The true story of the bear who inspired Winnie-the-Pooh begins when an army veterinarian purchases a pet bear, Winnipeg, for twenty dollars. Winnipeg, shortened to Winnie (Holt, $17.99), is gentle and loving and adored by the soldiers who take care of her. But when the Great War calls the troops elsewhere, Winnie’s human companion must leave her behind in order to keep her safe. Author Sally M. Walker and illustrator Jonathan D. Voss depict Winnie’s arrival at the London Zoo and how a small boy named Christopher Robin befriended the curious bear, accompanied by his father, A.A. Milne. Ages 5-8. Allison Witten

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By Sally M. Walker, Jonathan D. Voss (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780805097153
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - January 20th, 2015

Richard Loving, a white man, and Mildred Jeter, a black woman, married in Washington, D.C. where their union was legal, but they returned home to Virginia to live in the country. There, they were arrested under charges of “unlawful cohabitation” and Richard and Mildred began their fight, getting the court involved. After a long journey, The Case for Loving (Arthur A. Levine Books, $18.99) was won in 1967 and the two were able to live happily (and legally) ever after. Husband and wife duo Sean Qualls and Selina Alko tell the story of those who have come before them in a story of the fight for interracial marriage. Ages 5-9 Allison Witten

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By Selina Alko, Sean Qualls (Illustrator), Selina Alko (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780545478533
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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - January 27th, 2015

Flowing poetry and wonderfully detailed illustrations blend beautifully in this unique collection focusing on the water cycle. Moving through the seasons, Miranda Paul’s verses convey that Water is Water (Roaring Brook, $17.99), even as it evaporates into steam, cloud, or fog. Jason Chin’s art captures falling rain and puddles that freeze into ice. With the coming of spring, water helps produce the miracle of growth. This often unnoticed process is given character in the collaboration between these two artists. Ages 6-10. Allison Witten

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By Miranda Paul, Jason Chin (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781596439849
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - May 26th, 2015