DOGOSAURUS REX by Anna Staniszewski
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"It may feel as though there are a few too many dinosaur picture books around, but for how well this one brings lovable Sadie to life, it deserves a place on the shelf. (Picture book. 4-7)"
The canon of books about oversized and/or inappropriate pets for kids gets yet another addition, but with a dinosaur, this one rises above the herd. Read full book review >
THIS BEAUTIFUL DAY by Richard Jackson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"A delightful depiction of the ability of children to find joy regardless of atmospheric conditions. (Picture book. 3-6)"
With colors and compositions conceived to celebrate the allure of water, the book jacket and opening scenes immediately recall Lee's The Wave (2008). Read full book review >

THE THUMBTACK DANCER by Leslie Tryon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"This story full of motion, passion for the art of dance, and onomatopoeia that lets readers hear Gus' tapping will urge readers to add thumbtacks to their own shoes and start dancing! (Picture book. 4-7)"
With twinkle toes like Bill "Bojangles" Robinson's, a young light-skinned black boy has rhythm oozing from his pores. Read full book review >
CONFISCATED! by Suzanne Kaufman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"A good book on sharing and for sharing. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Bickering brothers resolve their differences and recover their confiscated toys. Read full book review >
A DIFFERENT POND  by Bao Phi
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"Spare and simple, a must-read for our times. (Picture book. 5-9)"
A fishing trip is not just a fishing trip in this poignant, semiautobiographical tale. Read full book review >

HAIR-POCALYPSE by Geoff Herbach
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"Fun if didactic. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A messy boy comes to a compromise after a school day spent trying to tame his unruly head of hair. Read full book review >
HANNAH SPARKLES by Robin Mellom
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"A serviceable title on friendship. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Do friends always have to enjoy the same activities? Read full book review >
THE WATER CYCLE by Nate Ball
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"A solid start to a new science series. (Informational picture book. 5-10)"
Ms. Frizzle and her magical bus have some competition. Read full book review >
WHOSE MOON IS THAT? by Kim Krans
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"A visually awesome celestial exploration. (Picture book. 3-7)"
The question of who owns the moon elicits a range of verse responses. Read full book review >
ADAM'S ANIMALS by Barry L. Schwartz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"A congenial, readable story best suited for families interested in a secular treatment of this particular slice of Genesis. (Picture book. 3-7)"
After the creation of Earth, a young man called Adam names all the animals and then meets his partner, Eve. Read full book review >
RUBY STARR by Deborah Lytton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"A mostly amusing saga of primary-school friendships with a clever pro-reading subtext. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Ten-year-old Ruby Starr feels threatened when a new girl arrives in her fifth-grade class and turns everything upside down. Read full book review >
BEYOND THE DOORS by David Neilsen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"Unsuccessful; readers may be more pleased with Charles Gilman's Lovecraft Middle School series for sci-fi fun or The Mysterious Benedict Society or A Series of Unfortunate Events for mystery and humor. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Four motherless siblings embark on an adventure that leads them through the memories—and nightmares—of the past. 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 >