GIRL RUNNING by Annette Bay Pimentel
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"A bright salutation of a story, with one determined woman at its center. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Pimentel tenders the story of Bobbi Gibb, the first woman to (surreptitiously) run the classic Boston Marathon, with illustrations that pay close attention to the route along the way. Read full book review >
WHAT DO YOU DO WITH A CHANCE? by Kobi Yamada
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"This is a book that will grow with readers: use it to inspire conversations of a philosophical nature as well as for practical problem-solving. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Perfectionists and those with social anxiety will find encouragement in the reminder that embarrassment is temporary and even the fearful can choose to take chances. Read full book review >

POCKET ROCKS by Sheree Fitch
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Well-intentioned but misses the mark. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A boy collects rocks that inspire his imagination while coping with school. Read full book review >
KATE, WHO TAMED THE WIND by Liz Garton Scanlon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"The story and illustrations strike just the right notes of lightheartedness, determination, and education—on Earth-friendly materials to boot. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A young girl plants saplings around a house on a windy hill in this picture book. Read full book review >
WORDY BIRDY by Tammi Sauer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Preschool talkers aren't likely to take the lesson to heart, but their caregivers will certainly find this chuckleworthy. (Picture book. 3-7)"
To say that this bird is wordy is an understatement; the motor mouth talks so much that she doesn't listen, even when it's in her best interests. Read full book review >

NOBODY'S DUCK by Mary Sullivan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"The final joke may fall a little flat, but there is much to enjoy here as two different personalities (and species) form a new family. (Graphic novel. 4-6)"
Can a duck who belongs to nobody find a somebody? Read full book review >
I AM A CAT by Galia Bernstein
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Clever. (Picture book. 3-6)"
All the big cats laugh heartily at the house cat when he references his kinship to them. But he who laughs last…. Read full book review >
IT'S SPRINGTIME, MR. SQUIRREL by Sebastian Meschenmoser
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Fans of Mr. Squirrel will welcome his return and look forward to future seasons of fun; those who come to this story first may or may not be inspired to seek out others. (Picture book. 4-10)"
Mr. Squirrel and his friends celebrate a new season. Read full book review >
LITTLE POLAR BEAR TAKES A STAND by Hans de Beer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Scientific facts blend seamlessly with the fantasy of literal animal activists. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Little polar bear Lars is back—and this time, he needs to stop humans from depleting his fishing grounds. Read full book review >
IDEA JAR by Adam Lehrhaupt
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"A stellar idea for the idea jar, but the result may stay on the shelf. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A child directly addresses readers and potential writers to share one way of getting stories started. Read full book review >
THE BIG UMBRELLA by Amy June Bates
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"A subtle, deceptively simple book about inclusion, hospitality, and welcoming the 'other.' (Picture book. 3-6)"
Illustrator Bates applies her signature watercolor, gouache, and pencil style to a quiet story about a smiling umbrella, a tale sparked by a conversation with her seventh-grade daughter, co-author Juniper Bates. Read full book review >
BIRD BUILDS A NEST by Martin Jenkins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"A worthy, if somewhat forced, venture into multidisciplinary teaching for very young children that may require caregivers to do some heavy lifting of their own. (index) (Informational picture book. 4-6)"
A generic mother bird learns to conquer the forces of physics while going about her daily chores. 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 >