HOW IT FEELS TO BE A BOAT by James Kwan
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 4, 2017

"While the topic may seem a bit mature or daunting for very young readers, the story has such quirky sparkle that even if readers don't quite get its meaning, they will be delighted with its sense of playfulness. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Using the metaphor of a boat on a journey, this second-person story celebrates the richness and possibility of living. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2017

"Like an internet kitty video in book form, this should have young cat fanciers lapping it up. (Nonfiction. 7-11)"
Cats are more than just adorable piano players and grumpy sloganeers. Read full book review >

QUIET!  by Kate Alizadeh
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2017

"Sure to invite cries of 'Again!' (Picture book. 2-4)"
This picture book's title belies its gently noisy contents. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2017

"Fun and enlightenment for young experimenters working alone, with partners, or in groups. (glossary, index, websites) (Nonfiction. 6-10)"
An array of simple demonstrations designed to give budding eco-activists an understanding of how energy is stored, transferred, used responsibly, and recycled. Read full book review >
BINNY BEWITCHED by Hilary McKay
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 27, 2017

"Fans will be delighted by these further misadventures of the rumpled but loving—and lovable—Cornwallis clan. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Impulsive acts, severely tested friendships, and possible witchy curses—all set against the customary backdrop of domestic chaos—presage big changes for Binny and her family. Read full book review >

THE SOMEDAY SUITCASE by Corey Ann Haydu
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 27, 2017

"A sharp, clear-cut piece that knows life is beautiful and sickness isn't. (Fiction. 10-13)"
If two people connect through symbiosis, what happens when one weakens? Read full book review >
IT'S ALIVE! by Ammi-Joan Paquette
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 27, 2017

"An engaging, entertaining compendium that will inform and confound. (photos, maps, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
With "fake news" now such a prominent topic of conversation, a book that asks readers to separate bizarre but true stories about nature from fake ones is quite timely. Read full book review >
MONSTER'S NEW UNDIES by Samantha Berger
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 27, 2017

"If only every underwear shopping trip ended in such satisfaction. (Picture book. 3-7)"
When a tattered but loved pair of underwear finally falls apart, Monster must brave Undie World to find a new pair. Read full book review >
HAMSTERSAURUS REX VS. SQUIRREL KONG by Tom O'Donnell
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 27, 2017

"The '2' on the spine and the cliffhanger ending indicate more genetically modified fun to come—hurrah. (Science fiction. 8-12)"
When the blame for monstrous destruction lands on Hamstersaurus Rex, Sam must clear his tiny, half-dino buddy's name. Read full book review >
MAKING SCENTS by Arthur Yorinks
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 27, 2017

"A heartfelt tale of acceptance, tolerance, and grief. (Graphic fiction. 7-10)"
In this thoughtful graphic novel, a human boy who believes himself to be part dog seeks acceptance for who he is. Read full book review >
PIG THE WINNER by Aaron Blabey
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 27, 2017

"Pig probably doesn't have any fans per se (who'd like the nasty little booger?), but his antics make learning good sportsdogship fun. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Sore loser and sore winner is always a losing combination. Read full book review >
SUPER SLUG OF DOOM by Matty Long
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 27, 2017

"Evil gets gooey comeuppance, and the forest is safe…for now. (Picture book. 8-10)"
Uh oh—the Super Magic Happy Forest (2016) faces a new, and particularly slimy, threat. 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 >