THE MARVELOUS MUSTARD SEED by Amy-Jill Levine
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 26, 2018

"An enigmatic parable that fails to bloom. (Picture book/religion. 4-8)"
Co-authors Levine (New Testament and Jewish Studies/ Vanderbilt Univ.) and Sasso, a rabbi, turn their accumulated theological training to adapting a biblical parable of Jesus into a picture book. Read full book review >
SIMON AND THE BIG, BAD, ANGRY BEASTS by Ian De Haes
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 26, 2018

"The anger-management shelves are well-stocked, but this makes a serviceable addition, with value added for caregivers seeking advice. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Young Simon is thrilled to discover that his tantrums create a series of raging, scary beasts in this Belgian import. Read full book review >

THIS MAKES ME HAPPY by Courtney Carbone
Released: April 24, 2018

"The book is potentially useful as a discussion starter about feelings, but kids probably won't demand rereads. (Early reader. 4-6)"
An elementary-age child recounts what she does and feels during a school field trip to a county fair. Read full book review >
ZOOGIE BOOGIE FEVER!  by Sujean Rim
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 24, 2018

"It's certainly not a completely new idea that the animals dance overnight, but this makes a good addition to after-hours-at-the-zoo tales. (Picture book. 2-7)"
The zoo at night is a hip and happenin' place! Read full book review >
WITH MY DADDY by Jo Witek
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 24, 2018

"Familiar emotions writ large. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A young girl explores how she feels when she is with her father. Read full book review >

BE PREPARED by Vera Brosgol
Released: April 24, 2018

"A funny summer-camp story with a culturally specific slant. (author's note) (Graphic memoir. 8-14)"
Brosgol (Leave Me Alone, 2016, etc.) draws on her bittersweet memories of attending Russian summer camp in this accessible graphic novel. Read full book review >
I AM BIRCH by Scott Kelley
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 24, 2018

"Confusing and sorely lacking context. (Picture book. 3-6)"
In a chilly New England forest, the narrator, a birch stump, awaits the approaching cold, dark times. Read full book review >
KOKO AND BO by Lisen Adbåge
Kirkus Star
by Lisen Adbåge, illustrated by Lisen Adbåge, translated by Annie Prime
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 24, 2018

"Sublime. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Two people, one big and one small, negotiate a relationship in this Swedish import. Read full book review >
THE GRAND EXPEDITION by Emma Adbåge
by Emma Adbåge, illustrated by Emma Adbåge, translated by Annie Prime
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 24, 2018

"This ode to exploration encourages youngsters to think big; sometimes the most fun is in the preparation. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Two young siblings go on an adventure in their own backyard. Read full book review >
A LION IS A LION by Polly Dunbar
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 24, 2018

"Proudly shelve this near The Cat in the Hat and What Do You Say, Dear?(Picture book. 3-6)"
Two children must decide how far to trust a dapper lion who insinuates himself into their home. Read full book review >
BUNNY BUILT by Michael Slack
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 24, 2018

"This perky tale shows that the most enjoyable rewards are those that follow hard work and that true satisfaction comes when we share our good fortune with others. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A hardworking bunny is fresh out of carrots, so he ventures out into his community to find some. Read full book review >
DUDE! by Aaron Reynolds
Kirkus Star
by Aaron Reynolds, illustrated by Dan Santat
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 24, 2018

"Surprises, mayhem, potty humor, sharks, and ice cream: What's not to like? (Picture book. 4-6)"
Once children can recognize and read the title, they will easily be able to navigate the rest of this book. "Dude!" is (almost) the only word uttered throughout the story. 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 >