PAUL AND HIS UKULELE by Robert Broder
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 18, 2018

"A story whose marriage-plot arc may not feel relevant to young readers and whose illustrations exclude interracial families and same-sex parents. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Paul, a young, anthropomorphic fox, is given a ukulele as a present, which leads to life adventures. Read full book review >
CRASH, SPLASH, OR MOO! by Bob Shea
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 18, 2018

"All the interaction of an Hervé Tullet book, with a flying clam, a hyperactive monkey, and a cow all thrown in for good measure. (Picture book. 4-7)"
The spirit of Evel Knievel is alive and well in this retro game show, restructured for the storytime set. Read full book review >

LOVELY BEASTS by Kate Gardner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 18, 2018

"With its elegant layout, gorgeous illustrations, and thoughtful text, this book presents an interesting and focused subject in an exemplary manner. (further reading) (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
A larger-than-usual-format picture book reveals a different side to creatures commonly considered dangerous, scary, or creepy. Read full book review >
SHE MADE A MONSTER by Lynn Fulton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 18, 2018

"An elegant picture book that will signal to young readers that there is more to the story than the familiar green-skinned monster. (Picture book/biography. 7-11)"
Fulton chooses a dramatic event in Mary Shelley's tumultuous life to illustrate how one of the most famous monsters in the world came to life. Read full book review >
ECCLESIASTES by Cynthia Rylant
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 18, 2018

"A lovely, quiet interpretation of some of the most famous verses from the Old Testament, one that will last through many seasons. (Picture book/religion. 2-7)"
Newbery Medalist Rylant continues her series of simplified Bible verse interpretations with this illustrated version of the familiar "to everything there is a season" text, adapted from the King James version of the book of Ecclesiastes. Read full book review >

BOBBIE MENDOZA SAVES THE WORLD (AGAIN) by Michael Fry
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 18, 2018

"Fun for fans of fantasy and flatulence. (Adventure. 8-12)"
Fry and Jackson team up again in this sequel to The Naughty List (2015).Read full book review >
A TUBA CHRISTMAS by Helen L. Wilbur
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2018

"A delightful take on nonconformity within a lovingly supportive, musical family. (Picture book. 4-8) "
Ava needs to pick an instrument in order to join in her family's holiday concert, a priority for her family but not for her. Read full book review >
HUNGRY FOR SCIENCE by Kari-Lynn Winters
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2018

"The overarching concept, introducing children to science subjects using humor, is solid; too bad the verse doesn't rise to the occasion. (Picture book/poetry. 4-8)"
Whimsical rhymes describe a range of science topics for a younger audience. Read full book review >
HANUKKAH HAMSTER by Michelle Markel
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2018

"Warmhearted seasonal fare. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A new friendship born during the holiday season tugs on the heartstrings. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2018

"Although young readers will not already know the names of these women nor the significance of their achievements in flying history, this visual chronicle can serve as an introduction to the era. (author's note, maps, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 6-10)"
Another picture-book biography of women pilots who made aviation records lines up on the runway. Read full book review >
WHO BELIEVES WHAT? by Anna Wills
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 14, 2018

"A rich and inviting celebration of the human search for meaning. (Nonfiction. 8-11)"
Words and extensive illustrations describe the beliefs, practices and customs of the followers of five major world religions. Read full book review >
MISSING MIKE by Shari Green
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 14, 2018

"Tense, heartwarming, and masterful. (Fiction. 8-11)"
When wildfires threaten their home, 11-year-old Cara and her family flee, unintentionally leaving Cara's dog, Mike, behind in this middle-grade novel in first-person, present-tense verse. 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 >