NINA by Alice Brière-Haquet
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"A good introduction to Simone's life, from her early love of music to her rise to the status of legend. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A biography about the legendary singer told as a lullaby from Simone to her daughter. Read full book review >
LITTLE LEADERS by Vashti Harrison
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"Perfect for exploring together at bedtime or for children to browse independently, a gorgeous invitation for children of all backgrounds, and especially for black girls, to learn about black women who were pioneers. (Collective biography. 6-12)"
Visual artist Harrison introduces 40 trailblazing black women from United States history in this inspiring volume for young readers. Read full book review >

THE DAY WE LOST PET by Chuck Young
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"Breathtakingly original. (Picture book. 4-11)"
From the opening pages, with lines like "we were piles of skin laundry blending into a world of pales and fogs," debut author Young transports readers into a world somehow familiar and simultaneously unlike any they have ever experienced. Read full book review >
CLICK, CLACK, MOO I LOVE YOU! by Doreen Cronin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"A lesson in diversity and making people welcome that starts kids off on the right foot in these rough, divided times. (Picture book. 3-8)"
A little diversity goes a long way toward getting the party started in this latest farm tale from Cronin and Lewis. Read full book review >
LUDWIG THE SEA DOG by Henning Löhlein
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2017

"An exhilarating dive propelled by deft and clever use of its optical trick. (Novelty picture book. 6-9)"
Though eager to help his friend Peter the Penguin, whose submarine has stalled, Ludwig is stymied by the fact that, being paper himself and having been raised in a "world of books," all he knows of real water is from pictures of ponds and fish. Read full book review >

A JOURNEY THROUGH TRANSPORTATION by Tom Jackson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2017

"A history of transportation, indeed, and a book of wonders as well. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
From putting one foot in front of the other to the X-37B space drone, Jackson and Shepherd combine to make the path of transportation as wiggly-wriggly as a night crawler—and as crazily alluring. Read full book review >
IN THE COUNTRY OF QUEENS by Cari Best
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 28, 2017

"Picture-book author Best's first middle-grade novel sparkles and pops like a Fourth of July firecracker. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
In Queens during the summer of 1961, a shy 11-year-old white girl finds her voice and learns to use it. Read full book review >
DREAM BIG DREAMS by Pete Souza
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 21, 2017

"Souza has given a hopeful gift for the generations: a keeper. (Nonfiction. 5-12)"
Former official White House photographer Souza (Obama: An Intimate Portrait, 2017) pares his extensive collection documenting former President Barack Obama's two terms in office. Read full book review >
HEY BLACK CHILD by Useni Eugene Perkins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"All black children need to know Perkins' prideful poem, possibly by heart, because it's really that doggone good. (Picture book. 3-10)"
A poem by a celebrated Chicago playwright and long beloved within the Black History Month tradition about the achievement, potential, and ancestral joy incubated within the black experience. Read full book review >
WINTER DANCE by Marion Dane Bauer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"An exemplary addition to the shelves of nature-themed picture books. (Picture book. 3-6)"
As winter begins to set in, a curious fox wonders what he ought to do. Read full book review >
BEFORE SHE WAS HARRIET by Lesa Cline-Ransome
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A picture book more than worthy of sharing the shelf with Alan Schroeder and Jerry Pinkney's Minty (1996) and Carole Boston Weatherford and Kadir Nelson's Moses (2006). (Picture book/biography. 5-8)"
A memorable, lyrical reverse-chronological walk through the life of an American icon. Read full book review >
MR. GEDRICK AND ME by Patrick Carman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"The funny and comforting way this lovely family slowly turns away from sadness is a balm for all readers—there are not many like it on the shelves. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A reimagined Mary Poppins, set in 21st-century Chicago, with a Mr. Gedrick playing the role of the magical nanny restoring a family from grief. 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 >