WE WISH YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS by Nosy Crow
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"A charming version of the classic song. (Board book. 1-3)"
"We wish you a merry Christmas!" sing the bundled-up fox, penguin, rabbit, and other anthropomorphic creatures. Read full book review >
MRS. PEANUCKLE'S FRUIT ALPHABET  by Mrs. Peanuckle
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"There is so much interesting information in these books readers may find the problems easy to live with. Have fun with your fruits—and vegetables! (Board book. 2-5)"
"A is for Avocado. Bet you thought I'd say apple! Both are fruit because they grow on trees." Read full book review >

CATCH MY BREATH by Paul Briggs
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"No need to wait with bated breath. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-8)"
Briggs delivers the fourth title in the Walt Disney Animation Studios Artist Showcase series, a musing on familiar turns of phrase. Read full book review >
HOG WILD! by Sandra Boynton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"Whimsical yet satisfying, this book will have even the most down-in-the-dumps fans of musical children's media dancing along. (Picture book. 2-5)"
The doyenne of children's rhyming texts gives listeners of all ages a musical collection accompanied by her signature animal performers. Read full book review >
THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS by Clement C. Moore
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"Illustrated versions of the famous poem abound, but this rendition stands out for its large size, thoughtful design, and dramatic, atmospheric illustrations. (Picture book. 3-7)"
The classic poem about Santa's appearance on Christmas Eve is presented in a large format with a contemporary setting and a jolly Santa sporting red, high-top sneakers. Read full book review >

YAK AND DOVE by Kyo Maclear
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"Kids may respond to the shaggy yak, but that may not be enough for real staying power. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Animal-friendship stories are plentiful, but this one is an unusual pairing of characters. Read full book review >
ARE WE PEARS YET? by Miranda Paul
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"These pears will be fun read-aloud companions for curious eaters and budding botanists. (Informational picture book. 5-8)"
Paul (The Great Pasta Escape, 2017, etc.) merges theatrical farce with informational picture book in this latest. Read full book review >
MELVIN THE MOUTH by Katherine Blanc
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"Dandy and dazzling and top-notch fun. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A day in the youth of motor-mouth Mel Blanc, written by his daughter-in-law. Read full book review >
THE PRINCESS AND THE CHRISTMAS RESCUE by Caryl Hart
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"Eliza is a conventionally pretty princess with blonde braids, but her mechanical talents and can-do spirit are a refreshing breeze in Princessland. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A lonely princess named Eliza uses her engineering talents to help Santa's overwhelmed elves get ready for Christmas toy deliveries. Read full book review >
ELF IN THE HOUSE by Ammi-Joan Paquette
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"A forgettable effort without the spark of excitement required to light up a Christmas Eve story. (Picture book. 3-5)<"
A little girl hears strange sounds on Christmas Eve, leading to encounters with a mouse, an elf, a reindeer, and Santa himself. Read full book review >
PICK A PINE TREE by Patricia Toht
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"Pick this delightful story for a Christmas storytime, for library collections, or for family reading around the Christmas tree. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A family of four buys a cut pine tree, takes it home, and, with the help of friends, decorates it for their Christmas tree. Read full book review >
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 >
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 >