Jim Henson - Kathleen Krull, Steve Johnson, Lou Fancher

Who is your favorite Muppet? Big Bird, Kermit, Fozzie, Rizzo the Rat, or the Swedish Chef? Jim Henson: The Guy Who Played with Puppets (Random House, $16.99) was beloved by millions for his groundbreaking creations. Kathleen Krull’s biography begins with Henson’s childhood of backyard plays and storytelling. After honing his craft in college, Henson was invited by the new Children’s Television Workshop to use his Muppets to produce revolutionary educational programming on Sesame Street. Illustrators Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher capture the cheerful character of Henson’s Muppets and the artist who created them. Ages 7-10. KLP

Five Thousand Years of Slavery - Marjorie Ganna and Janet Willen

Marjorie Gann and Janet Willen chronicle Five Thousand Years of Slavery (Tundra, $27.95) in this important book. From the Sumerians to the present day, the book balances historical facts and engaging anecdotes, including compelling accounts of real people who have endured slavery. The book deftly deals with historical slavery, including ancient Egypt and the United States. Its greatest lesson, however, is the prevalence of slavery around the world today, including the startling statistic that 800,000 people are trafficked across international borders each year, and millions more are enslaved in their own countries. Ages 14 and up. ES

Terezin: Voices from the Holocaust - Ruth Thomson

During World War II, the Nazis turned the quiet Czech town of Terezin into a prison for thousands of Jewish people. Because of its high population of artists, it was easy for the Nazis to turn Terezin into a “show camp”: a ghetto that they could present to the outside world to help them hide the atrocities of the Holocaust. Prisoners were forced to make drawings and paintings that presented the ghetto as a comfortable place, but they also secretly created artwork that documented the truth. Through period photographs and documents, survivor interviews, and especially artwork, Ruth Thomson pieces together a portrait of the artists’ ghetto in Terezin: Voices from the Holocaust (Candlewick, $18.99). Ages 11-16. DMC