CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 25, 2018

"Attractive illustrations enliven an offbeat but interesting story. (historical, biographical notes) (Picture book. 4-8)"
The historic Paris bookshop Shakespeare and Company tells how an American woman transformed it into a gathering place for legendary writers and avid readers. Read full book review >
THE NIGHT BOX by Louise Greig
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 25, 2018

"Max's power to take charge of night and to celebrate as he lets day out 'and a new song begins' is evocative, simple, and reassuring. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The day is ending, but everything waits for Max to open the Night Box and let the darkness into the air. Read full book review >

QUIET WYATT by Tammi Sauer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 25, 2018

"A humorous friendship story with a little bit of an ironic twist. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Wyatt, with his tranquil predisposition, is unfortunately paired up with bold, noisy Noreen on a class trip to a nature park. Read full book review >
BLUE by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 25, 2018

"Sumptuous, stunning, and heart-stirring. (Picture book. 3-7)"
This companion to Seeger's Caldecott Honor book Green (2012) explores a fresh color's visual and metaphorical permutations. Read full book review >
A PARADE OF ELEPHANTS by Kevin Henkes
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 25, 2018

"A muted palette and uncluttered yet nuanced compositions distinguish yet another winsome title from Henkes. Toddlers and grown-ups—snuggle up and enjoy. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Henkes' latest tale for preschoolers focuses on five elephants whose daylong march provides opportunities for counting and exploring opposites. Read full book review >

TAKE YOUR OCTOPUS TO SCHOOL DAY by Audrey Vernick
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 25, 2018

"A cheery tale that highlights the importance of friendship, confidence, and working together. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Learning how to do your best can be complicated—and fun! Read full book review >
GIRAFFE PROBLEMS by Jory John
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 25, 2018

"Skip this stretch of a story and seek out stronger friendship titles instead. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Necks come in many sizes, and sometimes those sizes seem inconvenient. Read full book review >
UNSTINKY by Andy Rash
by Andy Rash, illustrated by Andy Rash
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 25, 2018

"Get a good whiff of this olfactorily original celebration of individuality. (Picture book. 3-7)"
What's a stinkbug to do if it can't make a stink? Read full book review >
SURPRISE! by Caroline Hadilaksono
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 25, 2018

"Pine-cone party hats, a camping trip gone awry, and three creative compatriots make for a rollicking read-aloud, perfect for summer campfires. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A story about a woodland party that offers a surprise to all the guests! Read full book review >
TIGERS & TEA WITH TOPPY by Barbara Kerley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 25, 2018

"A loving remembrance of a tender, enduring intergenerational relationship. (authors' notes, sources, photos) (Picture book/memoir. 4-9)"
Rhoda vividly remembers exciting New York weekends with her grandfather Toppy, the artist Charles R. Knight, who created many of the murals at the American Museum of Natural History. Read full book review >
PIRATE JACK GETS DRESSED by Nancy Raines Day
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 25, 2018

"Yer pirate-lovin' tender-aged readers will give Pirate Jack a thumbs-up, but they won't find many surprises, and disability advocates will find the same old, same old. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A bold, black-bearded pirate gets dressed for the day, describing each item of his pirate garb by color in rollicking, rhyming text. Read full book review >
HIKING DAY by Anne Rockwell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 25, 2018

"Black and brown nature lovers, here's one to read and share. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Mother-daughter author-illustrator team Anne (who passed away in April 2018) and Lizzy Rockwell have crafted a quiet story that positively portrays a black family spending time in nature. While this shouldn't be a news flash in 2018, it is. 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 >