IF I HAD A GRYPHON by Vikki VanSickle
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"Brisk and bright, if a tad one-dimensional. (Picture book. 5-7)"
An imaginative little girl dreams of an exotic pet. Read full book review >
THE QUICKEST KID IN CLARKSVILLE by Pat Zietlow Miller
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"Sweet and inspiring. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Two little girls compete to meet a local hero. Read full book review >

CROCOPOTAMUS by Mary Murphy
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"With 49 possible combinations, this is a book that can be looked at over and over again. What fun! (Board book. 2-4)"
Mix and match the seven wild animals to create new crazy animals with silly names. Read full book review >
BRINGING THE OUTSIDE IN by Mary McKenna Siddals
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"A sweet book for any place with small children in it. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Four children of diverse ethnicity—and one small dog—cavort through the seasons, backgrounded by rhythmic verses and a simple refrain. Read full book review >
DEEP-SEA DIVER by Nosy Crow
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"A fine read for any tot that loves adventure. (Board book. 1-3)"
Bizzy Bear travels under the sea. Read full book review >

THE WHEELS ON THE BUS by Nosy Crow
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"A pleasant rendering of a classic song. (Board book. 1-3)"
Animals ride a bus through town. Read full book review >
QUEST MAKER by Laurie McKay
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"A sometimes-amusing, sometimes-thrilling, and always entertaining sequel that hints that math might be used for evil and the mystery lunch might pack a deadly surprise. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Prince Caden, future Elite Paladin of the Greater Realm, continues to try and find a way home from the Land of Shadow (aka Asheville, North Carolina), where he and the young sorceress Brynne are trapped with some of their world's greatest villains. Read full book review >
GOOSE GOES TO THE ZOO by Laura Wall
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"Wall's cheery, flat, brightly colored illustrations are neatly suited to this naïve rendering of the age-old dilemma of friendship: how to enjoy others' company in spite of different tastes and habits. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Human Sophie and goose Goose are best friends; they do everything together, but needless to say, in some respects they are not compatible. Read full book review >
THE NINE LIVES OF JACOB TIBBS by Cylin Busby
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"An absorbing historical coming-of-age adventure supported by deeper themes of grief, despair, and determination. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
A ship's cat relates his adventures at sea in this middle-grade novel set in the 1840s. Read full book review >
BUILDER MOUSE by Sofia Eldarova
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"There's room on the bookshelf for this yummy friendship-themed picture book. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Two mice learn that friendship is all about give and take in this sweet and simple tale. Read full book review >
PAX by Sara Pennypacker
Kirkus Star
by Sara Pennypacker, illustrated by Jon Klassen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"Moving and poetic. (Animal fantasy. 9-13)"
A motherless boy is forced to abandon his domesticated fox when his father decides to join soldiers in an approaching war. Read full book review >
BEATRIX POTTER AND THE UNFORTUNATE TALE OF A BORROWED GUINEA PIG by Deborah Hopkinson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"The use of invented dialogue makes this problematic as straight biography, but it is nevertheless a charming, delightful homage. (author's note, photographs, notes) (Picture book. 4-9)"
Beatrix Potter was an artist and writer whose tales of the small animals she loved have entertained generations of children; here, Hopkinson and Voake offer a story of her childhood. 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 >