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Sydney Taylor Book Award

Award Overview

The Sydney Taylor Book Award is presented annually to outstanding books for children and teens that authentically portray the Jewish experience. Presented by the Association of Jewish Libraries since 1968, the award encourages the publication and widespread use of quality Judaic literature. Gold medals are presented in three categories: Picture Books, Middle Grade, and Young Adult. Honor Books are awarded silver medals, and Notable Books are named in each category. A Body-of-Work Award is given periodically for significant contributions to the genre of Jewish children’s literature.

To order gold or silver seals to place on your own copies of winning titles, or to buy a Sydney Taylor Book Award poster, please scroll down to the bottom of this page. For bulk purchases, please contact the Past Chair of the Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee, Rebecca Levitan. 

Sydney Taylor Book Award 50th Anniversary poster

This Year's Winners

Lesléa Newman and Susan Gal, author and illustrator of Welcoming ElijahM. Evan Wolkenstein, author of Turtle Boy, and Tyler Feder, author of Dancing at the Pity Party, are the 2021 winners of the Sydney Taylor Book Award.

Read the full press release from January 2021.

See the complete list of Sydney Taylor award, honor, and notable books for 2021.The Committee recommends them for library, classroom, and home use.

Hear a podcast interview with the 2021 Sydney Taylor Book Award committee chair.

Read, review, and vote on your favorite Jewish children’s books at the Sydney Taylor Scmooze.

stba medalsYou can buy STBA seals on the AJL shops page.

All Past Winners

PLEASE NOTE:

Dating system changed in 2005 to reflect year in which award is announced instead of year of publication. Award-giving did NOT skip a year

In 2005, there was no award winner in the Younger Reader category, .

