LIBBA by Laura Veirs
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"An inspiring tale of an artist who came into her own later in life than traditional narratives lead readers to believe is normal. (author's note, works cited) (Picture book/biography. 5-9)"
A biography of folk-music icon Elizabeth Cotten. Read full book review >
EVERYBUNNY COUNT! by Ellie Sandall
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"An utterly charming, beguiling counting book that engages on many levels. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A bevy of bunnies playing hide-and-seek encounters a surprise. Read full book review >

SO LIGHT, SO HEAVY by Susanne Strasser
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"Such a heavyweight for such a light little book—delightful. (Board book. 2-4)"
The teeter-totter won't tip no matter how many animals are on it. What will it take to make the teeter-totter tip? Read full book review >
MAE AMONG THE STARS by Roda Ahmed
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"An enchanting, inspirational account of Jemison's early life that illustrates the importance of encouraging and supporting children's dreams. (biographical note) (Picture book/biography. 4-8)"
Pioneering African-American astronaut Mae Jemison's childhood love of space and supportive parents led to her illustrious career. Read full book review >
WHILE YOU ARE SLEEPING by Mariana Ruiz Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"Alluring, wordless enchantment. (Picture book. 4-9)"
Many visual stories play out during the night, between the time that a child falls asleep and then awakens. Read full book review >

LOVE by Matt de la Peña
Kirkus Star
by Matt de la Peña, illustrated by Loren Long
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"Timely, timeless, and utterly necessary. (Picture book. 4-8)"
From the moment prose and art appear in the opening spread, de la Peña and Long usher readers into a patient, pensive meditation on love. 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 >
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 >
FIONA'S LITTLE ACCIDENT  by Rosemary Wells
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"In multiple ways, this is a refreshing representation of a nearly universal experience. (Picture book. 5-8.)"
Everyone saw when Fiona had an accident. She should have gone to the bathroom sooner. Will her entire class laugh at her for the next 50 years? Read full book review >
DON'T FORGET DEXTER! by Lindsay Ward
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2018

"Lost and found was never so riotously funny or emotionally draining. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A lost toy goes through an existential crisis. Read full book review >
VALENSTEINS by Ethan Long
Kirkus Star
by Ethan Long, illustrated by Ethan Long
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 19, 2017

"Hysterically plays on kids' stereotyped notions of love, hopefully putting some to rest. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A cast of creatures that looks more suited to Halloween than Valentine's Day finds love scarier than anything they could dream up. Read full book review >
NINA by Alice Brière-Haquet
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"A good introduction to Simone's life, from her early love of music to her rise to the status of legend. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A biography about the legendary singer told as a lullaby from Simone to her daughter. 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 >