ARTHUR AND THE GOLDEN ROPE by Joe Todd-Stanton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"With picture books seeming to hew to ever more minimalist approaches, this retelling of a Norse myth, rich with adventure and mystery in a wonderfully picturesque package, comes as an opulent treat. (Picture book. 5-9)"
An unlikely hero rescues his Icelandic village in this picture-book retelling of "The Binding of Fenrir." Read full book review >
BOB, NOT BOB! by Liz Garton Scanlon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"For a book that really comes down to a sick kid yelping for his mother, his nose so clogged it needs dynamite to clear, the story has a lot of adorable acreage. (Picture book. 3-5)"
When you're sick and stuffy, some letters—like T's and L's and M's—disappear. Read full book review >

INNOCENT HEROES by Sigmund Brouwer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"A steppingstone to Michael Morpurgo's War Horse (1983) and a worthy introduction to the Great War. (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
Brouwer uses the assault on Vimy Ridge during World War I to highlight the bravery of both Canadian troops and the animals that served. Read full book review >
THE LAND OF NOD by Robert Louis Stevenson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"A warm reminder that adventures await, no further away than the nearest pillow. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A child confined indoors by an injury tumbles off to dreamland in this surreal but comforting edition of the classic short poem. Read full book review >
SAM THE MAN & THE RUTABAGA PLAN by Frances O’Roark Dowell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"Readers will be happy to spend time with Sam the Man. (Fiction. 6-9)"
Sam is saddled with a rutabaga as his vegetable for the next two weeks in second-grade science. Read full book review >

SAM SORTS by Marthe Jocelyn
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"A deceptively simple, joyous introduction to set theory, with lots of other concept practice as a bonus. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Sam's got a mess, but he knows how to have fun cleaning it up: sorting it! Read full book review >
WE'RE GOING ON AN EGG HUNT by Laura Hughes
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"Intriguing illustrations, classic story structure, and irresistible rabbits add up to a winning Easter-themed treat. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Four rabbits hunt for Easter eggs in this variation on the familiar children's call-and-response game about going on a bear or lion hunt. Read full book review >
ISLAND OF EXILES by Erica Cameron
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"A fresh, original series starter bolstered by a dynamic protagonist and a welcome sense of depth."
Cameron (Assassins: Nemesis, 2017, etc.) tells a YA fantasy tale about a "nyshin"—a warrior, mage, and hunter—on a desert island rife with danger.Read full book review >
ANIMAL ARK by Kwame Alexander
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"Beautiful photos, with an impact heightened (sometimes to somewhat dizzying altitudes) by the accompanying words. (author's, photographer's notes) (Informational picture book/poetry. 6-12)"
The Newbery medalist matches bursts of poetic commentary to dozens of dramatic close-ups, mostly of creatures classified as endangered or threatened. Read full book review >
ABC LOVE by Christiane Engel
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"An emotional mess. Here's hoping Engel finds a text worthy of her playful art. (Board book. 18 mos.-4)"
Children and their grown-ups explore the ABCs of love. Read full book review >
TUCKER DIGS EASTER! by Leslie McGuirk
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"Skip this for toddlers still learning about Easter activities and go with Aly Fronis and Sanja Rescek's This Little Bunny (2016) instead. (Board book. 2-4)"
Tucker the lively white terrier returns in his fourth holiday board book (Gobble, Gobble, Tucker, 2014, etc.). Read full book review >
HERE TO THERE AND ME TO YOU by Cheryl Keely
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 12, 2017

"A fine introduction to bridges and the great truth of connectivity. (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
Bridges are great metaphors, but they are pretty cool in their own right. 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 >