APPLESAUCE DAY by Lisa  Amstutz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"Read this aloud to complement apple units or family trips to the orchard. (recipe, additional facts) (Picture book. 4-7)"
Family history reveals itself as applesauce is lovingly made from hand-picked fruit. Read full book review >
SEAMUS’S SHORT STORY by Heather Hartt-Sussman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"To quote the closing text: 'And that's the long and short of it.' (Picture book. 4-7)"
A diminutive boy finds a gender-bending solution to reach greater heights. Read full book review >

THERE'S A WALRUS IN MY BED! by Ciara Flood
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"A humorous bedtime story that children will recognize as a twist on their own experiences. (Picture book. 3-6)"
It's hard to sleep in a new bed. Read full book review >
BUDDY AND EARL GO TO SCHOOL by Maureen Fergus
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"Readers will enjoy their time with these two: another satisfying friendship adventure. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The droll dog-and-hedgehog duo is back, this time going to school. Read full book review >
ME AND YOU AND THE RED CANOE by Jean E. Pendziwol
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"Evocative, lyrical, perfect. (Picture book. 4-10)"
Free-verse poetry full of sensory details, evocative language, and repetition pair with scratchy illustrations in the greens, browns, and blues of the natural world to capture a morning of fishing from a red canoe. Read full book review >

FEDERICA by Scot Ritchie
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"There's plenty of yuck-factor silliness, and the penultimate spread, of the family uniting for 'cleanup hour,' is very inviting. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Dirty dishes, food and leaves on the floor, mice, nasty insects like big-eyed flies, spiders, mice, a butterfly or two—what is a tidy little girl to do? Read full book review >
AND SO IT GOES by Paloma Valdivia
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"A tribute to those who pass, a celebration of time here, and a multilayered rumination on the cycle of life. (Picture book. 4-8)"
As loved ones leave this world, others arrive in this existential meditation on the cycle of life, an import from Mexico. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"Though a glossary would have helped—not everyone knows what 'gesso' is—and the scope is limited, most will enjoy return visits with these old masters. (index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
This handsomely produced British import coaches parents and teachers on how best to introduce their children to fine art and also serves as a lively learning prompt for future connoisseurs—art-loving kids with a voracious desire to explore and experience and enjoy as much art as they can. Read full book review >
NOTHING RHYMES WITH ORANGE by Adam Rex
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"Fruitful in every sense of the word. (Picture book. 4-8)"
As page after page uses rhymes and puns to celebrate fruits, an orange, who is sadly aware of its nonrhyming name, provides commentary that encompasses a wide range of emotions—ending with a feeling of acceptance from the greater fruit community. Read full book review >
SAY ZOOP! by Hervé Tullet
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"'Zoop' is the least of it. 'Waahoo!' comes closer. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Another infectiously joyful romp from the panjandrum of playful pointillism. Read full book review >
THE KNISH WAR ON RIVINGTON STREET by Joanne Oppenheim
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"A tasty slice of New York City immigrant lore. (author's note, recipes) (Picture book. 4-7)"
It's war to the last crumb of potato, cheese, and kasha on New York City's Lower East Side. Read full book review >
A PATTERN FOR PEPPER by Julie Kraulis
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"Sweet, inventive, and delightful. (sources) (Picture book. 4-9)"
Mr. Taylor will make Pepper a very special dress for a very special occasion. 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 >