THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING 3 by Lindsay Ward
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 16, 2016

"Cute but unconvincing. (Picture book. 3-6)"
"All the best things / come in three" burbles the twin-ponytailed Asian-American 3-year-old who narrates the rhyme. Read full book review >
THE MAGICAL FANTASTICAL FRIDGE by Harlan Coben
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 16, 2016

"He may be a master of suspense, but the only mystery surrounding Coben's first foray into picture books may be why he wrote such a convoluted hodgepodge. (Picture book. 4-7)"
When his mother instructs him to set the table for an extended family dinner, Walden rebels; he'd rather have an adventure than deal with boring relatives. Read full book review >

PILFER ACADEMY by Lauren Magaziner
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 16, 2016

"A fun fantasy romp. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Hogwarts is a school for wizards. Pilfer Academy is a school for thieves. Read full book review >
JACK & LOUISA by Andrew Keenan-Bolger
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 16, 2016

"Giving this story its lift is its profound and infectious love of musical theater. Budding thespians will applaud. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Things go so badly awry at rehearsals for the Shaker Heights Middle School production of Guys and Dolls that Jack and Louisa, the school's "resident theater nerds" and the stars of the musical, wonder if the show will go up. Read full book review >
OUR MOON by Elaine Scott
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 16, 2016

"Well-captioned illustrations and photographs, diagrams, and pithy text boxes round out this handsome package. (glossary, bibliography, websites, index) (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
This examination of Earth's closest orbital companion presents historical information, scientific fact and theory, an overview of the Apollo missions, and recent discoveries. Read full book review >

PASSOVER by Monica Polak
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 16, 2016

"Good supplementary material to increase the holiday's meaning and currency for older children. (glossary, index, references) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
An overview of the holiday of Passover is elaborated with personal narratives, the story's connection to the Holocaust, and various Seder customs practiced in several countries around the world. Read full book review >
NOW YOU SEE THEM, NOW YOU DON'T by David Harrison
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 16, 2016

"An attractive, informative blend of science and the arts. (Informational picture book/poetry. 5-10)"
Nineteen different animals, placed in five animal categories, are represented first by artwork and poetry and finally by brief paragraphs and references for further reading. Read full book review >
ABRACADABRA, IT'S SPRING! by Anne Sibley O’Brien
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 16, 2016

"Another lovely, if imperfect, book for the spring shelf. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Rhymes, magic words, and gatefolds celebrate the transformations of spring. Read full book review >
THE GREAT PET ESCAPE by Victoria Jamieson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 16, 2016

"Guaranteed fun for young readers, who will eye their classroom pets with some suspicion in the future. (Graphic fantasy. 6-10)"
Classroom pets have a wild night in the halls of Daisy P. Flugelhorn Elementary. Read full book review >
THE SLEEPY SONGBIRD by Suzanne Barton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"This sleepy narrative doesn't ever really wake up. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A small bird named Little Peep wants to join the other birds singing at sunrise, but he discovers that he isn't an early riser. Read full book review >
THERE'S A GIRAFFE IN MY SOUP by Ross Burach
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"A zany read-aloud book for the youngest of diners. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Lively and quirky, Burach's first picture-book outing aims to send kids into fits of giggles. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"Well-crafted and inspiring. (call to action, resources, seed libraries, glossary, author's note, sources, timeline, index) (Nonfiction. 12-15)"
Championing seeds as one of our planet's most precious and vulnerable resources, Castaldo delivers a sobering global status report—and a call to action. 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 >