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Jewish American Heritage Month (Kids)

Celebrate Jewish American Heritage Month by reading these fiction and non-fiction books featuring Jewish characters.

My first Jewish baby book : almost everything you need to know about being Jewish from afikomen to zayde by Julie Merberg

Introduce little ones to the delicious foods, meaningful rituals, lively holidays, and expressive language of their people. Clever illustrations and simple rhyming text provide a fun first taste of Jewish culture -- Back cover

A child's first book of Jewish holidays by Alfred J Kolatch

Introduces Jewish days of celebration including Shabbat, Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Simchat Torah, Chanukah, Tu Bi-Shevat, Purim, Passover, Lag B'omer, Shavuot, Tisha B'av, and Yom Ha-Atzmaut

The magic pomegranate : a Jewish folktale by Peninnah Schram

Three handsome and clever brothers compete to find the world's most unusual gift. Includes a note on doing good deeds, or mitzvot, and discusses the symbolism of the pomegranate in Judaism

My grandmother's stories : a collection of Jewish folk tales by Adèle Geras

As a young girl spends time at her grandmother's apartment, she is treated to traditional Jewish tales, including "Bavsi's Feast," "The Golden Shoes," "The Garden of Talking Flowers," and "A Phantom at the Wedding."

Something from nothing by Phoebe Gilman

In this retelling of a traditional Jewish folktale, Joseph's baby blanket is transformed into ever smaller items as he grows until there is nothing left--but then Joseph has an idea

Not your all-American girl by Madelyn Rosenberg

Sixth-graders Lauren and Tara have always done everything together so it is only natural that they both try out for their middle school musical play, about an "all-American" girl in 1958; Tara gets the lead role, as usual, because in the teacher's mind Lauren, half-Jewish and half-Chinese, does not fit the image of all-American girl--Lauren is hurt but resolved to support her friend, but her two grandmothers are furious and they intend to do something about it.

Going rogue (at Hebrew School) by Casey Breton

"Ten-year-old Avery Green loves science. He loves football. He is crazy about Star Wars. But Hebrew school? No, thank you. Avery would rather have his arms sliced off with a lightsaber than sit through one more day of Hebrew School. He’s only asked about a million times why he has to go, but no one in his family has managed to convince him. And then one day, Rabbi Bob shows up. He is strange, but how strange? And strange how? Piecing together some unusual clues, Avery begins to suspect that this new rabbi might be a Jedi master. Armed with something more powerful than a lightsaber, he sets out to reveal the surprising truth."--Amazon.com

Letters from Cuba by Ruth Behar

In 1938, eleven-year-old Esther joins her father in tropical, multicultural Cuba, where they toil together to rescue the rest of their Jewish family from persecution in Poland. Includes notes about the author's grandmother, on whom the story is based.

A place at the table by Saadia Faruqi

Sixth-graders Sara, a Pakistani American, and Elizabeth, a Jewish girl, connect in an after school cooking club and bond over food and their mothers' struggles to become United States citizens.

No vacancy by Tziporah Cohen

"Buying and moving into the run-down Jewel Motor Inn in upstate New York wasn't eleven-year-old Miriam Brockman's dream, but at least it's an adventure. Miriam befriends Kate, whose grandmother owns the diner next door, and finds comfort in the company of Maria, the motel's housekeeper, and her Uncle Mordy, who comes to help out for the summer"--Provided by publisher

The brushmaker's daughter by Kathy Kacer

"Set in Berlin, Germany in 1939, a Jewish girl and her blind father try to avoid arrest by the Nazis with the help of a real-life upstander, German businessman Otto Weidt. Inspired by the real-life hero Otto Weidt - a German who risked his life to protectJews from the Nazis"--

Ruth objects : the life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Doreen Rappaport

A portrait of the Supreme Court Justice describes the prejudices that challenged her education and a career in law, her achievements as the second woman ever appointed to the Supreme Court, and her important contributions to high-profile cases.

Saddie's shabbat stories by Melissa Stoller

Saddie loves listening to Nan's tales, especially about the traveling candlesticks, kiddush cup, and challah cover they use every Friday night. Will Sadie ever be able to tell her own special Shabbat stories, just like Nana?

It's my party and I don't want to go by Amanda Panitch

"Ellie Katz is sabotaging her own party. Sure, it seems extreme, but it's the only option for her bat mitzvah. Crowds and attention always made her nervous, and lately they've been making it harder and harder for Ellie to breathe. The celebration would mean (1) a large crowd, (2) lots of staring, and (3) distant family listening to her sing in another language. No thank you! To avoid certain catastrophe, she hatches a plan with her best friend Zoe to ruin the big day. Cue the email hacking, DJ takedown, and an all-out food fight! Everything is falling apart according to plan, until a fight with Zoe leaves Ellie alone on her path of destruction, facing some unintended consequences and disappointments. Can she find a way to right her wrongs, face her fears, and light her candles?" --book jacket

