IT'S NOT EASY BEING NUMBER THREE by Drew Dernavich
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"An acclaimed cartoonist in the adult world has created a solid hit for children. (Picture book. 3-7)"
When Number Three feels bored with being a number, he seeks other uses for his highly distinguishable shape. Read full book review >
LITTLE CAT'S LUCK by Marion Dane Bauer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"Excellent for young readers and all cat lovers. (Verse fiction. 7-12)"
This little cat's luck turns out to be dependent on the kindness of strangers, and that, most satisfyingly, connects back to her own unerring kindness. Read full book review >

TIGER AND BADGER by Emily Jenkins
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"A very funny and fine tribute to a very young friendship. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Tiger and Badger are very young—maybe 4—and they are best friends, doing as best friends do. Read full book review >
SWAP! by Steve Light
Kirkus Star
by Steve Light, illustrated by Steve Light
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"Keep your bitcoins—you never know when somebody might need a button. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A broken-down captain and his young, peg-legged mate rediscover an ages-old system to rebuild their battered ship without spending a penny. Read full book review >
CROCOPOTAMUS by Mary Murphy
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"With 49 possible combinations, this is a book that can be looked at over and over again. What fun! (Board book. 2-4)"
Mix and match the seven wild animals to create new crazy animals with silly names. Read full book review >

BRINGING THE OUTSIDE IN by Mary McKenna Siddals
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"A sweet book for any place with small children in it. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Four children of diverse ethnicity—and one small dog—cavort through the seasons, backgrounded by rhythmic verses and a simple refrain. Read full book review >
OOPS, POUNCE, QUICK, RUN! by Mike Twohy
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 16, 2016

"Give this 'alphabet caper' an F for Fun. (Picture book. 4-9)"
Leave it to a cartoonist (in this case, a regular contributor to the New Yorker) to cleverly create a picture book-length comic strip out of the alphabet.Read full book review >
NOW YOU SEE THEM, NOW YOU DON'T by David Harrison
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 16, 2016

"An attractive, informative blend of science and the arts. (Informational picture book/poetry. 5-10)"
Nineteen different animals, placed in five animal categories, are represented first by artwork and poetry and finally by brief paragraphs and references for further reading. Read full book review >
THE LAST BOY AT ST. EDITH'S by Lee Gjertsen Malone
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"Sweet, funny, exciting—a spectacular debut. (Fiction. 10-14)"
After an attempt to go coed fails, one seventh-grader remains the lone boy at an all-girls school. Read full book review >
THE DASTARDLY DEED by Holly Grant
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"A fine middle volume, lit up with 'laughs and tears and the occasional fart joke.' (wig information and quiz appended) (Fantasy. 10-12)"
Aspiring detective/veterinarian/artist Anastasia McCrumpet's escape from vile St. Agony's Asylum leads to radical changes of fortune, status, mission, and even name in this revelation-packed sequel to The League of Beastly Dreadfuls (2015).Read full book review >
GOOD NIGHT LIKE THIS by Mary Murphy
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"Move over, Goodnight Moon. There's a new star on the bedtime bookshelf. (Picture book. 1-5)"
The third entry in Murphy's ...Like This series explores the nighttime world of animal parents and babies settling down for sleep. Read full book review >
GREENLING by Levi Pinfold
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"Chilling and thought-provoking, this picture book for older readers invites discussion. (Picture book. 9 & up)"
When a green baby creature appears on their remote Australian farm, the Barleycorns take it in, nurture it, and become part of its natural world—at least for a season. 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 >