CLARA HUMBLE AND THE KITTEN CABOODLE by Anna Humphrey
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 14, 2018

"A fun, funny, and friendly episode in the saga of the indomitable Clara Humble. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Clara Humble and her best friend, Bradley, follow a well-worn rite of passage and walk to the park by themselves when Bradley turns 10. Read full book review >
DO FROGS DRINK HOT CHOCOLATE? by Etta Kaner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 14, 2018

"It's worth a look, but it won't be a star player in any collection. (Informational picture book. 6-8)"
Let's talk about animal adaptations! Read full book review >

BEAUTIFUL, WONDERFUL, STRONG LITTLE ME! by Hannah Carmona Dias
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 14, 2018

"Mixed-race children certainly deserve mirror books, but they also deserve excellent text and illustrations. This one misses the mark on both counts. (Picture book. 4-6)"
This tan-skinned, freckle-faced narrator extols her own virtues while describing the challenges of being of mixed race. Read full book review >
A KID IN MY CLASS by Rachel Rooney
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 13, 2018

"Charming, fun to read, and thought provoking. (author's note) (Poetry. 7-12)"
A group of children and a few adults are introduced individually in poems that highlight a single aspect of each one's personality, preferences, and foibles. Read full book review >
PLEASE, MR MAGIC FISH by Jessica Souhami
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 13, 2018

"A pleasingly solid retelling. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Souhami gives "The Fisherman and His Wife" a hopeful twist. Read full book review >

THE PEACE DRAGON by Linda Ragsdale
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 12, 2018

"This doe-eyed dragon may help children look to others who are different with compassion instead of fear, whether it be on the playground or in the world. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A cautionary tale about the dangers of prejudging others. Read full book review >
DELORES THESAURUS by Jessica Lee Hutchings
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 12, 2018

"It means well, but there are better books about the power of words. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A girl collects words for the fun of it. Read full book review >
BREAD LAB! by Kim Binczewski
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"A fun way to introduce food science and bread making to young readers. (facts, recipe, note, further resources) (Picture book. 5-9)"
Iris spends the day with her aunt Mary, who teaches her how to make whole-wheat sourdough bread from starter. Read full book review >
THE PATCHWORK BIKE by Maxine Beneba Clarke
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"Showcasing the fun to be had in a spare world, this book is just what many of us need right now. (author's note, illustrator's note) (Picture book. 3-9)"
A daring girl in a desert village enjoys riding her brother's bike made of recycled materials in this unusual picture book by Clarke and political artist Rudd, an Australian import. Read full book review >
NAOMIS TOO by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"A sequel that packs as much heart, humor, and understanding as the first. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Stepsisters Naomi E. and Naomi Marie face many changes and challenges in their multiracial, blended family life in this sequel to Two Naomis (2016). Read full book review >
PAUL WRITES (A LETTER) by Chris Raschka
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"This visually appealing introduction to Paul and his writing can serve as a useful starting point to help young readers understand a key figure in the spread of Christianity. (map) (Picture book/religion. 7-10)"
Caldecott Medalist Raschka examines the writings of the Apostle Paul, an early missionary of Christianity, with this interpretation of some selected words from his epistles. Read full book review >
ODE TO AN ONION by Alexandria Giardino
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"Read for a sweet story about the creative process (but not for information about Neruda). (Picture book. 5-8)"
The author imagines the day when the Chilean poet Pablo Neruda was inspired to write an ode to an onion. 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 >