RISE OF THE JUMBIES by Tracey Baptiste
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"A stirring and mystical tale sure to keep readers thinking past the final page. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Corinne La Mer has settled back into island life after her fight with the jumbie Severine (The Jumbies, 2015), but no sooner does normalcy arrive than it leaves again when an earthquake rocks the island and her friend Laurent goes missing. Read full book review >
JINGLE BELLS by Susan Jeffers
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"A perfect choice for reading or singing on wintry nights. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Jeffers continues her series of interpretations of traditional holiday stories and songs (The Twelve Days of Christmas, 2013, etc.) with this large-format version of the beloved holiday song. Read full book review >

<i>THE NUTCRACKER</i> IN HARLEM by T.E. McMorrow
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"An intriguing integration of The Nutcracker's magic into a new setting and a welcome addition to the shelf of Nutcracker-themed picture books. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The plot structure of The Nutcracker ballet's first act is used as the inspiration for this Jazz Age-era story about a shy girl in Harlem. Read full book review >
THE LITTLE REINDEER by Nicola Killen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"One of those rare birds: an original and entertaining Christmas story with its own understated charm. (Picture book. 2-6)"
On Christmas Eve, a little girl named Ollie meets one of Santa's reindeer. Read full book review >
A CHRISTMAS FOR BEAR  by Bonny Becker
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"Another appealing adventure for this delightful duo, just right for a Christmas Eve storytime, perhaps enjoyed with a plate of pickles. (Picture book. 3-7)"
In their sixth adventure together, best friends Bear and Mouse celebrate Christmas with pickles, a poem, and presents. Read full book review >

PICK A PINE TREE by Patricia Toht
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"Pick this delightful story for a Christmas storytime, for library collections, or for family reading around the Christmas tree. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A family of four buys a cut pine tree, takes it home, and, with the help of friends, decorates it for their Christmas tree. Read full book review >
MELVIN THE MOUTH by Katherine Blanc
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"Dandy and dazzling and top-notch fun. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A day in the youth of motor-mouth Mel Blanc, written by his daughter-in-law. Read full book review >
FEATHER by Cao Wenxuan
Kirkus Star
by Cao Wenxuan, illustrated by Roger Mello, translated by Chloe Garcia Roberts
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"This Zen exploration of belonging and groundedness is further enhanced by a sensitive translation and pithy, philosophical introductions by both creators—masterful storytelling. (Picture book. 5-8)"
In this first collaboration between Chinese author Cao and Brazilian artist Mello—both of whom are recent Hans Christian Andersen award winners—a feather embarks on a quest to discover to whom she belongs. Read full book review >
CLARA HUMBLE by Anna Humphrey
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2017

"Smart, lively, and genuine, Clara Humble will feel familiar to anyone who has ever ignored that worried feeling in the pit of their stomach. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Clara Humble (who is not so humble) gets to show off her stuff on television when her favorite show, Smarty Pants, comes to town! Read full book review >
LETTERS TO A PRISONER by Jacques Goldstyn
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2017

"'The pen is mightier than the sword' lives on. (author's note) (Picture book. 8-12)"
In this wordless picture book, a light-skinned man moves from a peaceful protest march with his young child to imprisonment for his views and finally back to his home—with the help of letters from around the world. Read full book review >
ONCE UPON A JUNGLE by Laura  Knowles
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2017

"The heart of an ecosystem has never been better presented for young readers. (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
A jungle ecosystem is described in words and pictures in this picture book. Read full book review >
BAABWAA AND WOOLIAM by David Elliott
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Great for knitters, for readers, for fun-seeking adventurers. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A wolf and two sheep in a funny-ever-after tale? Yes! 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 >