LUCY LADYBIRD by Sharon King-Chai
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 31, 2014

"A cheerful, charming story that works well as a storybook app. (iPad storybook app. 3-5)"
The unspotted Lucy Ladybird doesn't fit in with the rest of the ladybugs, so she sets off on a journey of self-discovery. Read full book review >
THE BUTTERFLY BOOK by Marine Locatelli
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 30, 2014

"Despite a few problems, Paolo's story is presented dynamically enough to keep even non-Francophile readers engaged. (iPad storybook app. 5-10)"
A boy's loneliness in a new home is cured in unexpected ways when writings of his get loose in this ode to passionate young writers. Read full book review >

A LETTER TO ME by Carolina Preschel
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 3, 2014

"Skip this treacly app and write a letter the old-fashioned way. (iPad storybook app. 3-6)"
A young child tries to wait patiently for a loving adult to write a letter in this customizable app. Read full book review >
TRAIL, MARTIM IS A STRONG BOY by ativgreen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 26, 2014

"Delightful at every turn. (Requires iOS 7 and above.) (iPad storybook app. 4-8)"
A young boy goes for a ride on his bike, exploring the world around him in this simple but engaging interactive story. Read full book review >
HANNA & HENRI by Fredrik Sjölin
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 26, 2013

"A mostly solid piece of garage building with winning characters and very cool robots. (Requires iOS 6 and above.) (iPad storybook app. 4-10)"
Backyard robot-building is the order of the day in an app that will appeal most to budding tinkerers. Read full book review >

POPPY CAT AND THE BUBBLE VOLCANO by StoryToys
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 28, 2014

"Probably best for children who are already immersed in Poppy's world from the television show. (iPad storybook app. 3-5)"
Based on the British picture-book and television series, this app weaves a slight story around eight interactive games. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 11, 2014

"Poignant ending notwithstanding, terrific fun for the Oshkosh set, with opportunities aplenty to practice motor skills, make choices and observe cause and effect. (Requires iOS 6 and above.) (iPad storybook app. 2-5)"
A child's scheme to keep her commuting dad home inspires a polyfunctional machine festooned with dials, switches, levers, buttons and other controls—not to mention cats. Read full book review >
STAR WALK KIDS by Vito Technology, Inc.
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 4, 2014

"This guide to the heavens is cool for browsing, but it is too unsystematic for sustained research. (Requires iOS 7 and above.) (iPad informational app. 6-8)"
For budding sky watchers, this much simplified version of the StarWalk apps offers quick doses of selected astronomical basics plus tantalizing leads to more.Read full book review >
THE DRAGON INTERACTIVE BOOK by Hilke  Sievers
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 14, 2014

"For young readers who can't get enough of dragon stories, this is one they're likely to remember. (iPad storybook app. 4-9)"
An unusual creature finds a rewarding career in theater in this multiple-scenario story. Read full book review >
THE HOPE WE SEEK by Rich Shapero
by Rich Shapero, illustrated by Donald Pass, developed by Outside Reading
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Aug. 21, 2014

"There are many veins to explore here, but they are mostly stuffed with fool's gold. (Requires iOS 7 and above.)"
An extended allegory on greed and religion set in a mine that's home to a fickle goddess, a hooker with a heart of gold and a raft of other familiar archetypes. Read full book review >
FIONA & THE FOG by William Poor
by William Poor, illustrated by William Poor, developed by William Poor
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 3, 2014

"The view is lovely, but it is Fiona's Homeric voyage through the city that will find readers charged with their own wanderlust. (Requires iOS 7 and above.) (Picture book. 4-8)"
A blend of photos and animated elements showcases Poor's story of a girl pursuing a windblown scarf, much as a boy did a red balloon, and experiencing a great city in the process. Read full book review >
THE ITSY BITSY SPIDER by Rebecca Emberley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 21, 2014

"Give this one a miss. (iPad nursery-rhyme app. 1-4)"
Based on a favorite classic finger rhyme, this app features accompanying music and vocals by jazz musician Peter Black. 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 >