Released: May 15, 2017

"A children's tale that veers toward the sugary side, but the ups and downs of an anthropomorphic fire engine are sympathetically portrayed."
A once-beloved fire engine regains a town's affection in this picture book for lap readers. Read full book review >
MAMA, HOW DO YOU GET TO HEAVEN? by Veronica Watford
Released: March 29, 2017

"Aimed at audiences familiar with Christian Scripture and tradition, this tale condenses some difficult concepts into an easily understandable form for younger readers."
Two girls embark on a modern-day, child's version of The Pilgrim's Progress in this debut picture book. Read full book review >

ON MY HONOR by Marion Dane Bauer
Released: Sept. 22, 1986

"A gripping, compassionate portrayal of a boy's struggle with conscience, by the author of Rain of Fire (Jane Addams Award)."
Joel grapples with a nightmare turned real: his best friend, Tony, drowns while they're swimming alone together, and Joel must carry the bad news home. Read full book review >
MINECRAFT by Max Brooks
Released: July 18, 2017

"For Minecraft fans whose game consoles are broken. (Fantasy. 12-16)"
"Same as it ever was…." Read full book review >
QUESTS FOR GLORY by Soman Chainani
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"New chapters in this metafictional romp leave the villains ascendant. Stay tuned. (color map) (Fantasy. 11-13)"
A sudden rash of kidnappings and random violence kicks off a major challenge to the reign of King Arthur's newly crowned son, Tedros. Read full book review >

BRUCE'S BIG MOVE  by Ryan T. Higgins
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"A funny, delightful argument both for and against a hermitic life. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Mother Bruce wants to escape the size—and chaos—of his family. Read full book review >
EMPTY BEACHES by Brett Fleishman

"Clever, fun poems that teach young readers about puns and idioms."
From Fleishman (If the Earth Is Round, 2017, etc.), a stimulating volume of poetry for children interested in wordplay. Read full book review >
THE FANTASTIC BODY by Howard Bennett
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A thorough, accurate, and attractive effort that's useful for quick reference as well as for a deeper examination of the topic. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Anatomy and physiology books for older grade schoolers are not especially rare, but it's worth taking a close look at this new one. Read full book review >
NORSE MYTHS by Kevin Crossley-Holland
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"Lavishly illustrated and strongly atmospheric—as well suited for reading aloud as alone. (schematic of the nine worlds, cast of characters) (Myths. 11-13)"
Twenty tales of gods, giants, and dwarfs, of mighty feats and epic trickery. Read full book review >
FOOLED YA! by Jordan D. Brown
Released: Dec. 12, 2017

"An eye-opener for readers who think their brains have it all figured out (but look what's telling them that, as the old joke goes). (glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 10-13)"
A catalog of trickery, from optical illusions to scams and advertising. Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 26, 2017

"A sort of anti-valentine for those who want to show the ones they love they care without being all mushy (or spending any money). (Picture book. 5-8)"
After a small girl gives a boy a valentine, he finds all kinds of ways to show her he cares, but not with a valentine. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"An engaging take . (Board book. 2-3)"
The itsy bitsy spider scales the water spout again. 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 >