LIBBA by Laura Veirs
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"An inspiring tale of an artist who came into her own later in life than traditional narratives lead readers to believe is normal. (author's note, works cited) (Picture book/biography. 5-9)"
A biography of folk-music icon Elizabeth Cotten. Read full book review >
MEET ME AT THE WELL by Jane Yolen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"A much-needed, thoughtful updating of Bible stories about women that functions as both storytelling experience and classic reference tome. (Religion. 10-14)"
Two award-winning children's-book authors team up for a more modern, feminist take on stories of girls and women in the Hebrew Bible. Read full book review >

WHILE YOU ARE SLEEPING by Mariana Ruiz Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"Alluring, wordless enchantment. (Picture book. 4-9)"
Many visual stories play out during the night, between the time that a child falls asleep and then awakens. Read full book review >
FACING FREDERICK by Tonya Bolden
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"A spirited biography that fully honors its redoubtable subject. (author's note, timeline, source notes, selected sources, index) (Biography. 10-14)"
The story of one of the most iconic and photographed figures in American history. Read full book review >
HOPE IN THE HOLLER by Lisa Lewis Tyre
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"A moving and richly engaging tale of despair and redemption. (Fiction. 10-14)"
There isn't much of anything but crushing poverty in the holler, making hope hard to sustain. Read full book review >

THE DRAGONET PROPHECY by Tui T. Sutherland
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"Dazzling; a must-read for any dragon fan. (Fantasy. 7-13)"
A popular middle-grade dragon series gets a graphic-novel makeover. Read full book review >
THE UNITED STATES V. JACKIE ROBINSON by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"Powerfully illustrates that this groundbreaking American icon's commitment to equality did not begin or end with baseball—his courage was a lifelong trait. (timeline, author's note, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 6-10)"
A pre-MLB biography of Jackie Robinson that focuses on his passion for justice and early encounters with injustice. Read full book review >
LET THE CHILDREN MARCH by Monica Clark-Robinson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"A powerful retrospective glimpse at a key event. (timeline, afterword, artist's statement, quote sources, bibliography) (Picture book. 5-9)"
A vibrantly illustrated account of the Birmingham Children's Crusade through the eyes of a young girl who volunteers to participate. Read full book review >
MEZ'S MAGIC by Eliot Schrefer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"Magic with depth in this new series stunner. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
When the magical rainforest of Caldera is threatened by a terrible evil, four young animal friends must overcome their differences to save the rainforest from destruction. Read full book review >
AVALANCHE!  by Terry Lynn Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"A content-enriched page-turner with surprising depth. (Adventure. 9-12)"
When 12-year-old twins Ashley and Ryan Hilder are caught in an avalanche, their survival training, quick thinking, and fortitude make the difference between life and death. Read full book review >
FROM THE HEART OF AFRICA by Eric Walters
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"This beautifully illustrated book of wisdom serves as a good introduction to maxims and also acts against the many prevalent negative stereotypes of African cultures and people—lovely and illuminating. (introduction, foreword, artist bios) (Picture book. 5-10)"
A book of African proverbs illustrated by a variety of artists. Read full book review >
JUST LIKE JACKIE by Lindsey Stoddard
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"Validating, heart-rending, and a deft blend of suffering and inspiration. (Fiction. 9-12)"
A young, aspiring mechanic tries to get a grip on her anger at school before it reveals her worries at home. 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 >