HOW IT FEELS TO BE A BOAT by James Kwan
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 4, 2017

"While the topic may seem a bit mature or daunting for very young readers, the story has such quirky sparkle that even if readers don't quite get its meaning, they will be delighted with its sense of playfulness. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Using the metaphor of a boat on a journey, this second-person story celebrates the richness and possibility of living. Read full book review >
WALLY WANTS TO HUG by Barbara Joose
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 6, 2017

"A light dose of problem-solving with a climactic dash of suspense, all tightly wrapped in warm feelings. (Picture book. 4-6)"
His classmates' (understandable) reluctance to accept affectionate squeezes makes Wally the boa constrictor sad. Read full book review >

IF FOUND...PLEASE RETURN TO ELISE GRAVEL by Elise Gravel
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 6, 2017

"A rare mix of wackiness and savvy counsel—just right for getting the creative juices flowing. (Nonfiction. 5-9)"
A popular Canadian illustrator tucks advice for budding artists into galleries of freestyle monsters, vampires, imaginary friends ("Take whichever one you want"), and like flights of imagination. Read full book review >
PLESIOSAUR by Sarah L. Thomson
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 18, 2017

"Tempting fare for young dino-devotees. (print, video, and web resource lists) (Informational easy reader. 5-7)"
A gallery of prehistoric marine reptiles, their prey, and their predators. Read full book review >
WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE COLOR? by Eric Carle
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"A book certain to engross and enthrall. (biographies, photographs, websites) (Picture book. 2-8)"
Carle's latest collection of compositions by artistic friends—assembled to support his eponymous museum—celebrates the splendor of color. Read full book review >

THE ONLY FISH IN THE SEA by Philip C. Stead
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"Readers who are looking for more moxie in their lives will love this absurd adventure. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Stead and Cordell take their readers on a big adventure to save a tiny fish. Read full book review >
I SAW ANACONDA by Jane Clarke
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"A less-gothic alternative to classic versions. (Pop-up picture book. 4-6)"
An Amazonian variation on "I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly," with flaps and pop-ups. Read full book review >
LOOKING FOR COLORS WITH LILY AND MILO by Pauline Oud
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 11, 2017

"These lovable characters in simple, recognizable scenes will easily engage toddlers in basic language development. (Picture book. 18 mos.-3)"
Lily, a bunny, and Milo, a mouse, have fun identifying colors throughout their playtime. Read full book review >
ANNA AND THE TOOTH FAIRY by Maureen Wright
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 6, 2017

"An older sibling's loving attitude enables an encouraging approach to a sometimes-stressful scenario. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Anna anticipates the arrival of the Tooth Fairy with her first loose tooth but cannot help thinking that her baby sister, Sophie, must be a tooth fairy-in-training since some astute comparisons can be made between the two. Read full book review >
EARN IT! by Cinders McLeod
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"The joy in hard work, above and beyond the gratification, feels absent in Bunnyland, which is a serious downer. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Everyone, bunnies included, must learn to make money the old-fashioned way. By earning it. Read full book review >
RUBY ROSE, BIG BRAVOS by Rob Sanders
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 29, 2017

"Small children who love to wear pink and plié around the house will find this an agreeable read. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A little balletomane performs a duet with her bear. Read full book review >
A WISH COME TRUE by Kolet Janssen
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 13, 2017

"A purpose piece without a clear purpose. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Make-A-Wish creates a perfect day for a kid with a serious illness. 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 >