THE LEGEND OF ROCK PAPER SCISSORS by Drew Daywalt
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 4, 2017

"A closer-to-perfect pairing couldn't be imagined. Everyone wins! (Picture book. 4-10)"
Peer through the mists and learn the origin of the game that has resolved playground disputes beyond number. Read full book review >
LINES, BARS AND CIRCLES by Helaine Becker
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 4, 2017

"An unusual and useful curricular choice for today's students, who frequently learn through infographics. (Picture book/biography. 6-9)"
The origins of the now-ubiquitous line graph, bar graph, and pie chart are rarely considered. This title introduces the Scotsman who first plotted and promoted these tools for easily communicating complex information. Read full book review >

A HORSE NAMED STEVE by Kelly Collier
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 4, 2017

"Team spirit and individual achievement are certainly lacking in this attempt to explore what makes a horse (or a child) special. (Picture book. 3-6)"
To be different is to be a standout in this confusing little story. Read full book review >
THE RING BEARER by Floyd Cooper
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 4, 2017

"Readers will be joining the congregation in cheering for Jackson. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A ring bearer has wedding-day jitters, but the man his mother is marrying has a daughter who isn't the least bit nervous about being the flower girl. Read full book review >
JOURNEY ACROSS THE HIDDEN ISLANDS by Sarah Beth Durst
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 4, 2017

"An enjoyable coming-of-age fantasy-adventure that also showcases the deep bond between sisters. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Two princesses conquer self-doubt and learn to trust in each other in order to save their people and the only way of life they know. Read full book review >

THE <i>TITANIC</i> MISSION by Dan Gutman
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 4, 2017

"A fizzy, fast-paced read with lots of history woven in. (Adventure. 8-12)"
In the second installment of the Flashback Four series, time-travelers Luke, Julia, David, and Isabel are off on a new adventure, this time boarding the Titanic to snap a photograph as it sinks. Read full book review >
ESCAPE FROM LION'S HEAD by Devon Hughes
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 4, 2017

"A compelling page-turner with depth. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
In a futuristic city where the wealthy live in high towers above the poisonous air and citizens are entertained by death matches between hybridized animals, two teens defy the government in hopes of changing their world. Read full book review >
FLASH THE FISH by Paul Kor
by Paul Kor, illustrated by Paul Kor, translated by Annette Appel
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 4, 2017

"A flawed yet pleasant and accessible tale of friendship. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A tale of a fish and a whale, originally published in 1990 in Israel. Read full book review >
THE BLUE SONGBIRD by Vern Kousky
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 4, 2017

"The tale is a familiar one and its plot not without holes, but it's told with grace. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A misfit bird travels the world to learn her special song…and to find her special place. Read full book review >
THE CAMPING TRIP by Sven Nordqvist
by Sven Nordqvist, illustrated by Sven Nordqvist, translated by Tara Chace
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 4, 2017

"This stand-alone title in a series is sure to win hearts and minds, even as its characters come near to losing the latter. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Perils and perturbations await two friends hoping for a peaceful camping experience in the mountains. Read full book review >
MUD BOOK by John Cage
Kirkus Star
by John Cage, illustrated by Lois Long
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 4, 2017

"Multigenerational mess makers will delight in this little book and the messes it encourages. (Picture book. 3-7)"
This petite publication takes mud pies seriously. Read full book review >
HOW TO TAME A TRICERATOPS by Will Dare
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 4, 2017

"Adventures and misadventures, Old West style—but with dinos. (Fantasy. 8-10)"
Young Josh needs to up his ride if he's going to win the Trihorn settlement's 100th-anniversary Founders' Day race and meet his hero, Terrordactyl Bill. 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 >