Book Lists

Book Lists

Jewish American Heritage Month Picture Books

Books for kids to about 8 years old.

G, Mister, author.
"Text based on a Hebrew lullaby tells the story of a Jewish refugee family traveling by night to find a safe home in a new land"-- Provided by publisher.

Kimmelman, Leslie, author.
A tour of Israel profiles such sites as the Old City of Jerusalem, modern Tel Aviv, and the Biblical Zoo while introducing the region's diverse cultures and customs.

Silverman, Maida.
J 296.43 Si
An introduction to the ten major holidays of the Jewish people.

Taback, Simms.
A very old overcoat is recycled numerous times into a variety of garments.

Edwards, Michelle, author.
Sophia knits a special hat for her elderly neighbor and knitting teacher, Mrs. Goldman.

Markel, Michelle.
An illustrated account of immigrant Clara Lemlich's pivotal role in the influential 1909 women laborer's strike describes how she worked grueling hours to acquire an education and support her family before organizing a massive walkout to protest the unfair working conditions in New York's garment district.

Taback, Simms.
J 398.2 TAB
Thirteen brief, illustrated, traditional Jewish tales, each accompanied by an appropriate saying.

Samuel, Sigal, author.
Osnat Barzani, also known as Asnat or Asenath Barzani, the world's first female rabbi, was born almost five hundred years ago, during a time when few girls were allowed to read. Her father was a great scholar whose house was filled with books, and she convinced him to teach her. She grew up to teach others, becoming a wise and famous scholar in her own right.-- Adapted from inside front jacket flap,, and a Jerusalem Post article about the book.

Perlov, Betty Rosenberg.
A young girl's family is part of a Yiddish theater performance group active in New York City.

Gelfand, Shoshana Boyd, author.
J 398.2089 GEL
These stories are for sharing. Gathered from many times and places, they explore the questions that challenge all of us: Why do bad things happen to good people? Is it more important to be kind or to be clever? Is truth the highest value? What happens after we die? Collected by Rabbi Shoshana Boyd Gelfand, these are tales to read together, talk about and above all to enjoy. Pass them on!

Schram, Peninnah.
J 398.2 SCH
A collection of classic Jewish folktales which emphasize values and moral lessons, each with an introduction that places it in context with other Jewish teachings.

Schwartz, Amy.
Tired of kindergarten, Bea Jones trades "jobs" with her father, who works in an office.

Wayland, April Halprin.
On Rosh Hashanah, Izzy and his family make lists of the wrongs they have committed over the past year, and after they have apologized, they throw pieces of bread into the water to "clean their hearts" in a ceremony called tashlich.

Forest, Heather.
J 398.2 FOR
Unable to stand his overcrowded and noisy home any longer, a man goes to the wise old woman who lives nearby for advice.

Singer, Marilyn, author.
J 811.54 SIN
"This warm and engaging poetry collection that follows a family of five as they discover and celebrate all of the Jewish holidays"-- Provided by publisher.