THE AZTEC EMPIRE  by Imogen Greenberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 15, 2017

"Ineffective and misleading. (Graphic nonfiction. 8-11)"
This comic-book-like synthesis of the Aztec empire surveys the history and culture of one of the major civilizations of pre-Hispanic Mexico. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 15, 2017

"A needed 'own voices' story of cross-cultural diplomacy, but the density of the story and accompanying notes may limit the appeal to use among academic rather than general audiences. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Co-written by Hispanic-literature scholar Nogar and Spanish-language expert Lamadrid (The First Tortilla, 2012), a fictionalized account of a miraculous appearance in colonial New Mexico. Read full book review >

EXPLORING SPACE by Martin Jenkins
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 13, 2017

"A coherent if unexceptional overview of the subject given a solid boost by the visuals. (index, timeline, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 10-13)"
Finely detailed cutaway views of spacecraft and satellites launch a broad account of space exploration's past, present, and near future. Read full book review >
PABLO PINEDA by Albert Bosch
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 13, 2017

"A disappointingly vague tale of achievement in the face of low expectations. (Picture book/biography. 4-8)"
Bosch and Sala relate the accomplishments of Pablo Pineda, a white Spanish boy who became the first European with Down syndrome to graduate from university. Read full book review >
JOPLIN, WISHING by Diane Stanley
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 13, 2017

"With magic and a bit of danger, and touching on themes of family, loss, friendship, misunderstandings, kindness, and second chances, Joplin and Sofie's story is not soon forgotten. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Stanley's fantasy offers an enticing blend of suspense, an ancient curse, a lonely girl, a hint of romance, and a fairy-tale trope. Read full book review >

CAN AN AARDVARK BARK? by Melissa Stewart
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 13, 2017

"Don't share this engaging read-aloud in a quiet library. (Informational picture book. 2-8)"
Barks, grunts, squeals, whines, bellows, growls, and laughs—all kinds of animals use all kinds of sounds to communicate. Read full book review >
A DOG LIKE DAISY by Kristin O’Donnell Tubb
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 13, 2017

"Daisy is distinctive and memorable, and this depiction of PTSD is useful, making this a fine, compelling tale. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Remember Black Beauty? Read full book review >
LOST AND FOUND, WHAT'S THAT SOUND? by Jonathan Ying
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 13, 2017

"The flat ending is disappointing for a group of characters who could have exhibited a rousing rhythmic finale. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Just before showtime, the animals in the band must search for their instruments in the lost and found by their identifying sounds. Read full book review >
THE QUILTS OF GEE'S BEND by Susan Goldman Rubin
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 13, 2017

"A handsome volume to enchant a new generation of readers and artists. (source notes, bibliography, acknowledgments, image credits) (Nonfiction. 8-14)"
How homemade quilts created in rural Alabama became modern art. Read full book review >
THE STARRY GIRAFFE by Andy Bergmann
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 13, 2017

"A gracious, humorous exploration of generosity and gratitude. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A hungry giraffe plucks apple after apple for a steady stream of friends, until the tree is bare and she is tired—but she will eat soon! Read full book review >
THE GREAT GRANNY CAKE CONTEST! by Tracey Corderoy
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 13, 2017

"This accessible series should lead young readers to the groaning shelves of middle-grade fantasy that await. (Fantasy. 6-8)"
Pandora and her granny return in a new set of stories about witches who cannot refrain from using magic. Read full book review >
ANDY & SANDY AND THE BIG TALENT SHOW by Tomie dePaola
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 13, 2017

"Bravo! (Early reader. 5-7)"
A case of stage fright nearly thwarts Andy and Sandy's act in this latest installment of dePaola and Lewis' early-reader series. 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 >