I'M SMART! by Kate McMullan
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2017

"Takes credit away from the human bus drivers, who deserve a book of their own. (Picture book. 4-7)"
As Adam Rex and Christian Robinson's School's First Day of School (2016) gave readers a school building's point of view, the McMullans now give kids a peek inside the mind of a school bus. Read full book review >
TWINDERGARTEN by Nikki Ehrlich
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2017

"Not just for sharing with twins or separated best friends—readers will be reassured that the hot-and-cold seesaw of emotions they may be experiencing is normal. (Picture book. 4-7)"
How will twins assigned to different kindergarten classrooms survive the first day of school? Read full book review >

WHEN MU MEETS MIN by Shen Shixi
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2017

"A provocative model of amity. (Picture book. 5-8)"
An affectionate farm cat and a lovable farm dog are the best of friends as youngsters, but as they grow up, they also grow apart. Read full book review >
ALL ABOARD THE LONDON BUS by Patty Toht
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 31, 2017

"A fun if slightly predictable introduction to the famous city. (Informational picture book. 6-10)"
A white family of four takes a tourist trip around London. Read full book review >
GRANDFATHER WHISKER'S TABLE by Eun-Jeong Jo
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 31, 2017

"Visually evocative of time and place but spoiled by apparently incomplete research and debatable historical claims. (afterword, timeline) (Picture book. 6-8)"
Italy's famous horse race, the Palio di Siena, serves as background for a medieval child's first experience with a banker. Read full book review >

LION, KING, AND COIN by Jeong-hee Nam
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 31, 2017

"Lovely to gaze upon and offering characters with promise, but the story doesn't hold up to scrutiny. (glossary, timeline) (Picture book. 4-8)"
Nam presents a fleeting, exotic introduction to the invention of coinage. Read full book review >
ESTEBAN DE LUNA, BABY RESCUER! / ESTEBAN DE LUNA, RESCATADOR DE BEBÉS! by Larissa M. Mercado-López
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 31, 2017

"A serviceable outing for an unusual young hero. (Picture book. 5-8)"
What good is a cape when you have no superpowers? Read full book review >
THE LITTLE DOCTOR / EL DOCTORCITO by Juan J. Guerra
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 31, 2017

"The stilted and didactic dialogue takes this potentially useful bilingual title from inspirational to self-congratulatory. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Ten-year-old Salvador accompanies his grandmother, who does not speak English, to a community clinic in order to translate for her. Read full book review >
SHE PERSISTED by Chelsea Clinton
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 30, 2017

"Pretty but substance-free—which is probably not how any of this book's subjects would like to be remembered. (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
Inspired by Sen. Elizabeth Warren's stand against the appointment of Sen. Jeff Sessions as U.S. attorney general—and titled for Sen. Mitch McConnell's stifling of same—glancing introductions to 13 American women who "persisted." Read full book review >
DOG ON A FROG? by Kes Gray
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 30, 2017

"A triumphant sequel. (Picture book. 3-7)"
In a delightfully ridiculous continuation to Frog on a Log? (2015), when the bossy, rhyming cat announces where everyone must sit, the frog asserts a change in the rules. Read full book review >
LET'S DO A THING! by Jim Benton
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 30, 2017

"Benton's wacky, off-the-wall humor may not appeal to more staid readers, but for the right audience, this will be an enticing offering. (Fantasy. 7-10)"
Victor Shmud, a white child with a toy duck—or is that a chicken, as Victor seem to think?—embarks on an irreverent and ever so strange space adventure. Read full book review >
LOUIE LETS LOOSE!  by Rachel Hamilton
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 30, 2017

"High-strung young drama queens can find a lot to love in this, and adults forced to read along may chuckle at the campy subtext. (Fantasy. 5-9)"
The first in a cheery series for developing readers, this colorful story is a pastry-fueled romp through the cutthroat world of mythological divas-to-be. 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 >