HIZNOBYUTI by Claude Ponti
Kirkus Star
by Claude Ponti, illustrated by Claude Ponti, translated by Alyson Waters
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 22, 2018

"Itzabyuti thruenthru. (Picture book. 7-10)"
An ugly monster sets out on a wonderfully strange journey of self-discovery. Read full book review >
FLYING DEEP by Michelle Cusolito
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 22, 2018

"An appealing, exhilarating, and informative vicarious journey of discovery. (glossary, further reading) (Informational picture book. 5-9)"
Readers join an Alvin pilot and scientists in an exciting journey as they voyage down deep to the ocean floor to collect samples and conduct research. Read full book review >

STINKIEST! by Steve Jenkins
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 22, 2018

"Excellent nonfiction that has the potential to make reluctant readers beginning bookworms. Not at all stinky! (Informational early reader. 5-10)"
Striking pictures and intriguing facts are paired to entice beginning readers. Read full book review >
WHALE IN A FISHBOWL by Troy Howell
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 22, 2018

"This subtle, satisfying narrative will be especially appealing to introspective readers who yearn for something that's perhaps yet unknown. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Wednesday the whale, like the day of the week, is positioned in the center of town. Read full book review >
JULIÁN IS A MERMAID by Jessica Love
Released: May 22, 2018

"Though it could easily feel preachy, this charmingly subversive tale instead offers a simple yet powerful story of the importance of being seen and affirmed. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Julián knows he's a mermaid. Read full book review >

PIE IS FOR SHARING by Stephanie Parsley Ledyard
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 15, 2018

"An aspirational vision in which inclusivity is as American as (apple) pie. (Picture book. 3-8)"
A delectable, festive celebration of pluralistic community. Read full book review >
BE STILL, LIFE by Ohara Hale
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 15, 2018

"What sets this book apart from so many others with the same theme of the nourishment derived from connecting with life is its infectious joy, delivered simply and sincerely. (Picture book. 3-9)"
In casual rhyme, this picture book extols the values of stillness and observation. Read full book review >
CALLING ALL MINDS by Temple Grandin
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 15, 2018

"An impassioned call to look at the world in unique ways with plenty of practical advice on how to cultivate a curious, inquiring, imaginative mind. (diagrams, photos, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Celebrated inventor Grandin shares her experiences and insights into her processes of tinkering and building, offering excellent advice to aspiring young inventors for realizing their own innovative ideas. Read full book review >
OCEAN MEETS SKY by Terry Fan
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 15, 2018

"A stunning, dreamlike voyage into the heart of a child. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A young boy adventures into a fantastical realm, where ocean meets sky and the spirit of his grandfather lives on. Read full book review >
ROCK ’N’ ROLL SOUL by Susan Verde
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 15, 2018

"A rappa-tappin' good read that will invite readers young and old alike to move, groove, and turn on their favorite tunes. (Picture book. 4-8)"
For every kid who makes a joyful noise from sunrise to sunset…and all the adults within earshot. Read full book review >
DAD BY MY SIDE by Soosh
Kirkus Star
by Soosh, illustrated by Soosh
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 8, 2018

"Indeed, with a dad like this by a child's side, there is little that cannot be accomplished. (Picture book. 3-8)"
In her debut, Soosh celebrates the bond between a father and his daughter. Read full book review >
AKISSI by Marguerite Abouet
Released: May 8, 2018

"An unforgettable, boundary-busting, falling-over-funny collection that defies the narrow representations English-language readers receive of growing African girls—we stand desperately in need of more Akissi and more Abouet. (recipes) (Graphic short stories. 8-14)"
Compiled from a bestselling comics franchise in France, this import captures the hilarious misadventures of a township girl as she rewrites the bounds of African girlhood one comical short story at a time. 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 >