Prior to the 2007 STBA, there was no Young Adult category

TitleContributorsPublisherPublication YearAward YearSTBA AwardCategoryAnnotationISBN
Welcoming Elijah: A Passover Tale with a TailNewman, Lesléa & Gal, SusanCharlesbridge20202021WinnerPicture BookThis warmly illustrated, poetic book parallels the experiences of a young boy at a Passover seder and a small white kitten outdoors. When the boy opens the door to welcome the prophet Elijah, he finds a furry friend instead. Simple text, diverse characters, and a timeless feel make this a story to be treasured.9781580898829
Turtle BoyWolkenstein, M. EvanDelacorte Press/Penguin Random House20202021WinnerMiddle GradeWill’s bar mitzvah service project helps him face challenges in his own life in this engaging story by a debut author. Bullied at school and a loner, turtle-loving Will completes a bucket list of milestone activities for a terminally ill boy and gains the strength to face his own upcoming surgery.9780593121573
Dancing at the Pity PartyFeder, TylerDial Books/Penguin Random House20202021WinnerYoung AdultThis debut memoir in graphic form is a funny, sad, confidently illustrated meditation on grief. It’s both a tribute to Tyler’s wonderful mom, who died of breast cancer at the age of 47, and a guide to Jewish mourning practices. A singular achievement. 9780525553021
I Am the Tree of Life: My Jewish Yoga BookCopeland, Mychal & Ceolin, André Apples and Honey Press/Behrman House20202021HonorPicture BookClear instructions on how to do different yoga poses are complemented by brief, boldly illustrated stories from the Bible. Back matter includes reflection on yoga practice and a discussion of “What’s Jewish about yoga?”9781681155524
Miriam at the RiverYolen, Jane & Le, KhoaKar-Ben/Lerner20202021HonorPicture BookThe poetic tale of young Miriam placing baby Moses in the river is strikingly and vividly illustrated in palettes of blues, oranges, and purples.9781541544000
No VacancyCohen, TziporahGroundwood Books20202021HonorMiddle GradeMiriam and her new friend Kate concoct a “miracle” in order to attract visitors to Miriam’s family’s small town motel in this story about community, interfaith understanding, making a home, and keeping up Jewish traditions. 9781773064109
Anya and The NightingalePasternack, SofiyaVersify/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt20202021HonorMiddle GradeIn this sequel to her 2020 Sydney Taylor Honor book, Anya and the Dragon, Anya and her friends travel to Kiev and encounter the mythical Nightingale. Vivid descriptions of tenth-century Russia, a memorable Shabbat dinner, and an exciting rescue highlight this wonderful fantasy.9780358006022
The Blackbird GirlsBlankman, AnnePuffin Books/Penguin Random House20202021HonorMiddle GradeIn 1986, Valentina and Oksana flee the meltdown of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. In 1941, Rifka finds refuge while escaping the Nazis. Blackman masterfully merges the timelines of these two stories in this compelling work of historical fiction. 9781984837356
They Went LeftHesse, MonicaLittle, Brown Books/Hachette20202021HonorYoung AdultA historical mystery with an unreliable narrator, this post-war page-turner is set primarily in a displaced persons camp. It tells the story of Zofia, desperately searching for her little brother Abek...and the possibility of a life after trauma9780316490573
The Eight Knights of HanukkahKimmelman, Leslie & Bernstein, Galia Holiday House,20202021NotablePicture BookThe eight knights of Hanukkah are charged by Lady Sadie to go out and perform “deeds of awesome kindness and stupendous bravery” before the Hanukkah celebration that evening. A little silly and very sweet, this punny title is a wonderful story of performing mitzvot for others and celebrating Hanukkah.9780823439584
The Polio Pioneer: Dr. Jonas Salk and the Polio VaccineMarshall, Linda Elovitz & Anchin, Lisa Knopf/Penguin Random House20202021NotablePicture BookBrightly illustrated, this is the timely true story of a young Jewish boy who grew up to be a chemist who helped eradicate polio. Author’s note and sources included.9780525646518
The Ninth Night of HanukkahPerl, Erica S.& Kober, ShaharSterling20202021NotablePicture BookMax and Rachel have just moved to a new apartment, but they can’t find any of their Hanukkah stuff. With help from their new neighbors, they do their best to celebrate, even though “it didn’t feel quite like Hanukkah.” On the ninth night, they decide to celebrate “shamash night,” thanking all the helpers in their building.9781454940883
Beni's WarStein, TammarKar-Ben/Lerner20202021NotableMiddle GradeA follow-up to the Sydney Taylor Honor book Six-Day Hero, this tense narrative describes the 1973 Yom Kippur War from the point of view of a twelve-year old boy living in the Golan.9781541578869
We Had to Be Brave: Escaping the Nazis on the KindertransportHopkinson, DeborahScholastic 20202021NotableMiddle GradeHopkinson weaves together primary sources —memoirs, interviews, and photographs —to piece together the accounts of 21 children and teens who were saved from the Nazis via the Kindertransport in this meticulously researched World War II nonfiction book. Back matter includes a timeline, additional resources, source notes, and an index.9781338255720
A Place at the TableFaruqi, Saadia & Shovan, Laura Clarion Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt20202021NotableMiddle GradePakistani Muslim Sara and British-Jewish Elizabeth meet in a school cooking class where they gradually navigate friendship, family problems, and fitting in. A delicious blend of serious themes (racism, mental illness, financial insecurity) and classic sixth-grade angst, told in vivid alternating voices.9780358116684
Letters from CubaBehar, RuthNancy Paulsen Books/Penguin Random House20202021NotableMiddle GradeOn the eve of WWII, Esther describes her journey from Poland to Cuba, where everything from the people to the climate are foreignto her. A heartwarming and satisfying immigrant narrative that brings a lesser known Jewish community to light.9780525516477
Today Tonight TomorrowSolomon, Rachel LynnSimon Pulse/Simon and Schuster20202021NotableYoung Adultn one wild 24-hour period, high school rivals Rowan and Neil go on a scavenger hunt throughout Seattle and (spoiler alert) fall in love. A sweet, funny, Jewishly inflected romp.9781534440241
The New Queer ConscienceEli, AdamPenguin Workshop/Penguin Random House20202021NotableYoung AdultA guide to queer activism and collective responsibility, Eli’s clear and concise call to action is filled with autobiographical Jewish reflections and teachings.9780593093689
The Way BackSavit, GavrielKnopf/Penguin Random House20202021NotableYoung AdultA dark and spooky journey from the world of the shtetl into the underworld of Jewish demons...and back again.9781984894625
The AssignmentWiemer, LizaDelacorte Press/Penguin Random House20202021NotableYoung AdultBased on a true incident, a high school teacher assigns students to argue in favor of the Final Solution. Two students fight back, and the resulting schism rocks the school and community.9780593123164
The Book Rescuer: How a Mensch from Massachusetts Saved Yiddish Literature for Generations to ComeMacy, Sue & Innerst, Stacy Paula Wiseman Books/Simon & Schuster,20192020WinnerPicture BookThe Book Rescuer celebrates the power of an individual to preserve history and culture, while also exploring timely themes of identity and immigration. In a folksy voice, this biography tells the story of Yiddish Book Center founder Aaron Lansky’s commitment to rescuing Yiddish language books and ensuring that despite all odds, Yiddish language and culture will stay alive for future generations9781481472203
White Bird: A Wonder StoryPalacio, R.J. Knopf/Penguin Random House20192020WinnerMiddle GradeThis beautifully illustrated graphic novel connects the Holocaust to familiar contemporary characters, as Julian from the Wonder series learns his grandmother’s powerful story of rescue in Vichy-occupied France.9780525645535
Someday We Will FlyDeWoskin, RachelPenguin Young Readers/Penguin Random House,20192020WinnerYoung AdultIn this lushly written historical novel, Lillia and her father and sister flee Warsaw during the Holocaust and take refuge in Shanghai. There, Lillia’s need to support her family, her relationships with others, and her awareness of her privilege even as a refugee all contribute to her growth9780670014965
The Key from Spain: Flory Jagoda and Her MusicLevy, Debbie & Wimmer, Sonja Kar-Ben/Lerner20192020HonorPicture BookThis ethereally illustrated picture book spans generations and continents to show how the composer of “Ocho Kandelikas” came to share Ladino music. 9781541522183
Gittel’s Journey: An Ellis Island StoryNewman, Lesléa & Bates, Amy June Abrams20192020HonorPicture BookIn this beautifully designed, lavishly illustrated picture storybook, young Jewish immigrant Gittel unexpectedly must complete the journey from “the Old County” to America on her own. Look closely at Bates’s use of borders for references to the ocean wavesand Gittel’s beloved candlesticks.9781419727474
Games of Deception: The True Story of the First US Olympic Basketball Team at the 1936 Olympics in Hitler’s GermanyMaraniss, AndrewPhilomel Books/Penguin Random House20192020HonorMiddle GradeMaraniss weaves two stories, an Olympics charged with antisemitism, and the broader tale of basketball's history, to create this engaging, well-contextualized work of nonfiction.9780525514633
Anya and the DragonPasternack, SofiyaVersify/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt20192020HonorMiddle GradeHeroine Anya’s magical abilities are closely tied in with her Judaism in a tale set in tenth-century Russia andtinged with Russian folklore. 9780358006077
Sick Kids in LoveMoskowitz, HannahClarion Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt20192020HonorYoung AdultThis frank, compelling portrayal of life for two Jewish teens withchronic illnesses is funny, romantic, and thoughtful.9781640637320
Dissenter on the BenchOrtiz, VictoriaClarion Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt20192020HonorYoung AdultA portrait of Ruth Bader Ginsburg spotlights her experiences with Judaism and Jewish identity and shares stories of landmark cases in which she was involved9780544973640
Parrots, Pugs and Pixie Dust: A Book about Fashion Designer Judith LeiberBlumenthal, Deborah & D’yans Masha Little Bee Books20192020NotablePicture BookPoetic text and sparkling illustrations tell the story of Lieber’s journey from war-torn Europe to the world of designer handbags.9781499808988
A Scarf for KeikoMalaspina, Ann & Liddiard, Merrilee Kar-Ben/Lerner20192020NotablePicture BookIn 1940s Los Angeles, a young Jewish boy realizes he has more in common with a Japanese neighbor than he’d thought. Distinctive illustrations lend this picture book a vintage feel.9781541521643
Doctor Esperanto and the Language of HopeRockliff, Mara & Dzierzawska, Zosia Candlewick Press20192020NotablePicture BookL. L. Zamenhoff, who faced suspicion for his Jewishness as a child in 1860s Eastern Europe, invented a universal language in the interest of bringing people together. Text and illustrations combine to give a sense of how Esperanto works. 9780763689155
Masters of SilenceKacer, KathyAnnick Press, 20192020NotableMiddle GradeJewish siblings Helen and Henry hide in a convent during the Holocaust. The theme of their need to keep silent about who they are is underscored by the help they receive from real-life mime Marcel Marceau.9781773212623
A Boy is Not a BirdRavel, EdeetGroundwood Books20192020NotableMiddle GradeNaive but evolving narrator Natt, growing up under Communism, tells a story not usually told about events during the Holocaust.9781773061740
Rachel’s RosesWolff, FeridaHoliday House,20192020NotableMiddle GradeRachel, who lives on Manhattan’s Lower East Side in the early twentieth century, tries to earn money for rose buttons in time for Rosh Hashanah in a middle-grade novel with a warm, classic feel.9780823443659
In the Neighborhood of TrueCarlton, Susan KaplanAlgonquin Young Readers/Workman Publishing20192020NotableYoung AdultIn the 1950s South, teenage Ruth is conflicted about whether to revealher Jewish identity and where she fits in with the Civil Rights movement. A novel with a strong sense of place that urges readers to consider big questions.9781616208608
A Light in the Darkness: Janusz Korczak, His Orphans, andthe HolocaustMarrin, AlbertKnopf/Penguin Random House20192020NotableYoung AdultMarrin’s vivid narrative shares Korczak’s heroism and dedication to caring for orphans during his lifetime, with diversions into the larger historical picture giving context to Korczak’s life.9781524701208
All-of-a-Kind Family HanukkahJenkins, Emily & Zelinsky, PaulSchwartz & Wade/Random House 20182019WinnerPicture BookIn this meticulously researched Hanukkah story based on the classic children’s book All-of-a-Kind Family, poetic language and exuberant illustrations perfectly capture the emotions of each of the iconic sisters as they prepare latkes and celebrate the holiday in New York’s Lower East Side in 1912.9780399554193
Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her MonsterAuxier, JonathanAmulet Books/Abrams,20182019WinnerMiddle GradeAuxier masterfully weaves Jewish themes and characters into the story of Nan Sparrow, a chimney climbing girl in Victorian London, and her remarkable friendship with Charlie, the soot golem who saves her life. 9781419731402
What the Night SingsStamper, VesperAlfred A. Knopf/Random House20182019WinnerYoung AdultThis beautifully illustrated novel tells the story of teen Holocaust survivor Gerta as she struggles to reconcile her identity and desires in the wake of tragedy. 9781524700386
Through the Window: Views of Marc Chagall’s LifeRosenstock, Barb & GrandPré, Mary Alfred A. Knopf/Random House20182019HonorPicture BookBeautiful illustrations that evoke Chagall’s style accompany this lyrical biography that chronicles the famous artist’s life from humble beginnings to world renown. 9781524717513
A Moon for Moe and MoZalben, Jane Breskin & Amini, Mehrdokht Charlesbridge,20182019HonorPicture BookWhen Moses Feldman and Mohammed Hassan are mistaken for brothers while out shopping, a friendship is born. Sharing date cookies and Rugelach, the boys and their families mark their respective holidays and share wishes for peace9781580897273
All Three StoogesPerl, EricaAlfred A. Knopf/Random House20182019HonorMiddle GradeWhen Noah’s best friend loses his father to suicide, comedy-buff Noah’s responses call into question his readiness to become a bar mitzvah. Perl integrates details of modern Jewish life--and comedy--into this story of growth in a very difficult situation.9780399551758
The Length of a StringWeissman, Elissa BrentDial Books/Penguin Random House20182019HonorMiddle GradeImani’s wonderings about her past and her adoption dovetail with the diary she discovers that belonged to her great-grandmother, an evacuee during the Holocaust. A thoughtful exploration of family and Jewish identity. 9780735229471
You’ll Miss Me When I’m GoneSolomon, Rachel LynnSimon Pulse/Simon & Schuster20182019HonorYoung AdultTwins Tovah and Adina are tested for Huntington’s disease and receive opposite results. Their differing responses to the situation, and to their family’s Jewish faith, make for an authentic portrayal of a family struggling against grief, with religion naturally integrated. 9781481497732
Irving Berlin: The Immigrant Boy Who Made America SingChurnin, Nancy & Sanchez, James Rey Creston Books20182019NotablePicture BookThis picture book biography of Irving Berlin emphasizes the “God Bless America” composer’s immigrant background and his Jewish heritage--including the fascinating connection between that song and Judaism’s most important prayer.9781939547446
Write On, Irving Berlin!Kimmelman, Leslie & Gardner, David C. Sleeping Bear Press20182019NotablePicture BookSong by song, Kimmelman spins the story of Israel Baline, who grew up to be composer Irving Berlin. Gardner’s cheerful pastel illustrations swirl with musical notes.9781585363803
French Toast SundaysSpielman, Gloria & Bousidan, Inbal Gigi Apples and Honey Press/Behrman House20182019NotablePicture BookFor Mina, Sundays and Grandma’s French toast go together...until they don’t. This sensitive picture book depicts Jewish traditions for dealing with death while it shows Mina’s quiet way of processing loss. 9781681155296
The Passover ParrotZusman, Evelyn & Brooker, Kyrsten Kar-Ben/Lerner20182019NotablePicture BookWith plenty of authentic Passover detail, a text slightly revised from the 1983 original combines with new illustrations full of warm nostalgia to tell the funny story of Hametz, a parrot who steals the afikomen.9781512428827
Anne Frank’s Diary: The Graphic AdaptationFrank, Anne & Folman, Ari & Polonsky, David Pantheon Books/Penguin Random House,20182019NotableMiddle GradeThis graphic adaptation brings Anne Frank and the other residents of the Secret Annex to life. Though it makes the fear inherent in their situation clear, it also conveys plenty of ordinary, even humorous moments, reminding readers just how real the people were.9781101871799
12 Before 13Greenwald, LisaKatherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins 20182019NotableMiddle GradeArianna and her best friend Kaylan make a list of twelve goals to accomplish before their thirteenth birthdays-and Arianna’s bat mitzvah. A breezy, entertaining read, full of insight as Arianna’s personal relationship to Judaism develops9780062411778
Light the Menorah: A Hanukkah HandbookJules, Jacqueline & Swarner, Kristina Kar-Ben/Lerner20182019NotableMiddle GradeBeautifully illustrated, this handbook includes songs, activities, rituals, and reflections to help enhance Hanukkah for all families. 9781512483697
The Sound of FreedomKacer, KathyAnnick Press20182019NotableMiddle GradeAs Hitler and the Nazis rise to power, Anna, the daughter of a prominent Polish clarinet player feels more and more unsafe. When she finds out that an orchestra is being formed in Palestine by musician Bronislaw Huberman, she pushes her father to audition. Though they encounter challenges, Anna and her family ultimately have hope for the future. 9781554519699
ResistanceNielsen, JenniferScholastic20182019NotableYoung AdultWhen her family is upended in Nazi-occupied Poland, teenager Chaya Linder is determined to make a difference. Circumstances send her from being a courier, to raiding Nazi supplies, to finally the biggest mission of all, the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. 9781338148473
The Language of Angels: A Story about the Reinvention of HebrewMichelson, Richard & Gudeon, Karla Charlesbridge20172018WinnerPicture BookThis beautiful picture book tells the story of how Hebrew became an everyday language in Israel, after being out of use for two thousand years. The folk art illustrations are an illuminating match9781580896368
RefugeeGratz, AlanScholastic20172018WinnerMiddle GradeThe journeys of three different young refugees from Nazi Germany, 1990s Cuba and present-day Syria come together to form an emotional and timely narrative about the refugee experience.9780545880831
The Librarian of AuschwitzIturbe, Antonio & Thwaites, Lilit Godwin Books/Henry Holt a20172018WinnerYoung AdultThis powerful story of Dita Kraus and her protection of a handful of books in the Auschwitz concentration camp shows the importance of hope in the darkest of times9781627796187
Yaffa and Fatima: Shalom, SalaamGilani-Williams, Fawzia & Fedele, Chiara Kar-Ben/Lerner20172018HonorPicture BookJewish Yaffa and Arab Fatima are neighbors whose concern for each other during a date shortage provides a new twist on the "Brothers" legend. Burgundy and teal against neutral backgrounds providestriking illustrations for a story with a subtle, yet timely message.9781467789387
Drop by Drop: A Story of Rabbi AkivaJules, Jacqueline & Nayberg, Yevgenia Kar-Ben/Lerner20172018HonorPicture BookSkeptical that he can start learning Torah at the age of forty, when illiterate shepherd Akiva sees the way water has worn down the rocks in the brook, he applies himself and becomes the greatRabbi Akiva, thanks in great part to his wife Rachel's devotion and trust. Colorful and folksy illustrations complement the text.9781512420906
Viva Rose!Krawitz, SusanHoliday House20172018HonorMiddle GradeRose's brother Abraham joins Pancho Villa's army. When trying to get a letter to him, Rose is kidnapped and becomes the playmate of Dorotea First-person narrative and historic details of the late 19th century Mexican revolutionary enhance the story.9780823437566
This Is Just a TestRosenberg, Madelyn & Shang, Wendy Wan-Long Scholastic20172018HonorMiddle GradeDavid Da-Wei Horowitz is preparing for his bar mitzvah, and trying to appease both his Jewish and Chinese grandmothers, and digging a fallout shelter, and trying to balance his friends. Add a little 1980s David Hasselhoff and Betamax for a quirky and fast-paced read.9781338037722
The Six-Day HeroStein, TammarKar-Ben/Lerner20172018HonorMiddle GradeStein has penned an "intense read about family, love, identity and spirituality" that takes place on the eve of Israel's Six-Day War in 1967, with twelve-year-old Motti both idolizing and resenting his older brother Gideon, who will be a soldier in the war. 9781512458718
To Look a Nazi in the Eye: A Teen's Account of a War Criminal TrialKacer, Kathy & Lebowitz, Jordana Second Story Press20172018HonorYoung AdultLebowitz attended the first week of the trial of Oskar Groening, known as "the bookkeeper of Auschwitz." She blogged about her experience, and as the granddaughter of Holocaust survivors, went through a myriad of emotions. Kacerchronicles both her account and the trial testimony. She returned to Canada and closely followed the rest of the trial (Groening was found guilty of facilitating mass murder and sentenced to four years in prison, but he died before he began his sentence).Lebowitz is now a human rights advocate9781772600407
Almost AutumnKaurin, Marianne & Hedge, Rosie Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic20172018HonorYoung AdultIlse Stern's is stood up for what was to be her first date with her crush and neighbor Hermann Rod, and things get more complicated from there. Hermann joins the resistance and Ilse's family faces the anti-Semitism of Quisling's Norway during World War II. Will first love triumph?9780545889650
The Girl with the Red BalloonLocke, KatherineAlbert Whitman20172018HonorYoung AdultTime travel and a red balloon propel Ellie Baum to 1988 East Berlin, where she must fight the evilsof dark magic that are trying to change history.9780807529379
Yom Kippur ShortstopAdler, David A. & Ceolin, Andre Apples & Honey/Behrman House20172018NotablePicture BookInspired by Sandy Koufax's legendary dilemma, Jacob must decide whether to play the championship Little League game or sit it out on the holiest day in the Jewish calendar.9781681155210
