THE FULL MOON AT THE NAPPING HOUSE by Audrey Wood
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Fans will doubtless be happy to revisit old friends, but they will probably still reach for the original more than this once the novelty wears off. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Thirty-one years after a wakeful flea roused the heaped-up sleepers in The Napping House, a full moon finds the household struggling to get back to sleep.Read full book review >
HELLO WORLD! by Paul Beavis
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A calmly surreal invitation to explore. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Mrs. Mo's Monster (2014), he of the snaggly teeth, spiky blue fur, and lolling pink tongue, is still in the attic. Read full book review >

WENDELL THE NARWHAL by Emily Dove
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Whether would-be musicians or not, children will find a lot to like in little Wendell. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Teamwork helps a narwhal to participate in an underwater orchestra. Read full book review >
THAT'S (NOT) MINE by Anna Kang
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A simple, direct addition to the 'sharing' shelf. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The creators of 2015 Geisel Medal winner You Are (Not) Small take on an even more fundamental concept.Read full book review >
WHEN A DRAGON MOVES IN AGAIN by Jodi Moore
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"It doesn't matter whether or not they can be seen; there's a little bit of dragon inside each of us. Here's to dragon-taming. (Picture book. 3-8)"
In this companion to When a Dragon Moves In (2011), it turns out that castles of any sort, not just sand, attract dragons, so the soon-to-be-born baby's crib, with its crenellations and turrets at the corners, has an occupant even before mom gives birth. Read full book review >

A LESSON FOR THE WOLF by Rachel Qitsualik-Tinsley
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A gentle alternative to Bernard Waber's 'You Look Ridiculous,' Said the Rhinoceros to the Hippopotamus (1966) and other self-acceptance tales. (Picture book. 6-8)"
In this Arctic tale, a wolf discontented with his own nature tries on other animals' features, with dismal results. Read full book review >
THE SECRETS TO RULING SCHOOL (WITHOUT EVEN TRYING) by Neil Swaab
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Max's proposed campaign and Swaab's oblique storytelling style are equally engaging, though the latter definitely tends to work better. (Graphic/fiction hybrid. 10-12)"
Middle school newbies concerned about fitting in could do worse than fall for this breezy sales pitch from self-appointed "life coach" Max Corrigan. Probably. Read full book review >
HILO by Judd Winick
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A wholeheartedly weird and wonderful tale of friendship, acceptance, and robots. (Graphic science fiction. 7-12)"
Hailing from a big family of overachievers, D.J. feels largely unexceptional until he meets a strange boy who falls from the sky and helps him realize his potential. Read full book review >
NIGHT ON FIRE by Ronald Kidd
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Beautifully written and earnestly delivered, the novel rolls to an inexorable, stunning conclusion readers won't soon forget. (Historical fiction. 9-13)"
In 1961, riding a Greyhound bus was more than a way to get from one place to another. For some, the destination was freedom. Read full book review >
TEACH YOUR KIDS TO CODE by Bryson Payne
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Sophisticated concepts and serious programming make for an easy, enjoyable game for families. (Python setup information, Pygame setup instructions, module-building instructions, glossary, index, website address for updates) (Nonfiction. 8 & up)"
A programming manual for parents and kids to use together. Read full book review >
A PIRATE'S MOTHER GOOSE by Nancy I. Sanders
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Nit-picking aside, here be a collection that pint-sized pirates will be pleased to return to again and again. (Picture book/poetry. 3-8)"
Mother Goose exchanges sweet niceties for cutlasses, eyepatches, and gold teeth galore in this piratical updating of nursery-rhyme favorites. Read full book review >
FISH ON A DISH! by Jack Tickle
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Bouncy underwater fun. (Picture book. 2-5) "
A trio of peppy penguins has a surprisingly hard time catching a fish for dinner. 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 >