WHAT IS THE PRESIDENT'S JOB? by Allison Singer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"A sunny opener for more-nuanced overviews like Judith St. George and David Small's classic So You Want to Be President (2000) or the newest edition of Eyewitness: Presidents (2017). (index, reading guide for parents) (Informational early reader. 6-8)"
A starter volume for newly independent readers curious about what presidents of the U.S. are supposed to do. Read full book review >
THE BAD GUYS by Aaron Blabey
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"We challenge anyone to read this and keep a straight face. (Fiction. 7-11)"
Four misunderstood villains endeavor to turn over a new leaf…or a new rap sheet in Blabey's frenzied romp. Read full book review >

GIRL POWER! by DC Comics
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"A decent introduction to the characters, but diversity remains a problem. And give Supergirl some pants! (Board book. 2-3)"
DC Comics' superwomen fight the good fight. Read full book review >
PICKY EATERS by Ellen Jackson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"An engaging introduction to the eating habits of a variety of animals that will keep young readers coming back for as long as the flaps last. (Board book. 2-4)"
Think all animals will eat just anything? Think again. Some animals will only eat some very specific foods. Welcome to the world of picky eaters! Read full book review >
WHAT ON EARTH? WIND by Isabel Thomas
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 2, 2017

"A breeze through a subject often covered in the primary grades. Pair with Vicki Cobb and Julia Gorton's I Face the Wind (2003). (glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 6-9)"
A multifaceted invitation to young readers to explore, create, and investigate the phenomenon of wind. Read full book review >

TOPSY TURVY OCEAN by Wes Magee
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 2, 2017

"Droll invitations to craft silly verse, though somewhat constrained in creative scope as the examplars are all written on the same template. (Picture book/poetry. 6-8)"
A set of unabashedly surreal marine mix-ups designed to inspire young rhymesters. Read full book review >
REPTILES & AMPHIBIANS by Catherine Herbert Howell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2017

"Children will get more from their explorations with these guides along. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Following two titles focusing on birds and rocks and minerals (both 2016, not reviewed), the Ultimate Explorer field-guide series continues to expand. Read full book review >
PERFECT by Nicola Davies
Released: Jan. 1, 2017

"An emotionally vivid, hopeful illustration of unpredictability, disappointment, and acceptance—recommended for children and parents alike. (Picture book. 4 & up)"
A fledgling swift helps a child cope with disappointment when a baby sister is different than expected. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2017

"Elegant, eye-opening, and memorable. (Memoir. 10-15)"
A young girl endures life as a political prisoner. Read full book review >
THE LIFE FANTASTIC by Liza Ketchum
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 1, 2017

"A jam-packed ride through early-20th-century performance culture, if one can hold on. (list of songs, author's note, glossary, bibliography) (Historical fiction. 12-16)"
Raised on the road with vaudevillian parents and gifted with a golden voice, young Teresa LeClair sets out to "shoot for the stars—or die trying" in Ketchum's newest historical novel. Read full book review >
PASSOVER SCAVENGER HUNT by Shanna Silva
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2017

"This may help families develop a new and fun-filled addition to their Seder traditions. (author's note) (Picture book. 3-6)"
Enjoy a new way to hide and hunt for the afikoman at the Passover Seder. Read full book review >
HUSH by Surya Sajnani
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 31, 2016

"A mostly satisfying addition to the interactive board-book shelf. (Board book. 1-3)"
Simple, repetitive text, familiar sounds, and developmentally appropriate graphics characterize this simple board book for little ones. 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 >