SPRING by David Carter
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"A tantalizing glimpse of what's in store after winter's long rest. (Pop-up picture book. 3-5)"
Snowdrifts give way to raindrops, and flowers burst out in bright profusion to signal the arrival of a new season. 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 >

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 >

ONE MORE TICKLE! by Sam McBratney
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"This will give readers a case of the giggles, but they won't be rolling on the floor in hysterics. (Board book. 1-3)"
The lovable hares return for a ticklefest. Read full book review >
MIDNIGHT MADNESS AT THE ZOO by Sherryn Craig
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 10, 2016

"It may not be great literature, but it's a valuable STEM and Common Core tool. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Math, basketball, and a trip to the zoo. Read full book review >
TOO MANY CARROTS by Katy Hudson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 11, 2016

"Superficially appealing; much less so upon closer examination. (Picture book. 6-8)"
When Rabbit's unbridled mania for collecting carrots leaves him unable to sleep in his cozy burrow, other animals offer to put him up. Read full book review >
PRESIDENT LINCOLN by Demi
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 12, 2016

"A picture-book portrait that's beautiful as well as admiring. (Picture book/biography. 5-10)"
With a jewel cutter's precision of image and a like economy of language, Demi tells the story of the 16th U.S. president. Read full book review >
THE LITTLE TREE THAT WOULD NOT SHARE by Nicoletta Costa
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 15, 2016

"A smart story of good news leading to grace. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A little tree is protectively proprietary about his leaves until late autumn surprises him. Read full book review >
PLACE VALUE by David A. Adler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 15, 2016

"When paired with adult guidance, a 'valuable' look at place value. (Math picture book. 5-8)"
Adler tackles yet another difficult math concept using simple language and an excellent comparison. Read full book review >
RUN FOR YOUR LIFE! by Lola M. Schaefer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 15, 2016

"More whimsy than fact here—but by that measure, an agreeable-enough romp. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Following Swamp Chomp (2014), Schaefer and Meisel explore animals in motion on the African savanna.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 >