MOTHER GHOST by Rachel Kolar
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 15, 2018

"A treat for those who like their tricks on the scary side. (Picture book/poetry. 4-8)"
This collection of shivery Mother Goose rhymes is sure to put kids in the Halloween spirit. Read full book review >
WITH LOVE, GRANDMA by Helen Foster James
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 15, 2018

"Should encourage dialogic reading and discussion—and hugs. (Picture book. 4-6)"
A hedgehog grandmother takes a monthlong vacation with friends while continually staying in touch with her beloved grandchild through a volume of correspondence. Read full book review >

KINDERGARRRTEN BUS by Mike Ornstein
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 15, 2018

"X marks the school: 'The treasure of all treasures!' (Picture book. 3-7)"
A pirate bus driver tells his new kindergarten charges to buck up and not be afraid, but then something happens that shows him to be a fraidy fraud. Read full book review >
BULLY by Jennifer Sattler
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 15, 2018

"Truly, a tale for our times. (Picture book. 4-6)"
A self-centered and egotistical bullfrog refuses to share the beauty of the pond ecosystem, ultimately leaving him in a muddy mess. Read full book review >
JUNK by Nicholas Day
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 15, 2018

"Day's picture-book debut purports to encourage ingenuity, perseverance, and girls' interest in STEM but falls short of its potential. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Their trash is her treasure, and she'll prove its value to the naysayers in town. Read full book review >

THE FRIGHTFUL RIDE OF MICHAEL MCMICHAEL by Bonny Becker
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 10, 2018

"Dark and delightful—for readers who enjoy chills with their giggles. (Picture book. 3-8)"
A young boy takes a terrifying bus ride on his way to his grandmother's house in Becker and Fearing's gleefully baleful picture book. Read full book review >
MAE’S FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL by Kate Berube
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 10, 2018

"A sweet affirmation of jitters and comfort in numbers. (Picture book. 4-6)"
There's nothing wishy-washy about Mae: She is "not going" to school! Read full book review >
WALT'S IMAGINATION by Doreen Rappaport
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 10, 2018

"A shiny but veneer-thin profile. (timeline, illustrator's note, bibliography, source notes) (Picture book/biography. 6-8)"
A hagiographical account of the great animator's early years and later triumphs. Read full book review >
BOOKJOY, WORDJOY by Pat Mora
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 10, 2018

"Joy indeed. (Picture book/poetry. 6-12)"
The virtues of reading and playing with words collide in Mora and Colón's latest collaboration. Read full book review >
SOMEONE NEW by Anne Sibley O'Brien
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 10, 2018

"Informative and genuine, the book offers much to learn about connecting, expanding understanding, and overcoming differences—a great companion to the previous title. (Picture book. 5-10)"
In I'm New Here (2015), O'Brien told the story of three new immigrants from their perspectives. Here, she tells the same story from the perspectives of the peers who welcome them. Read full book review >
FRIENDS AND FOES by Douglas Florian
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 10, 2018

"Children are growing and figuring out who they are in relation to those around them; the direct, purposeful style of poetry lends itself nicely to navigating the many emotions of friendship. (Picture book/poetry. 5-9) "
Florian explores both the joys and conflicts of having a friend. Read full book review >
THE WRIGHT BROTHERS by Ben Thompson
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 10, 2018

"It may not be epic, but this is certainly one launch that fails to get off the ground. (Nonfiction. 8-10)"
If at first you don't succeed, try and try and try and try. 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 >