NOT FRIENDS by Rebecca Bender
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 21, 2017

"This story will ring true for young readers familiar with playground politics and shifting friendships. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A charming friendship story with spare, witty text and that packs a visual punch. Read full book review >
THE WOMPANANNY WITCHES MAKE ONE MEAN PIZZA by Jennie  Palmer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"Pair with a pie for one mean—er, make that nice—storytime. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Two recluse witch chefs with a passion for pizza come out from behind their pizza oven…and survive the wild neighborhood kids. Read full book review >

MR TWEED AND THE BAND IN NEED by Jim Stoten
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"A stylish, retro addition to the seek-and-find genre. (Picture book. 5-7)"
The indefatigable helper introduced in Mr Tweed's Good Deeds (2014) continues his worthy work. Read full book review >
THE ONE DAY HOUSE by Julia Durango
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"A labor of love honoring labors of love. (author's note) (Picture book. 3-7)"
Young, bronze-skinned Wilson shares with his community and with his elder friend, Gigi, all the ways he wants to improve Gigi's home one day—until "one day" arrives. Read full book review >
IRA CRUMB MAKES A PRETTY GOOD FRIEND by Naseem Hrab
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"A valuable lesson in friendship, with walking pickles on the side. (Picture book. 4-8)
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Ira Crumb is "trustworthy, super helpful, and also really fun to be around"—but, having just moved, he is also "The New Kid." Read full book review >

JOE AND SPARKY, PARTY ANIMALS!  by Jamie Michalak
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"Share this gentle story of fantasy, patience, and tolerance with new readers learning how to be true friends. (Early reader. 5-9)"
Four chapters using easy sight words make this misadventure at the "famous cageless zoo" created by Michalak and Remkiewicz a good choice for beginning readers who are ready to tackle more complex text. Read full book review >
TO THE MOON by Paul A. Reynolds
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"Another STEAM winner. (glossary, note) (Fiction. 7-10)"
The STEAM twins are back in a new adventure (Go Green!, 2015, etc.), this time competing against each other to win a chance to meet famous astronaut Cmdr. Kris Kornfield. Read full book review >
ALEXANDER GRAHAM BELL ANSWERS THE CALL by Mary Ann Fraser
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"Calling out to history buffs and scientists, this will inspire young inventors. (Picture book/biography. 6-10)"
From an early age "Aleck" (Bell's family nickname) evinced an interest in sound and hearing, probably due to his father's profession of speech therapy and his mother's hearing loss. Read full book review >
MOST PEOPLE by Michael Leannah
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"Despite its textual platitudes, the visual stories here are well worth telling. (Picture book. 4-7)"
"Most people are very good people." Read full book review >
IVY AND THE LONELY RAINCLOUD by Katie Harnett
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"Harnett's illustrations are colorful and charming, but because Ivy isn't an agent in her own recovery, this tale of the restorative power of friendship seems imperfectly resolved for young readers. (Picture book. 4-6)"
A rain cloud befriends a grumpy young florist by helping to reinvigorate her distressed plants. Read full book review >
THE MAN WHO LOVED LIBRARIES by Andrew Larsen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"A useful if uncomplicated way of teaching 'that we can all make a real difference when we choose to give back.' (sources) (Picture book/biography. 6-9)"
Certainly the world of public libraries would be poorer without the substantial contribution of Andrew Carnegie. Read full book review >
MASTERPIECE MIX by Roxie Munro
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"A handsome and satisfying companion to Market Maze (2015). (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
Looking for a fresh and inviting introduction to academic painting genres such as still life, portrait, or landscape? Why not bring readers inside an artist's studio (perhaps author/illustrator Munro's own?) and actually show them the process? 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 >