Brave Charlotte and the Wolves - Anu Stohner and Henrike Wilson

Wolfie and his gang of young sheep love to pretend to be real wolves and to pick on Jack, the old sheep dog. But one night when the herd hears real howling, the big bad gang hides in the bushes. It is up to the bravest, and, it turns out, most cunning member of the herd to solve all manner of wolf problems. Brave Charlotte And The Wolves (Bloomsbury, $16.99) written by Anu Stoher and illustrated by Henrike Wilson is a worthy successor to Brave Charlotte. Ages 3-6. DDL

Melonhead - Katy Kelly and Gillian Johnson

Adam Melonhead (Delacorte, $12.99) Melon is always attracting trouble— especially when he and Sam find a pet snake on Capitol Hill. As they contemplate a science fair invention, funny family scenes ensue over custody of the snake. Katy Kelly’s companion to the Lucy Rose stories will keep you in stitches. Ages 7-10.

Claudette Colvin - Phillip Hoose

Nine months before Rosa Parks refused to give up her bus seat to a white passenger, 15-year-old Claudette Colvin was violently removed from a bus and held in jail. The NAACP, however, did not want a young and “emotional” teenager as the face of the bus boycott and a larger civil rights movement. Claudette Colvin: Twice For Justice (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $19.95) by Phillip Hoose tells a fuller story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott, providing an overview of history about life in Montgomery under Jim Crow, the state of mind of many black and white families at the time, and details about the lesser known figures involved in igniting America’s civil rights movement. Ages 12 up.

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