BOOK OF BONES by Gabrielle Balkan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 18, 2017

"A rib-tickling gallery, anything but dry. (bibliography) (Informational picture book. 6-8)"
The inside stories on 10 creatures who can lay claim to bone-y extremes. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 18, 2017

"This posthumously published bilingual collection will be welcomed by Alarcón's many admirers. (illustrator's note, introduction) (Picture book/poetry. 5-8)"
Set within a loose mythological framework, each poem is partnered with a day of the week, playing with its etymology in both Spanish and English. Read full book review >

HAWK MOTHER by Kara  Hagedorn
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 17, 2017

"A well-told personal story with a positive environmental message. (author's note, glossary) (Informational picture book. 6-10)"
In this moving true story, zoologist Hagedorn relates the story of her unusual encounter with a wild red-tailed hawk. Read full book review >
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 MAPS by Clare  Hibbert
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2017

"A well-intentioned and good-looking compilation but virtually unusable as a teaching tool. (glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 8-11)"
This picture book depicting 80 historic maps from the collection of the British Library is a self-described Eurocentric creation. 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 >

HIC! by Anushka Ravishankar
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2017

"Laugh-out-loud fun. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A little South Asian girl in a dress and pigtails desperately tries to rid herself of the hiccups. Read full book review >
BRER RABBIT RETOLD by Arthur Flowers
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2017

"A lavishly illustrated art book with a self-indulgent purpose that may appeal to adults but misses the mark for children's literature. (Picture book/folk tales. 5-10, adult)"
A successful reclamation project—or one that adds to an already-problematic literary history? Read full book review >
LIFE ON EARTH: DINOSAURS by Heather Alexander
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2017

"A little technical for very first encounters, but both the content and the interactive presentation will absorb younger fans of dinosaurs or natural science in general. (Informational novelty. 4-7)"
Cartoon portraits of ancient creatures and the modern scientists who study them illustrate a lift-the-flap dino Q-and-A. Read full book review >
AN INDIAN BEACH by Joëlle Jolivet
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2017

"A literal as well as figurative round that cinematically captures a sense of daily rhythms at this popular gathering place. (diagram of display options) (Novelty. 5-7)"
Observations of hustle and bustle on both sides of a beach's waterline. 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 >
THE 5,000 FRIENDS OF VERONICA VEETCH by Jean Hanson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2017

"A sincere but sometimes-treacly paean to books and their myriad pleasures. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Can inanimate objects become friends? 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 >
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 >