According to author Hester Bass and illustrator E.B. Lewis, the sleepy town of Huntsville, Alabama, held the Seeds of Freedom (Candlewick, $16.99) that flowered in the Civil Rights movement. Pitting their desire for equality against the militant hatred of Governor Wallace, the black residents of Huntsville peacefully moved the town toward integration. The courage of college students at lunch counter sit-ins, the voices of the men and women protesting on the steps of the courthouse, and the ingenuity of an Easter shopping boycott are all rendered in Bass’s declarative text and Lewis’s luscious watercolors. Ages 7-10. Sharat Buddhavarapu

Seeds of Freedom: The Peaceful Integration of Huntsville, Alabama Cover Image
By Hester Bass, E.B. Lewis (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763669195
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Published: Candlewick - January 27th, 2015

What do the slides, flagpoles, and wheels in your life have in common? As David A. Adler explains, they’re all Simple Machines (Holiday House, $17.95). Adler relates these scientific concepts to objects and actions children see and do every day before expanding into more complex applications. The wedge is introduced via the use of teeth in chewing before Adler moves on to show the principle’s use in axes. Anna Raff’s illustrations, which emphasize the shape and movement of the different machines, tie Adler’s explanations into a wonderful package for the future tinkerer in your life. Ages 4-7. Sharat Buddhavarapu

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By David A. Adler, Anna Raff (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780823433094
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Published: Holiday House - February 1st, 2015

Do elephant seals have homing radars? That’s what you’ll be wondering after reading Lynne Cox’s Elizabeth, Queen of the Seas (Schwartz & Wade, $17.99)—or you would be, if you weren’t overwhelmed by the heart-warming tenacity of the ungainly seal. Based on the true story of an elephant seal that found a favorite sunning spot in the middle of a city street in Christchurch, New Zealand, this picture book shows the lengths to which a community will go to protect one of its own—even if she is a different species—as well as the amazing results of a determination to return home. Brian Floca’s delicate, muted illustrations allow Elizabeth’s almost unbelievable story to shine.  Ages 5-9. SB

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By Lynne Cox, Brian Floca (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780375858888
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Published: Schwartz & Wade - May 13th, 2014