FLOWERS by Gail Gibbons
by Gail Gibbons, illustrated by Gail Gibbons
Released: July 17, 2018

"Gibbons' lovely botanical renderings are ill-served by the effort to cover too much for the format. (Informational picture book. 5-8)"
A very busy informational picture book for preschool and primary grades. Read full book review >
LIGHT WAVES by David A. Adler
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 17, 2018

"A good beginning look at light and all the ways it's important to life on Earth. (Informational picture book. 6-10)"
The science of light: what it is, how it behaves, and how it colors, energizes, and illuminates our world. Read full book review >

THE DINOSAUR EXPERT by Margaret McNamara
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 17, 2018

"A pivotal moment in a child's life, handled with grace and sensitivity rather than conflict or ineffective lecturing. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Timely intervention keeps a young science enthusiast's career ambitions on the rails in this fourth outing for Mr. Tiffin's class. Read full book review >
GINNY GOBLIN IS NOT ALLOWED TO OPEN THIS BOX by David Goodner
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 17, 2018

"A funny read-aloud with (mostly) chuckle-inducing illustrations. (Picture book. 4-6)"
She may not be allowed to, but the eponymous green-skinned, overalls-clad monster thinks of many magnificent, creative ways to open that box before dinnertime. Read full book review >
MOTHER GHOST by Rachel Kolar
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 15, 2018

"A treat for those who like their tricks on the scary side. (Picture book/poetry. 4-8)"
This collection of shivery Mother Goose rhymes is sure to put kids in the Halloween spirit. Read full book review >

WITH LOVE, GRANDMA by Helen Foster James
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 15, 2018

"Should encourage dialogic reading and discussion—and hugs. (Picture book. 4-6)"
A hedgehog grandmother takes a monthlong vacation with friends while continually staying in touch with her beloved grandchild through a volume of correspondence. Read full book review >
KINDERGARRRTEN BUS by Mike Ornstein
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 15, 2018

"X marks the school: 'The treasure of all treasures!' (Picture book. 3-7)"
A pirate bus driver tells his new kindergarten charges to buck up and not be afraid, but then something happens that shows him to be a fraidy fraud. Read full book review >
BULLY by Jennifer Sattler
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 15, 2018

"Truly, a tale for our times. (Picture book. 4-6)"
A self-centered and egotistical bullfrog refuses to share the beauty of the pond ecosystem, ultimately leaving him in a muddy mess. Read full book review >
JUNK by Nicholas Day
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 15, 2018

"Day's picture-book debut purports to encourage ingenuity, perseverance, and girls' interest in STEM but falls short of its potential. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Their trash is her treasure, and she'll prove its value to the naysayers in town. Read full book review >
THE FRIGHTFUL RIDE OF MICHAEL MCMICHAEL by Bonny Becker
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 10, 2018

"Dark and delightful—for readers who enjoy chills with their giggles. (Picture book. 3-8)"
A young boy takes a terrifying bus ride on his way to his grandmother's house in Becker and Fearing's gleefully baleful picture book. Read full book review >
MAE’S FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL by Kate Berube
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 10, 2018

"A sweet affirmation of jitters and comfort in numbers. (Picture book. 4-6)"
There's nothing wishy-washy about Mae: She is "not going" to school! Read full book review >
WALT'S IMAGINATION by Doreen Rappaport
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 10, 2018

"A shiny but veneer-thin profile. (timeline, illustrator's note, bibliography, source notes) (Picture book/biography. 6-8)"
A hagiographical account of the great animator's early years and later triumphs. 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 >