written and illustrated by Kitty Leech, adapted and illustrated by Tracey Herman
Released: Nov. 1, 2009

"Detailed and engaging but not quite complete."
The story of a Nativity play production, an addition to the Dollies series, doubles as a picture book for little ones and an introduction to stagecraft for older children. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 2009

"The bighearted Yellow Umbrella discovers unexpected poignancy at a depth deeper than that of most children's books."
Author and artist Dunn turns an everyday object—a yellow umbrella—into a touching tale about the joy of giving selflessly and how small acts of compassion can transcend cultural boundaries. Read full book review >

Released: Jan. 1, 2008

"An exciting novel for young dog lovers."
West's (Kalie Leads the Way, 2006) middle-grade novel tells a war dog's history-inspired story. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 4, 2007

"A fast-paced fantasy for preteens who are ready for something meatier than the average chapter book."
Like many kids, Max thinks his mandatory summer vacation will be boring. He's terribly wrong. Read full book review >
Don't Know Where, Don't Know When by Annette Laing
Released: Aug. 20, 2007

"A clever and charming time-travel adventure."
With help from a mysterious professor, three intrepid children travel back in time and then must figure out how to get home. Read full book review >

POOP FOUNTAIN! by Tom Angleberger
Released: May 1, 2007

"He takes up too much space filling in backstory, but the trio's 'adventure' is credibly worked out, engagingly related and, unsurprisingly, likely to be greeted with howls of laughter by second-graders of all ages. (Fiction. 7-10)"
"Yeah, it's kind of second-grade, I know, but once the word poop has been said fifty times, the fifty-first time is twice as funny. Try it." Read full book review >
ZEN SHORTS by Jon J Muth
Kirkus Star
by Jon J Muth, illustrated by Jon J Muth
Released: March 1, 2005

"The Buddha lurks in the details here: Every word and image comes to make as perfect a picture book as can be. (author's note) (Picture book. 5-9)"
Limpidly beautiful watercolors and a wry, puckish gentleness mark these three Zen stories, one for each of three children. Read full book review >
Firefightin' Sam by Michael J. Hughes
Released: Sept. 16, 2002

"Hughes is to be commended, and his book recommended, for balancing its realism with its positive message."
This debut YA novel about an aspiring firefighter aims to entertain and inform young readers while also keeping them on the straight and narrow. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"Closing on a cheery note with a look at new baby customs in several parts of the world, this provides sensible, reassuring answers to readers' questions and concerns, and interrupts the rain of information with occasional silliness. (index) (Nonfiction. 8-10)"
Harris and Emberley fill the gap between their picture book, Happy Birth Day (1996), and the instant-classic It's Perfectly Normal (1994) with this equally sensitive, good-humored take on love and sex, puberty, genetics, pregnancy, and related topics, from sibling rivalry to HIV. Read full book review >
DOCTOR WHITE by Jane Goodall
Released: March 1, 1999

"Litty's watercolors beautifully illustrate this tale about the healing power of love. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A sweet and heartwarming true story about a little white dog, who curled up on the beds of very sick children in a Children's Hospital in London and healed them with his warmth and love. Dr. White's tail thumped, his black nose snuggled, he licked sick hands, and critically ill children recovered. Read full book review >
SHABANU by Suzanne Fisher Staples
Released: Oct. 1, 1989

"An unforgettable heroine set like a fine jewel in a wonderfully wrought book. Map, pronouncing list of names, glossary."
Using the present tense and the voice of Shabanu herself, this splendid first novel takes the reader, with astonishing immediacy, into the life and mind of a courageous, intelligent Pakistani girl. Read full book review >
VOLCANO by Patricia Lauber
Released: May 1, 1986

"Although more distant or long-range effects of the eruption are not described, this exemplary science book should have a large-scale effect on its readers. Index."
Before opening this splendid record, prepare to be absorbed by the dramatic account of the eruption, intrigued by the variety of lite that survived or quickly colonized the devastated area, and dazzled by the stunning color photos that dominate nearly every page. 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 >