LOVE BIG by Kat Kronenberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 8, 2019

"Not much to love. (Picture book. 4-6)"
A book about…kindness? Read full book review >
IN THE QUIET, NOISY WOODS by Michael J. Rosen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 12, 2019

"A visually attractive rendition with an intensifying, onomatopoeic text that repays the practice it requires for reading aloud. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Sibling wolf pups leave their pack to explore the forest amid the raucous sounds of its various creatures. Read full book review >

WHEN SADNESS IS AT YOUR DOOR by Eva Eland
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 29, 2019

"Children will feel better, too, knowing they have a helpful, honest, and empathetic picture book ready for the next time Sadness shows up for a visit. (Picture book. 4-10)"
Many books for young readers tackle terrible tantrums, but few address sadness that surfaces perhaps for no reason at all; this gives that muted malaise a shape, an identity, and love. Read full book review >
WORDY BIRDY MEETS MR. COUGARPANTS by Tammi Sauer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 5, 2019

"Loquacious little ones may well not see themselves, but everyone can share a laugh. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Wordy Birdy clearly didn't learn to keep her mouth shut from her last misadventure (Wordy Birdy, 2017), but at least this time her talking is an asset instead of a liability. Read full book review >
THE FRIENDSHIP WAR by Andrew Clements
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 8, 2019

"A readable but essentially inconsequential addition to Clements' oeuvre. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Clements draws on his memory of classroom fads for this newest exploration of sixth-grade politics. Read full book review >

IT'S NOT ROCKET SCIENCE by Liz Lareau
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 31, 2018

"Co-author Lucy Lareau is 12, and this book just might prove that children know what other children want to read. (Graphic fiction. 8-12)"
Two sisters new to town discover friendship and activism at their new school in this series kickoff from a mother-daughter team. Read full book review >
THERE ARE NO BEARS IN THIS BAKERY by Julia Sarcone-Roach
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 8, 2019

"A funny and charming cat-detective story accompanied by clever wordplay and delightful illustrations. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Muffin the cat knows everything that goes on in the neighborhood, and the perky marmalade cat is very sure that there are no bears in the Little Bear Bakery…. Read full book review >
DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS by Hannah Eliot
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 24, 2018

"Pass. (Board book. 4-7)"
The traditions and history of one of Mexico's most important holidays are introduced in this latest of Eliot's Celebrate the World series. Read full book review >
THE JOURNEY OF YORK by Hasan Davis
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2019

"An important, underheard voice. (glossary) (Picture book. 5-10)"
York was the only man who set out with Lewis and Clark on their journey of exploration who did not volunteer. As William Clark's enslaved manservant and the only nonwhite member, he didn't have the choice. Read full book review >
LET 'ER BUCK! by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 5, 2019

"A champion indeed. (Picture book/biography. 6-10)"
Honing skills first learned from Umatilla, Walla Walla, and Cayuse friends in eastern Oregon, African-American cowboy George Fletcher bucked his way into legend at the 1911 Pendleton Round-Up. Read full book review >
THE BIRDMAN by Troon Harrison
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 15, 2019

"While this picture book is far from perfect, Ross was a multitalented helper whose story is well worth knowing. (historical note, timeline, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 8-12)"
Canadian ornithologist Alexander Milton Ross, a white man, dedicated years of his life to helping enslaved people escape from the American South. Read full book review >
BRAVE BALLERINA by Michelle Meadows
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 8, 2019

"A celebration of one black woman's achievements that underscores the passion and purpose that the human spirit has to offer. (author's note, sources, websites) (Picture book/biography. 3-8)"
This ode to dancer Janet Collins showcases her diverse talents as well as her achievements. 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 >