Under the Sabbath LampHerman, Michael & Massari, Alida Kar-Ben/Lerner20172018NotablePicture BookInstead of Sabbath candles, Izzy and Olivia Bloom have an interesting Sabbath lamp that burns olive oil. Their neighbors learn that its history is also interesting, traveling from the shtetl to America one piece at a time with each family member that immigrated. 9781512408416
Big Sam: A Rosh Hashanah Tall TaleKimmel, Eric A. & Starr, Jim Apples & Honey/Behrman House,20172018NotablePicture BookHow big is Big Sam? So big that in order to make his challahs for the New Year, he digs out the Grand Canyon for a mixing bowl and bakes it in Mount St. Helens. Then, it being the time of year for repentance, he cleans up the mess he made in his preparation and shares his Rosh Hashanah foods with friends. Beautiful illustrations of the American West amplify the text.9781681155258
The Knish War on Rivington StreetOppenheim, Joanne & Davis, Jon Albert Whitman, 20172018NotablePicture BookSquare or round? A price war ensues, but either way, everyone loves knishes, so there will be plenty of business for both Benny's family store and theTisch's new store across the street.9780807541821
Ruth Bader Ginsburg: The Case of R.B.G. vs. InequalityWinter, Jonah & Innerst, Stacy Abrams 20172018NotablePicture BookHow many injustices did Ruth Bader Ginsburg suffer before becoming a Supreme Court Justice (and a hipster idol)? The case presented to the reader includes the biases against Jews, women, and working mothers in both academia and the work world. The gouache, ink and Photostop illustrations add humor, while the author's note supplies the details of the decimation Ginsberg faced throughout her career9781419725593
Hedy's Journey: The True Story of a Hungarian Girl Fleeing the HolocaustBisson, Michelle & El Primo RamónCapstone Press20172018NotableMiddle GradeHedy leaves Hungary in 1941, and she must way her way to America alone. Her journey is fraught with bothfortune and misfortune, and both happiness and sadness. Based on the author's mother's experiences. 9781515782223
The Children of Willesden Lane: A True Story of Hope and Survival during Wold War II: Young Readers EditionGolabek, Mona & Cohen, LeeLittle, Brown Books/Hachette20172018NotableMiddle GradeAdapted from the original (Grand Central Publishing, 2003), Golabek's mother's leaves her idyllic life in Vienna, and travels on the Kindertransportto her new home in an orphanage outside London. Worried about family and old friends, her new friends bolster her as she fulfills her potential as a musical prodigy and eventually attends the RoyalAcademy of Music on a scholarship. 9780316554886
WordwingsPearl, SydelleGuernica Editions20172018NotableMiddle GradeEmanuel Ringelblum organized an archive and collected diaries and documents to chronicle life in the Warsaw Ghetto. Twelve-year-old Rivka Rosenfeld writes her thoughts between the pages of a Hans Christian Andersen book, which is also hidden in a milk can for posterity. 9781771831963
The Dollmaker of KrakowRomero, R. M. Delacorte Press/Random House20172018NotableMiddle GradeFairy tale and harsh reality intertwine as Karolina the doll, is brought by a "kind wind" to the shop of Cyryl the dollmaker. They try to help violinist Josef and his daughter Rena escape the Krakow ghetto and avoid extermination by the Nazis. 9781524715397
Man's Search for Meaning: Young Reader EditionFrankl, Viktor E. Beacon Press20172018NotableYoung AdultFrankl's best-selling work has been abridged, with much of the discussion of scientific and philosophical references left out and more focus on the meaning of life and the meaning of suffering John Boyne (Boy in the Striped Pyjamas(David Fickling Books, 2006), wrote the Foreword which describes his introduction to Frankl's book and its "profound effect" on him. 9780807067994
Ronit & JamilLaskin, Pamela L. Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins,20172018NotableYoung AdultMuch like Romeo and Juliet, Israeli Ronit and Palestinian Jamil are star-crossed lovers whose families are against their relationship. Their story is told with quotes from Shakespeare and Arab poets and use of the ghazal (the rhyme is repeated in the even lines) form of poetry. 9780062458544
Stolen SecretsSchulman, L. B. Boyds Mills Press/Highlights20172018NotableYoung AdultLivvy's grandmother Adelle, whom Livvy had thought was dead, suffers from Alzheimer's Disease. As Livvy gets to know her grandmother and reads her journal entries, she learns that Adelle was in a concentration camp and may have a connection to Anne Frank. Things go awry when Livvy's mother ends up back in rehab, and Livvy and friend Franklin D. must protect Adelle. 9781629797229
I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her MarkLevy, Debbie & Wimmer, Sonja & Baddeley, Elizabeth Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers20162017WinnerPicture BookThis delightful biography of the Supreme Court Justice teaches children that dissent does not make a person disagreeable, and can even help change the world. The grab-your-attention illustrations help explain the text. 978-1481465595
The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy DogGidwitz, Adam & Aly, Hatem Dutton/Penguin Random House,20162017WinnerMiddle GradePart fantasy and part adventure, thisis the tale of strangers who become friends while on a quest to save thousands of volumes of Talmud. The beautiful illuminations reflect the medieval flavor of the book. 978-0525426165
Anna and the Swallow ManSavit, GavrielAlfred A. Knopf/Penguin Random House20162017WinnerYoung AdultAnna is left alone in 1939 Krakow when the Nazis take her father away. She meets the mysterious Swallow Man who is able to speak “bird,” and travels with him in the forestsof Poland, where they spend four years hiding and eluding capture. This is a haunting story that may be allegory or folktale or perhaps both 978-0553513349
Kind Mrs. Goldman, assisted by her young next-door neighbor Sophia, knits hats for everyone in their neighborhood. But who will knit a hat for Mrs. Goldman? Sophia tries, and the result is much appreciated (if not perfectly executed). A warm intergenerational and intercultural friendship storyEdwards, Michelle & Karas, G. Brian Schwartz & Wade/Random House 20162017HonorPicture BookKind Mrs. Goldman, assisted by her young next-door neighbor Sophia, knits hats for everyone in their neighborhood. But who will knit a hat for Mrs. Goldman? Sophia tries, and the result is much appreciated (if not perfectly executed). A warm intergenerational and intercultural friendship story.978-0553497106
Fascinating: The Life of Leonard NimoyMichelson, Richard & Rodriguez, Edel Alfred A. Knopf/Penguin Random House20162017HonorPicture BookMichelson, longtime friend and gallerist for the Star Trek actor and photographer, presents a personal and heartfelt picture-book biography of the late Leonard Nimoy, from Nimoy’s observant Jewish upbringing to his childhood interest in photography to his iconic television role. Groovy, out-of-this-world illustrations reflect the time period.9781101933305
Dreidels on the BrainBen Izzy, JoelDial Books/Penguin Random House20162017HonorMiddle GradeIn this semi-autobiographical story set during Hanukkah 1971, twelve-year-old Joel describes his family and life in the L.A. suburbs. His observations are frequently hilarious, even as his family faces serious events (his father spends much of that week in the hospital). '9780803740976
A Poem for Peter: The Story of Ezra Jack Keats and the Creation of The Snowy DayPinkney, Andrea Davis & Johnson, Steve & Fancher, LouViking Children’s Books/Penguin Random House20162017HonorMiddle GradeThis gorgeously illustrated ode to the author of the iconic picture book The Snowy Day focuses on Keats’s background as a child of Polish immigrants, his early artwork, and his attention to discrimination and social justice. The lyrical text is addressed to Peter, Keats’s most well-known and beloved character. 9780425287682
The Sundown Kid: A Southwestern ShabbatBietz, Barbara & Kanzler, JohnAugust House20162017NotablePicture BookIn this unique Southwestern-set frontier tale, the young narrator’s family introduces Shabbat foods and customs to its new community, making someplace far away from extended family feel more like home. An author’s note tells more about Jews in the “Wild West” and about hachnasat orchim(“the act of welcoming guests”).9781939160942
On One FootGlaser, Linda & Balaguer, Nuria Kar-Ben/Lerner20162017NotablePicture BookA young Torah scholar asks: “Can you teach me the whole Torah while standing on one foot?” He’s repeatedly rebuffed (“That’s preposterous!” “Ha! Not even the great Rabbi Hillel can do that!”), before finally meeting that learned man himself and fulfilling his quest. Mixed-media illustrations cleverly incorporate papers with Hebrew writing. 9781467778428
The Tree in the Courtyard: Looking Through Anne Frank’s WindowGottesfeld, Jeff & McCarty, Peter Alfred A. Knopf/Penguin Random House20162017NotablePicture BookLyrical text and dramatic brown-ink illustrations on creamy paper depict the story of the Frank family from the third-person perspective of the tree that stood outside Anne’s window of the attic annex. An afterword tells more: “Saplings and seedpods from Anne Frank’s tree have been planted around the world.”9780385753975
Gabriel’s HornKimmel, Eric & Surducan, MariaAlfred A. Knopf/Penguin Random House20162017NotablePicture BookOn Erev Rosh Hashanah, a soldier knocks on Gabriel’s family’s door, owners of an antique shop. About to deploy, the soldier entrusts his French horn to them. Good fortune follows the family as they perform other good deeds, shown in luminous illustrations.9781467789363
Chicken Soup, Chicken SoupMayer, Pamela & Melmon, Deborah Kar-Ben/Lerner20162017NotablePicture Book“Two grandmas. Two soup pots. Two family traditions” leads to “the first ever Jewish Chinese Kreplach Wonton Chicken Soup!” prepared by young Sophie, which pleases both her bubbe and her nai nai (Chinese for grandmother). 9781467789349
Not This Turkey!Steinberg, Jessica & Pike, Amanda Albert Whitman & Company,20162017NotablePicture BookPapa wins a Thanksgiving turkey at work. The only problem is... it’s a live turkey. Papa takes the turkeyhome with him on the subway. Mama’s reaction: “A turkey doesn’t belong in a fourth-floor walk-up!” The humorous tale is based on a true story.9780807579084
The Ship to Nowhere: On Board the ExodusArato, RonaSecond Story Press20162017NotableMiddle GradeIn this work of historical fiction set in 1947 and based on actual events, eleven-year-old Rachel, her sister, and their mother are Jewish refugees aboard the Exodus taking them to Palestine. In view of land, the ship is detained by British warships and prevented from docking. The refugees’ plight gained international attention and aid from caring individuals. 9781772600186
Irena’s Children: Young Readers Edition: A True Story of CourageMazzeo, Tilar J. & Farrell, Mary Cronk FarrellMargaret K. McElderry Books/Simon & Schuster20162017NotableMiddle GradeThe Young Readers Edition of Irene’s Children: A True Story of Courage about Irena Sendler, a brave Christian Polish woman who rescued thousands of Jewish children during World War II. 9781481449915
The Bicycle SpyMcDonough, Yona ZeldisScholastic 20162017NotableMiddle GradeIn a French village in 1942, twelve-year-old Marcel joins the Resistance and delivers messages via bicycle to help his Jewish friends evade capture.9780545850957
Skating with the Statue of LibertyMeyer, Susan LynnDelacorte Press/Random House20162017NotableMiddle GradeThis sequel to Black Radishes (a 2011 Honor Book) finds Gustave’s family in New York, having escaped Occupied France. Gustav’s friendship with September Rose, a young African American girl, helps him adjust to his family’s new life as American immigrants. 9780385741552
Ketzel the Cat who ComposedNewman, Lesléa & Bates, Amy June Candlewick Press20152016WinnerPicture BookInspired by a true story, this picture book tells the story of Moshe, a young composer who takes in a stray cat. Together, the two manage to create music in the most interesting way.9780763665555
Adam and ThomasAppelfeld, Aharon & Green, Jeffrey M. & Dumas, Phillipe Seven Stories Press20152016WinnerMiddle GradeAdam and Thomas are two nine-year-old boys who must fend for themselves in the forest during WWII. With only minimal help, the boys live under harsh conditions, fighting for survival and experience small miracles.9781609806347
The Hired GirlSchlitz, Laura AmyCandlewick Press20152016WinnerYoung AdultAfter running away from her father who forbids education and burns her beloved books, fourteen-year-old Joan heads to Baltimore where she is hired as a maid for a Jewish family. Set in the early 1900s and told first person via diary entries, Joan dreams of love, learning and the future.9780763678180
Shanghai SukkahHyde, Heidi Smith & Tsong, Jing Jing Kar-Ben/Lerner20152016HonorPicture BookTo escape the war, Marcus and his family move from Berlin to China. With his new friend Liang, Marcus learns to celebrate Sukkot while embracing his new surroundings and Chinese customs. 9781467734745
Everybody Says ShalomKimmelman, Leslie & Shipman, Talitha Random House20152016HonorPicture BookWith colorful pictures and a helpful historical guide inthe back, this rhyming picture book is a child-friendly tour guide of Israel. 9780385383363
Hereville: How Mirka Caught a FishDeutsch, BarryAmulet Book/Abrams 20152016HonorMiddle GradeThe third installment in the Hereville series, this graphic novel continues the whimsical saga of Mirka, a spunky time-traveling Jewish girl. 9781419708008
Stones on a GraveKacer, KathyOrca Book Publishers,20152016HonorYoung AdultIt's 1964 and eighteen-year-old Sara, an orphan from Ontario, treks to Germany to unravel the truth about her Jewish parentage. This book is part of the Secrets series9781459806597
Serendipity’s FootstepsNelson, SuzanneAlfred A. Knopf/Random House20152016HonorYoung AdultLinked by a pair of shoes, this book chronicles the lives of three different girls throughout time and distance. 9780385392129
Hanukkah Cookies with SprinklesAdler, David A. & Ebbeler, Jeffrey Apples & Honey/Behrman House/Gefen20152016NotablePicture BookAs Hanukkah approaches, Sarah learns the importance of tzedakah, helping those in need, friendship and kindness and Jewish tradition. 9781681155005
Sadie and Ori and the Blue BlanketKorngold, Jamie & Fortenberry, Julie Kar-Ben/Lerner20152016NotablePicture BookThrough the connection of a hand-knit blanket, this is a sweet story depicting the relationship between a grandmother and her two grandchildren throughout time.9781467711920
The Parakeet Named DreidelSinger, Isaac Bashevis & Berkson, Suzanne RaphaelFarrar, Straus and Giroux20152016NotablePicture BookUnable to find its owners, David and his family are delighted to take in a Yiddish speaking parakeet they name Dreidel. Many years later, David connects to Dreidel's past in the most unexpected way9780374300944
The Safest LieCerrito, AngelaHoliday House20152016NotableMiddle GradeNine-year-old Anna struggles to conceal and relinquish her Jewish heritage whenshe must pose as a Catholic girl in order to escape the Warsaw Ghetto. 9780823433100
Mr. Doctor: Janusz Korczak and the Orphans of the Warsaw GhettoCohen-Janka, Irene & Quarello, Maurizio A. C. Annick Press20152016NotableMiddle GradeBased on a true story, this illustrated book is about Janusz Korczak, a Polish doctor who cared for and housed and ultimately refused to abandon a group of Jewish children in the Warsaw Ghetto. 9781554517152
Watch Out for Flying Kids: How Two Circuses, Two Countries, and Nine Kids Confront Conflict and Build CommunityLevinson, CynthiaPeachtree Publishers20152016NotableMiddle GradeThis non-fiction book takes readers behind the scenes of two traveling kid circuses. Unique social aspects are highlighted as the circuses include kids from a variety of different cultures, religions and races. 9781561458219
The Wren and the SparrowPatrick Lewis, J. & Nayberg, Yevgenia Kar-Ben/Lerner20152016NotableMiddle GradeForced to surrender their musical instruments to the Nazis, this lyrical story based on true events focuses on the story of a musician, his clever student and the miraculouspreservation of a beloved hurdy-gurdy that withstands the war and sees through generations.9781467719513
The Girl in the TorchSharenow, RobBalzer + Bray/HarperCollins 20152016NotableMiddle GradeAfter being denied entry at Ellis Island, twelve-year-old Sarah makes the brave decision to jump ship and make a home for herself inside the Statue of Liberty. 9780062227959
Last Night at the Circle CinemaFranklin, EmilyCarolrhoda Lab20152016NotableYoung AdultOn the eve of high school graduation, three best friends decide to spend the night in the Circle Cinema, an abandoned movie theater where they unravel secrets, cope with past struggles and triumphs and ultimately face their futures.9781467774895
Courage and Defiance: Stories of Spies, Saboteurs, and Survivors in World War II DenmarkHopkinson, DeborahScholastic Press20152016NotableYoung AdultThis book chronicles the true stories of the brave people behind the Nazi resistance efforts and the countless lives they saved during the Holocaust.9780545592208
Imagining KatherineSolomon, CarolTova Press20152016NotableYoung AdultThrough high-schooler Katherine's eyes, the novel tackles topics such as racism, segregation, the civil rights movement and Jewish identity in the cultural climate of 1960s Baltimore. 9780692486481
Deep SeaThor, AnnikaDelacorte Press20152016NotableYoung AdultThree years earlier, Jewish sisters Stephie and Nellie were sent to live with foster families on a Swedish island. Now sixteen-years-old, Stephie deals with “typical” teen issues such as school and friends while grappling with the fact that her parents remain in an Austrian concentration camp. This is the third book about the Steiner Sisters.9780385743853
My Grandfather's CoatAylesworth, Jim & McClintock, Barbara Scholastic Press20142015WinnerPicture BookA delightful retelling of the Yiddish folksong “I Had a Little Overcoat,” in which, the main character is a Jewish immigrant to the United States who works as a tailor. The descriptive illustrations expand on the narrative and weave their own tale of the man’s life cycle events. '9780439925457
Hidden: A Child's Story of the HolocaustDauvillier, Loïc & Siege, Alexis First Second20142015WinnerMiddle GradeIn graphic novel format, a grandmother recounts to her granddaughter her experiences as a hidden Jewish child in Nazi-occupied France during the Holocaust. The grey and brown-tinted illustrations portray a dark and scary time. However, the text and images provide a gentle introduction to the Holocaust for elementary grade and middle grade readers9781596438736
StormNapoli, Donna JoSimon & Schuster 20142015WinnerYoung AdultA novel based on the Bible Story Noah’s Ark told through the viewpoint of Sebah, a sixteen-year-old woman, who is a stowaway on the Ark. Sebah describes the severe conditions of the flood which took the lives of her family. Also, she shares her observations of the turmoil on the Ark between Noah and his family members as well as amongst the animals.9781481403023
Goldie Takes a StandKrasner, Barbara & Garrity-Rile, Kelsey Kar-Ben/Lerner20142015HonorPicture BookA young Golda Meir is the president of the American Young Sisters Society where she uses her leadership skills to raise money to purchase books for immigrant students.981467712019
Never Say a Mean Word Again: A Tale from Medieval SpainJules, Jacqueline & Bernhard, Durga Yael Wisdom Tales 20142015HonorPicture BookA universal story of friendship and cross-cultural understanding based on a Spanish legend. Samuel’s father, a Jewish vizier, advises Samuel after offends his friend Hamza and Hamza (son of the tax collector) responds with anger.Samuel’s father says, "make sure Hamza never says a mean word to you again." As a result, Samuel and Hamsa begin to enjoy activities together, and their friendship grows in spite of their challenging beginnings.9781937786205
Death by Toilet PaperGephart, DonnaDelacorte Press 20142015HonorMiddle GradeBenjamin Epstein faces many challenges since his father’s death, most significantly, being evicted from his home. Benjamin does his best to help out his mom, by entering contests, including one for a toilet paper company slogan. When his aging grandfather moves in trouble escalates for Ben. Realistic, deeply touching, with just the right balance of kid friendly humor. 9780385743990
Whispering TownElvgren, Jennifer & Santomauro, Fabio Kar-Ben/Lerner20142015HonorMiddle GradeA picture book for older readers set in 1943 Nazi-occupied Denmark. In a small fishing village Anett and her parents hide a Jewish mother and son in their cellar until they can travel safely to Sweden. Evocative illustrations add depth to the story. 9781467711944
Isabel’s WarPerl, LilaLizzieSkurnick Books/IG Publishing20142015HonorYoung AdultIsabel is a self-centered American girl who is not happy about having to spend her summer vacation in a resort with her parents. She is even more unhappy when she finds out she will have to share her room with Helga, a beautiful German girl. Gradually, Isabel learns what is happening to the Jews in Europe, that Helga was saved by the Kindertransport, and tries to learn the terrible secret Helga is keeping. The story integrates factual material about World War II, the status of refugees, attitudes of Americans towards the German refugees and some the experiences of the Kindertransport children.9781939601278
Like No OtherLaMarche, UnaRazor Bill/Penguin Group20142015HonorYoung AdultThe story of a Hasidic girl, Devorah, who has a chance meeting in a hospital elevator, during a power out, with a young black teen named Jaxon. Contrary to Devorah’s stereotype of black boys, Jaxon is respectful and tries to help them escape from the dark elevator. An unlikely friendship develops. Although they would both like their friendship to develop into something more, Devorah realizes that she does not want to give up her relationship with her family and her community, and they each must go on with their individual lives. 9781595146748
Anna & SolomonSnyder, Elaine & Bliss, Harry Farrar, Straus and Giroux20142015NotablePicture BookAnna and Solomon were Russian Jews in the 1890’s. They had only enough money for one ticket to America. Solomon sailed alone. He worked hard to save money for Anna to join him. As each of 3 ships dock in New York, various members of Anna’s family disembark without Anna. Finally, Anna made the journey. The story is based on the author’s grandparent’s immigration experience.9780374303624
Here is the WorldNewman, Lesléa & Gal, Susan Abrams Books20142015NotablePicture BookHere isa book of simple rhymes for each Jewish holiday (and a baby naming). Here isa custom to make the holiday come alive. Here arerecipes or crafts to enrich the celebrations Here is a description of each holiday. Here isthe repetition of the rhyme that will keep young children reading along with the text.9781419711855
