Children's Book Reviews

STRUTTIN' WITH SOME BARBECUE by Patricia Hruby Powell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 11, 2018

"Brimming with a contagious love of jazz and its first lady, this work brings down the house. (notes, timeline, glossary, resources, sources, index) (Verse biography. 8-14)"
Lil Hardin, dubbed "the first lady of jazz," gets a loving ode in this biography in free verse. Read full book review >
THE POESY RING by Bob Graham
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 11, 2018

"Lovely to look at and to ponder, best suited to children of a philosophical bent. (Picture book. 5-9)"
In 1830 a tearful young woman flings a ring into the air, and it lands in a seaside meadow in Ireland. Read full book review >

I WISH IT WOULD SNOW! by Sarah Dillard
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 11, 2018

"This acts as both a mirror and a subtle prompt to enjoy the moment. (Picture book. 3-8)"
A bunny expresses the feelings of so many in temperate climates: They wish for snow when there's none and none when there's lots. Read full book review >
STEWART'S BEST PEN by Stephen W. Martin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 11, 2018

"A cute ode to the written word and the joy of having a favorite pen and pal. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Almost everyone has a best friend, but the truly lucky among us find a best pen. Read full book review >
I LOVE YOU, LITTLE POOKIE by Sandra Boynton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 4, 2018

"An unabashed love letter from mother. (Board book. 1-4)"
A sweet celebration of the bond between a mother and her Pookie. Read full book review >

AUNTIE AND ME by Karen Katz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 4, 2018

"This book is such a pleasure it prompts the question: Can we have an uncle book next? (Board book. 1-3)"
There are plenty of books about the love that mommy, dad, grandma, and/or grandpa feel for a child, but good luck finding a book about the special bond between a child and an aunt. This board book meets that need. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 4, 2018

"A fresh and accessible approach to an important scientific concept. (glossary, suggestions for further research, author's note) (Nonfiction. 9-13)"
The evolution of iguanas in the Galápagos provides a striking example of the workings of natural selection. Read full book review >
DON'T MESS WITH ME by Paul Erickson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 4, 2018

"Though the text in this entry in an admirable series may be challenging for young readers, the subject has guaranteed kid appeal. (timeline, further resources, glossary) (Nonfiction. 9-14)"
A sampling of the more than 12,000 varieties of stinging creatures that live in the ocean. Read full book review >
LITTLE OWL'S SNOW by Divya Srinivasan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 4, 2018

"A gentle encouragement to explore and get the best out of unfamiliar situations. (Picture book. 2-6)"
The whimsical little owl with the huge eyes is back (Little Owl's Day, 2014, etc.), exploring the joys of a new and unfamiliar season. Read full book review >
IS THAT YOU, ELEANOR SUE? by Tricia Tusa
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 4, 2018

"Refreshingly simple, humorous, and playful. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Young Eleanor Sue loves to play dress-up on Saturdays, and her mother plays along perfectly. Read full book review >
LOVE by Stacy McAnulty
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 4, 2018

"Perfect for balancing the commercialism of Valentine's Day. (Picture book. 3-8)"
After tackling Beautiful (2016) and Brave (2017), McAnulty and Lew-Vriethoff present readers with all things love. Read full book review >
OWLS ARE GOOD AT KEEPING SECRETS by Sara O'Leary
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 4, 2018

"Don't let the owls keep this unusual book secret. It deserves to be shared. (Picture book. 3-6)"
An alphabetical menagerie of animals—with an interpersonal twist. 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 >