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 >
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 >

LET'S GO OUTSIDE by Katja Spitzer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"With its combination of miscellaneous sight words, concept groupings, and attractive pictures, this is a useful book for reading readiness. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Simple, colorful block prints are accompanied by words and phrases in bold primary print, with the English countryside's changing seasons in the background. Read full book review >
SURF'S UP by Kwame Alexander
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"A warmhearted tribute to reading. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A sunny day near the ocean means different kinds of excitement for frog friends Bro and Dude. Read full book review >
WHEN THE SUN SHINES ON ANTARCTICA by Irene Latham
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"A tender, lively, and mostly thoughtful tour through summer on the frozen continent. (glossary, further reading) (Informational picture book/poetry. 7-12)"
For six months straight, the sun shines in Antarctica, and the ice and oceans are alive with activity. Read full book review >

MY VERY FIRST DINOSAURS BOOK by Alex Frith
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"A populous but not overcrowded gallery, with opportunities aplenty to practice those polysyllabic monikers. (Informational picture book. 4-7)"
Dozens of dinosaurs and their contemporary cousins pose picturesquely in this expansive introduction for budding dinophiles. Read full book review >
MR. MCGINTY'S MONARCHS by Linda Vander Heyden
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"An appealing and appropriate addition to the nature shelf in the preschool and early elementary grades. (Informational picture book. 4-7)"
Mr. McGinty and his dog, Sophie, perform a heroic monarch rescue. Read full book review >
BAKER'S MAGIC by Diane Zahler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"A sweet, magical, environmentally conscious adventure. (Fantasy. 8-11)"
A young orphan will need all the magic she can muster if she is to help her friends, defeat an evil mage, and figure out how to save the kingdom from destruction. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"Poetic and informative, a breath of fresh air in the too-often-contrived world of bilingual books. (author notes, glossaries, author's sources) (Bilingual informational picture book. 5-9)"
By means of the alphabet, this bilingual book introduces the cloud forest habitat of the olinguito, a recently discovered mammalian species from the Ecuadorean Andes. Read full book review >
THE DRAGON'S TOOTHACHE by Annie Besant
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"A whimsical quest, pure fun to read aloud, that may even remind kids to brush their teeth. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A resourceful narrator finds a way to alleviate a dragon's pain. Read full book review >
DON'T CALL ME GRANDMA by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"Children will best appreciate this nostalgic journey when accompanied by a doting loved one. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Scary grandmas are always called "grandMOTHER," especially if they are 96-year-old great-grandmothers who have "chocolaty brown" skin and are named Nell and sometimes growl into their mirrors. Read full book review >
WHOSE HANDS ARE THESE? by Miranda Paul
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"A great addition to libraries' and teacher's shelves for units on community helpers. (author's note) (Informational picture book. 3-7)"
Rhyming verses and illustrations of hands working give readers the opportunity to guess what community jobs people do. 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 >