The Mitten StringRosner, Jennifer & Swarner, Kristina Random House 20142015NotablePicture BookThis is an original folktale about a girl who knits, a deaf woman, and a piece of blueyarn. Ruthie’s family raise sheep and young Ruthie loves to knit mittens from the wool. Her family invites a deaf woman and her baby to spend the night. Ruthie wonders how the mother will hear the child during the night. Her discovery leads to an invention for not losing mittens. (9780385371186
Rabbi Benjamin’s ButtonsMcGinty, Alice B. & Reinhardt, Jennifer Black Charlesbridge 20142015NotablePicture BookRabbi’s Benjamin’s Congregation give him a beautiful vest to wear on Jewish holidays. As he eats and eats the special foods (recipes included), the 4 silver buttons pop off. Over the summer, he loses the extra weight by helping his friends with physically active holiday preparations. Charming and colorful illustrations. 9781580894326
Simon and The BearKimmel, Eric & Trueman, MatthewDisney-Hyperion20142015NotablePicture BookA zany and fun Hanukkah tale of Simon, a Russian boy on his way to America. After a shipwreck he is stranded on an iceberg. Simon is saved by a polar bear that shares his latkes, enjoyshis songs, goes fishing for him and keeps him warm at night. Simon experiences miracle after miracle during his journey9781423143550
The Story of PassoverAdler, David & Weber, Jill Holiday House20142015NotablePicture BookA beautifully illustrated and accurate retelling of the children of Israel’s journey from slavery in Egypt to freedom. Many of the “gruesome” parts of the story are included, such as the death of the firstborn child and the Egyptians drowning in the Red Sea9780823429028
Fleabrain Loves FrannyRocklin, JoanneHarry N. Abrams/Amulet Books,20142015NotableMiddle GradeIn 1952 Pittsburgh, a young Jewish girl convalescing from polio is befriended by an erudite flea with supernatural powers. The book is both an engaging work of historical fiction and a highly imaginative animal fantasy.9781419710681
From Foe to Friend & Other Stories: A Graphic NovelAgnon, S. Y. & Charka, Shay & Saks, Jeffrey Toby Press20142015NotableMiddle GradeCharka’s witty, approachable panel-art illustrations capture the essence of three tales by Nobel Prize laureate Agnon, who died in 1970. Themes include kindness, persistence, creativity, and Jewish mysticism.9781592643950
I Lived on Butterfly HillAgosín, Margorie & White, Lee & O’Connor, E. M.Atheneum Books 20142015NotableMiddle GradeEleven-year-old Celeste idyllic life in Valparíso—where her abuela settled after fleeing the Nazis—is violently upended with Chile’s bloody coup d’état (here fictionalized). Agosin’slyrical writing—her sensory descriptions of Chile and sensitive portrayal of one girl’s coming-of-age—is pure poetry. 9781416953449
Schools of Hope: How Julius Rosenwald Helped Change African American EducationFinkelstein, Norman H.Calkins Creek20142015NotableMiddle GradeInspired by Booker T. Washington, the president of Sears, Roebuck and Company, Julius Rosenwald, helped build over 5300 schools for African Americans in the segregated South. A well-researched account of one man’s act of tzedakah, on a grand scale.9781590788417
Freedom Summer: The 1964 Struggle for Civil Rights in MississippiRubin, Susan GoldmanHoliday House20142015NotableYoung AdultRubin commemorates the fiftieth anniversary of “Freedom Summer” with an informative look at events, including the tragic murders of three young civil rights workers. Her firsthand interviews bring immediacy and intimacy to history. 9780823429202
GottikaBecker, Helaine & Griggs-Burr, Alexander Dancing Cat Books20142015NotableYoung AdultIn a futuristic society, “Stoons”—a learned and peaceful people—are persecuted by the Nazi-like Gottikan rulers. Dany’s father conjures a “gol” to protect their people. Dramatic interspersed panel illustrations help set the pace for this gripping tale.9781770863910
Playing for the CommandantZail, SuzyCandlewick 20142015NotableYoung AdultIn Auschwitz, young pianist Hanna must perform for the Nazis to keep her mother and sister alive. She falls in love with the commandant’s son, Karl, whose kindness in the face of horror helps sustain her.9780763664039
Prisoner of Night and FogBlankman, AnneBalzer + Bray20142015NotableYoung AdultIn 1923 Munich, seventeen-year-old Gretchen, a favorite of “Uncle Dolph,” has her eyes opened to the coming atrocities by a courageous young Jewish reporter. Taut mystery, engaging historical fiction, and romantic love story. 9780062278814
Rachel’s HopeSanders, ShellySecond Story Press20142015NotableYoung AdultThis conclusion to the Rachel Trilogy, based on true events, finds the protagonist settling into life in early1900s San Francisco. Alternating chapters describe Sergei’s flight from Siberian exile. The book’s ending is cathartic, if heartbreaking.9781927583425
The Longest Night: A Passover StorySnyder, Laurel & Chein, Catia Schwartz & Wade Books,20132014WinnerPicture BookWritten in gentle verse, the tumultuous days leading up to the Jews’ flight from Egypt are described from the perspective of an unnamed slave girl in this beautifully illustrated story9780375969423
The Blessing CupPolacco, PatriciaSimon & Schuster 20132014WinnerMiddle GradeThe miraculous journey from the shtetl to America of the remaining teacup from a china tea set, deliberately left behind when her Jewish ancestors were forced to leaveCzarist Russia, will strike an emotional chord with readers.9781442450479
The Nazi Hunters: How a Team of Spies and Survivors Captured the World's Most Notorious NaziBascomb, NealArthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic20132014WinnerYoung AdultA stunning account of the mission to capture Adolf Eichmann by an elite team of Israeli spies is dramatically brought to life by Neal Bascomb. 9780545430999
Rifka Takes a BowPerlov, Betty Rosenberg & Kawa, CoseiKar-Ben/Lerner20132014HonorPicture BookA young girl shares her experiences being the daughter of performers in the Yiddish theater during the 1920’s in New York City. 9780761381273
Stones for GrandpaLondner, Renee & Avilés, MarthaKar-Ben/Lerner20132014HonorPicture BookThe Jewish custom of placing stones on a gravestone is gently explained to young children, through the eyes of a young boy as he remembers his grandfather.9780761374954
The Boy on the Wooden Box: How the Impossible Became Possible...on Schindler's ListLeyson, Leon & Harran, Marilyn J. & Leyson, Elisabeth B. Atheneum 20132014HonorMiddle GradeThe late Leon Leyson has created an inspiring memoir about his experiences during the Holocaust. He was one of the youngest children on Oskar Schindler’s list.9781442497818
Dear Canada: Pieces of the Past: The Holocaust Diary of Rose Rabinowitz, Winnipeg, Manitoba, 1948Matas, CarolScholastic Canada20132014HonorMiddle GradeRose’s fictional diary depicts her struggle to adjust to a new life as an orphan in Canada after WWII and shares her horrific experiences during the war. 9781443113076
Dancing in the DarkBavati, RobynFlux20132014HonorYoung AdultDitty Cohen, an orthodox teen, is forced to keep her passion and talent for ballet dancing hidden from her family. She studies ballet in secret, but ultimately must choose between a life on the stage as a dancer and her family. 9780738734774
The War Within These WallsSax, Aline & Strzeleck, Caryl & Watkinson, Laura Eerdmans 20132014HonorYoung AdultThe appalling conditions of the Warsaw Ghetto are shown in this unforgettable illustrated novel. The narrator, a teenage Jewish boy’s, story begins with the invasion of Poland and dramatically shows the role the he plays in the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. 9780802854285
Benny’s Mitzvah NotesLumer, MarcHachai Publishing20132014NotablePicture BookBenny, a young Orthodox Jewish boy, loves the mitzvah notes his parents make for him. Benny grows up and writes a touching mitzvah note of his own. 9781929628698
Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers’ Strike of 1909Markel, Michelle & Sweet, Melissa Balzer & Bray/HarperCollins P20132014NotablePicture BookIn 1909, Clara Lemlich and her fellow garment workers ban together to create better conditions. With resilience and courage, young Clara stands up for what she believes9780061804427
The Cats on Ben Yehuda StreetStampler, Ann Redisch & Carabelli, Francesca Kar-Ben/Lerner20132014NotablePicture BookCranky fish shop owner Mr. Modiano and his neighbor Mrs. Spiegel are brought together in the most unlikely of ways with the help of two mischievous cats.9780761381235
Hanukkah in AlaskaBrown, Barbara & Schuet, Stacey Henry Holt 20132014NotablePicture BookA girl living in Alaska is frustrated when a moose won't leave her backyard, threatening to chomp down the tree holding up her beloved swing. Even the celebration of Hanukkah doesn't distract her.9780805097481
The Passover LambMarshall, Linda Elovitz & Mai-Wyss, Tatjana Random House20132014NotablePicture BookOn the morning of Passover, Miriam discovers one of the sheep on her family’s farm has given birth to triplets! Miriam has a clever plan to attend the seder and celebrate Passover with the help of a baby lamb. 9780307931771
Our Special New BabyCohen, Chava & Braverman, Rivkie Feldheim Publishers20132014NotablePicture BookRacheli’s father explains that her new baby brother is very special. He was born with Down syndrome. Racheli and her siblings learn about understanding, acceptance, and love9781598269604
The Barefoot Book of Jewish TalesBoyd, Shoshana Gelfand & Hall, Amanda & Messing, Debra Barefoot Books I20132014NotableMiddle GradeA charming collection of eight different stories, each tale highlights a Jewish value depicted in a child-friendly manner. 9781846868849
B.U.G. (Big Ugly Guy)Yolen, Jane & Adam StempleDutton’s Children Books/Penguin20132014NotableMiddle GradeTired of being bullied, Sammy decides to build a golem out of clay for protection. The golem even becomes drummer in his band. But when the golem takes on a life of its own, Sammy must rethink his plan. 9780525422389
Odette's SecretsMacdonald, MaryannBloomsbury Children’s Books,20132014NotableMiddle GradeAfter the Nazis invade Paris, Odette is sent to live with a Catholic family in the countryside. In order to stay safe, she must shed her Jewish identity. Based on a true story and told in free verse poetry, Macdonald tells the story of a young girl burdened by loss and secrets.9781599907505
Touched by FireWatts, Irene N.Tundra Books20132014NotableMiddle GradeAn enthralling story of perseverance and strength, Watts depicts the chronology of Miriam and her family from 1905 when they flee the pogroms of Russia to their journey to reach Ellis Island and the tragedy of the Triangle Shirt Waist Fire.9781770495241
When Hurricane Katrina Hit HomeKarwoski, Gail Langer & Marshall, Julia The History Press20132014NotableMiddle GradeAlthough they come from two very different backgrounds, Chazz and Lyric are both affected when Hurricane Katrina roars through New Orleans. Told in alternating points of view, the children realize what is important in the aftermath of a storm that has changed their lives.9781626190832
Helga’s Diary: A Young Girl’s Account of Life in a Concentration CampWeiss, Helga & Bermel, Neil W.W. Norton & Company20132014NotableYoung AdultCemented in a brick wall and miraculously retrieved after the war, Helga's real-life diary depicts her experiences in Terezin. With updated with family photos, footnotes, recollections, Helga's childhood drawings, journal entries, and diagrams, the bravery of a young girl during such a perilous time is illuminated.9780393077971
Lauren Yanofsky Hates the HolocaustLieberman, LeanneOrca Book Publishers20132014NotableYoung AdultSeventeen-year-old Lauren doesn't want to be Jewish anymore. She is tired of Holocaust memoirs and Jewish summer camps. She believes Judaism is all about sadness, persecution, and loss. But when her friends start playing Nazi War games, Lauren realizes that her heritage is more important than she realized. 9781459801097
Hannah’s WayGlaser, Linda & Gustavson, AdamKar-Ben/Lerner20122013WinnerPicture BookWhen Hannah’s teacher tries to arrange carpools for a Saturday class picnic, she is in a quandary. She cannot ride on the Sabbath, but she neither wants to miss the picnic nor draw attention to her Jewish heritage. Well researched illustrations with details of rural northern Minnesota during the Depression Era complement the story of how a child does not have to give up his or her heritage in order to fit in, a message that serves contemporary populations as well.9780761351382
His Name Was Raoul WallenbergBorden, LouiseHoughton Mifflin 20122013WinnerMiddle GradeBorden’s biography of the Swedish hero of Hungarian Jewry during World WarII has all the hallmarks of excellent non-fiction: extensive research, lists of sources, and prose and visual materials that make a complicated chapter of history easily accessible. 9780618507559
IntentionsHeiligman, DeborahKnopf Books/Random House20122013WinnerYoung AdultWhen Rachel overhears an encounter between her rabbi and a female congregant in the synagogue sanctuary, her world starts unraveling as she questions whom she can trust. She evaluates her relationships with parents, friends, and the rabbi, and learns about her own motivations in the process. Well-developed characters and authentic voice emphasize the many nuances of the title. 978-0375868610
Zayde Comes to LiveSinykin, Sheri & Swarner, KristinaPeachtree Publishers20122013HonorPicture BookA “poignant, powerful, sweet” story of a girl and her grandfather that deals with death and the afterlife from a Jewish perspective.9781561456314
The Elijah Door: A Passover TaleStrauss, Linda Leopold & Natchev, AlexiHoliday House20122013HonorPicture BookNext door neighbors Rachel Galinsky and David Lippa are in love, but their families are feuding. With spring in the air, Passover preparations and some help from the rabbi, “it takes a village” to bring the couple together. The shtetl is brought to life with vibrant woodcuts and a definite Yiddish cadence to the text. 9780823419111
The Wooden Sword: A Jewish Folktale from AfghanistanStampler, Anne Redisch & Liddiment, Carol Albert Whitman 20122013HonorMiddle GradeA shoemaker’s faith that everything will turn out as it should is tested by the Afghan shah, who forces him to work as a water carrier, woodcutter and soldier. But when the shoemaker is asked to do a beheading, his own cleverness saves the day. Colorful, detailed illustrations lend a strong sense of place 9780807592014
Beyond Courage: The Untold Story of Jewish Resistance During the HolocaustRappaport, DoreenCandlewick Press20122013HonorYoung AdultThe author presents “a sampling of actions, efforts, and heroism with the hope that [she] can play a role in helping to correct the damaging and persistent belief that Jews ‘went like sheep to the slaughter.’” Five years of research results in an important informational book, with back matter that includes a pronunciation guide, chronology, source notes, detailed bibliography, and an index. 978-0763629762
Speak Up, Tommy!Greene, Jacqueline Dembar & Melmon, DebbiKar-Ben/Lerner20122013NotablePicture BookInspired by real events, Tommy's classmates stop teasing him about his Israeli accent when he helps the policeman manage his Israeli-trained dog.9780761374978
Sadie and the Big MountainKorngold, Jamie & Fortenberry, Julie Kar-Ben/Lerner20122013NotablePicture BookSadie's synagogue preschool is spending the week preparing for Shavuot, the culmination of which will be a mountain hike similar to Moshe ascending Mount Sinai. Sadie does not like hiking, and she imagines getting sick with different ailments so she won't have to go.9780761364948
A Sweet PassoverNewman, Lesléa & Slonim, DavidAbrams 20122013NotablePicture BookBy the last day of Passover, Miriam has had her fill of matzah. But as the family recounts why Jews eat matzahon Passover, she is convinced and tries her grandfather's matzah brei.Recipe included.9780810997370
The Schmutzy FamilyRosenberg, Madelyn & Meisel, PaulHoliday House20122013NotablePicture BookAll week the family discovers new ways to get dirty and the mother is never flustered. But when Shabbat comes, it's time to clean up.9780823423712
A Song for My SisterSimpson, Lesley & Mai-Wyss, Tatjana Random House 20122013NotablePicture BookMira longed for a little sister, but she didn't realize how much noise a baby could make, or the big changes to family life. When the baby cries the day of her simchat bat(baby naming), Mira calms her with a song.9781582464275
Hereville: How Mirka Met a MeteoriteDeutsch, BarryAmulet Books/Abrams,20122013NotableMiddle GradeThat plucky, knitting, Sabbath-observing heroine is back with another adventure that involves a meteorite, an evil twin, and a witch. 9781419703980
Small Medium at LargeLevy, JoanneBloomsbury USA 20122013NotableMiddle GradeAt her mother's wedding reception, Lilah is struck by lightning, which enables her to communicate with the dead. With the help of her grandmother and various other spirits, Lilah is able to overcome her shyness and help others.9781599908366
Looking for MeRosenthal, Betsy R. Houghton Mifflin 20122013NotableMiddle GradeWritten in free verse about the author's mother, who grew up as the fourth child of twelve in Baltimore during the 1930's, this book explores her challenges of being her own person while getting along with her siblings. 9780547610849
NowGleitzman, MorrisHenry Holt 20122013NotableYoung AdultFelix is now a retired doctor and grandfather in the final book of this award-winning trilogy (Onceand Then, Honor Books in 2011 and 2012, respectively). It is narrated by his granddaughter, Zelda, who deals with the absence of working parents, bullying, and raging fires in Australia. 9780805093780
Rachel's SecretSanders, ShellySecond Story Press20122013NotableYoung AdultThe Kishiniev riots of 1903 are the basis for a story of love and friendship as Rachel and Sergei grow closer amid the tension and anti-Semitism of pre-Revolutionary Russia.9780926920375
The Last SongWiseman, EvaTundra Books, 20122013NotableYoung AdultIsabel dislikes her intended husband, but her parents hope to protect her from the dangers of the Inquisition by marrying her off to the scion of an important Catholic family. As Isabel discovers her Jewish roots, she rights to save her family in this historical fiction. (9780887769795
Chanukah LightsRosen, Michael J. & Sabuda, RobertCandlewick 20112012WinnerPicture BookSimple text combines with amazing pop-ups to tell the story of Chanukah from its origins in the Temple throughout history and the world. A page for each night, including depictions of a ship and a skyscraper, will delight readers of all ages.9780763655334
Music Was It: Young Leonard BernsteinRubin, Susan GoldmanCharlesbridge 20112012WinnerMiddle GradeA chronicle of the pianist/composer/conductor’s early life –from his childhood in Boston to his conducting debut at Carnegie Hall, is full of photographs, direct quotes, and interesting anecdotes. The excellent back matter includes biographies of famous associates, a discography, bibliography, and an index 9781580893442
The Berlin Boxing ClubSharenow, RobertHarper Teen/HarperCollins20112012WinnerYoung AdultKarl Stern, an assimilated fourteen-year-old Jew living in 1930s Berlin, becomes the unlikely student of boxing champion and source of German pride, Max Schmeling. A coming of age novel that entwines Karl’s personal struggles with the historical ones of the period including “degenerate” artand the Nazi menace, well-developed characters and a tense plot propel this page turner9780061579684
Naamah and the Ark at NightBartoletti, Susan Campbell & Meade, HollyCandlewick 20112012HonorPicture BookUsing an extremely disciplined poetry form, Bartoletti crafts a lullaby about Naamah, Noah’s wife, calming the animals at night with her singing. Meade’s lush, dramatic artwork brings the inhabitants of the ark to life. 9780763642426
Around the World in One ShabbatBernhard, Durga Yael.Jewish Lights Publishing20112012HonorPicture BookStarting Friday afternoon in the Jerusalem marketplace, author/illustrator Bernhard circles the globe through Argentina, Australia, Turkey, Russia, France, America, Ethiopia, Germany, Canada, Morocco, Thailand, and India to explore the different customs and rituals of the Sabbath. Havdalah is recited in a home near the Kotel, as the trip around the world is complete. Colorful ovals of activity accompany the descriptive narrative. 9781580234337
Lily Renee, Escape Artist: from Holocaust Survivor to Comic Book PioneerRobbins, Trina & Timmons, Anne and Oh, MoGraphic Universe/Lerner20112012HonorMiddle GradeNot only did Lily Wilheim survive, she triumphed over circumstances that forced her from a loving home in pre-war Vienna, on a Kindertransport to England, to the United States and through a variety of jobs and situations to become a comic book illustrator. Timmons and Oh’s vibrant graphic format, and the back matter with photographs, a glossary and historical descriptions, make for an exciting and educational biography. 9780761381143
Hammerin’ Hank Greenberg: Baseball PioneerSommer, ShelleyCalkins Creek/Boyds Mills 20112012HonorMiddle GradeSommer’s biography follows Greenberg’s achievements on and off the baseball field, including the challenges of anti-Semitism and parental disapproval of professional sports.9781590784525
Irena’s Jars of SecretsVaughan, Marcia & Mazellan, RonLee & Low Books20112012HonorMiddle GradePolish social worker (and Righteous Gentile) Irena Sender rescued over 2,500 children from the Warsaw Ghetto. The story of her bravery and quiet heroism is complemented by Mazellan’s somber-toned, expressive illustrations. 9781600604393
ThenGleitzman, MorrisHenry Holt 20112012HonorYoung AdultContinuing where 2011 Honor Book Onceleft off, Felix tells how he and Zelda find refuge in a Polish farm village but must still use quick thinking and imagination to survive the degradations of the Holocaust. 9780805090277
The Blood LieVernick, Shirley RevaCinco Puntos Press20112012HonorYoung AdultInspired by a real blood libel that took place in upstate New York in 1928, Jack Pool’s promising career as a cellist is jeopardized when a young girl disappears in the woods and he is accused of murdering her for a Jewish blood ritual. 9781933693842
Picnic at Camp ShalomJules, Jacqueline & Melmon, DebbiKar-Ben/Lerner20112012NotablePicture BookCarly and Sara become fastfriends during activity-filled days of camp, but there is also a lesson to be learned about dealing with friends and trying to make things right after a misunderstanding9780761366614
The Golem's LatkesKimmel, Eric A. & Jansinsk, AaronMarshall Cavendish 20112012NotablePicture BookHanukkah is a busy time fr Rabbi Judah Loew and his household. The housemaid tasks the Maharal's Golem to keep making potato pancakes until she returns. When she loses track of time and the streets start to overflow, it turns into a latke party for the whole city. Acrylic on wood illustrations gives dimension to the man of clay and Prague9780761459040
