CLEO EDISON OLIVER IN PERSUASION POWER by Sundee T. Frazier
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"Cleo's an engaging, effervescent original whose story unfolds with humor and insight, probing weighty issues with a light touch. (Fiction. 8-12)"
In her latest business venture (creating personalized barrettes), the pint-size entrepreneur harnesses the power of social networking, fifth-grade style. Read full book review >
THE ROOSTER WHO WOULD NOT BE QUIET! by Carmen Agra Deedy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"This subtle, modern multicultural tale is a must-have: 'Kee-kee-ree-KEE!' Indeed! (Picture book. 4-9)"
The streets of the village of La Paz ring with song, both the musical kind and the symphony of life. Read full book review >

AMAZING ANIMALS by Liza Charlesworth
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"Though not a perfect offering, the 'Spin & Spot' gimmick and animal-identification game will engage most toddlers. (Board book. 2-4)"
Spin the dial to identify a variety of animals in different habitats. Read full book review >
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST by Jennifer Donnelly
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"Readers who love Beauty and the Beast will greatly enjoy the opportunity to spend more time with their story. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Beauty and the Beast are back, along with the familiar cast of characters from Disney's films. Read full book review >
THE WALL OF FAME GAME by Crystal Allen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"With a charming cast of characters that readers will be eager to follow, this is a welcome addition to what should become a long-running middle-grade series. (Fiction. 8-10)"
Following series opener Spirit Week Showdown (2016), the magnificent Mya Tibbs is back, and so is her competitive spirit! Read full book review >

BEE by Patricia Hegarty
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"There are few enough books written for very young children about honeybees that this beautiful book is worth a look. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A hexagonal, die-cut window frames a honeybee as she scouts for nectar and then informs her hive of forage. Read full book review >
FRED KOREMATSU SPEAKS UP by Laura Atkins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 30, 2017

"This first book in the Fighting for Justice series is a must-read for all civics classrooms. (resources for activism, note from Karen Korematsu, bibliography) (Blended nonfiction/historical fiction. 8-14)"
When Fred Korematsu, a young Japanese-American man, defied U.S. governmental orders by refusing to report to prison camps during World War II, he and his allies set in motion a landmark civil liberties case. Read full book review >
MORNING STAR HORSE / EL CABALLO LUCERO by Margarita Engle
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 30, 2017

"Readers looking for a story involving horses, magic, or a bit of Cuban history will do better looking elsewhere. (author's note) (Historical verse novel. 10-13)"
A young girl's greatest fear is the loneliness of horselessness. Read full book review >
WHEN I GROW UP, I WANT TO BE MYSELF by A. Cole
Released: Jan. 27, 2017

"A book that will be a hit with young readers, especially in schools with ethnically diverse student bodies."
Debut author Cole and illustrator Embeli, in this energetic children's book, question the importance of kids' selecting future careers. Read full book review >
NORTH, SOUTH, EAST, WEST by Margaret Wise Brown
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"Equal parts wistful and uplifting—a small triumph. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A previously unpublished story from the author of Goodnight Moon takes flight in this poignant, charming picture book. Read full book review >
THE RUNAWAY EGG by Katy Hudson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"Being an older sibling has never been this harrowing—and hilarious. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Taking care of a younger sibling is a challenge for Chick, especially when the sibling is still in his egg. Read full book review >
OPPOSITE DAY by Nora Ericson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"Silliness resolves into true affection in this airy encore. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Dill, an "odd duck," and Bizzy, a "strange bird," return following their eponymous debut to find their friendship tested as they spend a day doing everything the opposite way. 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 >