PUMPKIN ISLAND by Arthur  Geisert
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 23, 2018

"Readers captivated by the understated silliness of the premise may find themselves imagining what their own neighborhoods might look like under similar circumstances. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Geisert, known for his intricate etchings that often feature profusions of pigs, here turns to pumpkins, offering a meditation on the effects of one astonishingly fertile runaway pumpkin on a small Iowa town. Read full book review >
MARY POPPINS by P.L. Travers
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 23, 2018

"A delightful excursion into a timelessly magical world, eminently suitable for reading alone or aloud. (Fantasy. 7-10)"
A handsomely produced gift edition of the 1934 classic, undoubtedly timed to capitalize on the release of the upcoming film sequel, Mary Poppins Returns, in December 2018. Read full book review >

MARY POPPINS by P.L. Travers
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 23, 2018

"Lovely and evocative, just the thing to spark an interest in the original and its sequels—and the upcoming film sequel, Mary Poppins Returns, which opens in December 2018. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Refined, spit-spot-tidy illustrations infuse a spare adaptation of the 1934 classic with proper senses of decorum and wonder. Read full book review >
REACH HIGHER by Amanda Lucidon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 23, 2018

"With Souza's book, this could have bookended the Obama years. But it's more of a bookend and a paperweight. (Nonfiction. 4-7)"
Lucidon's adaptation of her adult book Chasing Light (2017) for the kindergarten-to-second-grade set aims for the photographic splendor of Pete Souza's Dream Big Dreams (2017), which celebrates what made the Obama administration both historic and extraordinary. Read full book review >
LU by Jason Reynolds
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 23, 2018

"The perfect anchor leg for a well-run literary relay. (Fiction. 10-14)"
A middle-grade runner soars over obstacles to shine as a leader for his team and family. Read full book review >

FIGLEY VS. THE MOOKLING HAT by Suzanne Cotsakos
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 23, 2018

"A valuable message about finding 'something that makes you unique.' (Picture book. 4-8)"
Figley, an opossum/cow/finch hybrid, faces a choice. Follow the latest "fashion craze" to avoid being "a laughing stock," or find the courage to stand out. Read full book review >
THE EPIC ADVENTURES OF HUGGIE & STICK by Drew Daywalt
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 23, 2018

"A worldwide whirlwind that misses the mark. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A stuffed animal and a stick travel around the world by mistake. Read full book review >
CAVEBOY DAVE by Aaron Reynolds
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 23, 2018

"Silly. (Graphic fantasy. 7-12)"
A 12-year-old is named the ruler of his prehistoric village. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 23, 2018

"Another inviting example of scientific field work in a consistently appealing series. (glossary, notes, bibliography, acknowledgements, index) (Nonfiction.10-16)"
In Asheville, North Carolina, wildlife biologists study a growing black bear population, one example of city-dwellers and animals who try to coexist around the world. Read full book review >
COMING HOME by Michael Morpurgo
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 23, 2018

"A highly unusual picture book to satisfy the heart of anyone who enjoys making the natural world part of a Christmas celebration. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A robin travels alone for many miles to reach his mate by Christmas. Read full book review >
MAYA PAPAYA AND HER AMIGOS PLAY DRESS-UP by Susan Middleton Elya
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 23, 2018

"The language is fun, the Spanish just rolls off the tongue, and the illustrations offer just enough whimsy. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Follow Maya Papaya and her peluches as they dance and play through the seasons. Read full book review >
THE UNSINKABLE WALKER BEAN AND THE KNIGHTS OF THE WAXING MOON by Aaron Renier
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 23, 2018

"Dazzling. (Graphic adventure. 7-12)"
Shipwrecks and secrets abound in this sophomore graphic offering. 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 >