Joseph and the Sabbath FishKimmel, Eric A. & Peluso, Martina KarBen/Lerner20112012NotablePicture BookJoseph is a poor man who spends his meager budget to honor the Sabbath by welcoming guests and serving delicacies. His neighbor, a wealthy merchant, is worried that Joseph will gain his riches. The merchant converts his holdings into one large gem, which ends up in the water. When local fishermen net a large beautiful fish, they know Joseph will buy it. When Joseph cuts it open, he finds the neighbor's jewel, and both learn the lesson from the Talmud (Shabbat 119a): if someone provides money for the benefit of the Sabbath, the Sabbath will more than repay him.9780761359081
Sadie's Sukkah BreakfastKorngold, Jamie & Fortenberry, Julie KarBen/Lerner20112012NotablePicture BookSadie and her sister Ori wake up early and decide to eat in the sukkah. After schlepping all the food and utensils outside, they decide breakfast would be nicer with guests, so they bring out their stuffed animals. 9780761356479
The Shabbat PrincessMeltzer, Amy & Aviles, MarthaKar-Ben/Lerner20112012NotablePicture BookWhile Sabbath is often referred to as a "queen," Rosie channels her obsession with princesses to make sure her family's Shabbat is worthy of royalty. 9780761351429
Lipman Pike: America's First Home Run KingMichelson, Richard & Pullen, Zachary Sleeping Bear Press20112012NotablePicture BookWhat's a nice Jewish boy doing playing baseball? This picture-book biography follows Pike from his father's store in Brooklyn through his rise to fame as the first paid baseball player in America.9781585364657
The Littlest MountainRosenstock, Barb & Hall, MelanieKar-Ben/Lerner20112012NotablePicture BookGod determines that the world needs rules, and He decides to "speak" from a mountain. But which mountain should it be? Mount Carmel is beautiful, Mount Hermon has three peaks, Mount Tabor is majestic, and Mount Gilboa has flower-filled meadows. According to the Midrash Rabbah(Bereshit99:1), God chooses little" Mount Sinai because its unassuming and humble bearing is deemed the perfect spot. Hall's vibrant color illustrations give each mountain a distinct "personality." 9780761344957
I Will Come Back to You: A Familyin Hiding during World War IIRusso, MarisabinaSchwartz & Wade Books/Random House,20112012NotablePicture BookA grandmother's (Nonna) charm bracelet tells the story of life in Italy before World War II and subsequent events that led to Nonna's immigration to America. A donkey, a piano, a bicycle, and piglets all play a part. Gouache-painted illustrations and vintage photographs on the endpapers add visual context.9780375966958
Marcel Marceau: Master of MimeSpielman, Gloria & Gauthier, Manon Kar-Ben/Lerner20112012NotablePicture BookThis beautiful picture book details the famous mime's lifelong love of performing, as well as his Jewish heritage and role in the French resistance during World War II. 9780761339618
One LittleChickenWeber, Elka & Kleven, Elisa Tricycle Press20112012NotablePicture BookLeora is thrilled to find a chicken in her yard. Her mother reminds her that "finders aren't keepers," even if the result is caring for a yard full of livestock until the owner can be found. Vibrant colors and varied page layouts illustrate the story based on Talmudic discussions of returning lost items.9781582463742
The Mishkan: Its Structure and Its Sacred VesselsBiderman, Rabbi AvrohomArtscroll/Mesorah Publications20112012NotableMiddle GradeThe intricacies and significance of the Tabernacle are "now vividly brought to life in a masterpiece of imagery, insight, and detail."9781422610749
Flesh & Blood So Cheap: The Triangle Fire and Its LegacyMarrin, AlbertAlfred A. Knopf/Random House20112012NotableMiddle GradeOne hundred years after the tragedy, Marrin uses the event as a focal point to discuss immigration, unions, and life in early 20th century New York City. 9780375868894
The Cats in the Doll ShopMcDonough, Yona Zeldis & Maione, Heather Viking/Penguin20112012NotableMiddle GradeThe Breittlemann sisters, who were introduced in The Doll Shop Downstairs (Viking, 2009), have new adventures when their cousin Tania immigrates from Russia and they help some stray cats that are being mistreated.9780670012794
When Life Gives You O.J.Perl, Erica S. Alfred A. Knopf/Random House20112012NotableMiddle GradeZelly Fried desperately wants a dog. Her grandfather, Ace, suggests that Zelly shows how responsible she can be by taking care of a practice dog --an empty orange juice container. In the process,Zelly learns a lot about loyalty, friendship, and being true to herself. 978037585923
Irena Sendler and the Children of the Warsaw GhettoRubin, Susan Goldman & Farnsworth, BillHoliday House20112012NotableMiddle GradeThe story of the Polish woman who defied the Nazis and risked her life to save Jewish children is brought to life with detailed narrative and expressive, colorful paintings. 9780823422517
Terezin: Voices from the HolocaustThomson, RuthCandlewick Press20112012NotableMiddle GradeUsing present-day and archival photographs, pictures of daily life created by internees, and artifacts, a chronological history of the infamous concentration camp captures both the eye and the reader's interest.9780763649630
Requiem: Poems of the Terezin GhettoJaneczko, Paul B.Candlewick Press20112012NotableYoung Adult"Solemn songs to the memory of the people who died within the walls of Theresienstadt" is how the author describes his works of sparse, yet powerful poetry. The book includes art created in the concentration camp, as well as historical notes and related resources.9780763647378
OyMGDominy, Amy Fellner & Swarner, Kristina Walker & Company 20112012NotableYoung AdultEllie Taylor hopes her debating skills will get her a scholarship to a prestigious Christian-affiliated private school. She attends summer speech camp and falls for Devon, a cute shaygetz whose grandmother happens to be the anti-Semitic sponsor of the scholarship. With some nudging from her zaydeh, Ellie faces her toughest argument as she must decide between the scholarship and her Jewish identity.9780802721778
Gathering SparksSchwartz, HowardRoaring Brook/Macmillan 20102011WinnerPicture BookDreamy, nature-filled watercolor, gouache, and pastel paintings beautifully illustrate the Jewish concept of Tikkun Olam, or repairing the world, through an intimate dialogue between a grandchild and grandfather. While based on the ancient mystical teaching of the famous sixteenth century Rabbi Isaac Luria, the gentle, inspiring text and soothing illustrations are accessible to readers of all faiths.9781596432802
Hereville: How Mirka Got Her SwordDeutsch, BarryAmulet/Abrams20102011WinnerMiddle GradeEleven-year-old Mirka, living in a contemporary Orthodox community, has more on her mind than learning the “womanly arts” her stepmother insists she acquire. She is on a quest to find a sword and slay a dragon, when she encounters witches, trolls, a vicious pig, and a ghost along the way. Computer generated illustrations in a muted palette create an amusing and refreshing graphic novel adventure9780810984226
The Things a Brother KnowsReinhardt, DanaWendy Lamb Books/Random House20102011WinnerYoung AdultWhen Levi’s older brother Boaz makes an uncharacteristic decision to join the Marines, his Israeli-American family is shocked. He returns safely but hardly speaks to anyone and barely leaves his room. When Boaz claims he is going on a hiking trip, Levi follows him on a journey from Boston to Washington, DC on foot and comes to understand the depth of his brother’s pain, and his love and loyalty for his family9780375844553
Modeh Ani: A Good Morning BookGershman, Sarah & Swarner, Kristina EKS Publishing20102011HonorPicture BookA lyrical interpretation of a selection of Morning Blessings taken from the “Birchot HaShachar” and written with a simplicity and elegance that can be understood by young listeners and readers. The illustrations are full of emotion, expressing the mystery of the dawn, the innocence of a child, the warmth of family, and the excitement and awe of facing each new day.9780939144648
Emma's Poem: The Voice of the Statue of LibertyGlaser, Linda & Nivola, Claire A. Houghton Mifflin B20102011HonorPicture BookThis beautiful blending of words and pictures explores the life of Emma Lazarus and her work as a writer and humanitarian, focusing on her inspiring words of poetry in “The New Colossus” which would become the permanent inscription for the Statue of Liberty. 9780547171845
Cakes and Miracles: A Purim TaleGoldin, Barbara Diamond & Zollars, Jaime Marshall Cavendish 20102011HonorPicture BookYoung, blind Hershel wishes he could help his widowed mother more. When an angel appears in his dream, Hershel finds that he has special gifts he can use to help his mother bake for the Jewish holiday of Purim. Rich, full-spread illustrations in collage and acrylic paint warmly depict the Eastern European shtetl setting with expression and dimension in thisupdate of the 1991 classic.9780761457015
ResistanceJablonski, Carla & Purvis, Leland First Second/Macmillan 20102011HonorMiddle GradePaul must help his family run their hotel while his father is being held by the Nazi authorities. But when his best friend Henri, who is Jewish, escapes a roundup and is left behind, Paul and his sister decide to hide him and help him escape with the French Resistance. A graphic novel that provides a cinematic story of prejudice, fear, courage, and bold ingenuity. 9781596432918
One Is Not a Lonely NumberKrieger, EvelynYM Books20102011HonorMiddle GradeAs an only child, Talia is an anomaly at her Jewish day school, where large families are the norm. When a young woman stays for an extended visit, Talia is forced to share her family and her home. Talia's journey toward understanding herself, her parents, and her friends is guided by her Jewish morals and values providing a positive and authentic portrayal of the contemporary Orthodox community for readers of all backgrounds.9780984162420
Black RadishesMeyer, Susan LynnDelacorte/Random House 20102011HonorMiddle GradeShortly before France is invaded, Gustave and his parents flee Paris for the countryside. Lonely for the friends he left behind, Gustave also faces anti-Semitism at school and an uncertain future while the family waits for visas to immigrate to America. Action, tension, and well-developed characters coupled with compelling details and beautifully crafted prose create a detailed picture of life for Jewish families in France during World War II.9780385738811
HushChayil, EishesWalker & Compan/Bloomsbury 20102011HonorYoung AdultEight years after her best friend hangs herself, Gittel breaks her silence and risks her own reputation, and that of her family, to come forward to the police with the real reason that led to the suicide. Written anonymously by a former member of a Chassidic sect in Brooklyn, the story painfully and vividly reveals the ongoing effects of incest and molestation on the victim, as well as on friends, family, and the community.9780802720887
OnceGleitzman, MorrisHenry Holt a20102011HonorYoung AdultThe brutality and devastation of the Holocaust is shown through a Polish orphan named Felix and his experiences after he runs away from the orphanage where he lived for almost four years. Believing that his parents might still be alive, he tries to find them at their family-owned bookstore only to discover that his town no longer has any Jews still living in it and all the books in his family shop are gone. 9780805090260
Life, AfterLittman, Sarah DarerScholastic 20102011HonorYoung AdultDaniella Bensimon’s comfortable world in Buenos Ares, Argentina is slipping away after the country spirals into an economic meltdown. Faced with increasing economic distress and personal loss, the family makes the difficult decision to emigrate and struggles to adjust to their new life in New York. 9780375844553
Engineer Ari and the Sukkah ExpressCohen, Deborah Bodin & Kober, Shahar Kar-Ben/Lerner20102011Notablepicture BookEngineer Ari, the first conductor of the new train from Jaffa to Jerusalem, builds a Sukkah using leftover wood and other materials gathered from friends along his route. When the Sukkah is complete, Ari and his friends figure out how to share it with everyone who contributed -- by turning one of the train cars into the Sukkah Express! 9780761351269
Feivel's Flying HorsesHyde, Heidi Smith & van der Sterre, Johanna Kar-Ben/Lerner20102011Notablepicture BookA wood carver of synagogue arks and Torah scrolls uses his talents to create magnificent carousel horses on Coney Island. By the time the carousel is complete, he has earned enough money to bring his family to America.9780761339571
Miriam in the DesertJules, Jacqueline & Ugliano, Natascia Kar-Ben/Lerner20102011Notablepicture BookBezalel, the artist chosen by God to build the Holy Ark, is represented here as Miriam's grandson, who plays a crucial role in developing a new spiritual future for the Jews. Miriam offers encouragement and guidance to the weary Israelites as they continue their journey through the desert after they escape slavery in Egypt.9780761344940
The Little Red Hen and the Passover MatzahKimmelman, Leslie & Meisel, PaulHoliday House20102011NotablePicture BookThe Little Red Hen wants to make matzah for Passover and hopes her friends will help. Just like in the familiar story, Sheep, Horse, and Dog flatly refuse. But, remembering the words from the Haggadah, "Let all who are hungry come and eat," Little Red Hen welcomes her friends to her Seder. And after the meal, guess who does the dishes?9780823419524
Say Hello, LilyLakritz, Deborah & Aviles, MarthaKar-Ben/Lerner20102011NotablePicture BookAlthough shy at first, Lily becomes a regular volunteer at the Shalom House, a "place for older people to live if they need extra help," and performs a mitzvah when she chooses to celebrate her birthday with the residents. 9780761345114
Beautiful Yetta, the Yiddish ChickenPinkwater, Daniel & Pinkwater., JillFeiwel and Friends/Macmillan20102011NotablePicture BookIn a tri-lingual story, utilizing English, Yiddish, and Spanish, a brave and clever fowl is determined not to become Friday night's dinner. But poor, Yiddish speaking Yetta is homesick and lonely in Brooklyn, New York, until she gains new friends and a family among the Spanish speaking parrots on the telephone wires.9780312558246
A Tale of Two Seders.Portnoy, Mindy Avra & Cis, Valeria Kar-Ben/Lerner20102011NotablePicture BookA young girl describes the six Passover meals that she has shared with her divorced parents over the last three years when the charoset, the traditional dish of apples, nuts, cinnamon, and wine, never tastes quite right. When her parents surprise her by joining together at the synagogue's community Seder, the girl realizes that her family is special in its own way.9780882599074
Jackie's GiftRobinson, Sharon & Lewis, E. B.Viking/Penguin20102011NotablePicture BookSteve Satlow is shocked when his favorite baseball hero, Jackie Robinson, moves onto his street. When Jackie discovers that Steve's family does not have a Christmas tree, he decides to surprise the family with one, not realizing they are Jewish. The author, Robinson's daughter, wrote the story in the hopes that it will "inspire families for generations to come to look beyond race and religion and into people's hearts."9780670011629
Zishe the Strong ManRubenstein, Robert & Miller, WoodyKar-Ben/Lerner20102011NotablePicture BookA picture book biography that recounts the true-life story of Siegmund Breitbart, or Zishe, a young Polish Jew, who went from a tiny village to touring the world demonstrating great feats of physical strength including hauling a wagonload of ten men with his teeth for a half a mile down Fifth Avenue9780761339588
Sara Finds a MitzvaSimhaee, Rebeka & Weber, Michael Hachai 20102011NotablePicture BookWhen Sara finds a lost stuffed toy, her grandmother helps her perform the mitzva of returning lost articles. A series of clues, including a candy wrapper, a receipt, and a birthday hat, lead Sara to the toy's owner.9781929628469
Baxter, the Pig Who Wanted to be KosherSnyder, Laurel & Goldin, David Tricycle Press/Crown/Random House20102011NotablePicture BookBaxter desperately wants to experience Shabbat dinner, but is devastated when he learns that, according to Jewish law, pork is a forbidden food. He stuffs his face with kosher pickles and raisin challah, hoping to become kosher and even tries to become a cow. When a kind rabbi sets him straight, inviting him to spend Shabbat with her, Baxter realizes that it is much better to be a guest than an item on the menu.9781582463155
The Rooster Prince of BreslovStampler, Ann Redisch & Yelchin, EugeneClarion/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 220102011NotablePicture BookWhen the prince rips off his clothes and insists on crouching naked on the floor, crowing like a rooster, the kind and queen offer a bag of gold to anyone who can cure him. The doctor, the magicians, and the sorcerers all fail. Yet a frail old man with a very peculiar plan turns the rooster prince into a real mensch, full of compassion and ready to become a wise and benevolent king.SBN: 9780618989744
Dear TreeWeber, Doba Rivka & Saroff, Phyllis Hachai 20102011NotablePicture BookOn Tu B'Shvat, the birthday of the trees, a young boy simply and sweetly states his wishes for the trees in the coming year including rain, blossoms, and fruit.9781929628483
Is It Night or Day?Chapman, Fern SchumerFarrar Straus Giroux/Macmillan20102011NotableMiddle GradeBased on the author's mother's experiences, this is an honest and moving account of a twelve-year-old girl who leaves her parents behind to travel to American with the assistance of the One Thousand Children Project, a group whose goal was to rescue German children during the Holocaust.9780374177447
Kings and Carpenters: One Hundred Bible Land Jobs You Might Have Praised or PannedCoulter, Laurie & Newbigging, MaryAnnick Press20102011NotableMiddle GradeOffering a wealth of information about life in biblical times, this book focuses on jobs and the people who performed them in a fun and friendly format, peppered with illustrations and interesting graphics. 9781554512263
Hot Pursuit: Murder in MississippiDeutsch, Stacia & Cohon, Rhody & Orback, Craig Kar-Ben/Lerner20102011NotableMiddle GradeThe authors offer an age-appropriate account of Mikey Schwerner, Andrew Goodman, and James Chauncey, three young civil rights activists, who were murdered in Mississippi in the summer of 1964.9780761339557
The Orphan RescueDublin, Anne & Leng, QinSecond Story Press20102011NotableMiddle GradeIn 1937, after the death of their parents, Miriam and David live with their grandparents in Poland. Unable to care for them, David is brought to the Jewish Orphanage of Sosnoweic and Miriam is forced to quit school to help support the family. But when David is sold to a cruel man who puts him to work in a factory, it is up to Miriam to rescue him and reveal the truth about the orphanage director. 9781897187814
The Year of GoodbyesLevy, DebbieHyperion Books/Disney,20102011NotableMiddle GradeJutta Salzberg is a typical German teen who shares her thoughts and feelings with her friends in their special albums, called poesiealbums. Through real entries, drawings and personal messages, coupled with emotive verse, readers see the events of Hitler's reign and the impace it had on families and communities. 9781423129011
Sharing Our Homeland: Palestinian and Jewish Children at Summer Peace CampMarx, TrishaLee & Low 20102011NotableMiddle GradeThis photographic essay presents the experiences of a group of Palestinian and Jewish children attending a summer peace camp together in Israel through the eyes of Alya, a Palestinian girl and Yuval, a Jewish boy.9781584302605
Mitzvah the MuttRouss, Sylvia & Rast, MarthaYaldah Publishing20102011NotableMiddle GradeMitzvah the Mutt narrates his experiences celebrating Shabbat, Hanukkah, and Passover with his adoptive Jewish family. He mistakes a matzah ball for a tennis ball, accidentally eats horseradish, and shakes water all over Bubbie to share his bath.9781592871803
An Unspeakable Crime: The Prosecution and Persecution of Leo FrankAlphin, Elaine MarieCarolrhoda Books/Lerner, 20102011NotableYoung AdultUtilizing primary sources such as newpaper articles, photographs and excerpts from letters, the author recounts the story of Leo Frank, who was unjustly accused and tried for the murder of thirteen-year-old Mary Phagan in 1913 Atlanta, and was ultimately lynched.9780822589440
AnnexedDogar, SharonHoughton Mifflin B20102011NotableYoung AdultWhile Anne Frank's story is well known, what about Peter Van Pels, the teenage boy who hid with her? This fictionalized account begins in the Mauthausen concentration camp as Peter reflects back on his life in the Annex and his romantic relationship with the iconic diarist. 9780547501956
InconvenientGelbwasser, MargieFlux/Llewellyn Worldwide20102011NotableYoung AdultRussian-Jewish culture in America is the backdrop for an emotional story of how fifteen-year-old Alyssa copes with her mother's alcohol addiction while dealing with typical teenage issues such as friendship, underage drinking, and first love. 9780738721484
Anne Frank: The Anne Frank House Authorized Graphic BiographyJacobson, Sid & Colon, Ernie Hill and Wang 20102011NotableYoung AdultThis graphic novel offers a new perspective on Anne Frank's life and legacy beginning with her parents' childhoods and marriage and concluding with the publication of her diary and the effects it has had on the world. 9780809026852
Queen of SecretsMeyerhoff, JennyFarrar Straus Giroux/Macmillan20102011NotableYoung AdultLoosely based on the story of Queen Esther, contemporary Essie is poised to have an amazing sophomore year when she makes the cheerleading squad and captures the attention of Austin, the captain of the football team. But things get complicated when her religious cousin Micah moves back to town and becomes a target of antiSemitism, bullying and hazing by members of the football team.9780374326289
Under a Red Sky: Memoir of a Childhood in Communist RomaniaMolnar, Haya LeahFarrar Straus Giroux/Macmillan20102011NotableYoung AdultA child's perspective of growing up in post-World War II Romania is lovingly shared in this memoir. Each chapter is a beautiful vignette about Eva, a young girl, discovering her Jewish identity, her family's experiences during the war, and their dramatic journey to Israel. 9780374318406
Cry of the GiraffeOron, JudieAnnick Press20102011NotableYoung AdultWuditu, a young Ethiopian Jewish girl, and a group of fifteen family members set out on a dangerous journey on foot to reach a refugee camp in the Sudan with the hopes of being secretly airlifted to Israel. Based on a true story. 9781554512713
