CHARLIE TAKES HIS SHOT by Nancy Churnin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2018

"A poignant and inspiring tale of a groundbreaking sports figure whose name and story should be well-known. (author's note, timeline) (Picture book/biography. 6-10)"
A biography of Charlie Sifford, the African-American man who integrated professional golf. Read full book review >
FROM THE HEART OF AFRICA by Eric Walters
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"This beautifully illustrated book of wisdom serves as a good introduction to maxims and also acts against the many prevalent negative stereotypes of African cultures and people—lovely and illuminating. (introduction, foreword, artist bios) (Picture book. 5-10)"
A book of African proverbs illustrated by a variety of artists. Read full book review >

BORN TO SWING by Mara Rockliff
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"Unfortunately, this ode to an undeservedly overlooked legend does not hit all the right notes. (biographical note, discography, timeline, bibliography, author's note) (Picture book/biography. 5-9)"
A biography of Lil Hardin Armstrong, who "was just born to swing," one of the first female musicians to make it in the world of jazz. Read full book review >
VOICES FROM THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD by Kay Winters
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"A good step-by-step portrayal of the dangers slaves were willing to risk for freedom and the complex, lifesaving organization that was the Underground Railroad. (historical notes, note from the author, references) (Picture book/poetry. 6-10)"
Jeb and Mattie, siblings living under slavery on a Maryland plantation, tell their story of escape on the Underground Railroad. Read full book review >
WHAT DO YOU DO WITH A CHANCE? by Kobi Yamada
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"This is a book that will grow with readers: use it to inspire conversations of a philosophical nature as well as for practical problem-solving. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Perfectionists and those with social anxiety will find encouragement in the reminder that embarrassment is temporary and even the fearful can choose to take chances. Read full book review >

POCKET ROCKS by Sheree Fitch
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Well-intentioned but misses the mark. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A boy collects rocks that inspire his imagination while coping with school. Read full book review >
THE BOOK ABOUT NOTHING by Mike Bender
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"Reading this book might not be for nothing…but it begs the question: is nothing really something? And more importantly, is (doing/being/saying) nothing always OK? (Picture book. 3-6)"
Here's a book that takes nothing seriously. Read full book review >
I AM A CAT by Galia Bernstein
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Clever. (Picture book. 3-6)"
All the big cats laugh heartily at the house cat when he references his kinship to them. But he who laughs last…. Read full book review >
HONK! SPLAT! VROOM! by Barry Gott
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2018

"On track to become a repeated favorite. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A book with plenty of honks, plenty of vrooms, and more than its fair share of splats! Read full book review >
THE GREAT DICTIONARY CAPER by Judy Sierra
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 23, 5018

"Teachers will have field day with this wordplay; this caper is clever, capricious, and cunning. (Picture book. 6-10)"
Help! All of the words in Noah Webster's dictionary are bored, so they make a break for it and the word parade begins. Read full book review >
NO TRUTH WITHOUT RUTH by Kathleen Krull
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"Ginsburg is on the highest court but not on a pedestal in this informative, well-told biography. (timeline, court system outline, case list) (Picture book/biography. 8-12)"
Ruth Bader Ginsburg fought long and hard every step of her journey to become only the second woman to be named to the U.S. Supreme Court. Read full book review >
MARABEL AND THE BOOK OF FATE by Tracy Barrett
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Poor execution distracts from the story's important themes of female empowerment, tolerance, and inclusion. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Princess Marabel of Magikos goes on a quest to save her twin brother, Marco. 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 >