RED AND LULU by Matt Tavares
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"A touching, beautifully illustrated story of greatest interest to those in the New York City area. (author's note) (Picture book. 5-8)"
A pair of cardinals is separated and then reunited when their tree home is moved to New York City to serve as the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree. Read full book review >
THE CHRISTMAS FAIRY by Anne Booth
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"Learning to be quiet, stay still, and hold a pose while looking pretty aren't particularly desirable goals for modern fairies…or today's young girls. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A redheaded fairy named Clara and her three friends attend fairy school to prepare for a performance in a Christmas show. Read full book review >

A CHRISTMAS FOR BEAR  by Bonny Becker
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"Another appealing adventure for this delightful duo, just right for a Christmas Eve storytime, perhaps enjoyed with a plate of pickles. (Picture book. 3-7)"
In their sixth adventure together, best friends Bear and Mouse celebrate Christmas with pickles, a poem, and presents. Read full book review >
THE LITTLE REINDEER by Nicola Killen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"One of those rare birds: an original and entertaining Christmas story with its own understated charm. (Picture book. 2-6)"
On Christmas Eve, a little girl named Ollie meets one of Santa's reindeer. Read full book review >
NATIVITY by Cynthia Rylant
adapted by Cynthia Rylant, illustrated by Cynthia Rylant
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"This gentle interpretation of the birth of Jesus connected to some of his most important words has its own calm, quiet strength. (Picture book/religion. 4-8)"
Newbery Medalist Rylant offers a succinct, graceful account of the birth of Jesus and some of his most famous words as an adult preaching to others. Read full book review >

<i>THE NUTCRACKER</i> IN HARLEM by T.E. McMorrow
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"An intriguing integration of The Nutcracker's magic into a new setting and a welcome addition to the shelf of Nutcracker-themed picture books. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The plot structure of The Nutcracker ballet's first act is used as the inspiration for this Jazz Age-era story about a shy girl in Harlem. Read full book review >
JINGLE BELLS by Susan Jeffers
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"A perfect choice for reading or singing on wintry nights. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Jeffers continues her series of interpretations of traditional holiday stories and songs (The Twelve Days of Christmas, 2013, etc.) with this large-format version of the beloved holiday song. Read full book review >
BEAR'S MERRY BOOK OF HIDDEN THINGS by Gergely Dudás
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"A pleasant seek-and-find outing for children who enjoy this format and an intriguing introduction to the concept for younger kids. (Picture book. 4-6)"
A little bear gets ready for a Christmas party by searching for 22 hidden items in this seek-and-find offering. Read full book review >
LOVE YOU ALWAYS by Eileen Spinelli
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"It's sweet, but it does not reflect the diverse realities of families and people in the world today. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The latest new-baby gift book tells how children are loved by their family members no matter what. Read full book review >
CANCER HATES KISSES by Jessica Reid Sliwerski
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"Closing with notes from a cancer specialist and the author, a cancer survivor, this book with its positive message is a must-have for all collections serving families. (Picture book. 5-8)"
This is a much-needed title about a disease that affects too many families. Read full book review >
THE LOST PICNIC by B.B. Cronin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"A trippy addition to the search-and-find genre. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Granddad and his grandchildren will need plenty of help to recover all the goodies that fall out of their basket on the way to the picnic grounds. Read full book review >
FEATHER by Cao Wenxuan
Kirkus Star
by Cao Wenxuan, illustrated by Roger Mello, translated by Chloe Garcia Roberts
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"This Zen exploration of belonging and groundedness is further enhanced by a sensitive translation and pithy, philosophical introductions by both creators—masterful storytelling. (Picture book. 5-8)"
In this first collaboration between Chinese author Cao and Brazilian artist Mello—both of whom are recent Hans Christian Andersen award winners—a feather embarks on a quest to discover to whom she belongs. 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 >