CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"Completely fascinating and unique. (notes on language, bibliography, notes, author's note, suggested reading, historical timeline, important locations, acknowledgements, illustrations, index) (Nonfiction. 12-18)"
Elizabeth Jennings, a young, middle-class African-American woman in 1854 New York City, was on her way to church when she became the Rosa Parks of her time. Read full book review >
THE TRUE STORY OF JIM THE WONDER DOG by Marty Rhodes Figley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"An engaging slice of history that should appeal to young canine enthusiasts while demonstrating the solid use of primary sources."
A children's book presents the true story of a dog with unexplained abilities who delighted audiences in the 1930s. Read full book review >

SEA CREATURES FROM THE SKY by Ricardo Cortés
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 3, 2018

"Accept a slight current of illogic and enjoy this tale's accomplished visuals and percussive rhymes. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A shark rhymes its perspective on the two human researchers who catch, tag, and release it from a "strange beast"—their boat. Read full book review >
THE LEGEND OF JACK RIDDLE by H. Easson
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2018

"A rousing addition to the dark and Grimm shelf. (Fantasy. 10-13)"
"Happily ever after" looks like a real long shot for an Everylad who finds himself the quarry of an ancient, powerful witch. Read full book review >
SPACE KIDS by Steve Parker
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 13, 2018

"The theme's worthy, but the informational payload is disappointingly light. (glossary) (Informational picture book. 6-8)"
A first, sweeping look at the visible universe and some of what's in it. Read full book review >

HELLO HELLO by Brendan Wenzel
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 6, 2018

"Every one of Wenzel's beasties, from the 'common' house cat to the mouth-dropping whale shark, exhibits an exuberant spark of life that will delight readers everywhere—and hopefully encourage in them an awareness of their plights. (Picture book. 3-10)"
Caldecott honoree (They All Saw a Cat, 2016) Wenzel's graphic love letter to all us earthlings is a hallelujah chorus to life in all its glorious shapes and forms. Read full book review >
DRAWN FROM NATURE by Helen Ahpornsiri
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 13, 2018

"A book to savor and share throughout the year, this is sure to inspire budding naturalists and crafters. (glossary, artist's note) (Nonfiction. 6-12)"
A British-based Etsy artist known for intricate compositions with pressed flowers and leaves undertakes an exploration of seasons; her medium lends authenticity to the narrative. Read full book review >
MATTER by Andi Diehn
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2018

"Confusing topical drift muddles this quick but creditable dip into Newtonian physics. (Informational picture book. 6-8)"
A first introduction to what matter is—and isn't. Read full book review >
SIMONE: EVEN MORE MONSTROUS by Rémy Simard
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 15, 2018

"Just the ticket for readers who find it hilarious to decorate a broccoli for Christmas or discover that what looks like deep snow on the lawn is actually shaving cream. (Graphic picture book. 6-8)"
Repulsively blonde, blue-eyed, fair-skinned Simone steps out of sluglike young Morris' bedroom closet for further ventures into the counterpane world of monsters. Read full book review >
NEW SHOES by Sara Varon
by Sara Varon, illustrated by Sara Varon
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 20, 2018

"A quick, informative, and overall good-hearted graphic tale that will have readers pausing to take in the colorful artistic details. (Graphic fantasy. 8-12)"
Francis the donkey, a shoemaker, learns about life beyond his village when he ventures into the jungle to get wild tiger grass to make the perfect pair of shoes. Read full book review >
THE HUNTING OF THE SNARK by Lewis Carroll
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2018

"A handsome volume, but at best it's just an outtake in the Western European literary tradition. (Poetry. 11-13, adult)"
Deceptively harmless-looking monsters and caricatures in fantastical period dress add broad comic notes to Carroll's tale of a party of bumbling hunters in search of a fabled quarry. Read full book review >
MIGUEL Y SU VALIENTE CABALLERO by Margarita Engle
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2018

"This is a worthy translation of a beautiful and engaging book. (author's, illustrator's, historical, biographical, literary notes) (Picture book/poetry. 7-10)"
With the assistance of Mlawer and Lázaro, National Young People's Poet Laureate Engle brings to children the childhood of the great storyteller Miguel de Cervantes y Saavedra in his native tongue. 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 >