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 >
JOSH BAXTER LEVELS UP by Gavin Brown
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"Smartly paced and emotionally engaging, a book even those who have never held a controller will enjoy. (Fiction. 10-14)"
A video game-obsessed middle schooler tackles his third new school in two years. Read full book review >
LUCKY by Chris Hill
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"A sweet story that begs a sequel—ideal for fans of the Warriors series. (Animal fantasy. 8-11)"
Lucky, a red squirrel, is nothing like his new adopted family. Read full book review >
THE NIGHT GARDENER by Terry Fan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"Visual pleasure abounds. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Grimloch Lane is a gray place where individuals trudge along wrapped in their own thoughts, until a man carrying a ladder and tools enters their sphere. Read full book review >
The Rampart Guards by Wendy Terrien
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 26, 2016

"A delightful novel that delivers a tightly plotted, character-driven story about a hero confronting wondrous creatures."
This first installment of a projected paranormal fantasy series chronicles the adventures of a 14-year-old boy who, after dealing with the disappearance of his mother, moves to another state. Read full book review >
INTO THE SNOW by Yuki Kaneko
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 27, 2016

"Thrillingly cozy. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A child narrates a day spent playing in the snow in this collaboration between a Japanese-American author and Japanese illustrator. Read full book review >
IDEAS ARE ALL AROUND by Philip C. Stead
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2016

"In all, Stead has given readers a deeply felt, deeply connected story that is homage to creation—and really quite brilliant. (Picture book. 4 & up)"
A ramble through the neighborhood gets the creative juices going in this picture book. 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 >