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 >

A BABY'S GUIDE TO SURVIVING DAD by Benjamin Bird
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"A gift book for new dads that trades on old dad-humor. (Picture book. 6 mos.-2)"
A hapless, hipster dad bumbles his way through new fatherhood in this title. Read full book review >
NOT ME! by Valeri Gorbachev
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"An early reader that kids will want to befriend. (Early reader. 5-7)"
In an odd-couple pairing of Bear and Chipmunk, only one friend is truly happy to spend the day at the beach. Read full book review >
PARADE by Alexis Braud
by Alexis Braud, illustrated by Alexis Braud
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"More Louisiana details in illustration or tale would have made this more valuable, but it's a passable paean to parading if such is needed. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A mouse in the mood for a parade gathers quite a krewe. Read full book review >

MR. OKRA SELLS FRESH FRUITS AND VEGETABLES by Lashon Daley
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"A taste of the Big Easy that may whet appetites for a real visit—not to mention a healthy snack. (author's note) (Informational picture book. 6-8)"
A luscious tribute to a New Orleans institution and to the city he supplies. Read full book review >
VOICES OF THE WESTERN FRONTIER by Sherry Garland
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"Painfully parochial. (glossary, map, bibliographies) (Informational picture book/poetry. 6-8)"
A wide-angled overview of the settling of the American West in first-person, free-verse poems. Read full book review >
MOM, THERE'S A BEAR AT THE DOOR by Sabine Lipan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"Verbal and visual humor abound. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A bear, a mother, and her child have lively two-way conversations. Read full book review >
LILY'S NEW HOME by Paula Yoo
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"Welcome to the neighborhood, Lily! (Early reader. 6-8)"
A debut early reader from Yoo and Ng-Benitez introduces a refreshingly diverse cast of characters in an urban setting. Read full book review >
THE PREHISTORIC GAMES by Janet Lawler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"For athletic dino action, stick with the Dino-Sports series by Lisa Wheeler and Barry Gott. (glossary, pronunciation guide) (Picture book. 4-7)"
Though the ancient Greeks hadn't yet invented the Olympics, this is what they might have looked like had the dinosaurs participated in the contests. Read full book review >
VASILISA THE BEAUTIFUL by Anthea Bell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"Older children and art students will respond warmly. (Picture book/folk tale. 8-12)"
The Russian tale of Vasilisa and Baba Yaga, reillustrated for a new generation. Read full book review >
LITTLE BO PEEP AND HER BAD, BAD SHEEP by A.L. Wegwerth
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"Skip the narrator's distraction and just enjoy all the familiar allusions. (Picture book. 4-8)"
As a narrator tries to recite "Little Bo Peep," chaos erupts. 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 >