AMY THE RED PANDA IS WRITING THE BEST STORY IN THE WORLD by Colleen AF Venable
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"A story that may encourage readers to be writers, too. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A paean to playfulness and following one's own vision as essential to creativity. Read full book review >
PLAYDATES RULE! by Rob McClurkan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"Even a list of rules can't stop the ruckus or the fun. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A pachyderm playdate is not quite what Mom and Dad had in mind. Read full book review >

LITTLE OWL'S EGG by Debi Gliori
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"A reassuring read for little ones awaiting new babies in their families. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Little Owl has big feelings when Mommy says there will soon be a new baby owl in their family. Read full book review >
LOLA'S RULES FOR FRIENDSHIP by Jenna McCarthy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"Lola's pointers should stand young friends-to-be in good stead. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Lola is one confident kid, and she happens to have some great advice about making friends. Read full book review >
THE LIFEBOAT THAT SAVED THE WORLD by Irving Finkel
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"A fascinating tale, worthy of retelling, that includes plenty of smoothly incorporated details of life in Mesopotamia. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
Many are familiar with the biblical story of Noah's Ark. Finkel retells a much earlier ark tale, discovered in the cuneiform writing of the people of Mesopotamia. Read full book review >

PINOCCHIO REX AND OTHER TYRANNOSAURS  by Melissa Stewart
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A winning, and necessary, update to Kathleen Zoehfeld's Terrible Tyrannosaurs (2001, illustrated by Lucia Washburn). (pronunciation guide, glossary, museum list) (Informational picture book. 6-8)"
Tyrannosaurus rex poses with 10 recently discovered relatives in this toothy portrait gallery. Read full book review >
ME AND MISTER P. by Maria Farrer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Useful as bibliotherapy for siblings and classmates of children with autism, this effort also crosses over to readers who enjoy fantastical animal tales. (Fantasy. 7-10)"
Arthur struggles to deal with his seemingly on-the-spectrum younger brother, Liam—until a friendly polar bear, Mister P., arrives to help. Read full book review >
CAN'T CATCH ME! by Timothy Knapman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A valuable lesson on egotism, with more than one echo of 'The Gingerbread Boy.' (Picture book. 3-6)"
Is the boasting mouse asking for trouble? Read full book review >
THE SANTA THIEF by Alane Adams
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"An entertaining story with a plucky main character, a problem-solver rather than a thief. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A boy named Georgie secretly makes presents for his parents and surprises them on Christmas morning, when he receives a surprise gift himself. Read full book review >
IT'S SHOE TIME! by Bryan Collier
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Hilarious and very well-executed—shoe-pendous, even—this is a great addition for emerging readers and pun enthusiasts alike. One might say, a perfect pairing. (Early reader. 6-8)"
Collier gives beginning readers a quest of mismatched shoes trying to find the "right" pair after being "left" behind. Yes, all the puns are gleefully intended. Read full book review >
INKY'S GREAT ESCAPE by Casey Lyall
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"For reading aloud or reading alone, a joyful but misleading re-creation of a fabulous feat. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A daring cephalopod makes history. Read full book review >
FRANKENBUNNY by Jill Esbaum
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A good choice for younger sibs terrorized by older ones or for kids who need a reminder that monsters aren't real. (Picture book. 4-8)"
What is it about siblings that makes them want to scare each other? 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 >