SWEET HOME ALASKA by Carole Estby Dagg
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"Cozy, charming, and old fashioned, but in a good way; fine for curling up and reading under the covers—in Alaska or elsewhere. (author's notes, recipes) (Fiction. 10-14)"
If Laura Ingalls Wilder had lived in Alaska, she might have written this novel. Read full book review >
PINK IS FOR BLOBFISH by Jess Keating
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"An intriguing approach for animal-fact enthusiasts. (Informational picture book. 7-11)"
Seventeen of the world's oddest creatures share a single characteristic: their pink coloration. Read full book review >

SAMURAI RISING by Pamela S. Turner
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"A well-researched narrative told with true grit. (author's notes, timeline, glossary, chapter notes, bibliography) (Biography. 10-14)"
The life of 12th-century samurai Minamoto Yoshitsune unfolds in this compelling and often shocking nonfiction account. The opening warning doesn't lie: very few people die of natural causes. Read full book review >
THE BATTLE OF THE VEGETABLES by Matthieu Sylvander
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"Delicious, nutritious absurdity. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Three stories with vegetable protagonists make up this quirky French import. Read full book review >
THERE WAS AN OLD LADY WHO GOBBLED A SKINK by Tammera Will Wissinger
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"This fisherman's adaptation doesn't add much to the original. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A fishing version of the classic song "There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly" has readers wondering, "Perhaps she'll sink." Read full book review >

THE WONDERFUL HABITS OF RABBITS by Douglas Florian
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"Small and friendly. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Florian's whimsical poem is set against a plethora, indeed a veritable multitude, of rabbits. Read full book review >
NEVER INSULT A KILLER ZUCCHINI by Elana Azose
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"All in all, more fun for the science-fair judges than the participants. (Picture book. 8-12)"
An alphabetical walk through the exhibits in a school science fair is the backdrop to one killer zucchini's vendetta. Read full book review >
DANCE! DANCE! UNDERPANTS! by Bob Shea
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"A friend's single-mindedness overcomes myriad excuses, and a good time is had by all, beginning readers included. (Early reader. 4-8)"
Friendship has its high and low points in this dance adventure. Read full book review >
THAT'S NOT BUNNY! by Chris Barton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"A disappointing effort, particularly when compared to Barton's much more entertaining and creative Shark vs. Train. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A hawk with deplorable aim seems fated to become an unhappy vegetarian. Read full book review >
SNAPPSY THE ALLIGATOR (DID NOT ASK TO BE IN THIS BOOK) by Julie Falatko
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"More than merely meta, Snappsy is clearly a book, if not a protagonist, with bite. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Picture Rita Skeeter as a chicken for a general sense of this book's goofy take on intrusive narration and one-sided reporting. Read full book review >
LITTLE BITTY FRIENDS by Elizabeth McPike
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"Is this a nature book? Not really. But with beautiful young faces respecting living creatures, it is a great choice for toddler libraries. (Picture book. 1-3)"
With expressions of wonder and delight, little toddlers explore nature in its tiniest forms, seeing critters and flowers with the curiosity of new eyes. Read full book review >
SIMON THORN AND THE WOLF'S DEN by Aimée Carter
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"A thrill from start to finish, the book will have readers eager to return to the magical world of Simon Thorn. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Simon Thorn enters a supernatural world as the unlikely hero of Carter's middle-grade novel. 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 >