New Year at the Pier: A Rosh Hashanah StoryWayland, April Halprin & Jorisch, Stéphane Dial/Penguin 20092010WinnerPicture BookThe author employs her own memories of community tashlich at the beach in this loving, charmingly illustrated depiction of Izzy and his family and friends as they gently apologize for misdeeds, grant forgiveness, and toss breadcrumbs into the sea as part of their Rosh Hashanah observance.9780803732797
The Importance of WingsFriedman, RobinCharlesbridge 20092010WinnerMiddle GradeThe title of this coming-of-age novel refers to both the layered hairstyle Roxanne wants but cannot achieve with her straight locks, and what happens when an Israeli teen who wants to be more American discovers her inner beauty and self confidence with the help of a friend.978158893305
Tropical Secrets: Holocaust Refugees in CubaEngle, MargaritaHenry Holt/Macmillan 20092010WinnerYoung AdultNewbery Honor Winner Engle continues to illuminate the lesser known history of Cuba -- the challenge of German refugees seeking a new home after Kristallnacht. Free verse in the voices of a German boy, a Cuban girl, and a Russian immigrant paint different perspectives of a complicated political and historical era. 9780805089363
Nachshon, Who Was Afraid to Swim: A Passover StoryCohen, Deborah Bodin & JagoKar-Ben/Lerner20092010HonorPicture BookNachshon is not afraid of anything, except swimming. As the Jews leave Egypt, he realizes that in order to reach freedom he must face his fears and step into the water of the Red Sea. Imaginative artwork complements this story based on the Midrash.9780822587651
Benjamin and the Silver GobletJules, Jacqueline & Ugliano, Natascia Kar-Ben/Lerner20092010HonorPicture BookBenjamin, the youngest of Jacob’s sons, must accompany his brothers to Egypt and meet the governor (Joseph). This young boy’s perspective of events remains true to the biblical narration while making it accessible to younger readers.9780822587583
Yankee at the SederWeber, Elka & Gustavson, Adam Tricycle Press20092010HonorPicture BookBased on a true tale, this beautifully illustrated story recounts the participation of a “Yankee Jew,” Myer Levy, as a guest at a Virginia Passover Seder shortly after the end of the Civil War. Ten-year-old Jacob sees the words of the Haggadah ring true, as all who are hungry are welcome at the table.9781582462561
You Never Heard of Sandy Koufax?Winter, Jonah & Carrilho, André Schwartz & Wade/Random House20092010HonorPicture BookKoufax's rise from a Jewish boy in Brooklyn to one of the all-time greats of baseball as a Los Angeles Dodger is told in conversational style by an imagined teammate. A lenticular cover and magnificent artwork brings the left-hander’s style to life. 9780375837388
Anne Frank: Her Life in Words and Pictures from the Archives of the Anne Frank HouseMetselaar, Menno & van der Rol, Ruud & Pomerans, Arnold J. Roaring Brook Press/Flash Point/Macmillan20092010HonorMiddle GradeArchival photographs of Anne and her family, her actual writing and diary, and the annex are powerful and instrumental in bringing her life into context. The text details world events as well as Anne’s life.9781596435469
A Faraway IslandThor, Annika & Schenck, LindaDelacorte/Random House20092010HonorMiddle GradeStephie and Ellie Steiner are sent from Vienna to Sweden to escape the Nazi threat, and must adjust to life on a small island off the mainland. Stephie comes of age as she meets the challenge of a new culture, a strict foster mother, and the worries about family in Austria. 9780385736176
Lost. Tarrytown, New York: Davies, JacquelineMarshall Cavendish20092010HonorYoung AdultThe Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire provides the backdrop for this historical novel about friendship and loss. 9780761455356
Naomi’s SongSilverberg, Selma KritzerJewish Publication Society20092010HonorYoung AdultFollowing the biblical Book of Ruth, Naomi's Song imagines the life experiences of Naomi, taking her from girlhood when she is orphaned to when Ruth marries and gives birth to Naomi’s grandson.9780827608863
Where Is Grandpa Dennis?Abraham, Michelle Shapiro & Fried, JaniceURJ Press20092010NotablePicture BookGentle and wise, Devorah's mother (Grandpa Dennis' daughter) allows her to come up with her own answers and also helps her daughter feel a special closeness to her lost loved one by explaining some of the Jewish modes of remembrance.9780807410837
Around the Shabbos TableBerman, Seryl & Binus, AriHachai 20092010NotablePicture Book"In any seat, no matter where, in any spot, in any chiar, whether it is here or there, I'll be happy anywhere!" is Tova Leiba's refrain as she gladly switches seats to accommodate her siblings.9781929628445
The Secret Shofar of BarcelonaGreene, Jacqueline Dembar & Chyka, Douglas Kar-Ben/Lerner20092010NotablePicture BookA concert with "New World" instruments provides the opportunity for Conversos (hidden Jews) to blow the shofar on Rosh Hanshanah.9780822599449
Menorah Under the Sea.Heller, Esther Susan & Ginsberg, David Kar-Ben/Lerner20092010NotablePicture BookA beautifully photographed story shares the adventures of marine biologist David Ginsberg as he creates an underwater menorah out of starfish and sea urchins.9780822573869
Today Is the Birthday of the WorldHeller, Linda & Jay, Allison Dutton/Penguin20092010NotablePicture BookDrawn from the liturgy of Rosh Hashanah, God is happy when his helpers are the best that they can be because "then the world is the best place that it can be, and there is no better birthday present."9780525479055
The Waiting WallLevy, Leah Braunstein & Katz, AviHachai Publishing20092010NotablePicture BookAs two children visit the Western Wall in Jerusalem, they notice the details of their surroundings: the many steps to get there, the whiteness of the stone and its golden reflection of the sun, the shapes of the stones, and the special feeling of holiness that permeates this most holy site to Judaism. Amazing illustrations chronicle their path, providing both perspective and depth.9781929628490
Sukkot Treasure HuntOfanansky, Allison & Alpern, Eliyahu Kar-Ben/Lerner20092010NotablePicture BookA family collects the four species needed to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles in the area surrounding their home in Tsfat, Israel. 9780822587637
Fox Walked AloneReid, Barbara Albert Whitman & Company,20092010NotablePicture BookFox follows the pairs of animals he sees, and eventually comes to Noah's Akr. Plasticine is the medium used to create vibrant, three-dimensional art for this story in rhyme.9780807525487
The Champion of Children: The Story of Janusz KorczakBogacki, TomekFarrar Straus Giroux Books/Frances Foster Books/ Macmillan20092010NotableMiddle GradeA warm, moral, true story, with beautiful illustrations, about a Holocaust hero -- Dr. Janusz Korczak -- who loved children and cared to Jewish orphans until they and he perished in the gas chambers.9780374341367
Guardian Angel House (A Holocaust Remembrance Book for Young ReadersClark, KathySecond Story Press20092010NotableMiddle GradeBased on the experiences of the author's mother and aunt, this fictionalized story of more than 100 girls hidden in a Budapest convent from 1944 until the liberation of Hungary emphasizes the relationships between the nuns and the Jewish children they sheltered.9781897187586
Rebecca Series (American Girl Collection)Greene, Jacqueline Dembar & Hunt, RobertAmerican Girl20092010NotableMiddle GradeThe latest historical character in the American Girl Collection lives on the Lower East Side in 1914, hopes to be an actress, and tries to balance an American way of life with traditional Jewish values.Various
Strawberry HillHoberman, Mary Ann & Halperin, Wendy Anderson Little Brown Books for Young Readers20092010NotableMiddle GradeWhen her family moves from New Haven to Stamford, Allie Sherman has to adjust to making new friends, juggle alliances, and handle the disappointment that her new street, Strawberry Hill, is not the bucolic, strawberry-laden lane she had envisioned.9780316041362
The Mysteries of Beethoven's HairMartin, Russell & Nibley, Lydia Charlesbridge Publishing,20092010NotableMiddle GradeThere is considerable Jewish content in this excellent and highly readable account of Beethoven's life, the posthumous travels of a lock of his hair, and the search for clues to his illnesses via sophisticated scientific testing in the 20th century. 9781570917141
The Man Who Flies with BirdsVogel, Carol Garbuny & Leshem, YossiKar-Ben/Lerner20092010NotableMiddle GradeReaders will learn about different kinds of birds, how they fly, and how the weather and wind affect their migration. Israeli ornithologist Leshem's work has encouraged cooperation between Israel and its Arab neighbors, and is helping with environmental concerns, which are recounted in a narrative accompanied by spectacular pictures of birds and clear maps and illustrations. 9780822576433
The Golem of PragueWatts, Irene N. & Shoemaker, Kathryn E. Tundra Books20092010NotableMiddle GradeThere are many legends of the man of mud created by Rabbi Yehudah Loew to help the Jews of Prague during the precarious times of the late 1500's. This retelling by the Maharal's imagined young son works well to illustrate the wonder at this strange and mighty creature. 9780887768804
Elvina's MirrorWeil, SylviaJewish Publication Society20092010NotableMiddle GradeIn this sequel to Guardian Angel (Scholastic, 2004), Elvina still talks to Mazal, her Guardian Angel, for help with two challenges: a family from German shunned by the community; and a handsome knight who befriends her. Rashi's granddaughter uses her thirst for knowledge and her compassion for others to handle both situations. 9780827608856
The Disappearing Dowry: An Ezra Melamed MysteryAstaire, LibiZahav Press/Targum20092010NotableYoung AdultA mystery with Jewish practices and values embedded: the narrator, A Jewish girl in 1810 London, tells the "megillah" of her wealthy, observant family's plans for her sister Hannah's wedding, which are suddenly interrupted by the loss of the family fortune through bank failures and theft. 9781568715019
A Family SecretHeuvel, EricFarrar Straus Giroux/Macmillan20092010NotableYoung AdultThe situation in the Netherlands during World War II is explored in these graphic novels. 978037432271
The SearchHeuvel, EricFarrar Straus Giroux/Macmillan20092010NotableYoung AdultIn A Family Secret, Helena tells her grandson Jeroen about her experiences during the German occupation and how she lost both her father and her best friend Esther at the hands of the Nazis. In The Search, Esther remembers her own experience during the Holocaust as a Jewish girl living in Amsterdam, and recounts to her grandson Daniel and his friend Jeroen how she survived by going into hiding in the countryside. 9780374365172
So Punk Rock (and Other Ways to Disappoint Your Mother)Ostow, Micol & Ostow, DavidFlux20092010NotableYoung AdultThe Ostows combine graphic novel vignettes filled with sarcastic commentary with a coming-of-age novel in which Ari Abramson is struggling to find his true calling and identity while also trying to fit in, hoping that playing in a band will win him popularity and the girl of his dreams. 9780738714714
Cursing ColumbusTal, Eve GoldbergCinco Puntos Press20092010NotableYoung AdultTold in the duel voices of Raizel and Lemmel in alternating chapters and scenarios, Tal crafts a realistic and poignant picture of an immigrant family's struggles in the early 20th century in this sequel to Double Crossing (2005). 9781933693590
PuppetWiseman, EvaTundra Books20092010NotableYoung AdultA servant girl disappears from her Hungarian village in the sprint of 1882, and the Jews of the community are blamed in this fictionalized account of "the last blood libel trial in Europe." Narrated b Julie, another servant girl with her own challenges, the ills of religious superstition, prejudice, and false accusations come to bear in this emotionally charged novel.9780887768286
The Other Half of LifeWhitney, Kim AblonAlfred A. Knopf/Random House20092010NotableYoung AdultThomas, a fifteen-year-old boy forced to leave his parents in Nazi Germany, experiences many emotions aboard a ship destined for Cuba. This historical fiction is based on the story of the MS St. Louis.9780375852190
JPS Illustrated Children's BibleFrankel, Ellen & Katz, AviJewish Publication Society20092010NotableAll AgesFifty-three uniquely chosen Bible legends capture the language and cadence of the Hebrew bible. Frankel succeeds in creating an age-appropriate interpretation of the most intriguing and familiar stories that allow families to glean the essence of Jewish teachings, ethics, and history9780827608917
As Good As Anybody: Martin Luther King, Jr. and Abraham Joshua Heschel’s Amazing March Toward Freedom.Michelson, Richard & Colon, RaulAlfred A. Knopf/Random House 20082009WinnerPicture BookThis fictionalized parallel biography of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, presents a beautiful and inspiring tribute to a little known alliance in American history. Colon’s stunning illustrations with subtle coloring bring the text, and the message of persistence, justice, and brotherhood, to life. 9780375833359
Brooklyn BridgeHesse, KarenFeiwel & Friends/Macmillan, 20082009WinnerMiddle GradeWhile his family left the anti-Semitism of Russia to build the American dream, Joey Michtom’s dream is to visit the glittering Coney Island. Crafting a story from the spark of a true event, the invention of the Teddy bear in 1903, Hesse masterfully weaves multiple themes of hard-work, survival, homelessness, and familial dedication.9780312378868
A Bottle in the Gaza SeaZenatti, ValerieBloomsbury20082009WinnerYoung AdultThis honest yet hopeful story about the relationship between an Israeli girl and a Palestinian boy via e-mail and instant messaging conveys the confusion, anger, exhaustion, and depression felt by many young people during the 2003 Intifada. 9781599902005
Engineer Ari and the Rosh Hashanah RideCohen, Deborah Bodin & Kober, ShaharKar-Ben/Lerner20082009HonorPicture BookAri is selected to engineer the first train between Jaffa and Jerusalem. Filled with pride, he boasts to his friends and neglects to say good-bye before he sets off. As the train stops to collect the necessary items to celebrate the Jewish New Year, Ari is reminded of the true meaning of the holiday. Charming, colorful illustrations give the reader a sense of what Israel’s countryside might have looked like in 1892.9780822586487
Sarah LaughsJules, Jacqueline & Ugliano, NatasciaKar-Ben/Lerner20082009HonorPicture BookThe story of Sarah, the biblical matriarch, is told beginning with her childhood in Ur and continuing through her marriage to Abraham, their journey to Canaan, and the eventual birth of Isaac. Vibrant illustrations show her sweet, generous and loving personality, as well as the starry nights and windswept deserts on the way to Canaan.9780822599340
A is for Abraham: A Jewish Family AlphabetMichelson, Richard & Mazellan, RonSleeping Bear Press/Gale20082009HonorPicture BookFrom A for Abraham to Z for Zayde, this alphabet book, illustrated by fluid, realistic paintings, provides a wealth of information about Jewish culture, history, personalities, holidays, customs, and ceremonies.9781585363223
Naming Liberty Yolen, Jane & Burke, JimPhilomel Books/Penguin20082009HonorPicture BookParallel stories tell the arrival of two young ladies to the United States - Gitl, the daughter of a Russian family, who decide to emigrate to avoid the pogroms and persecution of Czarist Russia and the Statue of Liberty, conceived and developed by the young French artist Frederic Auguste Bartholdi as a commemoration for America’s centennial birthday. Illustrations in counterpart oil paint panels reflect the 19th century Eastern European village against the more modern cities of Paris and New York. 9780399242502
Memories of BabiSiegal, Aranka Farrar Straus and Giroux,20082009HonorMiddle GradeEight short episodic stories reflect the author’s childhood in a small village in Hungary and incorporate Jewish values of kindness, generosity, honesty, help for the less fortunate, and special moments filled with a little adventure, amusing escapades, and lots of love.9780374399788
FreefallLevine, AnnaGreenwillow Books/HarperCollins, 20082009HonorYoung AdultAggie Jacobs, a typical eighteen-year-old Israeli girl, decides to try out for an elite female combat unit in the Israeli army. Realistic dialogue and a first-person narrative provide a genuine look at the realities of Israeli military life through the eyes of a young woman. 9780061576546
Mysterious Guests: A Sukkot StoryKimmel, Eric & Krenina, Katya Holiday House20082009NotablePicture BookDuring the festival of Sukkot, Eben builds a fancy sukkah, but he makes the poor stand in the corner and eat leftovers. His brother Ezra's sukkah is plain, but he welcomes all who come with a full heart. When the ushpizin visit they bestow an identical blessing -- may this sukkah's outside be like its inside -- with very different results.9780823418930
Jodie's Hanukkah DigLevine, Anna & Topaz, Knesia Kar-Ben/Lerner20082009NotablePicture BookJodie wants to be an archaeologist in Israeli like her father. When they visit a dig in Modi'in, she finds a way to help out and makes an important discovery related to the history of Hanukkah.9780822573913
Harvest of LightOfanansky, Allison & Alpern, Eliyahu Kar-Ben/Lerner20082009NotablePicture BookFrom the first spring blossoms to the harvesting of green olives before Sukkot, an Israeli family works together throughout the year, culminating in the celebration of Hanukkah with flickering wicks floating in the precious oil they have produced together9780822573890
Sammy Spider's First ShavuotRouss, Sylvia & Kahn, Katherine JanusKar-Ben/Lerner20082009NotablePicture BookContinuing the popular series, Sammy Spider learns about Shavuot, first with the traditional blintz and fruit recipes, then with the holiday's significance, and finally with a little experimentation of his own. 9780822572244
My Tzitzis BookSchreiber, Elisheva & Ravad, Batsheva & Gross, Sherie Feldheim Publishers20082009NotablePicture BookThis informative explanation of the meaning of wearing a four-cornered garment with tzitzis is augmented with creative clay figures of scenes of boys and men wearing their tallis katan beneath their everyday clothing.9781598261154
Hanukkah HaikuZiefert, Harriet & Gudeon, Karla Blue Apple Books,20082009NotablePicture BookEight haikus reflect on specific aspects of the Hanukkah such as candle lighting, dreidel spinning, and latke frying. The simply poetry is embellished with rich and deeply colored paintings and graduated paper size is used to uncover each new candle9781934706336
The Boy Who Dared: A Novel Based on the True Story of a Hitler YouthBartoletti, Susan CampbellScholastic Press20082009NotableMiddle GradeA powerful work of historical fiction portraying key moments in the life of a real German teenager during World War II. As he waits in prison, Helmuth Hubener reflects on events that led to the day of his execution for the crimes of listening to foreign newscasts, creating and distributing pamphlets, and for his resistance to the Nazi Party.9780439680134
The Walls of CartegenaDurango, Julie & Pohrt, TomSimon & Schuster 20082009NotableMiddle GradeBecause of his intelligence and facility with languages, thirteen-year-old Calepino escapes the usual fate of slaves delivered by ship from Africa to Cartagena (Columbia), and grows up to become a protégé of a kind Jesuit priest, an interpreter, and a helper in the leper colony where he befriends a Jewish doctor, a convert to Christianity. 9781416941026
Capturing the MoonFeinstein, Edward M.Behrman House20082009NotableMiddle GradeEach story in this collection includes a short description of the value presented and follow-up discussion questions. Stories are grouped into six categories: "What Really Matters in Life?" "Doing What's Right," "It's Up to You," "Teachers and Friends," "Hidden Truths," and "The Miracle of Jewish Life."9780874418408
Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass: Igniting the Nazi War Against JewsFitzgerald, StephanieCompass Point Books20082009NotableMiddle GradeCreated for school research, this well-designed book includes clear, accurate information, historic photographs with informative captions, a glossary, bibliography, source notes, and timeline. Personal reflections and memories by eyewitnesses add to the impact of the account, which directly confronts Nazi lies about the Jews. 9780756534899
My Chocolate YearHerman, Charlotte & Pham, LeUyenSimon & Schuster 20082009NotableMiddle GradeFifth grader Dorrie Meyers embarks on an exciting school year with a favorite teacher and the Sweet Semester dessert and essay contest. World War II has just ended, and when her cousin Victor, the sole Holocaust survivor of the family come to live with her family, he shares a recipe from his family's bakery to help her with the contest.9781416933410
The Mozart QuestionMorpurgo, Michael & Forman, MichaelCandlewick Press20082009NotableMiddle GradePaolo Levi, a fictional Italian violin prodigy, tells the secret tale of his parents' experience as musicians in a concentration camp orchestra.9781406306484
Boys of Steel: The Creators of SupermanNobleman, Marc Tyler & McDonald, Ross Alfred A. Knopf/Random House20082009NotableMiddle GradeA picture book biography of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, two shy, nerdy, bespectacled Jewish teens from Cleveland who succeed in creating an American icon of bravery, super strength, and altruistic invincibility. 9780375838026
The Bat-Chen Diaries: Selected WritingsShahak, Bat-ChenKar-Ben/Lerner20082009NotableMiddle GradeThis is the published diary, including poems, letters, and eulogies, of an Israeli girl who was murdered by a suicide bomber in Tel Aviv's Disengoff Center at Purim on her fifteenth birthday.9780822588078
Keeping Israel Safe: Serving in the Israel Defense ForcesSofer, BarbaraKar-Ben/Lerner20082009NotableMiddle GradeFour different experiences told through the voices of individual Israeli teenagers, two girls and two boys, preparing to enter Israeli military service recount the history and many levels and opportunities available for youth reaching the required draft age.9780822572213
Honey CakeStuchner, Joan Betty & Nugent, CynthiaStepping Stone/Random House20082009NotableMiddle GradeThis easy chapter book gently introduces readers to World War II and the Danish resistance through the story of ten-year-old David, who lives in Copenhagen during the German occupation. 9780675851896
NothingFriedman, RobinFlux20082009NotableYoung AdultIn alternating chapters, Parker Rabinowitz and his younger sister Danielle gradually reveal the terrible secret -- a serious eating disorder -- that hides behind Parker's good looks, great grades, ambitious college resume, premed plans, and success with girls.9780738713045
