AMANDA PANDA QUITS KINDERGARTEN by Candice Ransom
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 20, 2017

"Empathy and kindness are just as important as ABCs and 123s, and Amanda gives readers a good lesson. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Amanda Panda starts off an unlikable kindergartner, but school (and exposure to other kids) teaches her how to be a friend, and that might be the most important lesson of all. Read full book review >
THE TINY HERO OF FERNY CREEK LIBRARY by Linda Bailey
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 20, 2017

"An excellent, engaging tale for a broad range of ages. (Fantasy. 5-12)"
Eddie is a vibrantly green bug who lives in Ferny Creek Elementary School. Could such a tiny critter become a hero? Read full book review >

A PLACE TO READ by Leigh Hodgkinson
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 20, 2017

"Kids are likely to want to mimic the pseudo musical chairs device, and the story will be just as much fun to share with a group as one-on-one. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Finding the perfect comfortable place to read can be a problem, as a young reader discovers. Read full book review >
CLAYMATES by Dev Petty
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 20, 2017

"The dynamic interaction between the characters invites readers to take risks, push boundaries, and have a little unscripted fun of their own. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Reinvention is the name of the game for two blobs of clay. Read full book review >
SO MANY CUDDLES by Ruth Austin
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 15, 2017

"An intimate, low-key variation on a popular theme. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A sweet celebration of a day filled with physical contact, from "rise and shine cuddles" to "sleep tight and good night." Read full book review >

THE GIRL WHO RAN by Kristina Yee
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 15, 2017

"Well-told and illustrated, Gibb's story speaks to not only women's fight for equality, but the power of community. (biographical note, timeline) (Picture book. 4-8)"
In cooperation with Gibb herself, Poletti and Yee tell the story of the first woman to run the Boston Marathon, questioning authority with her feet. Read full book review >
5 CHERRIES by Vittoria Facchini
by Vittoria Facchini, illustrated by Vittoria Facchini, translated by Anna Celada
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 14, 2017

"Painterly figures against plenty of white space—and those gorgeous, red cherries—invite readers into their own fruit-fueled fantasies. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A mother gives her two unnamed children five cherries each—they won't last long. Or will they? Read full book review >
HOME IN THE RAIN by Bob Graham
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 13, 2017

"Amazing. (Picture book. 3-8)"
A mother-daughter road trip with feels aplenty. Read full book review >
WHAT IS BABY GORILLA DOING? by Christena Nippert-Eng
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 13, 2017

"Quibbles aside, photos of cute animals doing cute things are an obvious slam-dunk. (Board book. 6 mos.-3)"
Babies, it seems, like to do a lot of the same things…even when one is a baby gorilla. Read full book review >
MY FIRST SHAPES  by Violet Peto
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 13, 2017

"Useful if uninspired. (Board book. 1-3)

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A photo-illustrated primer of shapes. Read full book review >
CHIRRI & CHIRRA, IN THE TALL GRASS by Kaya Doi
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 13, 2017

"Utterly charming. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Following their eponymous opening adventure (2016), unflappable Japanese twins Chirri and Chirra return for another serene, sylvan outing. Read full book review >
MY FIRST OUT AND ABOUT by Violet Peto
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 13, 2017

"Quibbles aside, this volume should broaden children's verbal skills while providing opportunities for conversation and instruction. (Board book. 1-4)"
Familiar sights of several common childhood excursions. 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 >