BARNYARD BOOGIE! by Tim McCanna
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 9, 2017

"It's nothing innovative or heretofore unseen, but it is a good addition to storytimes on barnyard animals, music, or finding one's talent. (Picture book. 2-7)"
A more musical barnyard there never was! Read full book review >
CRICKET IN THE THICKET by Carol Murray
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 9, 2017

"Happy-go-lucky fun with words, collage, and a smattering of facts about bugs. (Picture book/poetry. 5-9)"
Each of over 25 different "bugs" receives its own short, titled, whimsical poem, an accompanying collage, and a few sentences of factual information. Read full book review >

GREEN GREEN by Marie Lamba
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 9, 2017

"The intricacies of the vibrant artwork dazzle, helping to lift the weak storyline. (Picture book. 3-7)"
As a community garden springs up between concrete blocks and asphalt slabs, the literal urban jungle's praises are sung with each scene of burgeoning life. Read full book review >
QUESTIONS ASKED by Jostein Gaarder
by Jostein Gaarder, illustrated by Akin Düzakin, translated by Don Bartlett
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 9, 2017

"Quiet, respectful, and touching. (Picture book. 8-12)"
The Norwegian philosopher and author of Sophie's World: A Novel About the History of Philosophy (1994), brings out the existentialist in even the youngest reader. Read full book review >
KNOCK ABOUT WITH THE FITZGERALD-TROUTS by Esta Spalding
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 9, 2017

"A miss. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Natural disasters, aggressive wildlife, parental abandonment, responsibility for a baby, and looming poverty make life on a tropical island less enjoyable than one might imagine. Read full book review >

FAIREST OF THEM ALL by Sarah Darer Littman
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 9, 2017

"A cute story with a few leaps in logic. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Imagine wanting to be a fashion designer when your mother is the actual Sleeping Beauty who fell asleep under a spell for 100 years after pricking her finger on a spindle. Read full book review >
OCTO-MAN AND THE HEADLESS MONSTER by Jane Kelley
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 9, 2017

"Busy and insubstantial plot plus only mildly amusing illustrations add up to very little. (Fiction. 6-9)"
"Walter isn't a bad boy." That's what Walter's mother always says…and she has to say it a lot. Read full book review >
CRASH! by Nancy Krulik
by Nancy Krulik, illustrated by Louis Thomas
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 9, 2017

"With its promising high concept and laced with plenty of wry humor, this series opener has broad appeal—a good choice for reluctant readers. (Science fiction. 6-9)"
It's tough to be the new kid in school; when the school is on the strange planet your family's spaceship just crashed on, the challenges only mount. Read full book review >
THERE MIGHT BE LOBSTERS by Carolyn Crimi
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 9, 2017

"Just 'beachy.' (Picture book. 3-6)"
A little dog named Sukie overcomes her fear of all things "beachy" in this new picture book. Read full book review >
THE WHOPPER by Rebecca Ashdown
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 9, 2017

"It's not easy to make the moral case for always telling the truth without sounding preachy, but this monster book does it by simply sticking to the story and keeping it fun. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A personified lie that grows bigger with each fib anchors the story of an ugly sweater, some bad decisions, and the restorative power of fessing up. Read full book review >
AND THEN COMES SUMMER by Tom Brenner
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 9, 2017

"A perennial read that radiates summer's heady glee. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Summer's smells, sounds, rhythms, and rituals unspool luxuriantly in this tribute to the season when "days stretch out like a slow yawn," when "bumblebees bumble," and "every day is like a Saturday." Read full book review >
JABARI JUMPS by Gaia Cornwall
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 9, 2017

"This simple and sincere tale of working up courage to face fears makes quite a splash. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Young Jabari decides today is the day he is going to jump from the diving board, even though it's a little high and a little scary. 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 >