HU WAN AND THE SLEEPING DRAGON by Judy Young
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 15, 2017

"This dragon disappoints. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A Chinese boy learns a craft and shares a humble gift. Read full book review >
TRAVELING THE BLUE ROAD by Lee Bennett Hopkins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 17, 2017

"Care and research are evident throughout this poignant book, which is much more than its subtitle, 'Poems of the Sea'; in essence and in sum, it is a history of inhumanity. (Picture book/poetry. 8-14)"
A collection of illustrated poems explores human travel across oceans through history. Read full book review >

I LOVE A BOOK by Joe Rhatigan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 17, 2017

"This contemporary interpretation of Dickinson's classic poem 'There is no frigate like a book to take us lands away' has plenty of pizzazz to entice kids. (Picture book. 5-8)"
The title and cover illustration of an exuberant white child flying a small plane built of books will attract many a book maven. Read full book review >
EVERYONE TOOTS by Joe Rhatigan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 17, 2017

"It's not as rollicking or ingenious as Marty Kelley's Almost Everybody Farts (2017), but it is a fine companion to complete a very rude storytime. (Picture book. 3-7)"
It's not just you; everyone's bottom makes more than poo. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 19, 2017

"A fresh approach to a subject of perennial interest. (Nonfiction. 8-14)"
The 16-year-olds at Camp Silver Moon look back at their 12-year-old selves to offer advice to girls facing puberty. Read full book review >

ROT, THE CUTEST IN THE WORLD! by Ben Clanton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 19, 2017

"The kitten has an argument, but readers would be hard put to find a decomposing spud with a more winning personality. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A "mutant potato" with mottled skin and mismatched eyes enters a cuteness contest. Read full book review >
VALENSTEINS by Ethan Long
Kirkus Star
by Ethan Long, illustrated by Ethan Long
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 19, 2017

"Hysterically plays on kids' stereotyped notions of love, hopefully putting some to rest. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A cast of creatures that looks more suited to Halloween than Valentine's Day finds love scarier than anything they could dream up. Read full book review >
ALLY'S BIG BOOK OF FRIENDS by Chloe Banks
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 19, 2017

"Well-meaning but misses the mark. (Picture book. 3-8)"
An overview of many adoption scenarios. Read full book review >
ONCE UPON A WINTER  by Megan Atwood
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 19, 2017

"Endearing. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Sometimes a new place makes old friends into strangers, or so it seems to Peter Wu. Read full book review >
BEAR AT THE BEACH AND OTHER ADVENTURES by Clay Carmichael
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 24, 2017

"While young ones will recognize Bear's fears and appreciate the reassuring endings, this Bear doesn't measure up to the most famous of anxiety-ridden bears. Winnie the Pooh is still a better choice for independent readers. (Fantasy. 6-9)"
Three stories originally published as separate 40-page readers are repackaged as one longer chapter book. Read full book review >
SINK OR SWIM by Judy Katschke
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 26, 2017

"Ride on, Magic School Bus! (Informational fiction. 5-8)"
The updated Magic School Bus Rides Again TV series tempts newly independent readers and science lovers with an early chapter book about fish adaptations. Read full book review >
THE WISHING WINGS by Jennifer Castle
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 26, 2017

"A cheery fantasy about making new friends, exploring new places, and learning to get along with your sister. (Fantasy. 7-10)"
The first, utterly adorable book in a new chapter-book series. 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 >