Rutka's Notebook: A Voice from the HolocaustLaskier, RutkaTime, Inc. Home Entertainment20082009NotableYoung AdultA Jewish girl's diary, describing her life in the days before her family was sent to Auschwitz, was hidden under Polish floorboards in 1943, retrieved in 1945, and miraculously rediscovered in 2006, allowing Zahava Laskier Scherz to explore the brief life of the half-sister she never knew.9781603200196
GravityLieberman, LeanneOrca Book Publishers20082009NotableYoung AdultWhen Elisheva, a nature-loving sophomore in an all-girls Jewish high school, feels a sexual attraction to Lindsay, a girl she meets during a summer by the lake, all of her Orthodox upbringing and observances come into question.9781554690497
The FreakMatas, CarolKey Porter Books20082009NotableYoung AdultWhen fifteen-year-old Jade awakens from a life-threatening illness and finds she can see the future, her life takes some very strange turns. This is the first book in a series, which continues with Visions and Far. 9781552639304
Genesis -- The Book with Seventy Faces: A Guide for the FamilyTakac, Esther & Pignataro, AnnaPitspopany Press20082009NotableYoung AdultThis beautifully designed guide, filled with watercolor, pen and ink, and crayon drawings illuminates the twelve parshiot of the book of Genesis and provides a wonderful resource to learn, study, and interpret from the perspective of the sages, modern scholars, midrash, legends, and kabbalah.9781932687927
Celebrating with Jewish CraftsRuzansky, Rebecca Edid & Zeballos-Peralta, Roberto Rebecca Edid Ruzansky20082009NotableYoung AdultCrafts for Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Shmini Atzeret and Simchat Torah, Hanukkah, Purim, Passover, and Shavuot are presented with explicit instructions, clear color photographs and tips on techniques and supplies. A Jewish crafter's dream!9780615171142
The Bedtime Sh'maGershman, Sarah & Swarner, Kristina EKS Publishing20072008WinnerPicture BookWith accessible language, this book helps young children understand the meaning and concepts of the Sh’ma prayers. A CD is included creating a soft sound for falling asleep or learning the Hebrew of the nighttime prayers.0939144557
The Entertainer and the DybbukFleischman, SidHarperCollins 20072008WinnerMiddle GradeWhen the spirit of a 12-year old Jewish boy, murdered by the Nazis, possesses the body of an American GI traveling through Europe as a second-rate ventriloquist, the pair is able to unmask the Nazi responsible.0061344451
Strange RelationsLevitin, SoniaKnopf/Random House 20072008WinnerYoung AdultFifteen-year-old Marne decides to spend the summer with her Aunt Carole in Hawaii. But Aunt Carole is now Aunt Chaya, married to a Chabad Rabbi with seven children. What Marne anticipates will be a relaxing summer of jogging on the beach, surfing, sun tanning, and shopping turns out to be a summer of exploration, spirituality, and growth. 0375837515
The Castle on Hester StreetHeller, Linda & Kulikov, BorisSimon & Schuster20072008HonorPicture BookA young girl visiting her grandparents learns the story of their immigration to the United States, their life on the Lower East Side of New York City, and how they met in this newly illustrated edition, winner of the Sydney Taylor Book Award when it was first released in 1982. 0689874340
Letter on the Wind: A Chanukah TaleLamstein, Sarah Marwil & Waldman, NeilBoyds Mills Press20072008HonorPicture BookWhen his village suffers a drought and there will be no olives oil for the Chanukah menorahs, Hayim, a poor and humble man, writes a letter to the Almighty to request enough oil for the entire village. 1932425748
LightZalben, Jane BreskinDutton Children’s Books/Penguin 20072008HonorPicture BookThe concepts of tikkun olam and making the world a better place are explained simply yet lyrically in this gorgeously illustrated volume inspired by a 16th-century Midrash. 0525478272
Holocaust: The Events and Their Impact on Real PeopleWood, Angela Gluck & Stone, DanDK Publishing20072008HonorMiddle GradeThis comprehensive, readable, impressively visual history of the Holocaust ranges across the years from the origins of Jews, life in Europe, and the history of anti-Semitism to the post-war period, including the survivors, Nazi trials, stolen property, and concentration camps and present-day memorials. The book is supplemented by a DVD of personal testimonies from the archive of the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education. 0756625351
The Secret of Priest’s Grotto: A Holocaust Survival StoryTaylor, Peter Lane & Nicola, Christos Kar-Ben/Lerner20072008HonorMiddle GradeThe amazing story of how a group of thirty-eight Jews managed to survive during World War II for nearly a year in the underground caves of the Western Ukraine is told with captivating narratives and descriptions, sharp full-color photographs, and an attractive lay-out and design. 1580132618
Let Sleeping Dogs LiePressler, Mirjam & Macki, Erik J.Front Street20072008HonorYoung AdultSeventeen-year-old Johanna Riemenschneider’s idyllic, privileged childhood comes to an abrupt end when she travels to Israel with her German classmates to meet Jewish alumni of their high school who fled the town during World War II. 1932425845
My Cousin Tamar Lives in IsraelAbraham, Michelle Shapiro & Koffsky, Ann D.URJ Press20072008NotablePicture BookA young North American boy compares his observances of the Jewish holidays to those of his cousin Tamar who lives in Israel. 0807409898
A Nickel, a Trolley, a Treasure HouseBaker, Sharon Reiss & Peck, BethViking /Penguin20072008NotablePicture BookYoung Lionel loves to draw, a hobby not much appreciated by his immigrant parents. When his teacher sees his drawings, she arranges to take him, by trolley, to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. 9780670059829
Shuli and Me: From Slavery to FreedomBenjamin-Farren, JoanBlack Jasmine20072008NotablePicture BookAccompanied by the text for counting the Omer in Hebrew and English, a young girl narrates what happens to the Children of Israel from their first Passover until the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai.097888020X
Papa JethroCohen, Deborah Bodin & Dippold, JaneKar-Ben/Lerner20072008NotablePicture BookA young girl asks her grandfather why she goes to synagogue and he goes to church. He explains that she is Jewish and he is Christian and retells the biblical story of Jethro, the Midianite father-in-law of Moses. 9781580135803
Hanukkah Moonda Costa, Deborah & Mosz, Gosia Kar-Ben/Lerner20072008NotablePicture BookIsobel spends the first three nights of Hanukkah with her Aunt Luisa, who has just emigrated from Mexico. She learns how to take pictures with her new camera, creates a bird scrapbook, bakes dreidel-shaped cookies while singing "I Have a Little Dreidel" in English and Spanish, and observes Rosh Chodesh, the celebration of the new moon.9781580132442
Celebrate Passover with Matzah, Maror and Memories (Holidays Around the World)Heiligman, DeborahNational Geographic20072008NotablePicture BookFull-color photographs and an attractive layout combine with an informative text to create a wonderful introduction to the Jewish holiday of Passover. The photographs include contemporary Jews in the United States, Peru, Portugal, Morocco, Ukraine, Thailand, Israel, Zimbabwe, Yemen, Uganda, and China. 9781426300189
Celebrate Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur with Honey, Prayers, and the Shofar (Holidays Around the World).Heiligman, DeborahNational Geographic20072008NotablePicture BookFull-color photographs and an attractive layout combine with an informative text to create a wonderful introduction to the Jewish holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. The photographs include contemporary Jews in the United States, Peru, Portugal, Morocco, Ukraine, Thailand, Israel, Zimbabwe, Yemen, Uganda, and China. 9781426300769
Five Little GefiltesHorowitz, DaveG.P. Putnam's Sons/Penguin,20072008NotablePicture BookInstead of ducklings, it's five little gefilte fish balls wearing black bowler hats who daily wander away from their worried mother as they set out to see the sights of New York9780399246081
Mendel's AccordionHyde, Heidi Smith & Van Der Sterre, JohannaKar-Ben/Lerner20072008NotablePicture BookMendel plays the accordion in his small village, but when things become difficult for the Jews of Eastern Europe, Mendel takes his accordion to America. When his great-grandson discovers the old accordion in the attic, he repairs it and pledges to learn to play.9781580132121
Abraham's Search for GodJules, Jacqueline & Ugliano, Natascia Kar-Ben/Lerner20072008NotablePicture BookBased on midrashim, this is the story of how Abraham came to believe in only one God when everyone around him worshipped idols. 978580132435
A Mezuzah on the DoorMeltzer, Amy & Fried, Janice Kar-Ben/Lerner20072008NotablePicture BookWhen Noah's family moves from an apartment in the city to a house in the suburbs, his family plans a Hanukkat Habayit party to put up the mezuzot and celebrate their new home.9781580132497
Ten Good Rules: A Counting BookTopek, Susan Remick & Cohen, TodKar-Ben/Lerner20072008NotablePicture BookWith the same simple, child-friendly text as the original 1991 edition, this new version features full-color photographs of contemporary children illustrating the Ten Commandments.9781580132091
Out of Line: Growing Up SovietGrimberg, TinaTundra Books20072008NotableMiddle GradeTina Grimberg's memoir of growing up in the Soviet Union in the 1960's and 1970's provides the detailed descriptions of family, school and home that bring history to life. 9780887768033
A Picture for MarcKimmel, Eric A. & Trueman, Matthew Random House 20072008NotableMiddle GradeVery loosely based on the life of Marc Chagall, this highly fictionalized, light-hearted biography focuses on the beginning of the artist's experience with drawing. 9780375832536
Anne Frank: The Young Writer Who Told the World Her Story (World History Biographies)Kramer, AnnNational Geographic20072008NotableMiddle GradePresented in simple language and enhanced by a wealth of photos, maps, timelines, and information boxes, this well-designed book nicely combines the Frank family's experiences with events in Europe before and during World War II. 9781426300042
The Silver CupLeeds, ConstanceViking/Penguin20072008NotableMiddle GradeThe Crusades, as well as the superstitions and bleakness of Germany in 1096, are the backdrop for the story of Anna, a young girl who befriends Leah, the lone Jewish survivor of the massacre of the Worms Ghetto. 9780670061570
Passover Around the WorldLehman-Wilzig, Tami & Wolf, Elizabeth Kar-Ben/Lerner20072008NotableMiddle GradeThe customs and observances of Passover are described in this colorful book that includes stories, recipes, and a brief history and description of the Jewish communities of the United States, Gibraltar, Turkey, Ethiopia, India, Israel, Iran, and Morocco. 1580132138
WhirlwindMatas, CarolOrca Book Publishers20072008NotableMiddle GradeFifteen-year-old Ben immigrates to Seattle in 1942 with his family. He quickly befriends John, a Japanese-American classmate, as both boys endure taunting from their peers because of their origins. 9781551437033
Penina Levine Is a Hard-Boiled EggO'Connell, Rebecca & Sue, Majella Lue Roaring Brook Press, 20072008NotableMiddle GradePenina Levine is one of only two Jewish children in her sixth grade class. When her teacher gives the class an assignment -- writing a letter as the Easter Bunny -- Penina balks. Is she standing up for a meaningful principle, or is it okay to willingly participate in someone else's culture?9781596431409
All-Star SeasonYavin, T. S.Kar-Ben/Lerner20072008NotableMiddle GradeBrothers Reuven and Avi are the best pitcher and catcher duo in the league. But, when only one player from each team makes the All-Stars, which brother will be selected? 978580132114
How to Ruin My Teenage LifeElkeles, SimoneFlux20072008NotableYoung AdultContinuing her adventures from How to Ruin a Summer Vacation, Amy Nelson-Barak is now living with her Israeli father in Chicago and spending her senior year at the Chicago Academy while she waits for the summer so she can return to Israel to see her family and her "non-boyfriend" Avi again. 9780738710198
Cures for HeartbreakRabb, MargoDelacorte Press/Random House20072008NotableYoung AdultMia Pearlman's mother dies just days after being diagnosed with melanoma, leaving Mia, her older sister Alex, and her father bereft. Mia and Alex's lives become further complicated when their father has a heart attack only month later. A poignant and insightful study of grief and life in one Jewish family.9780385734028
Hidden on the Mountain: Stories of Children Sheltered from the Nazis in Le ChambonDeSaix, Deborah Durlan & Ruelle, Karen Gray Holiday House20072008NotableYoung AdultA small, Protestant town in the plateau region of South Central France became an example of faith and courage during World War II when the citizens sheltered thousands of refugees, most of them Jewish, and protected them from the Nazis.9780823419289
Homeland: The Illustrated History of the State of IsraelWolfman, Marv & Ruiz, MarioNachshon Press20072008NotableYoung AdultThis over-sized graphic non-fiction volume begins with Biblical Israel, proceeds through Jewish history, the creation of the modern state of Israel, the wars, the Intifada, Arab terrorism, efforts toward peace, and includes the broad contemporary accomplishments of Israelis in various fields. 9780977150717
Hanukkah at Valley ForgeKrensky, Stephen & Harlin, GregDutton Children’s Books20062007WinnerPicture BookDuring the grim winter at Valley Forge, a Polish-born soldier tells General Washington about Hanukkah, who draws a parallel between the Macabbee’s war against their foes with the American war against the British oppressors. Beautiful watercolor illustrations add immeasurably to a delightful and inspirational account of this legendary encounter. 0525477381
Julia’s KitchenFerber, Brenda A. Farrar Straus Giroux20062007WinnerMiddle GradeWhen Cara Segal loses her mother and younger sister in a house fire, she questions her belief in God, struggles with her relationship with her father, and tries to find ways to hold onto the memories of her family in this deeply moving novel that will touch the hearts of all readers. 0374399328
The Book ThiefZusak, MarkusAlfred A. Knopf20062007WinnerYoung AdultDeath narrates the story of Leisl Meminger, a Lutheran girl in Nazi Germany who sustains herself and those close to her with her love of books and reading. An engaging story that resonates with the full spectrum of human emotions and experiences375831002
The White Ram: A Story of Abraham and IsaacGerstein, MordicaiHoliday House20062007HonorPicture BookThis beautifully illustrated book adds another dimension to the biblical account of when God commanded Abraham to sacrifice Isaac. Although “the Evil One” seeks to deter him from his mission, the ram is able to complete it, and his sacrifice provides a rich inheritance for the Jewish people, including the foundations of Jerusalem, and the strings of David’s harp.0823418979
I Am Marc ChagallLandmann, BimbaEerdmans Books for Young Readers,20062007HonorPicture BookWith text loosely based on Marc Chagall’s autobiography, this picture book features detailed, intricate threedimensional mixed media illustrations that are a collage of fabrics, metals, woods, papers, clay, photographs, and objects from nature. 0802853056
Shlemazel and the Remarkable Spoon of PohostStampler, Ann Redisch & Cohen, Jacqueline M. Clarion Books20062007HonorPicture BookBright, colorful, animated illustrations enhance this delightfully entertaining story of Shlemazel who is so convinced that he is the most unlucky person in the world that he is afraid to get off his front porch. But when he believes that he has the amazing, remarkable spoon of Pohost, Shlemazel learns the pleasure of a good day’s work, finds a wife, and discovers that he doesn’t need luck to be happy.0618369597
Rebecca’s Journey HomeSugarman, Brynn Olenberg & Shapiro,MichelleKar-Ben/Lerner20062007HonorPicture BookThe story of a Jewish-American family who adopts a child from Vietnam is recounted with warmth and sensitivity from the adoption procedure and the trip to Asia to the baby’s first Shabbat with her new family and her conversion and naming ceremony.1580131573
Vive La ParisCodell, Esme RajiHyperion Books for Children20062007HonorMiddle GradeFifth-grader Paris McCray reveals what she has discovered about life in the process of taking piano lessons from Mrs. Rosen, a Holocaust survivor with a sense of humor. 0786851244
Solomon and the Ant and Other Jewish FolktalesOberman, Sheldon & Schram, PeninnahBoyds Mills Press20062007HonorMiddle GradeFrom simple stories, to valuable lessons, to an idea of what life was like in Rambam’s time or how a holiday was celebrated in Russia, these folktales are brilliant in their simplicity. They can be read straight through, compared and contrasted, embellished upon, or edited for educational purposes1590783077
Yellow StarRoy, JenniferMarshall Cavendish20062007HonorMiddle GradeTold in verse, this is the story of Syvia Perlmutter, one of twelve surviving children, who hid in the Lodz Ghetto with her family. 076145277X
The Night of the Burning: Devorah’s StoryWulf, Linda PressFarrar Straus Giroux20062007HonorMiddle GradeThis first-person narrative is an insightful exploration of the effects of traumatic experiences, and an ultimately hopeful portrait of a young Jewish girl who survives a brutal pogrom in Russia, and journeys to an orphanage and a new life in South Africa. 0374364192
IncantationHoffman, AliceLittle, Brown and Company20062007HonorYoung AdultAmidst book burnings, trials, and murders, sixteen-year-old Estrella DeMadrigal, living in Spain in 1500, learns that her family is part of a secret community of Jews who converted to Catholicism to avoid persecution. 0316010197
A Brief Chapter in My Impossible LifeReinhardt, DanaWendy Lamb Books20062007HonorYoung AdultIn this poignant story, Simone Turner meets Rivka, her biological mother, and learns about the circumstances of her adoption – how Rivka, a Hasidic Jew, became pregnant at sixteen and was shunned by her family, became a photographer and moved to Cape Cod, and now suffers from terminal cancer.0385746989
I Have a Little DreidelBaum, Maxie & Paschkis, JulieScholastic Press20062007NotablePicture BookThe familiar dreidel song is embellished with new verses detailing a contemporary family's celebration of Hanukkah. Besides playing dreidel, the family makes potato latkes, lights the menorah, and enjoys a delicious dinner together.0439649978
Gershwin's Rhapsody in BlueCelenza, Anna Harwell & Kitchel, JoAnn E. Charlesbridge20062007NotablePicture BookA fictionalized account of the creation of George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" details how the composer was inspired b the rhythm of a train ride, the klezmer band at his brother's Bar Mitzvah, and the harmonies of nightclub dance music, ragtime and the blues.1570915563
Eight Wild Nights: A Family Hanukkah TaleCleary, Brian P. & Udovic, David Kar-Ben/Lerner20062007NotablePicture BookThis rhyming story depicts a family celebration that includes: cleaning the house, inviting friends and neighbors, spills, a new method of winning gelt, the miracle of toilet paper, a broken VCR, a scary side dish, presents that were not on the wish list, donuts, singing, and finally quiet and calm1580131522
On Sukkot and Simchat TorahFishman, Cathy Goldberg & Hall, Melanie Kar-Ben/Lerner20062007NotablePicture BookA young girl narrates her family's celebration of Sukkot and Simchat Torah: building and decorating the sukkah, inviting the ushpizin, eating and sitting in the sukkah, blessing the lulav and etrog, going to the synagogue for Shemini Atzeret, marching and dancing on Simchat Torah, and listening to her mother chant from the Torah. 1580131654
With All Your Heart: A Shabbat and Festival CompanionGordon, Rabbi Julie K.Minneapolis Jewish Day School20062007NotablePicture BookWith adorable color illustrations by students and Hebrew, English and transliterations for all of the prayers and readings, this is a great resource for families and schools and will encourage all levels of participation in the Jewish holidays and Shabbat1580132634
Celebrate Hanukkah with Light, Lakes and Dreidels (Holidays Around the World 48 SeriesHeiligman, DeborahNational Geographic20062007NotablePicture BookFull-color photographs from Israel, India, Peru, Uganda, Poland, Los Angeles, Ghana, and Rome combine with an interesting, informative text to create a stunning introduction to Hanukkah focusing on light, Jewish identity, freedom, and the celebration of miracles. 0792259246
Much, Much BetterKosofsky, Chaim & Schiffman, Jessica Hachai Publishing20062007NotablePicture BookEach week Shlomo and Miriam tidy up their house and prepare for Shabbat. When a strange guest visits, he is so appreciative of their hospitality that he offers them a blessing. It is not until Shlomo and Miriam welcome the birth of their baby boy that they fully understand the visitor's blessing and his true identity as Elijah the Prophet. 1929628226
It's Shofar Time! Kropf, Latifa Berry & Cohen, TodKar-Ben/Lerner20062007NotablePicture BookIn this installment of the photo essay series by Kropf and Cohen, children blow the shofar, create New Year's cards, bake round challah, dip apples in honey, see the Torah dressed in white, and perform tashlich. Instructions for making a shofar craft project are included along with a brief note about Rosh Hashanah. 1580131581
Willy & Max: A Holocaust StoryLittlesugar, Amy & Low, William Philomel Books20062007NotablePicture BookThis heartwarming tale of kindess, truth, honesty, and friendship during the Holocaust also introduces readers to the widespread theft and looting by the Nazis of artwork belonging to European Jews.0399234837
Hammerin' Hank: The Life of Hank GreenbergMcDonough, Yona Zeldis & Zeldis, Malcah Walker & Company20062007NotablePicture BookThis picture book biography details Hank Greenberg's childhood and his college basketball and professional baseball career, as well as the anti-Semitism that he faced from frans and players and his encounter with Jackie Robinson.0802789978
Across the AlleyMichelson, Richard & Lewis, E. B.G.P. Putnam's Sons,20062007NotablePicture BookWillie, an African-American, and Abe, a Jew, become friends as they look out their bedroom windows in post-World War II Brooklyn, New York. They form a unique bond and bash stereotype as Abe plays baseball and Willie gives a violin concert in the synagogue. 0399239707
A Grandma Like Yours/A Grandpa Like YoursRosenbaum, Andria Warmflash & Bjornson, BarbKar-Ben/Lerner20062007NotablePicture BookIn this two-in-one "flip book," animal grandmothers and grandfathers have great fun with their grandchildren baking challah, delivering Purim treats, planting trees for Tu B'Shvat, and making matzah.1580131674
