IF YOU EVER WANT TO BRING A CIRCUS TO THE LIBRARY, DON'T! by Elise Parsley
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 2, 2017

"Librarians will love sharing this story, maybe. Their listeners will love hearing it, definitely. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Quiet in the library? Not while Magnolia is in action! Read full book review >
TEN by Shamini Flint
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 2, 2017

"Universal themes of grappling with race, fitting in, and dealing with divorce help this story transcend cultural boundaries. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A funny, heartwarming story about a young girl who learns to manage (other people's) expectations and make her dreams come true. Read full book review >

LILY'S CAT MASK by Julie Fortenberry
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 2, 2017

"Shy and confident children alike will enjoy this story. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Small, brown-skinned Lily is able to navigate her world more easily when she wears a cat mask. Read full book review >
CARING FOR YOUR LION by Tammi Sauer
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 2, 2017

"Allow plenty of time to giggle over the details. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Could a lion be the right pet for you? Read full book review >
DIFFERENT? SAME! by Heather Tekavec
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 2, 2017

"Informative fun. (Informational picture book. 2-6)"
Groups of animals demonstrate sameness and difference. Read full book review >

THREE PENNIES by Melanie Crowder
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 2, 2017

"A beautifully written and thoroughly modern family breaking-and-making story. (Fiction. 9-12)"
As tectonic plates shift underneath San Francisco, 11-year-old Marin rearranges the spaces in her own heart for the woman who wants to be her mother. Read full book review >
GEORGIA RULES by Nanci Turner Steveson
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 2, 2017

"When Steveson's stories can match her descriptions, she'll be terrific; this one doesn't hit that mark. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Twelve-year-old Maggie moves from Atlanta to Vermont. Read full book review >
STACK THE CATS by Susie Ghahremani
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 2, 2017

"Thanks to its gentle inconsistencies, this is a book that can expand children's thought processes. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Counting from one to 10 is the usual math activity in simple picture books, but this one takes on other mathematical operations, too. Read full book review >
BABY BOO, I LOVE YOU by Sheryl Haft
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 2, 2017

"Both young listeners and caregivers will relish this ode to their own favorite Baby-Boos. (Picture book. 1-3)"
What child hasn't felt boundless love for a special doll or toy? Read full book review >
REAL FRIENDS by Shannon Hale
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 2, 2017

"A painful and painfully recognizable tale of one girl's struggle to make and keep 'one good friend.' (author's note) (Graphic memoir. 8-12)"
A truth-telling graphic memoir whose theme song could be Johnny Lee's old country song "Lookin' for Love in all the Wrong Places." Read full book review >
BUG GIRL by Benjamin Harper
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 2, 2017

"Bearing all the campy hallmarks and high drama of a classic superhero romp, this entertaining but formulaic tale also features interesting entomological tidbits throughout. (Adventure. 8-12)"
An insect-obsessed sixth-grader must convince her snobby former best friend to join forces with her in order to save their mothers from a dastardly villain. Read full book review >
ANIMALS DO, TOO! by Etta Kaner
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 2, 2017

"Not an essential but still an appealing addition to an animal shelf. (Informational picture book. 3-6)"
Animals and people share behaviors. 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 >