THIS IS THE SUNFLOWER by Lola M. Schaefer
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 30, 2000

"May be enjoyed as a poem or as a springboard for nature study. (sunflower facts, names of birds) (Picture book. 3-7)"
Schaefer starts with one sunflower growing tall in her garden and shows how just one makes many. Read full book review >
GRANDPA'S CORNER STORE by DyAnne DiSalvo-Ryan
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 30, 2000

"From plump resident tabby cat to worn checkerboard floor tiles, Grandpa's store positively exudes coziness, and in the final scenes DiSalvo-Ryan's industrious, multigenerational crowd is lit up as much by Grandpa's loving smile as by his bright red smock. (Picture book. 7-9)"
The author/illustrator of City Green (1994) and Uncle Willie and the Soup Kitchen (1991) again celebrates community spirit, this time with a tale of a takecharge child who refuses to let her grandpa's corner grocery quietly disappear when a big supermarket opens down the street. Read full book review >

THE STORY OF SHABBAT by Molly Cone
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 30, 2000

"A lyrical, sensitive text is not served well by its new illustrations. (Nonfiction. 6-8)"
This republication of a 1966 text with new illustrations explains the Jewish Sabbath. Read full book review >
BIG WOLF AND LITTLE WOLF by Sharon Phillips Denslow
ANIMALS
Released: April 30, 2000

"A charming, appealing story that is just right for bedtime. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Thanks to this delightful family, we now know the words to the songs the wolves are howling. Read full book review >
ONE LIGHTHOUSE, ONE MOON by Anita Lobel
ANIMALS
Released: April 30, 2000

"There's neither a missing elementary concept nor a jarring fly in the ointment of this bewitching cat's charmed life. (Picture book. 4-6)"
In three short chapters of just a few words each, Lobel demonstrates her artistry for choosing the right ingredients to create a perfect concept book around the life of a small gray-striped cat. Read full book review >

INSPECTOR HOPPER by Doug Cushman
ANIMALS
Released: April 30, 2000

"What does charm in these pages is the artwork, with its warm colors, landscapes as seen from insect level, and its atmosphere of adventure, even if it materializes only in the slightest of measures. (Easy reader. 6-8)"
The accent in Cushman's beginning reader is decidedly on the act of reading, as the story itself, broken into three fleeting chapters, has little momentum or interest of its own, let alone the brio or dash any detective story should. Read full book review >
PROMISES by Elizabeth Winthrop
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 17, 2000

"The hopeful ending highlights a philosophy of living that offers reassurance rather than a clear-cut answer to Sarah's questions about the future. (Fiction. 4-8)"
Sarah's emotions run the gamut from fear to anger when her mother begins treatment for cancer. Read full book review >
A PICTURE BOOK OF SACAGAWEA by David A. Adler
BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 15, 2000

"A barely additional purchase. (Picture book biography. 7-9)"
Adler is the author of the wide-ranging and market-savvy Picture Book Biography series that now tops 25 titles. Read full book review >
A YEAR WITHOUT RAIN by D. Anne Love
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 15, 2000

"An absorbing period piece addressing a universal theme with which contemporary readers can readily identify and which is spared mediocrity by Love's eloquent prose. (Fiction. 8-11)"
Twelve-year-old Rachel, devastated to learn of her father's impending nuptials to the local school teacher, devises a cunning plan to drive her away. Read full book review >
THE LION'S SHARE by Chris Conover
ADVENTURE
Released: April 10, 2000

"In this glorious oversized picture book Conover imparts a persuasive message in the guise of a fairytale of classic grandeur. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Chris Conover (Adventures of Simple Simon, 1989) sets her lavish tale in an empire of cats. Read full book review >
NIGHT LIGHTS by Steven Schnur
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: April 7, 2000

"Schnur (Spring: An Alphabet Acrostic, 1999, etc.) has written a perfectly fine concept book, and while it certainly is not breaking any new ground, it will be a welcome addition to the bedtime bookshelf. (Picture book. 3-6)"
In rhyming text, a little girl counts the lights in her room, in her house, in the surrounding neighborhood, and even in the night sky before she goes to bed. Read full book review >
HARRY’S HOME by Catherine Anholt
ANIMALS
Released: April 6, 2000

"Harry and Grandad are an irresistible duo. (Picture book. 3-7)"
This enchanting story about a city boy who goes to visit Grandad on the farm teaches children about the concept of "home," showing that while each person's (or animal's) home might be different, each is special and precious to its inhabitants. 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 >