My survival : a girl on Schindler's list by Rena Finder

"The astonishing true story of a girl who survived the Holocaust thanks to Oskar Schindler, of Schindler's List fame. Rena Finder was only eleven when the Nazis forced her and her family -- along with all the other Jewish families -- into the ghetto in Krakow, Poland. Rena worked as a slave laborer with scarcely any food and watched as friends and family were sent away. Then Rena and her mother ended up working for Oskar Schindler, a German businessman who employed Jewish prisoners in his factory and keptthem fed and healthy. But Rena's nightmares were not over. She and her mother were deported to the concentration camp Auschwitz. With great cunning, it was Schindler who set out to help them escape. Here in her own words is Rena's gripping story of survival, perseverance, tragedy, and hope. Including pictures from Rena's personal collection and from the time period, this unforgettable memoir introduces young readers to an astounding and necessary piece of history"--

Catherine's war by Julia Billet

As France buckles under the Nazi regime, budding photographer Rachel Cohen must change her name, go into hiding, and bear witness to the atrocities of World War II.

It rained warm bread : Moishe Moskowitz's Story of Hope by Gloria Moskowitz-Sweet

A fictionalized account of the experiences of a Polish Jew, Moishe, who with his parents, brother, and sister, struggles to survive the Nazi invasion and Holocaust.

Baby's blessings by Lesléa Newman

Illustrations and simple, rhyming text portray a Jewish family, surrounded by kugel, candlesticks, challah trays, and more, welcoming the blessing of a newborn baby

Anne Frank : get to know the girl beyond her diary by Kassandra Radomski

Presents the biography of Anne Frank, including the historical events which forced her to hide with her family in an attic in Nazi-occupied Holland for two years.

The book rescuer : how a mensch from Massachusetts saved Yiddish literature for generations to come by Sue Macy

Presents the story of the man who founded the National Yiddish Book Center, and describes the worldwide effort he currently leads to collect unwanted Yiddish books and save the Yiddish language from extinction.

Martin & Anne : the kindred spirits of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Anne Frank by Nancy Churnin

Reflects upon the parallels drawn between the lives of Martin Luther King Jr. and Anne Frank, both born in 1929, and how their legacies of kindness, love, and peace have changed the world today.

How I became a spy : a mystery of WWII London by Deborah Hopkinson

In World War II London, a young spy named Bertie, his strong-willed American friend Eleanor, a Jewish refugee named David, and a dog called Little Roo try to prevent a double agent from giving secrets to the Nazis.

The length of a string by Elissa Brent Weissman

Twelve-year-old Imani, the only black girl in Hebrew school, is preparing for her bat mitzvah and hoping to find her birthparents when she discovers the history of adoption in her own family through her great-grandma Anna's Holocaust-era diary.

A moon for Moe and Mo by Jane Breskin Zalben

Moses Feldman and Mohammed Hassan both live on Flatbush Avenue, but when they meet at the grocery store they quickly become best friends, sharing a picnic while their families prepare for the holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Ramadan.

D-Day : battle on the beach by Kate Messner

Ranger, a time-traveling golden retriever with search-and-rescue training, heads to Normandy on the morning of the D-Day invasion where he meets Leo, a Jewish boy who is hiding with a local farmer, and Walt, a young American soldier fighting to free France from the Nazis

This is just a test : a novel by Madelyn Rosenberg

In 1983 seventh-grader David Da-Wei Horowitz has a lot to worry about--his bar mitzvah is coming soon, his Jewish and Chinese grandmothers argue about everything, his teammates for the upcoming trivia contest, Scott and Hector, do not like each other, heis beginning to notice girls, and Scott has persuaded him to begin digging a fallout shelter just in case the Cold War heats up.

Way too many latkes : a Hanukkah in Chelm by Linda Glaser

"When Faigel can't find her latke recipe her husband asks the rabbi, whose advice leads them to make way too many latkes, in this Hanukkah story about the foolish people of Chelm."--Provided by publisher.

Lucky broken girl by Ruth Behar

In 1960s New York, fifth-grader Ruthie, a Cuban-Jewish immigrant, must rely on books, art, her family, and friends in her multicultural neighborhood when an accident puts her in a body cast.

The hero two doors down : based on the true story of friendship between a boy and a baseball legend by Sharon Robinson

Eight-year-old Steve Satlow is thrilled when Jackie Robinson moves into his Jewish neighborhood in Brooklyn in 1948, although many of his neighbors are not, and when Steve actually meets his hero he is even more excited--and worried that a misunderstanding over a Christmas tree could damage his new friendship.

The inquisitor's tale, or, The three magical children and their holy dog by Adam Gidwitz

Crossing paths at an inn, thirteenth-century travelers impart the tales of a monastery oblate, a Jewish refugee, and a psychic peasant girl with a loyal greyhound, the three of whom join forces on a chase through France to escape persecution

Kishka for Koppel by Aubrey Davis

A poor, old Jewish couple finds a meat grinder that can grant three wishes, but when these wishes go awry, they learn a valuable lesson
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