OPPOSITES by Scholastic Inc.
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"While the physical item is well-designed for little hands, the lessons on opposites get lost in the clutter. (Board book. 1-3)"
An interactive board book designed to teach the concept of opposites. Read full book review >
BIG CHICKIE, LITTLE CHICKIE by Janee Trasler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"This witty introduction to opposites will be treasured by Chickie fans of all ages. (Board book. 2-4)"
This new volume in Trasler's popular Chickies series (Bedtime for Chickies, 2014; A New Chick for Chickies, 2014, etc.) introduces opposites. Read full book review >

THE STOLEN CHAPTERS by James Riley
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"Likely to leave more than a few punctures in even the most levelheaded reader's sense of reality. (Metafictional fantasy. 10-13)"
A fictional character's megalomaniacal scheme to insert himself into every novel ever written precipitates a merry chase through meta-realms in this brain-cracking sequel. Read full book review >
A MYSTERIOUS EGG by Stacy McAnulty
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"Adventures in dinosaur husbandry—a bit bland but palatable fare for younger independent readers. (glossary) (Science fantasy. 7-9)"
In this series kickoff for dinophiles (and who isn't one?), a Wyoming dig yields an egg that's not exactly fossilized. Read full book review >
BIG FRIENDS by Linda Sarah
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"Excellent, believable advice, with boxes—what could be better than that? (Picture book. 4-8)"
For those few blighted souls out there who are unaware of this fact, cardboard boxes are a kid's answer to pretty much everything. Read full book review >

THE CAT WHO CAME IN OFF THE ROOF by Annie M.G. Schmidt
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"A charming, refreshing, and funny treat. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
A shy newspaper reporter gets a helping paw from local felines through a mysterious and "cattish" young lady. Read full book review >
WITCH WARS by Sibéal Pounder
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"A sweet little magical tale with at least one sequel on the way. (Paranormal comedy. 8-12)"
A girl dives down a drainpipe to discover a world of witches, and everybody there thinks she's one too. Read full book review >
FRIDAY BARNES, GIRL DETECTIVE by R.A. Spratt
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"Delightful, highly logical, and well-informed fun. (Mystery. 8-12)"
She's only 11, but she's smarter and better informed than most adults, and she's determined to solve mysteries for a living. Read full book review >
HENRY CICADA'S EXTRAORDINARY ELKTONIUM ESCAPADE by David Teague
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"Whimsy gone wrong. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Henry Cicada's dream is to be ordinary and unnoticed, but he learns that sometimes being yourself is much better than being invisible. Read full book review >
SECRETS OF VALHALLA by Jasmine Richards
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"The combination of adventure, appealing characters, and high stakes should satisfy middle-grade fantasy fans. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Two unlikely preteens battle the gods of Norse mythology to save their world from Ragnarok—chaos and destruction. Read full book review >
A RECIPE FOR BEDTIME by Peter Bently
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"A treat of a bedtime book. (Picture book. 0-3)"
Bently and Massini serve up rhyming verse and a bevy of animal friends to guide a little one through the bedtime routine, one "ingredient" at a time. Read full book review >
ROCK-A-BYE ROMP by Linda Ashman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"A fine addition to the nursery bookshelf for baby and all. (Picture book. 0-3)"
Ashman's fresh take on the classic lullaby "Rock-A-Bye, Baby" first expands upon and then addresses the nonsensical aspects of the verses. 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 >