LLAMA LLAMA GRAM AND GRANDPA by Anna Dewdney
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"For longtime fans and new readers of the beloved Llama Llama series alike, this won't disappoint. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Llama Llama reaches another childhood milestone—his first sleepover. Read full book review >
FROZEN WILD by Jim Arnosky
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A welcome addition to the eye-catching series that began with Wild Tracks (2008). (suggested reading) (Informational picture book. 6-10)"
Continuing his exploration of the world around us, a wildlife artist takes readers to icy polar habitats far from his Vermont home. Read full book review >

MONSTER TROUBLE! by Lane Fredrickson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A brightly colored monster tale that begs to be animated. Repeat readings required. (Picture book. 3-6)"
How do you deal with an infestation of monsters? Read full book review >
THE DAY THE MUSTACHE TOOK OVER by Alan Katz
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Makes one wish for a timeout. (Fiction. 7-9)"
Does a nanny exist who can tame Nathan and David? Read full book review >
MY DOG, BOB by Richard Torrey
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Quiet and clever, just like Bob. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A little boy narrates a story about his dog, Bob, who can do amazing things around the house but can't accomplish standard dog tricks. Read full book review >

GIRAFFE MEETS BIRD by Rebecca Bender
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Sincerely sweet. (Picture book. 3-5)"
The unlikeliest of friendships grows, baby step by baby step. Read full book review >
LEOPOLD THE LION by Denise Brennan-Nelson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"An essential look at the importance of an active lifestyle sneakily disguised as a fanciful feline tale. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Keeping a lion as a pet is never easy. Read full book review >
BAA, BAA, BLACK SHEEP by Jane Cabrera
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Another winner from Cabrera. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Who knew that one little girl with her basket of knitting needles could so tax the wool production of a generous black sheep? Read full book review >
ONCE UPON A LINE by Wallace Edwards
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"The artwork is captivating, finding the pen stroke is challenging, and the text will spark some animated conversation. (Picture book. 4-9)"
Great-Uncle George was a magician whose "enchanted pen" has created an array of fancifully surreal illustrations, each begun with the same-shaped pen stroke and each accompanied by a brief story starter. Read full book review >
CUB’S JOURNEY HOME by Georgia Graham
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"An informative book for young nature enthusiasts. (Picture book. 4-9)"
Follow a mother black bear and her newborn cub into the wild. Read full book review >
BEAR'S TRUCK IS STUCK!  by Patricia Hegarty
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Despite the gimmick, likely to draw no more than flecks of interest from either truck fans or muck fans. (Pop-up picture book. 3-5)"
Can anyone help Billy Bear get his truck out of the deep mud? Read full book review >
WHO'S THERE? BEWARE! by Patricia Hegarty
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Thrill-seeking tots will give this a once-over, but that's about it. (Pop-up picture book. 3-5)"
A mouse encounters spooky shadows on the dark path to Grandma's house. 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 >