THIS BEAR'S BIRTHDAY by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 20, 2017

"Bear's confident, lovable approach to life will serve little ones well. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Reaching an age of some independence and self-sufficiency is the highlight of this little bear's birthday milestone. Read full book review >
THE BIG BAD FOX by Benjamin Renner
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 20, 2017

"A comically charming underfox tale. (Graphic fantasy. 7-11)"
A not-too-tough fox in a henhouse comes away with more than he bargained for. Read full book review >

SPLAT! by Jon Burgerman
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 20, 2017

"A gimmick, though a playful one. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Ever wonder what happens to the previous page after you've turned to the next? Read full book review >
AROUND THE WORLD IN A BATHTUB by Wade Bradford
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 20, 2017

"Instructive on several levels—and good, wet fun! (Informational picture book. 4-7)"
Is it a universal truth that kids don't like baths? Read full book review >
MONSTER HEROES by Blake Hoena
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 15, 2017

"Never a dull moment at Frankenstein Elementary. (Fiction. 7-9)"
Four good-hearted monsters repeatedly save the day by concocting clever ways to foil the schemes of their evil families and schoolmates. Read full book review >

SO MANY CUDDLES by Ruth Austin
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 15, 2017

"An intimate, low-key variation on a popular theme. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A sweet celebration of a day filled with physical contact, from "rise and shine cuddles" to "sleep tight and good night." Read full book review >
THE AZTEC EMPIRE  by Imogen Greenberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 15, 2017

"Ineffective and misleading. (Graphic nonfiction. 8-11)"
This comic-book-like synthesis of the Aztec empire surveys the history and culture of one of the major civilizations of pre-Hispanic Mexico. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 15, 2017

"A needed 'own voices' story of cross-cultural diplomacy, but the density of the story and accompanying notes may limit the appeal to use among academic rather than general audiences. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Co-written by Hispanic-literature scholar Nogar and Spanish-language expert Lamadrid (The First Tortilla, 2012), a fictionalized account of a miraculous appearance in colonial New Mexico. Read full book review >
EXPLORING SPACE by Martin Jenkins
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 13, 2017

"A coherent if unexceptional overview of the subject given a solid boost by the visuals. (index, timeline, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 10-13)"
Finely detailed cutaway views of spacecraft and satellites launch a broad account of space exploration's past, present, and near future. Read full book review >
PABLO PINEDA by Albert Bosch
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 13, 2017

"A disappointingly vague tale of achievement in the face of low expectations. (Picture book/biography. 4-8)"
Bosch and Sala relate the accomplishments of Pablo Pineda, a white Spanish boy who became the first European with Down syndrome to graduate from university. Read full book review >
JOPLIN, WISHING by Diane Stanley
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 13, 2017

"With magic and a bit of danger, and touching on themes of family, loss, friendship, misunderstandings, kindness, and second chances, Joplin and Sofie's story is not soon forgotten. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Stanley's fantasy offers an enticing blend of suspense, an ancient curse, a lonely girl, a hint of romance, and a fairy-tale trope. Read full book review >
CAN AN AARDVARK BARK? by Melissa Stewart
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 13, 2017

"Don't share this engaging read-aloud in a quiet library. (Informational picture book. 2-8)"
Barks, grunts, squeals, whines, bellows, growls, and laughs—all kinds of animals use all kinds of sounds to communicate. 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 >