THE BLUE JAY BLUES by Andrea  Hagan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 10, 2017

"An original, charming animal tale that needs a little more visual variety."
A blue jay convinces the other birds that it can play beautiful music with them in this rhyming, rhythmic first picture book from Hagan (A Big Helping of Southern with a Pinch of Poetry: A Sassy Southern Journal, 2017) with vibrant images by debut illustrator Perrin. Read full book review >
SO MANY RAISINS TO BE HAPPY by J. C.  Baldwin
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 12, 2017

"An earnest, good-hearted rhyming picture book that shows how sadness and happiness can be a matter of awareness and perspective."
Friends help a sad raisin learn to focus on the positive in this picture book with rhyming text for young children. Read full book review >

RHYMES AND GOOD TIMES 2017 by Jack  Phillips
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 20, 2017

"An appealing work that has fun with its concept."
In this picture book, rhyming verses paint amusing mini-portraits of kids working and playing. Read full book review >
INSIDE OUT T. REX by Dennis Schatz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 10, 2018

"Budding biologists and others with an interest in what's inside will be entranced. (Informational novelty. 6-9)"
Multilayered overlapping cutouts provide an unusually detailed 3-D look at T. Rex's innards—or at least what can be deduced about them from the fossil record. Read full book review >
THE BIG EARTH BOOK by Mark Brake
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 21, 2017

"An almost savory assemblage that's spoiled by too many stale ingredients. (index, annotated bibliography) (Nonfiction. 10-13)"
A view of our planet and our place on it in terms of the four classical elements: earth, air, fire, and water. Read full book review >

PUPPIES CHASE by Rebecca Glaser
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Straightforward and accessible, this sturdy board book and its companions are aesthetically pleasing and designed for repeatability. (Board book. 1-3)"
Simple sentences and charming photos of puppies at play make this a sure toddler's delight. Read full book review >
TINY TOWN by Suzy Ultman
by Suzy Ultman, illustrated by Suzy Ultman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Eyestrain-inducing. (Board book. 2-4)"
A hip kid gives readers a tour of the titular, diminutive town. Read full book review >
BIRDS by Ruth A.  Musgrave
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2017

"Young birders and gardeners in the making will applaud this lovely admission to the Look & Learn series and its companion. (Board book. 1-3)"
A colorful, photo-illustrated introduction to our feathered friends. Read full book review >
ROCKET by Mike Vago
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"Ephemeral, though the interactive feature will likely prompt one or two voyages before the rocket flies off into oblivion. (Novelty board book. 4-5)"
A toy rocket propelled along a winding slot invites young astronauts to sample the wonders of outer space. Read full book review >
A STEGOSAURUS WOULD NOT MAKE A GOOD PIRATE by Thomas Kingsley Troupe
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2018

"Nothing like a little body shaming to shape young readers' career expectations. (review and discussion questions) (Picture book. 6-8)"
An armored, lumbering ex-pirate cheerfully goes over the many reasons why he was "just fired." Read full book review >
BE KIND by Pat Zietlow Miller
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Lovely illustrations work with a somewhat heavy-handed message; effective more as instruction than story. (Picture book. 3-8)"
This picture book champions interpersonal kindness both globally and in a young child's town. Read full book review >
ARLO FINCH IN THE VALLEY OF FIRE by John August
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Atmospheric at best, formulaic at worst. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
A 12-year-old white boy finds out he's special in a new middle-grade fantasy 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 >