BOB'S ROCK by Ann Hassett
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"The controlled vocabulary and repetition make this picture book a good segue for fledgling readers. (Picture book. 5-6)"
Young Bob, introduced in Goodnight Bob (2016), is content to play with his pet rock while friend Max is frustrated by his dog's unresponsive behavior. Read full book review >
IT'S HALLOWEEN, CHLOE ZOE! by Jane Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"Doesn't stand out among the many introductions to Halloween's delights. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Chloe Zoe in back, exploring Halloween's delights with her friends. Read full book review >

BOO WHO? by Ben Clanton
by Ben Clanton, illustrated by Ben Clanton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"A great example for both new kids and those welcoming them—at Halloween or for the rest of the year. (Picture book. 3-7)"
The new kid in town has more trouble than most fitting in. Read full book review >
THE SPOOKY EXPRESS TEXAS by Eric James
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"Polar Express it ain't. Skip. (Picture book. 3-8)"
A Polar Express-esque Halloween train ride tailored to Texans. Read full book review >
APPLESAUCE DAY by Lisa  Amstutz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"Read this aloud to complement apple units or family trips to the orchard. (recipe, additional facts) (Picture book. 4-7)"
Family history reveals itself as applesauce is lovingly made from hand-picked fruit. Read full book review >

SEAMUS’S SHORT STORY by Heather Hartt-Sussman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"To quote the closing text: 'And that's the long and short of it.' (Picture book. 4-7)"
A diminutive boy finds a gender-bending solution to reach greater heights. Read full book review >
THERE'S A WALRUS IN MY BED! by Ciara Flood
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"A humorous bedtime story that children will recognize as a twist on their own experiences. (Picture book. 3-6)"
It's hard to sleep in a new bed. Read full book review >
BUDDY AND EARL GO TO SCHOOL by Maureen Fergus
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"Readers will enjoy their time with these two: another satisfying friendship adventure. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The droll dog-and-hedgehog duo is back, this time going to school. Read full book review >
ME AND YOU AND THE RED CANOE by Jean E. Pendziwol
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"Evocative, lyrical, perfect. (Picture book. 4-10)"
Free-verse poetry full of sensory details, evocative language, and repetition pair with scratchy illustrations in the greens, browns, and blues of the natural world to capture a morning of fishing from a red canoe. Read full book review >
FEDERICA by Scot Ritchie
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"There's plenty of yuck-factor silliness, and the penultimate spread, of the family uniting for 'cleanup hour,' is very inviting. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Dirty dishes, food and leaves on the floor, mice, nasty insects like big-eyed flies, spiders, mice, a butterfly or two—what is a tidy little girl to do? Read full book review >
AND SO IT GOES by Paloma Valdivia
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"A tribute to those who pass, a celebration of time here, and a multilayered rumination on the cycle of life. (Picture book. 4-8)"
As loved ones leave this world, others arrive in this existential meditation on the cycle of life, an import from Mexico. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"Though a glossary would have helped—not everyone knows what 'gesso' is—and the scope is limited, most will enjoy return visits with these old masters. (index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
This handsomely produced British import coaches parents and teachers on how best to introduce their children to fine art and also serves as a lively learning prompt for future connoisseurs—art-loving kids with a voracious desire to explore and experience and enjoy as much art as they can. 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 >