BENJI AND THE 24 POUND BANANA SQUASH by Alan C.  Fox
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 16, 2017

"Gratifying. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Planting vegetables requires certain practices—some of which can become a bit comical—but with hard work comes great rewards. Read full book review >
ARTURO AND THE BIENVENIDO FEAST by Anne Broyles
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 16, 2017

"Fans of uncomplicated, familycentric stories won't be disappointed. (Bilingual picture book. 4-7)"
The adventures of Arturo continue (Arturo and the Navidad Birds, 2013) as he and his grandmother prepare a Salvadoran-style welcome-to-the-family dinner for Tía Inés' fiance, Michael. Read full book review >

WHERE ARE ALL THE MINNESOTANS? by Karlyn Coleman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 15, 2017

"A peek into how people in the northern Midwest cope with their long, frigid winters with good humor, celebrations, sports, and activities until summer finally arrives. (Picture book. 4-7)"
There is nothing subtle about a picture book that asks, "Where are all the Minnesotans? Is it too cold to go outside?" Read full book review >
JAMMIE DAY! by Carrie Snyder
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 15, 2017

"Maybe one to share on an actual school Jammie Day, but caregivers may want to be on the alert afterward. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A middle child takes advantage of adults' distractedness. Read full book review >
WHERE ARE YOU, WILBERT? by Bárdur Oskarsson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 15, 2017

"First published in the Faroe Islands in 2016, this is a distinctly different approach to storytelling. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Oskarsson explores perspective and the slippery boundary between the real and the imagined in this existential play date. Read full book review >

BABY ANIMALS PLAYING by Suzi Eszterhas
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 15, 2017

"For readers and listeners alike, an appealing connection to the natural world. (Informational picture book. 2-7)"
A skilled wildlife photographer captures baby animals at play and at rest in the wild. Read full book review >
TRICKY by Kari Rust
by Kari Rust, illustrated by Kari Rust
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 15, 2017

"Rich images and a lovable dog make up for the slightly cloying message in this promising debut. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A dog and his man find redemption in this old-time cinema-style picture book. Read full book review >
YAYOI KUSAMA by Sarah Suzuki
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"Works for young readers on contemporary non-Western artists are rare, and this visually striking and clearly written, if limited, contribution makes a complex artist's work accessible and appealing. (Picture book/biography. 5-9)"
Avant-garde Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, known particularly for her innovative use of mirrors and dots, is the subject of this picture-book biography that effectively captures the essence of her work. Read full book review >
THE CREATURE by Helen Bate
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"Curious and curiouser—and altogether a pleasure to experience. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A fuchsia-colored whatsit arrives to stay a year. Read full book review >
THE WINTER FOX by Timothy Knapman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"Though it lacks the brevity of Aesop, this lightly Christmas-y twist has some charm. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Fox plays all summer long and doesn't take care to prepare for winter. Read full book review >
NIGHT AND DAY by Julie  Safirstein
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"A tour de force of elemental infographics, likely to spend almost as much time 'Open' as 'Closed.' (Novelty. 3-5)"
An exploration of the ins and outs of opposites and other concepts, using simple shapes and inventive paper design. Read full book review >
LEON THE RACCOON EXPLORES THE ARCTIC by Lucie Papineau
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"Explore elsewhere for a more satisfying read. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Leon the Raccoon wishes he could follow the snow geese north to the Arctic, prompting the first of many convenient plot turns in this translated picture book, originally published in French. 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 >