MR. MCGINTY'S MONARCHS by Linda Vander Heyden
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"An appealing and appropriate addition to the nature shelf in the preschool and early elementary grades. (Informational picture book. 4-7)"
Mr. McGinty and his dog, Sophie, perform a heroic monarch rescue. Read full book review >
NOT FOR ALL THE HAMANTASCHEN IN TOWN by Laura Aron Milhander
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"Irksome and even a bit dimwitted. (recipe, author's note, glossary) (Picture book. 3-5)"
The three little pigs of fairy-tale fame attend a Purim carnival and once again outwit the big bad wolf. Read full book review >

I SEE AND SEE by Ted Lewin
by Ted Lewin, illustrated by Ted Lewin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"A useful instructional addition for beginning readers who need to experience success. (Picture book/early reader. 3-6)"
The latest entry in the I Like to Read series involves very little reading. Read full book review >
BAKER'S MAGIC by Diane Zahler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"A sweet, magical, environmentally conscious adventure. (Fantasy. 8-11)"
A young orphan will need all the magic she can muster if she is to help her friends, defeat an evil mage, and figure out how to save the kingdom from destruction. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"Poetic and informative, a breath of fresh air in the too-often-contrived world of bilingual books. (author notes, glossaries, author's sources) (Bilingual informational picture book. 5-9)"
By means of the alphabet, this bilingual book introduces the cloud forest habitat of the olinguito, a recently discovered mammalian species from the Ecuadorean Andes. Read full book review >

THE DRAGON'S TOOTHACHE by Annie Besant
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"A whimsical quest, pure fun to read aloud, that may even remind kids to brush their teeth. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A resourceful narrator finds a way to alleviate a dragon's pain. Read full book review >
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 >
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 >