THE ABCS OF THOMAS MERTON by Gregory  Ryan
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2017

"Not the best introduction to either Merton or the monastic life. (biographical note, note to parents and teachers, resources) (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
Readers are given a cursory look at an important Roman Catholic priest, monk, and writer whose life was governed by prayer, a love of nature, and strong beliefs in peace and nonviolence. Read full book review >
SECRET LIFE OF A TIGER by Przemyslaw Wechterowicz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 30, 2017

"Most children will recognize the tiger as an unreliable narrator and enjoy the silliness of his assertions. (Picture book. 4-7)"
After admitting to readers that he recently bit, then swallowed whole, an apparently human explorer, a tiger insists that he's really a great guy. Read full book review >

THE WORLD'S BIGGEST FART  by Rafael Ordóñez
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"A hoot about toots with a health lesson to boot. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Warning: portions of this review may be offensive…. Read full book review >
A SURPRISE FOR MRS. TORTOISE  by Paula  Merlán
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"It's a little roundabout, but this friendship tale gets there in the end. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Old Mrs. Tortoise discovers wrinkles. It doesn't make her day. Read full book review >
PAPILLON GOES TO THE VET by A.N. Kang
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"There's not much to Papillon's sophomore outing, but little feline fans will definitely want to float along. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Lighter-than-air Papillon has some tummy trouble. Read full book review >

MAX AND BIRD by Ed Vere
by Ed Vere, illustrated by Ed Vere
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Real warmth followed by a rush of triumph helps make this book stand out. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Friendship wins out over natural instincts in another outing with the big-eyed black cat. Read full book review >
FEATHER by Remi Courgeon
by Remi Courgeon, illustrated by Remi Courgeon, translated by Claudia Zoe Bedrick
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Gorgeous and vaguely inspirational, this French import is slightly tricky to read but satisfying to pore over. (Picture book. 4-8)"
French artist Courgeon crafts a story about housework, boxing, and girl power in this picture book translated into English by Bedrick. Read full book review >
YOU KNOW WHAT? by Carol Gordon  Ekster
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2017

"A good-night book that needs a bit more oomph in its ending in order to put it to bed. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A loquacious child's chatter delays bedtime in this picture book from a Belgian publisher but by an American author. Read full book review >
COOKIE'S FORTUNE by Lynda Graham-Barber
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"Moving in all the right ways, which include the optimism of a happy ending. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Little dog lost—and found. Read full book review >
DON'T WAKE THE YETI! by Claire Freedman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2017

"Thomas Hobbes would approve of this yeti's natural state, but perhaps he should go by his other name: abominable. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Perhaps it shouldn't come as a great surprise that yetis are big, hairy, emotional, flea-bitten, slug-eating, gas-blowing gross-outs. Read full book review >
ELEPHANTS WALK TOGETHER by Cheryl Lawton Malone
Released: Oct. 1, 2017

"A sweet and sensitive encouragement of wildlife conservation. (selected sources) (Picture book. 4-8)"
The Asian elephants Precious and Baba, friends as calves in the wild, maintain their friendship during mutual captivity and then joyfully rekindle it after a long separation. Read full book review >
THE WOLF WHO LEARNED TO BE GOOD by Natalia Moore
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2017

"Friends are better as friends than food. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Wolves are big and, typically, bad, writes Moore. "They just can't help themselves." Then there are the atypical wolves. 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 >