THE THREE BILLY GOATS GRUFF by Jerry Pinkney
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 9, 2017

"Pinkney's graceful note invites readers to ponder issues of forgiveness, redemption, and peaceful coexistence in a terrific tale well-suited to family and group read-alouds. (Picture book/folk tale. 3-8)"
Pinkney adapts the classic Norwegian tale, adding dramatic textual and visual details honoring the value of second chances. Read full book review >
AND THEN COMES SUMMER by Tom Brenner
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 9, 2017

"A perennial read that radiates summer's heady glee. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Summer's smells, sounds, rhythms, and rituals unspool luxuriantly in this tribute to the season when "days stretch out like a slow yawn," when "bumblebees bumble," and "every day is like a Saturday." Read full book review >

THERE MIGHT BE LOBSTERS by Carolyn Crimi
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 9, 2017

"Just 'beachy.' (Picture book. 3-6)"
A little dog named Sukie overcomes her fear of all things "beachy" in this new picture book. Read full book review >
MINE! by Jeff Mack
Kirkus Star
by Jeff Mack, illustrated by Jeff Mack
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 9, 2017

"A behavioral window for some, a mirror for many, and a delightful book for all. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Mine! Or is it? Read full book review >
FUNNY GIRL by Betsy Bird
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 9, 2017

"Whether these live up to the subtitle's claim of 'funniest stories ever' is subjective, but the lighthearted array will surely appeal to a wide audience. (Anthology. 9-13)"
The 28 short stories, autobiographical essays, and comic strips in this entertaining anthology are meant to prove that females can be funny, and they succeed. Read full book review >

CLAYTON BYRD GOES UNDERGROUND by Rita Williams-Garcia
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 9, 2017

"Strong characterizations and vivid musical scenes add layers to this warm family story. (Fiction. 8-12)"
An African-American youngster is happiest when he can play his harmonica with his bluesman grandfather until tragedy removes the music from his life. Read full book review >
THE VERY BERRY COUNTING BOOK by Jerry Pallotta
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 2, 2017

"A simple, elegant book. (Board book. 2-4)"
Children can learn to count from one to 10 in a berry appetizing way. Read full book review >
HEY, BOY by Benjamin Strouse
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 2, 2017

"Luminous. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A boy meets a dog, and together they embark on a friendship that endures separation, age, and reunion. Read full book review >
TOUCANS, TOO by Bethanie Deeney Murguia
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 2, 2017

"Wonderfully wacky. (Picture book. 2-7)"
Cockatoos and their toucan buddies (Cockatoo, Too, 2015) are once again the stars of a wacky adventure. Read full book review >
BEYOND THE BRIGHT SEA by Lauren Wolk
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 2, 2017

"A beautiful, evocative sophomore effort from Newbery honoree Wolk (Wolf Hollow, 2016). (Historical fiction. 9-13)"
This book will make people want to run away to the Elizabeth Islands. Read full book review >
THE CHILDREN'S GARDEN by Carole Lexa Schaefer
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 2, 2017

"This charming look at a cooperative project outdoors in fresh air and sunshine captures the appeal of gardening and may inspire children to plant some seeds of their own. (author's note) (Picture book. 3-7)"
A multiethnic group of five children plants and cares for their own neighborhood garden in a city setting. 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 >
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 >