LADYBUG GIRL AND HER PAPA by Jacky Davis
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 9, 2017

"Adult readers may wonder how long Ladybug Girl can keep up the cosplay, but older toddlers will, nonetheless, be pleased to see the beloved character in cozy scenes. (Board book. 2-4)"
The polka-dot-winged and red-clad heroine of the Ladybug Girl picture-book and board-book series enjoys exploring a variety of activities with her father throughout the day. Read full book review >
CRICKET IN THE THICKET by Carol Murray
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 9, 2017

"Happy-go-lucky fun with words, collage, and a smattering of facts about bugs. (Picture book/poetry. 5-9)"
Each of over 25 different "bugs" receives its own short, titled, whimsical poem, an accompanying collage, and a few sentences of factual information. Read full book review >

GREEN GREEN by Marie Lamba
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 9, 2017

"The intricacies of the vibrant artwork dazzle, helping to lift the weak storyline. (Picture book. 3-7)"
As a community garden springs up between concrete blocks and asphalt slabs, the literal urban jungle's praises are sung with each scene of burgeoning life. Read full book review >
BIG AND LITTLE ARE BEST FRIENDS by Michael Garland
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 9, 2017

"A book whose theme of opposite personalities being best friends is a welcome, uplifting one but whose illustrations lack visual coherence. (Picture book. 3-5)"
An elephant and a mouse are best friends even though they have different tastes in just about everything. Read full book review >
THERE MIGHT BE LOBSTERS by Carolyn Crimi
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 9, 2017

"Just 'beachy.' (Picture book. 3-6)"
A little dog named Sukie overcomes her fear of all things "beachy" in this new picture book. Read full book review >

THE WHOPPER by Rebecca Ashdown
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 9, 2017

"It's not easy to make the moral case for always telling the truth without sounding preachy, but this monster book does it by simply sticking to the story and keeping it fun. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A personified lie that grows bigger with each fib anchors the story of an ugly sweater, some bad decisions, and the restorative power of fessing up. Read full book review >
AND THEN COMES SUMMER by Tom Brenner
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 9, 2017

"A perennial read that radiates summer's heady glee. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Summer's smells, sounds, rhythms, and rituals unspool luxuriantly in this tribute to the season when "days stretch out like a slow yawn," when "bumblebees bumble," and "every day is like a Saturday." Read full book review >
JABARI JUMPS by Gaia Cornwall
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 9, 2017

"This simple and sincere tale of working up courage to face fears makes quite a splash. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Young Jabari decides today is the day he is going to jump from the diving board, even though it's a little high and a little scary. Read full book review >
THE THREE BILLY GOATS GRUFF by Jerry Pinkney
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 9, 2017

"Pinkney's graceful note invites readers to ponder issues of forgiveness, redemption, and peaceful coexistence in a terrific tale well-suited to family and group read-alouds. (Picture book/folk tale. 3-8)"
Pinkney adapts the classic Norwegian tale, adding dramatic textual and visual details honoring the value of second chances. Read full book review >
MY LITTLE FOX by Rick Chrustowski
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 9, 2017

"A useful resource on becoming independent, the change of seasons, and the forest habitat. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A mother fox cares for her kit, Little Fox, during its first year. Read full book review >
THAT NEIGHBOR KID by Daniel Miyares
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 9, 2017

"A timeless tale about backyard fun and friendship. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Two children build a treehouse and a friendship together in this nearly wordless story. Read full book review >
WARTHOG by Birdie Black
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 9, 2017

"The winsome warthog is appealing as he blithely hops, splashes, hums, and wanders his way through his day, but it doesn't quite add up to an exciting adventure. (Picture book. 3-7)"
An anthropomorphic warthog encounters items, animals, and plants in quantities from one through 10 while exploring the savanna that surrounds his African home. 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 >