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 >
DILL & BIZZY by Nora Ericson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"Not-so-opposites attract in an exuberant, eccentric tale of emerging BFFs. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Despite initial appearances, a regular duck and a flamboyant bird have a lot in common. Read full book review >

PUGS OF THE FROZEN NORTH by Philip Reeve
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"A madcap, magical blend of fluff and other good stuff. (Fantasy. 7-10)"
Two kids and their 66 pugs enter a magical dog-sled race. Read full book review >
FRANKENCRAYON by Michael Hall
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"With very careful repeat reads, this challenging tale may pay off, especially if readers choose to put on a play of their own. (dramatis personae) (Picture book. 5-8)"
Personified crayons and a pencil, thespians all, re-enact the cancellation of their book, while Hall fills his story within a story with intrigue, theater, and a whole lot of silly. Read full book review >
BEDTIME BLASTOFF! by Luke  Reynolds
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"With its simple, declarative text and lively illustrations, this is an ideal story for transportation-themed storytimes or for launching kids to bedtime...maybe later rather than sooner. (Picture book. 2-5)"
An adventurous bedtime story is filled with imagination and a child's keen excitement in vehicular transportation. Read full book review >

SPIRIT WEEK SHOWDOWN by Crystal Allen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"Nuanced depictions of friendship coupled with larger-than-life and fully three-dimensional characters make this delightful book at once thoughtful and a riot to read. (Fiction. 8-10)"
Allen deftly explores the evolving friendships of Mya Tibbs as she and her Spirit Week partner compete for VIP tickets to the Fall Festival. Read full book review >
RISE OF THE WOLF by Jennifer A. Nielsen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"Fast-moving fun with broad audience appeal, especially recommended for reluctant readers, Rick Riordan fans, and pedal-to-the-metal adventure aficionados. (Historical fantasy. 10-14)"
Nic enjoys training as a charioteer—not that he has a choice—for his grandfather, Radulf, but the uneasy family détente is shattered when Nic learns the Praetors have taken his mother hostage in Volume 2 of this series set in Imperial Rome's turbulent third century. Read full book review >
CAT NAP by Toni Yuly
by Toni Yuly, illustrated by Toni Yuly
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"Delightful pre-nap read-aloud fare. (Picture book. 1-3)"
When Cat agrees to play hide-and-seek with Kitten, he underestimates his relentless opponent. Read full book review >
HOW TO DRESS A DRAGON by Thelma Lynne Godin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"Simple, direct text and the extra-large dragon squeezing into tiny clothes—plus the underwear endpapers—make for fine fun. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A little boy carefully explains each step of dressing a dragon. Read full book review >
AUDACITY JONES TO THE RESCUE by Kirby Larson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"Clever, funny, and sweet in equal measures. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
Audacity travels to Washington, D.C., where she foils a kidnapping plot at the White House. Read full book review >
SOME KIND OF COURAGE by Dan Gemeinhart
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"Poignant and real. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
Twelve-year-old Joseph Johnson searches the Northwest frontier for his missing horse and a new family. Read full book review >
TO CATCH A CHEAT by Varian Johnson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"A satisfying stand-alone sequel; new readers and old friends will be hoping for further adventures. (Fiction. 10-15)"
A doctored video showing Jackson Greene and his eighth-grade friends sneaking in to clog Maplewood Middle School toilets pulls the former prankster and his crew into an elaborate set of strategies to catch the perpetrator and foil a couple of would-be cheaters in the process. 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 >