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 >

THIS IS THE EARTH by Diane Z. Shore
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"Fantasy in history and prescription, missing its intended audience and everybody else. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A beautiful natural world, spoiled by modern industrialization, can be restored through "green" activities. Read full book review >
IDA, ALWAYS by Caron Levis
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"If the text is occasionally sentimental or overwritten, the pictures are so simple they're heartbreaking. (Picture book. 4-8)"
This is a picture book about loss and grief, so it is probably not a coincidence that it is pictorially dominated by skies. Read full book review >
ELIZABETH STARTED ALL THE TROUBLE by Doreen Rappaport
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"Rappaport makes this long struggle palpable and relevant, while Faulkner adds a winning mix of gravitas and high spirits. (biographical thumbnails, chronology, sources, websites, further reading, author's note) (Picture book/biography. 6-8)"
Rappaport examines the salient successes and raw setbacks along the 144-year-long road between the nation's birth and women's suffrage. Read full book review >

WELL OF WITCHES by J.A. White
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"This stirring adventure set in an intriguing world will keep readers riveted; series fans, beware: do not start this book close to bedtime. (Fantasy. 11-15)"
This third in the Thickety fantasy series provides particulars of the geography and culture of the mainland the siblings travel through to rescue their father from the witch Grace's final curse. Read full book review >
THE LOST SWORD by Huw Powell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"Light space opera to the nth degree; think J.J. Abrams' Firefly interpreted by Nick Jr. (Science fiction. 8-12)"
Jake Cutler: orphan, space pirate, king…galactic leader? Read full book review >
THE LINCOLN PROJECT by Dan Gutman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"Breezy, good-natured fun and a fair amount of history, too. (author's note, recommended reading, websites, recommended sites, museums, and living history) (Science fiction. 8-12)"
Gutman kicks off a new time-travel series featuring four 12-year-olds ready for adventure. Read full book review >
BEHIND THE CANVAS by Alexander Vance
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"Plenty of vivid, painterly action scenes carry the day. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Claudia Miravista, a lonely sixth-grader who loves creating and viewing artwork, becomes involved in an unusual task: rescuing a boy named Pim from a mysterious land behind the world's art canvases. Read full book review >
THIS KID CAN FLY by Aaron Philip
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"Philip's simple, chatty account of both physical and societal challenges—and the 'angels' without whom he couldn't have risen to them so highly—will motivate readers with and without disabilities to support accessibility and inclusion. (Memoir. 8-12)"
The author of the Aaronverse Tumblr explains how he emphasizes ability, not disability: with help. Read full book review >
JUST MY LUCK by Cammie McGovern
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"Though a little heavy-handed, Benny's story is insightful and inspirational. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Fourth grade is proving to be harder than Benny Barrows expected. But Benny is stronger than he realized. Read full book review >
THE LAST BOY AT ST. EDITH'S by Lee Gjertsen Malone
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"Sweet, funny, exciting—a spectacular debut. (Fiction. 10-14)"
After an attempt to go coed fails, one seventh-grader remains the lone boy at an all-girls school. 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 >