THE CHRISTMAS WIND by Stephanie Simpson McLellan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 15, 2018

"A charming use of a modern setting to convey the familiar theme of the Christmas story. (Picture book. 5-8)"
On Christmas Eve, Jo and her newborn baby brother, Christopher, are out in the wintry elements with their exhausted, sick mother, Merry. Read full book review >
I'LL LOVE YOU TILL THE COWS COME HOME by Kathryn Cristaldi
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 18, 2018

"In a crowded genre, this zany title is out standing in its field—along with the cows. (Picture book. 3-8)"
An imaginative entry in the I'll-love-you-forever category. Read full book review >

ROMEOSAURUS AND JULIET REX by Mo O'Hara
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 18, 2018

"Not too shabby for a first taste of the Bard. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Shakespeare's classic tragedy gets a comic retelling and a happy ending. Read full book review >
HOW DO I LOVE THEE? by Jennifer Adams
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 18, 2018

"A beautiful ode to friendship that brings Browning's rhythms to kids' level. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Three diverse children adapt Elizabeth Barrett Browning's Sonnet 43 from love poem to celebration of friendship. Read full book review >
LOVE, Z by Jessie Sima
by Jessie Sima, illustrated by Jessie Sima
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 18, 2018

"A good springboard for kids and their caregivers to talk about what love means to them. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A young robot learns what love is. Read full book review >

STEEL DRUMS by Patricia Lakin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 18, 2018

"A decent choice for music classrooms, but its focus on a white American musician makes it a bust for another seemingly natural application in units on Caribbean culture. (DIY instrument instructions, timeline, glossary, resources) (Nonfiction. 6-10)"
A chronicle of the history and production of steel drums. Read full book review >
MIA MAYHEM IS A SUPERHERO! by Kara West
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 18, 2018

"Transitioning readers will feel accomplished and will surely look for future volumes to see what happens in Mia's new life. (Fantasy. 5-8)"
In this first volume of a new chapter-book series, a little girl named Mia discovers she's a superhero. Read full book review >
THE SECRET VALENTINE by Jonathan London
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 18, 2018

"For fans only. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Duck is his friends' secret valentine in this latest in the Duck and Hippo series. Read full book review >
ELLIE MAY ON PRESIDENTS' DAY by Hillary Homzie
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 18, 2018

"Like a Clementine of color, Ellie May is a protagonist readers can feel for even if they don't share her preoccupations. (Fiction. 6-9)"
Ellie May wants desperately to be flag leader in class this week, but can she figure out how to please her teacher? Read full book review >
PERSUADING MISS DOOVER by Robin Pulver
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 24, 2018

"A helpful step-by-step exploration of drafting and writing essays for early learners, though not without some bumps. (Picture book. 6-10)"
Sisson's bright illustrations in brown-bordered panels build Pulver's story of two mischievous friends who try to coax and even bribe their teacher to allow them to sit together. Read full book review >
ABCS OF WHAT I CAN BE by Caitlin McDonagh
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 24, 2018

"Readers will love choosing their favorite, strangest, or funniest or coming up with their own quirky ideas. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Diverse children act out 100 different careers, organized alphabetically from "astronaut" to "Zumba instructor." Read full book review >
SQUARES, RECTANGLES, AND OTHER QUADRILATERALS by David A. Adler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 24, 2018

"This has its place in the series but is not as strong as the previous two. (glossary) (Informational picture book. 6-10)"
Adler and Miller previously tackled Circles (2016) and Triangles (2014); now they add quadrilaterals. 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 >