DEAR SUBSTITUTE by Audrey Vernick
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 19, 2018

"Substitute teachers are a rite of passage for students; this narrator's change of heart provides a good example of handling it with aplomb. (Picture book. 5-7)"
A rough day with a sub slowly improves as the child narrator gets to know her and is introduced to new things. Read full book review >
WE DON'T EAT OUR CLASSMATES by Ryan T. Higgins
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 19, 2018

"Fans of macabre, tongue-in-cheek humor (and twist endings!) will enjoy time spent with Penelope. (Picture book. 3-7)"
When a young T. Rex named Penelope starts school, she learns some lessons about her classmates; most importantly, they are not for eating. Read full book review >

SHARK DOG AND THE SCHOOL TRIP RESCUE! by Ged Adamson
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 19, 2018

"This fantasy field trip is one kids are better off skipping. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Shark Dog enlivens a field trip to the great outdoors. Read full book review >
ON THE FIRST DAY OF FIRST GRADE by Tish Rabe
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 19, 2018

"For places where the first-grade shelves are particularly thin. (Picture book. 5-7)"
The traditional song "The Twelve Days of Christmas" gets a school makeover as readers follow a cheery narrator through the first 12 days of first grade. Read full book review >
READY OR NOT, WOOLBUR GOES TO SCHOOL! by Leslie Helakoski
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 19, 2018

"Woolbur is an excellent role model of self-confidence and positivity. (Picture book. 5-8)"
An excited Woolbur bursts out of bed on the first day of school, confident and ready to take the experience by the horns (an intention that perhaps inspires the exuberant hairdo he has created with red string). Read full book review >

COUNTING ON KATHERINE by Helaine Becker
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 19, 2018

"An excellent biography that will inspire young readers, especially girls, to do what they love. (Picture book/biography. 5-8)"
A picture-book biography of a humble genius who excelled in a career once out of reach for most African-Americans. Read full book review >
HEDGEHOG NEEDS A HUG by Jen Betton
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 19, 2018

"Wordplay and engaging images are joined expertly to a theme of love and compassion without treacle. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Everyone, including prickly hedgehogs, needs some bodily contact with another animal or human. Read full book review >
READY TO RIDE by Sébastien Pelon
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 19, 2018

"It's a bit of a clunky story, but those colors pop, and the tone is just inspiring enough to give to a training-wheel rider nearing the end of that run. (Picture book. 3-7)"
The losing-the-training-wheels rite of passage is helped along by a mysterious white blob in this adaptation of a French picture book. Read full book review >
THE 5 O'CLOCK BAND by Troy Andrews
Released: June 19, 2018

"An excellent story about a man who remembers the community he came from and actively works to ensure its future success. (Picture book. 4-8)"
"Trombone Shorty" Andrews (with an authorial assist from Taylor) and illustrator Collier bring to life another compelling, true story of Andrews' early life. Read full book review >
THE COLOR FACTORY by Eric  Telchin
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 19, 2018

"Visually cheap, narratively forced. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Operators at a color factory lose control and ask readers for help. Read full book review >
CECE LOVES SCIENCE by Kimberly Derting
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 19, 2018

"A good introduction to observation, data, and trying again. (glossary) (Picture book. 5-8)"
Cece loves asking "why" and "what if." Read full book review >
KID NORMAL by Greg James
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 19, 2018

"Funny but flawed, this meandering adventure is an addition to the current crop of not-quite-superhero titles for middle graders. (Adventure. 8-13)"
James and Smith show how an unassuming boy can save the day: with equal parts heart and oddball jokes. 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 >