ONE FUN DAY WITH LEWIS CARROLL by Kathleen Krull
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"Thoughtful and evocative, this book will bring a score of new readers to Carroll's impressive work. (glossary, sources) (Picture book/biography. 3-7)"
Tumble down the rabbit hole into a wonderland filled with rhymes and whimsical wordplay. Read full book review >
THE CHINESE EMPEROR'S NEW CLOTHES by Ying Chang Compestine
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"A clever retelling buttressed by a fascinating back story and vivid art. (activity instructions) (Picture book. 5-10)"
Remember the story of the vain emperor and the cunning tailors? It wasn't quite like that.... Read full book review >

I AM LOVED by Nikki Giovanni
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"A small but mighty collection sure to remind readers that love, again, can prevail over all if given the chance. (Picture book/poetry. 4-9)"
In this collection, poet Giovanni seeks to remind black children especially that they are loved. Read full book review >
THE GREAT RACE by Christopher Corr
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 4, 2018

"Ultimately, Corr delivers a handsomely packaged story that begs the questions, from where did it arise, and whom is it for? (Picture book. 3-6)"
In this retelling of Chinese lunar calendar lore, the animals race to claim a spot in the zodiac. Read full book review >
QUIET AS A MOUSE by Chiêu Anh Urban
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"A misfire. (Board book. 1-3)"
Little readers learn some animal idioms. Read full book review >

THE LITTLEST VIKING by Alexandra Penfold
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"Martial aspects notwithstanding, a warm tale of family togetherness. (Picture book. 5-7)"
The smallest member of a Viking family rules the roost—until a new little warrior princess comes along. Read full book review >
WHEN YOUR LLAMA NEEDS A HAIRCUT by Susanna Leonard Hill
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"Overall, a mismatch of story and format. (Board book. 3-5)"
It's picture day, and everyone wants to look their best—including a very hairy llama. Read full book review >
THE PINK UMBRELLA by Amélie Callot
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"Engaging, lighthearted entertainment. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Will three mysterious, anonymous gifts help beloved cafe owner Adele overcome her rainy-day blues? Read full book review >
FROM THE HEART OF AFRICA by Eric Walters
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"This beautifully illustrated book of wisdom serves as a good introduction to maxims and also acts against the many prevalent negative stereotypes of African cultures and people—lovely and illuminating. (introduction, foreword, artist bios) (Picture book. 5-10)"
A book of African proverbs illustrated by a variety of artists. Read full book review >
PRINCESS TRULY IN MY MAGICAL, SPARKLING CURLS by Kelly Greenawalt
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"A home-away-home tale worth the trip. (Picture book. 3-5)"
This latest installment in the whimsical Princess Truly series explores the magic potential of Afro hair. Read full book review >
BORN TO SWING by Mara Rockliff
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"Unfortunately, this ode to an undeservedly overlooked legend does not hit all the right notes. (biographical note, discography, timeline, bibliography, author's note) (Picture book/biography. 5-9)"
A biography of Lil Hardin Armstrong, who "was just born to swing," one of the first female musicians to make it in the world of jazz. Read full book review >
LET THE CHILDREN MARCH by Monica Clark-Robinson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"A powerful retrospective glimpse at a key event. (timeline, afterword, artist's statement, quote sources, bibliography) (Picture book. 5-9)"
A vibrantly illustrated account of the Birmingham Children's Crusade through the eyes of a young girl who volunteers to participate. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >