Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"A well-researched piece of historical fiction, just a bit flat as a novel. (Historical fiction. 8-13)"
Ali's hometown of Basra, Iraq, is near the border with Kuwait, which makes it a dangerous place to live in 1991, during Operation Desert Storm. Read full book review >
THE FOREVER TREE by Tereasa Surratt
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"An imaginative tribute. (Picture book. 4-7)"
"This is a true story about a Tree that grew from something more than water and sunshine. It grew from love." Read full book review >

GET ON YOUR BIKE by Joukje Akveld
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 5, 2018

"This realistic, constructive portrayal of handling an emotional conflict will resonate with kids. (Picture book. 5-8)"
This charming depiction of dealing with anger via exercise cleverly offers a participatory feature. Read full book review >
THE PASSOVER PARROT by Evelyn Zusman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2018

"It's a cute-enough story, but it's unlikely to have much staying power. (Picture book/religion. 3-6)"
A parrot offers dubious help during preparations for the Passover Seder. Read full book review >
ASTRID LINDGREN'S TOMTEN TALES by Astrid Lindgren
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2018

"Worthy as a gift or a replacement for battered old copies of the originals. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A fresh edition of two classic tales featuring an old farm and its small, red-capped protector. Read full book review >

FRENCH TOAST SUNDAYS by Gloria Spielman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2018

"Food is an intergenerational bond, and this sensitive portrayal gets it just right. (note to families) (Picture book. 4-7)"
Loving memories help a young girl mourn the death of her grandmother. Read full book review >
ROLLER COASTER GRANDMA by Ruth Westheimer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2018

"Dr. Ruth's life story is one of survival and persistence and deserves a better telling than this. (timeline, discussion questions) (Graphic memoir. 7-10)"
A graphic biography of noted sex expert Dr. Ruth. Read full book review >
HOW TO BUILD A LEPRECHAUN TRAP by Larissa Juliano
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2018

"St. Patrick's Day will never be the same; beware, though: leprechauns who aren't caught often take revenge by making messes. (Nonfiction. 4-10)"
Devious young scientists, engineers, and crafters will be solidly occupied with the 16 traps, three snacks, and 10 leprechaun tricks that are described here. Read full book review >
WE ARE JEWISH FACES by Debra Darvick
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2018

"Although readers may not find the book to be as diversely populated as it promises, it succeeds beautifully as a joyous portrayal of Jewish-oriented life. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Darvick complements her photo essay I Love Jewish Faces (2006) with this similar celebration of multiethnic Jews. Read full book review >
MIDNIGHT TEACHER by Janet Halfmann
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2018

"An excellent homage to an African-American woman who taught ahead of her time. (Picture book/biography. 7-11)"
An unsung hero and literacy champion whose teaching changed many lives. Read full book review >
A STEGOSAURUS WOULD NOT MAKE A GOOD PIRATE by Thomas Kingsley Troupe
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2018

"Nothing like a little body shaming to shape young readers' career expectations. (review and discussion questions) (Picture book. 6-8)"
An armored, lumbering ex-pirate cheerfully goes over the many reasons why he was "just fired." Read full book review >
THE SOCIAL BUTTERFLY by Beth Bracken
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2018

"The bugs' world may distract readers from the tale's didacticism, but the ones who need this message most are unlikely to learn it here; they're busy talking. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Charlotte loves school, learning, and being with her friends, but combining the three doesn't work for anyone. 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 >