist, with nearly two dozen projects that will have young readers marching to his beat. 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 >