SEA CREATURES FROM THE SKY by Ricardo Cortés
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 3, 2018

"Accept a slight current of illogic and enjoy this tale's accomplished visuals and percussive rhymes. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A shark rhymes its perspective on the two human researchers who catch, tag, and release it from a "strange beast"—their boat. Read full book review >
SPACE KIDS by Steve Parker
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 13, 2018

"The theme's worthy, but the informational payload is disappointingly light. (glossary) (Informational picture book. 6-8)"
A first, sweeping look at the visible universe and some of what's in it. Read full book review >

HELLO HELLO by Brendan Wenzel
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 6, 2018

"Every one of Wenzel's beasties, from the 'common' house cat to the mouth-dropping whale shark, exhibits an exuberant spark of life that will delight readers everywhere—and hopefully encourage in them an awareness of their plights. (Picture book. 3-10)"
Caldecott honoree (They All Saw a Cat, 2016) Wenzel's graphic love letter to all us earthlings is a hallelujah chorus to life in all its glorious shapes and forms. Read full book review >
DRAWN FROM NATURE by Helen Ahpornsiri
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 13, 2018

"A book to savor and share throughout the year, this is sure to inspire budding naturalists and crafters. (glossary, artist's note) (Nonfiction. 6-12)"
A British-based Etsy artist known for intricate compositions with pressed flowers and leaves undertakes an exploration of seasons; her medium lends authenticity to the narrative. Read full book review >
MATTER by Andi Diehn
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2018

"Confusing topical drift muddles this quick but creditable dip into Newtonian physics. (Informational picture book. 6-8)"
A first introduction to what matter is—and isn't. Read full book review >

SIMONE: EVEN MORE MONSTROUS by Rémy Simard
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 15, 2018

"Just the ticket for readers who find it hilarious to decorate a broccoli for Christmas or discover that what looks like deep snow on the lawn is actually shaving cream. (Graphic picture book. 6-8)"
Repulsively blonde, blue-eyed, fair-skinned Simone steps out of sluglike young Morris' bedroom closet for further ventures into the counterpane world of monsters. Read full book review >
NEW SHOES by Sara Varon
by Sara Varon, illustrated by Sara Varon
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 20, 2018

"A quick, informative, and overall good-hearted graphic tale that will have readers pausing to take in the colorful artistic details. (Graphic fantasy. 8-12)"
Francis the donkey, a shoemaker, learns about life beyond his village when he ventures into the jungle to get wild tiger grass to make the perfect pair of shoes. Read full book review >
MIGUEL Y SU VALIENTE CABALLERO by Margarita Engle
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2018

"This is a worthy translation of a beautiful and engaging book. (author's, illustrator's, historical, biographical, literary notes) (Picture book/poetry. 7-10)"
With the assistance of Mlawer and Lázaro, National Young People's Poet Laureate Engle brings to children the childhood of the great storyteller Miguel de Cervantes y Saavedra in his native tongue. Read full book review >
CRACKERJACK JACK by Bowman Wilker
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 15, 2018

"A blast. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A practiced thief takes an unusual approach to stealing a treasure, with unexpected results. Read full book review >
THEY SAY BLUE by Jillian Tamaki
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 13, 2018

"Neither exactly a book about colors nor exactly a book about seasons, this is a reminder to slow down, savor the present, notice small details, and relish childlike wonder. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Readers experience the colors and sensations of the world through the varying moods and observations of one little girl. Read full book review >
I AM THE RAIN by John Paterson
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2018

"A lyrical and educational look at the water cycle. (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
Through many types of weather and the different seasons, water tells readers about its many forms. Read full book review >
PADDLE PERCH CLIMB by Laurie Ellen Angus
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2018

"Paired with a book about beaks, this is sure to start many youngsters on the road to becoming avid bird-watchers. (Informational picture book. 3-7)"
Children learn the many ways birds use their feet to find or catch food. 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 >