BEAR AND WOLF by Daniel Salmieri
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"With its air of nighttime mystery, this is one that readers will want to revisit again and again. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A bear and a wolf share a wintertime idyll. Read full book review >
DEAR ISAAC NEWTON, YOU'RE RUINING MY LIFE by Rachel Hruza
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"Fans of R.J. Palacio's Wonder may enjoy this. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Truth Trendon begins seventh grade mortified that she has to wear a back brace to keep her scoliosis from getting worse. Read full book review >

SAKURA'S CHERRY BLOSSOMS by Robert Paul Weston
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"Writing in a series of tanka poems, Weston addresses the difficulty of moving to a new country and the loss of a loved one with warmth and compassion. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A Japanese girl's beloved cherry blossoms become a metaphor for the ephemerality of life when her grandmother passes away, her memory still abloom even across the sea in America. Read full book review >
THE RABBIT LISTENED by Cori Doerrfeld
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"This appealing work is an excellent addition to any emotional-intelligence shelf. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Author/illustrator Doerrfeld gives children a model for how to process difficult events and provide meaningful support to friends who need it. Read full book review >
A CHIP OFF THE OLD BLOCK by Jody Jensen Shaffer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"Replete with wry, comic references and infused with a sense of adventure, this is a lighthearted tale that readers will certainly not 'take for granite.' (Picture book. 4-8)"
Being small doesn't mean you can't have big goals! Read full book review >

STINKBOMB AND KETCHUP-FACE AND THE QUEST FOR THE MAGIC PORCUPINE by John Dougherty
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"A second round of hilarity. (Fiction. 7-11)"
Stinkbomb and little sister Ketchup-Face return in another storm of absurdity in Dougherty's second installment (Stinkbomb and Ketchup-Face and the Badness of Badgers, 2017). Read full book review >
RISING ABOVE by Gregory Zuckerman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"An inspiring, empowering collection of true stories of perseverance and resolve. (bibliography) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
A reader does not have to be a sports fan to be inspired by these compelling minibiographies of athletes who conquered considerable adversities to realize great achievements. Read full book review >
LUCY CASTOR FINDS HER SPARKLE by Natasha Lowe
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"A quietly reassuring story showing that change can be a good thing at times. (Fiction. 8-10)"
Lucy Castor does not like change, but the weekend before she enters fourth grade her world begins to change anyway. How will Lucy cope? Read full book review >
ANYWHERE ARTIST by Nikki Slade Robinson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"Well-presented and artfully organized in a clear framework, this book will inspire readers to get outside and create. (Picture book. 3-8)"
A young white child in a red-and-white-striped shirt and black leggings creates art using the natural world and the imagination in this picture book. Read full book review >
FLORETTE by Anna Walker
Kirkus Star
by Anna Walker, illustrated by Anna Walker
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"Lessons in both gumption and the sacred nature of urban green spaces. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Mae desperately misses her garden after moving to the city, with its tall, crowded buildings and narrow streets; her new urban environment offers no "winding paths and leafy hiding spots" or butterfly chases "in the wavy grass." Read full book review >
WHEN THE WORLD IS FULL OF FRIENDS by Gillian Shields
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"A charming story of perseverance that's rooted in simplicity and nostalgia. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A rabbit family and a squirrel family want to be friends, but a stream separates the two. Read full book review >
THANK YOU, EARTH by April Pulley Sayre
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"Strong planetary appreciation in art and text, for read-aloud or independent reading. (select resources and organizations) (Picture book. 3-9)"
Colorful photographs and large, bold text fulfill the title's promise. 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 >