We Dig Worms (Toon, $12.95), is a fun and clever introduction to all sorts of worms—even the gummy kind—but earth worms in particular. Drawn on recycled grocery bags, author and illustrator (and entomologist!) Kevin McCloskey’s exploration of these creatures reveals their importance to the soil, how many of them can fit in one small park, how they reproduce, and much more. Whether you think worms are gross, cool, or somewhere in between, you’re sure to find something edifying in this slight tome. Ages 4-7. Eowyn Randall

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ISBN: 9781935179801
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Published: Toon Books - April 14th, 2015

This picture book biography of Renaissance man Gordon Parks (Albert Whitman, $16.99)—most famous for being the first black director in Hollywood—explores his early artistic career. Parks spent time in DC working for the government, and instead of turning his camera to looming marble monuments, documented the lives of other African-Americans living in the city. By bringing their struggle to the pages of LIFE magazine, Parks was influential in changing the tide of race relations in America. Carole Boston Weatherford crafts an accessible narrative out of Parks’s inspiring life, accompanied by Jamey Christoph’s warm illustrations that reinterpret some of Parks’s most famous photographs, this is a worthy tribute to his legacy. Ages 5-8. Eowyn Randall

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ISBN: 9780807530177
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Published: Albert Whitman & Company - February 1st, 2015

28 Days: Moments in Black History That Changed the World (Roaring Brook, $18.99) collects important figures and events from the past three hundred years. From the shooting of Crispus Attucks, which began the Boston Massacre, to the inauguration of Barack Obama, and every moment in between, each page bears a paragraph to explain the event and place it in context. Whether to be used in conjunction with the 28 days of Black History Month, or as an independent moving and important tribute to the power of the individual to affect the world, Charles R. Smith’s poems and Shane W. Evans’s collages stand as an inspiring work of art. Ages 6-10. Eowyn Randall

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ISBN: 9781596438200
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - January 13th, 2015