BIG CAT by Ethan Long
by Ethan Long, illustrated by Ethan Long
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"Big Cat's expressive antics offer success for children just starting their reading journeys. (Early reader. 4-8)"
The patient and long-suffering orange tabby Big Cat is an ideal companion for beginning readers. Read full book review >
WANT TO PLAY? by Paula Yoo
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"Young readers are sure to want to join Pablo, Lily, and all of their friends, and it's wonderful to note that the diverse characterization will aid in making many feel all the more included. (Early reader. 6-8)"
In the companion title to Yoo and Ng-Benitez's Lily's New Home (2015), Lily enjoys playing with a diverse group of friends in her new neighborhood.Read full book review >

ABC PASSOVER HUNT by Tilda Balsley
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"A mildly stimulating and challenging exploration of the holiday. (author's note, answer key) (Picture book/religion. 5-8)"
An alphabet book employs a series of riddles and puzzles to engage children in the recognition of the various aspects of the Passover holiday. Read full book review >
IT'S EASTER, CHLOE ZOE! by Jane Smith
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"A pleasant but not groundbreaking effort, with a cute, yellow elephant leading the charge. (Picture book. 3-6)"
An anthropomorphic elephant girl named Chloe Zoe attends an Easter egg hunt with her two best friends and learns a lesson about sharing. Read full book review >
A PLACE FOR ELIJAH by Kelly Easton Ruben
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"A sweet Pesach indeed. (afterword) (Picture book. 5-9)"
Everyone is welcome at the Seder table, but will there be a seat for the Prophet Elijah? Read full book review >

THE LEGEND OF THE EASTER ROBIN by Dandi Daley Mackall
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"Well-meant but heavy-handed. (author's note) (Religion/picture book. 4-7)"
A Pennsylvania Dutch folk tale about the origin of the robin's red breast is woven into a story of a girl and her grandmother preparing for Easter together. Read full book review >
A ROYAL EASTER STORY by Jeanna Young
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"Slick: clearly calculated to hit a marketing sweet spot. (Religion/picture book. 4-7)"
This seasonal entry in the Princess Parables series finds the five princess siblings traveling to an Easter festival, rescuing a lost little girl on the way. Read full book review >
GUESS WHO'S HIDING ON THE FARM? by Ashley Rideout
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"The back-of-the-book blurb declares that it's 'an awesome game'; just saying something's awesome doesn't make it so. (Board book. 1-3)"
A barnyard seek-and-find for toddlers. Read full book review >
Surf Shop Sisters by Laura Kennedy
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 30, 2016

"Dizzying YA that would benefit from more character development."
Kennedy's (Double Take, 2014, etc.) latest novel expands on the Double Take universe with the return of Brooke and the Surf Shop Sisters for a tumultuous teenaged tale of deceit, growth, and love.Read full book review >
WHAT THIS STORY NEEDS IS A HUSH AND A SHUSH by Emma J. Virján
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"The ending, complete with a change of sleeping venue, will bring a chuckle to lap listeners and new readers alike. Zzzzzzzz. (Early reader. 3-7)"
Virján's porcine protagonist is back in another rollicking, rhyming bedtime book (What This Story Needs Is a Pig in a Wig, 2015). Read full book review >
GIRL & GORILLA by Rick Walton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"Text and art play well together here—just as well as Girl and Gorilla do. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Resourceful Girl and exuberant Gorilla navigate their way through a venturesome day. Read full book review >
HENRY WANTS MORE! by Linda Ashman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"This toddler and his insatiable appetite for stimulation will charm readers of almost every age. (Picture book. 2-7)"
Henry is a bundle of toddler energy who enters into every activity with great enthusiasm. 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 >