PRINCESS AND THE PEAS by Rachel Himes
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 11, 2017

"Dedicated to 'black families everywhere,' this heartwarming story, with its fairy-tale tone, will have broad appeal. (author's note, recipe) (Picture book. 5-8)"
Debut author and illustrator Himes reimagines the classic fairy tale "The Princess and the Pea" and sets her story in an African-American community in the mid-1950s. Read full book review >
SKYFISHING by Gideon Sterer
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 11, 2017

"A sweet tale of how the power of play helps an elder adjust to a new life. (Picture book. 4-6)"
A grandfather moves in with his children in a city apartment and, with the help of his granddaughter, finds a new way to continue his passion. Read full book review >

TOUCH THE EARTH by Julian Lennon
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 11, 2017

"'It's time to head back home,' the narrator concludes. 'You've touched the Earth in so many ways.' Who knew it would be so easy to clean the place up and give everyone a drink? (Picture book. 6-8)"
A pro bono Twinkie of a book invites readers to fly off in a magic plane to bring clean water to our planet's oceans, deserts, and brown children. Read full book review >
CHARLIE & MOUSE by Laurel Snyder
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 11, 2017

"A top-notch early reader, with words and art in perfect step. (Early reader. 6-9)"
Two brothers create four fine and loopy entertainments to fill their day. Read full book review >
BOO! by Ben Newman
by Ben Newman, illustrated by Ben Newman
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 11, 2017

"A natural as a high-volume storytime ice breaker or lagniappe. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Everyone's afraid of something. Read full book review >

THE AMAZING CRAFTY CAT by Charise Mericle Harper
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 11, 2017

"Even craft-happy readers will wish for a believable plot, especially one where the good guys and bad guys are more dramatically constructed. (Graphic fiction. 7-10)"
When disaster derails Birdie's birthday plans, the little girl's alter ego, Crafty Cat, saves the day. Read full book review >
TIDE POOL SECRETS by Narelle Oliver
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 11, 2017

"A solid choice for those who live near or are interested in tide pools. (Informational picture book. 3-6)"
A lift-the-flap book explores tide pools. Read full book review >
ELLA WHO? by Linda Ashman
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 11, 2017

"A slim storyline is enhanced by the detailed illustrations and the absurd behavior of adults who need a lesson in listening. (Picture book. 3-6)"
An elephant comes to play, but none of the adults realizes that anything is unusual. Read full book review >
MY KICKS by Susan Verde
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 11, 2017

"Well-intentioned but ultimately lacking in kid appeal. (Picture book. 5-7)"
They're shredded, stained, and stinky. A New York City kid's favorite sneakers, or "kicks," have lived an action-packed life. Read full book review >
KIMMY'S MARVELOUS WIND-CATCHING WONDER by Linda Glaser
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 11, 2017

"An upbeat esteem booster and discussion starter. (Picture book. 4-6)"
The eponymous wonder is a rather mundane paper kite, created and eventually flown by Kimmy, a young brown-skinned girl with two long, black braids. Read full book review >
ICE BOY by David Ezra Stein
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 11, 2017

"It misses the mark—skip it. (Picture book. 3-7)"
From chunk of ice to evaporation and back again, a young ice cube decides to break away from his ice tray to see what's beyond his destined outcome. Read full book review >
IN OVER THEIR HEADS by Margaret Peterson Haddix
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 11, 2017

"Patented Haddix adventure. (Science fiction. 8-12)"
Far in the future, a family of robots and humans tries to survive in this sequel to Under Their Skin (2016). 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 >