THE 5,000 FRIENDS OF VERONICA VEETCH by Jean Hanson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2017

"A sincere but sometimes-treacly paean to books and their myriad pleasures. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Can inanimate objects become friends? Read full book review >
LETTERS TO A PRISONER by Jacques Goldstyn
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2017

"'The pen is mightier than the sword' lives on. (author's note) (Picture book. 8-12)"
In this wordless picture book, a light-skinned man moves from a peaceful protest march with his young child to imprisonment for his views and finally back to his home—with the help of letters from around the world. Read full book review >

WHEN PLANET EARTH WAS NEW by James Gladstone
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2017

"A dramatic demonstration of geologic time for thoughtful readers and listeners. (glossary, author's note, sources) (Informational picture book. 5-10)"
Over billions of years of history, Earth has undergone amazing changes. Read full book review >
WHERE ARE YOU HIDING, GOD? by Elisabeth  Zartl
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 14, 2017

"While the message that God is all around, especially in nature, is clear, other books have made that point much more clearly and beautifully; Kathy-jo Wargin's series of seasonal alphabet books comes to mind. (Picture book/religion. 2-6)"
A young girl learns to find God in the smallest of things. Read full book review >
NO ONE ELSE LIKE YOU by Siska Goeminne
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 13, 2017

"A joyous and realistic commemoration of the strengths and weaknesses of the human race. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Humanity's diversity is celebrated in this poetic exploration from Belgium of the many ways the world's 7 billion people carry out their lives. Read full book review >

IT TAKES A VILLAGE by Hillary Rodham Clinton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"The book reaches for inspiring but stalls out at bland. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Although it shares a title with Clinton's 1996 work calling for a social commitment to children's welfare, this picture book offers just 16 sentences spread over 40 pages illustrated with Frazee's customarily humanistic detail. Read full book review >
ABC POP-UP by Courtney Watson  McCarthy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Easy on the eyes, but more a showcase for collectors than a teaching tool. (Pop-up alphabet. 4-6, adult)"
A small alphabet of pop-up shapes, tidily packaged in a slipcase. Read full book review >
POLLY AND HER DUCK COSTUME by Leanne  Lauricella
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Adorable but not exactly substantial. (Informational picture book. 4-6)"
A small goat with a disability stars in this animal-rescue success story. Read full book review >
RUFUS BLASTS OFF! by Kim T. Griswell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Those who love pigs, pirates, and planets are sure to be pleased. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Persuasive pig Rufus Leroy Williams III shatters the porcine glass ceiling—or in this case atmosphere—yet again in his third outing. Read full book review >
STARRING CARMEN! by Anika Denise
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"For caregivers of extremely extroverted kids, Carmen's ambitions will feel very familiar; for kid readers, Carmen and Eduardo's very fun activities might inspire some musical productions at home. (Picture book. 4-8)"
An attention-seeking young star of imaginative stage shows—all produced at home for her Latinx family members—learns that sharing the spotlight can be equally fulfilling. 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 >
THE PERFECT ANIMAL  by Raquel Díaz Reguera
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Disappointingly didactic and predictable. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Reguera lets her young protagonist's mind run free as she ponders "what the most incredible animal in the world 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 >