The Little, Little HouseSouhami, JessicaFrances Lincoln 20062007NotablePicture BookJoseph can no longer tolerate being "jammed and crammed, so squashed and squeezed," so he goes to Aunty Bella, who suggests he brings the chickens, rooster, cow and goat into the house. When she finally tells him to put the animals back in the yard, Joseph and his family enjoy the quiet and spaciousness of their house at a Shabbat meal.1845071085
The Secret World of KabbalahAbrams, Judith ZKar-Ben/Lerner20062007NotableMiddle GradeShort chapters, text boxes, illustrations and diagrams dissect the complicated subject matter of Kabbalah, mysticism, Kabbalistic texts and more in this highly readable, succinct and fascinating introduction. 15801322403
Escape! The Story of the Great HoudiniFleischman, SidGreenwillow Books20062007NotableMiddle GradeFull of colorful language, this biography of Houdini is infused with the showman's Jewish side, recalling his birth as Ehrich Weiss to an impoverished but scholarly rabbi in a Budapest ghetto, his self-invention and brashness as an immigrant, the effects of anti-Semitism, and his lifelong love of learning.0060850949
Escaping into the NightFriedman, D. DinaSimon & Schuster20062007NotableMiddle GradeWhen her mother and others do not come back from work, Halina is forced to deal with her absence and escape from the ghetto to save her own life. She joins the partisans in the woods, and survives World War II by using her wits and inner strength.1416902589
Emil and KarlGlatshteyn, Yankev & Shandler, Jeffrey Roaring Brook Press20062007NotableMiddle GradeThis story of two boys left alone in Vienna after their parents have been arrested by the Nazis is particularly significant because it was the first book written for children about the Holocaust. It was published in the United States in Yiddish in 1940 before the full horrors of World War II had unfolded. Shandler's seamless translation now makes the story accessible to contemporary readers.1696431199
Hiding Edith: A True Story. (Holocaust Remembrance SeriesKacer, KathySecond Story Press20062007NotableMiddle GradeThrough the story of Edith Schwalb Gelbard, who survived the Holocaust by continually moving and hiding, the reader can relate to the situation in Europe before World War II, the plight of the Jews, the virtue of righteous gentiles who helped them, and the courage and strength it took to survive.1897187068
In the Days of Sand and StarsPinsker, Marlee & Thisdale, FrançoisTundra Books20062007NotableMiddle GradeA compilation of stories, in the tradition of Midrash, about the everyday lives and personalities of the biblical women Eve, Naamah, Sarah, Rebecca, Leah, Rachel, Dina and Yocheved. 0887767249
The Cat with the Yellow Star: Coming of Age in TerezinRubin, Susan Goldman & Weissberger, ElaHoliday House20062007NotableMiddle GradeThis impressively researched photographic memoir tells of a young girl from Czechoslovakia who studied with Friedl Dicker-Brandeis and participated in the children's opera Brundibar at the Terezin concentration camp during World War II. 0823418316
A Pickpocket's TaleSchwabach, KarenRandom House20062007NotableMiddle GradeIn 1730, Molly is a ten-year-old orphan who is convicted of pick-pocketing in London and deported to America. When a Jewish family purchases her to be their indentured servant, Molly learns to follow and respect the Jewish traditions and also learns about the importance of family, forgiveness, and faith. 037583379X
Stealing HomeSchwartz, EllenTundra Books20062007NotableMiddle GradeNine-year-old Joey Sexton, living in the Bronx in 1947, is orphaned after the death of his mother. When his aunt welcomes him into her home, the rest of the family and their neighbors aren't as accepting of Joey's biracial heritage. Inspired by Jackie Robinson, Joey learns how to shake off the taunts of the neighborhood bullies, grains an appreciation for his Jewish heritage, and builds a loving and respectful relationship with his grandfather. 0887767656
Lilith's Ark: Teenage Tales of Biblical WomenCohen, Deborah BodinJewish Publication Society20062007NotableYoung AdultThis collection of stories about Jewish matriarchs and other women associated with the book of Genesis includes Lilith, Eve, Sarah, Hagar, Rebekah, Rachel, Leah, Dinah, Tamar, and Asenath. The discussion guide for each chapter consists of themes, questions, and a mother-daughter dialogue.0827608330
Notes from the Midnight DriverSonnenblick, JordanScholastic Press20062007NotableYoung AdultAlex Gregory gets drunk, takes his mother's car, and crashes into a lawn gnome. He must pay his debt to society by doing 100 hours of community service in a nursing home attending to Sol Lewis, a cantankerous resident who suffers from emphysema.0439757797
The UnresolvedWelsh, T. K. Dutton Books20062007NotableYoung AdultThe spirit of Mallory Meer, a teenage girl who died on the General Slocum, haunts those involved with the 1904 disaster. While history records that a fire started and spread quickly, this work of fiction explores what might have happened when two love struck teenagers steal a moment together below deck and another vents his jealousy by causing the blaze and blaming his nemesis. 0525477314
Note: Prior to the 2007 STBA, there was no Young Adult category
Sholom’s Treasure: How Sholom Aleichem Became a WriterSilverman, Erica & Gerstein, Mordicai Farrar, Straus and Giroux20052006WinnerPicture BookChronicles Sholom Aleichem’s childhood, revealing the influences that turned him into the great Yiddish writer who would give us the story that became Fiddler on the Roof. This is a vital, engaging, living-and-breathing portrait of one of modern Jewish culture’s most famous and beloved champions0374380554
Confessions of a Closet CatholicLittman, SarahDutton Children’s Books20052006WinnerMiddle GradeJustine Silver struggles to balance her family’s expectations that she should be Jewish “but not too Jewish.” Frustrated, she follows a Catholic friend’s example by giving up Judaism for Lent, and thus begins a search for identity and belonging that will resonate with readers of all religions0525473653
The Journey that Saved Curious George: The True Wartime Escape of Margret and H.A. ReyBorden, Louise & Drummond, Allan Houghton Mifflin20052006HonorPicture BookThis delightfully written story tells how Margret and H.A. Rey escaped from Nazi-occupied France in 1940, carrying in their bicycle baskets the manuscripts that would become their beloved picture books about Curious George, the little monkey.0618339248
Ruth and Naomi: A Bible StoryMarzollo, JeanLittle, Brown20052006HonorPicture BookIn all of her biblical retellings, this author condenses details while preserving the stories’ spirit and meaning. This one exemplifies chesed (loving-kindness), shown by Ruth and Naomi’s caring for one another and by the kindness extended to them by Boaz0316741396
Shlemiel CrooksOlswanger, Anna & Koz, Paula Goodman Junebug Books20052006HonorPicture BookTold with Yiddish inflected English, sprinkled with familiar Jewish curses and words, Anna Olswanger elaborates on the true story of the attempted robbery of her great-grandfather’s saloon in St. Louis in 1919. 158838165X
Kibitzers and Fools: Tales My Zayda Told MeTaback, SimmsViking20052006HonorPicture BookBrimming with humor and bursting with life, this dynamically illustrated collection of anecdotes and short stories about kibitzers, schlemiels, noodniks, meshuganers and other Yiddish types is reminiscent of Raback’s award winning Joseph Had a Little Overcoat. 0670059552
Memories of SurvivalKrinitz, Esther Nisenthal & Steinhardt, Bernice Hyperion20052006HonorMiddle GradeEsther Nisenthal Krinitz retells the story of her childhood in a small Polish village through a series of handstitched embroidered panels. 0786851260
The King of Mulberry StreetNapoli, Donna JoWendy Lamb Books/Random House20052006HonorMiddle GradeThis powerful historical novel about an Italian-Jewish immigrant child reveals to readers that just 100 years ago, children as young as eight came to this country alone, with nothing but their wits and good luck to help them survive. 0385746539
Prince William, Maximilian Minsky, and MeRahlens, Holly-JaneCandlewick Press20052006HonorMiddle GradeNelly Sue Edelmeister learns to play basketball, copes with a major crush on Prince William, makes a true friend, and finds meaning in becoming a bat mitzvah in this funny and touching novel that takes place in modern Berlin. 0763627046
The Travels of Benjamin of Tudela: Through Three Continents in the Twelfth Century Shulevitz, UriFarrar, Straus and Giroux20052006HonorMiddle GradeKnown only from the book he wrote about his travels, Benjamin left Spain in 1159 and spent fourteen years traveling. This beautifully illustrated chronicle describes and shows a 12th century world as it might have been experienced by Benjamin of Tudela, complete with muddy roads, searing deserts, walled cities and might seas. 0374377545
Love Me LaterBaer, JulieBollix Books20052006NotablePicture BookA tender slice of life story that reveals family love and the wonders of childhood for a boy who just happens to be Jewish.1932188037
Hanukkah, Shmanukkah! Codell, Esme Raji & Pham, LeUyen Hyperion 20052006NotablePicture BookAn adaptation of Dickens' Christmas Carol with protagonist old Scroogenmacher visited by three ghostly rabbis who take him back in time to the Maccabees, to present day tenements (early 20th century) and then on to the future. Will he get the message?0786851791
Seventh Day: A Shabbat StoryCohen, Deborah Bodin & Hall. Melanie W. Kar-Ben/Lerner20052006NotablePicture BookThe story of creation with God as potter, painter and musician. After much hard work, there is a joyous "whole world" celebration of Shabbat. Beautiful mixed media illustrations enhance this metaphorical version of the creation myth. 158013125
A Box of CandlesJacobs, Laurie & Ephraim, Shelly Boyds Mills Press20052006NotablePicture BookSeven-year-old Ruthie learns about the annual Jewish cycle of Sabbaths and holidays when her grandmother gives her a candlestick and a box of candles. She also learns about accepting others as Grandma Gussie and Mr. Adler begin spending a lot of time together.1590781694
It's Purim Time!Kropf, Latifa Berry & Cohen, TodKar-Ben/Lerner20052006NotablePicture BookAnother in the holiday series, this photo essay depicts the history and customs of the holiday including crafts (graggers and costumes), snacks and a reading of the story of Queen Esther.1580131530
In God's HandsKushner, Lawrence & Schmidt, Gary & Baek, Matthew J. Jewish Lights Publishing20052006NotablePicture BookA delightful retelling of the legend of the loaves in the synagogue Torah ark, beautifully illustrated. 1580232248
Dreamer from the Village: The Story of Marc ChagallMarkel, Michelle & Lisker, EmilyHenry Holt20052006NotablePicture Bookntroduces young readers to the life of Marc Chagall beginning with his birth in a small Russian village, his childhood, his family's observances of the Jewish holidays, and the development of his artistic talent, despite being discouraged and unappreciated by his family. Lisker's Chagall inspired illustrations beautifully depict the places and characters of Chagall's life.0805063730
Jerusalem Sky: Stars, Crosses, and CrescentsPodwal, Mark H. J. Doubleday Books for Young Readers20052006NotablePicture BookA poetic evocation of the sky over the world's most beloved city shows that the love borne by Jews, Christians, and Muslims for Jerusalem can be something that brings us together instead of tearing us apart. 038574689X
The ArkReinhart, MatthewSimon & Schuster 20052006NotablePicture BookStunning and intricate three-dimensional pop-ups bring the story of Noah's Ark to life.0689859090
Before You Were BornSchwartz, Howard & Swarner, KristinaRoaring Brook Press20052006NotablePicture BookWith sophisticated, lyrical prose, noted storyteller Howard Schwartz retells the midrash of the angel Lailah.1596430281
The Matzoh Ball BoyShulman, Lisa & Litzinger, Rosanne Penguin Group20052006NotablePicture BookA new take of "The Gingerbread Boy" as Bubbe's matzoh ball is off to see the world with an interesting twist at the end. Glossary included.0525471693
It's Tu B'ShevatZolkower, Edie Stoltz Kar-Ben/Lerner20052006NotablePicture BookThe simply, rhyming text of this board book beings with "Grab a shovel. Pick a spot. Plant a tree, it's Tu B'Shevat!" and continues as a young boy and his family plant a tree, say a blessing, enjoy the shade, the fruit, and the birds, and watch the tree grow.1580131271
The JGirls' Guide: The Young Jewish Woman's Handbook for Coming of AgeAdelman, Penina & Feldman, Ali & Reinharz, Shulamit Jewish Lights Publishing20052006NotableMiddle GradeFor the teen or preteen girl who asks "Where do I fit in?," this includes lessons based on mitzvoth, interpretations of text, diary entries, and the views of young girls on contemporary issues1580232159
The Hebrew Kid and the Apache MaidenAvrech, Robert J. Seraphic Press20052006NotableMiddle GradeIn the years following the Civil War, twelve-year-old Ariel Isaacson and his family, Jewish immigrants from Russia, are kicked out of their Arizona town by an anti-Semitic mayor and townspeople, and are forced to embark on a difficult and dangerous journey through the unsettled Arizona territory0975438212
Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler's ShadowBartoletti, Susan CampbellScholastic Press20052006NotableMiddle GradeThis well-researched, large format book describes the rise of Hitler and the Nazi Party, and World War II and its aftermath, through the eyes of twelve ordinary young people in Germany including those who participated in the Hitler Youth movement and those who resisted.0439353793
Four Sides, Eight Nights: A New Spin on HanukkahBen-Zvi, Rebecca Tova & Natti, Susanna Roaring Brook Press20052006NotableMiddle GradeA delightful exploration of the science, traditions, customs, and meaning of Hanukkah, with the dreidel used as a sort of road map.1596430591
Genius: A Photobiography of Albert EinsteinDelano, Marfe Ferguson National Geographic Children's Books20052006NotableMiddle GradeMeet the 20th century's most important scientist in this very attractive book and learn that the man with the big brain also had a big heart. Delano achieves a stunning balance between words and sepia-toned photos.0792295447
Bridge to AmericaGlaser, LindaHoughton Mifflin Company20052006NotableMiddle GradeYoung Fivel and his family endure hunger, cold, fear and poverty in a Polish shtetl while waiting to hear from his father in America. Once in America, Fivel must adjust to Minnesota and learn to appreciate his past.0618563016
A Promise Fulfilled: Theodor Herzl, Chaim Weitzmann, and David Ben-Gurion, and the Creation of the State of IsraelGreenfeld, HowardGreenwillow Books20052006NotableMiddle GradeAn engrossing account of three very different men who were central to the founding of modern Israel.006051504X
Broken SoupLasky, KathrynViking20052006NotableMiddle GradeA historical novel set in the Russian Pale of Settlement in the late 1800s shows the conditions that led to massive Jewish emigration from Russia. A companion to Lasky's 1981 award-winning book The Night Journey.0670059315
Hidden ChildMillman, IsaacFarrar, Straus and Giroux20052006NotableMiddle GradeThis unique, large format personal narrative beautifully tells the story of the author's experience as a hidden child in Nazi-occupied France during World War II. Well-captioned black and white photographs along with double-spread full-color composite paintings accompany the first-person narration.0374330719
Zayda Was a CowboyNislick, June LevittJewish Publication Society20052006NotableMiddle GradeWhen their grandfather moves in with them, Bill and Danny are off put by his habits, but are then fascinated by his stories of immigration from Russia and work as a cowboy in Texas.0817608179
Anne FrankPoole, Josephine & Barrett, Angela Alfred A. Knopf20052006NotableMiddle GradeDepicts the life of Anne Frank as a young girl in Frankfurt, Germany and in Amsterdam, her experiences in school, her friends, and her life in hiding. The illustrations are beautiful and haunting -- with intricate detail they show how Anne changes, grows and matures into a young woman.0375832424
The Secret SederRappaport, Doreen & McCully, Emily Arnold Hyperion Books 20052006NotableMiddle GradeJacques, a young French boy whose family lives as Catholics during World War II, attends a secret Seder with his father in a secluded cabin, where despite the danger and meager menu, the participants are inspired and hopeful.0786807776
The Flag with Fifty-Six StarsRubin, Susan Goldman & Farnsworth, BillHoliday House20052006NotableMiddle GradeThrough extensive research, eyewitness accounts and personal interviews, Goldman tells the inspiring, moving, and hopeful story of a group of prisoners in the Mauthausen concentration camp who secretly created an American flag to present to the liberating forces.0823416534
Always Remember Me: How One Family Survived World War IRusso, MarisabinaAtheneum Books20052006NotableMiddle GradeRusso relates the experiences of her own family, and how love helped them survive the Holocaust.0689869207
Lost in AmericaSachs, MarilynRoaring Brook Press20052006NotableMiddle GradeThirty-two years after the publication of A Pocket Full of Seeds (1973), Marilyn Sachs continues the story of Nicole Nieman focusing on the end of World War II and Nicole's experiences as a new immigrant in America. 1596430400
Light YearsStein, TammarAlfred A. Knopf/Random House20052006NotableMiddle GradeTwenty-year-old Maya Laor is on her way to meet her boyfriend Dov to tell him that she has decided to leave Israel to study at the University of Virginia when he is killed by a suicide bomber. In alternating chapters between Virginia and Israel, Tammar Stein pieces together Maya and Dov's relationship, Maya's life in Israel, her army service, and her family. 0375830235
Double Crossing: A Jewish Immigration StoryTal, EveCinco Puntos Press20052006NotableMiddle GradeRaizel and her father face rejection at Ellis Island, but with a change in attitude and the help of kindly fellow passengers, their second attempt at immigration is successful. Based on a true story0938317946
When I Was a Soldier: A MemoirZenatti, Valerie & Hunter, Adriana 20052006NotableMiddle GradeThe memoir of an Israeli girl thrust from her typical teenage life into compulsory military service, where she learns to adapt to the physical rigors and emotional challenges.1582349789
Dating system changed in 2005 to reflect year in which award is announced instead of year of publication. Award-giving did NOT skip a year.
In 2005, there was no award Winner in the Picture Book category.
Real TimeKass, Pnina MoedClarion Books20042004WinnerMiddle GradeIn this powerful and compelling young adult novel, the lives of sixteen different characters, spanning several countries and continents, intersect over the course of six days preceding and following a bus bombing in present day Jerusalem.0618442030
Daniel in the Lions’ DenMarzollo, JeanLittle, Brown20042004HonorPicture BookA simple retelling of the Biblical tale about faith, courage, and heroism introduces the Bible story while a column of ants at the bottom of each page comments on events.316741329.00
Daniel, Half-HumanChotjewitz, David & Orgel, Doris Atheneum Books20042004HonorMiddle GradeIn 1933, best friends Daniel and Armin admire Hitler, but as anti-Semitism buoys Hitler to power, Daniel learns he is half Jewish, threatening the friendship even as life in their beloved Hamburg, Germany, is becoming nightmarish.0689857470
Bobbie Rosenfeld: The Olympian Who Could Do EverythingDublin, AnneSecond Story Press20042004HonorMiddle GradeWith clear, concise writing, an easy, conversational tone, relevant and helpful text boxes, and interesting photographs and illustrations, Anne Dublin not only tells the story of Bobbie Rosenfeld but provides an impressive history of Canadian women’s sports. She also puts Bobbie’s life in perspective by providing background information about Canadian and world history and culture, and supplies details about Bobbie’s Jewish background and identity.1896764827
The Cats in Krasinski SquareHesse, Karen & Watson, Wendy Scholastic 20042004HonorMiddle GradeTwo Jewish sisters, escapees of the infamous Warsaw ghetto, devise a plan to thwart an attempt by the Gestapo to intercept food bound for starving people behind the dark Wall. 0439435404
Wonders and Miracles: A Passover CompanionKimmel, EricScholastic 20042004HonorMiddle GradePresents the steps performed in a traditional Passover Seder, plus stories, songs, poetry, and art that spans 3,000 years, four continents, and fifteen countries – a book for the whole family to read before and during the holiday.0439071755
My Guardian AngelWeil, Sylvie & Rosner, Gillian Scholastic 20042004HonorMiddle GradeIn 11th century Troyes, France, Elvina, the unusual granddaughter of renowned Jewish rabbi Solomon ben Isaac (Rashi), who prefers studying and writing to activities considered respectable for girls, takes a great risk by helping a young boy who has run away from a group of Christian Crusaders. 0439576814
The Mystery Bear: A Purim StoryAdelson, Leone & Howland, Naomi Clarion20042004NotablePicture BookA young bear is mistaken for a costumed reveler when he wakes up from his winter sleep and follows the wonderful smells coming from a cottage where the townspeople are celebrating Purim.0618337253
Papa's LatkesEdwards, Michelle & Schuett, Stacey Candlewick20042004NotablePicture BookA sad, sweet and unsentimental story that takes place at Hanukkah, the first a father and his two daughters have observed since Mama died.0763607797
Mrs. Greenberg's Messy HanukkahGlaser, Linda & Cote, Nancy Albert Whitman20042004NotablePicture BookInstead of going with her parents to do errands on the first night of Hanukkah, Rachel visits Mrs. Greenberg next door and proceeds to mess up her immaculate kitchen while making potato latkes1930143877
What You Will See Inside a SynagogueHoffman, Lawrence A. & Wolfson, Ron & Aron, Bill Jewish Lights Publishing, 20042004NotablePicture BookA short introduction to the Jewish religion precedes many photographs that how what goes on in Reform, Conservative and Reconstructionist synagogues in North America, such as prayer, life cycle events, and holidays. 2895074127
The Coat of Many ColorsKoralek, Jenny & Baynes, Pauline Eerdmans20042004NotablePicture BookA simple retelling of the biblical story of Joseph, boldly illustrated. 0802852777
It's Sukkah Time!Kropf, Latifa Berry & Cohen, TodKar-Ben/Lerner20042004NotablePicture BookPhotographs of preschoolers decorating a sukkah and celebrating the holiday make this book a delight. Don't miss Kropt's other 2004 holiday books, It's Seder Time! and It's Hanukkah Time! 1580130844
David and GoliathMarzollo, JeanLittle Brown20042004NotablePicture BookA simple retelling of the biblical story of David and Goliath, with talking lambs at the bottom of each page.0316471388
Jonah and the Whale (and the Worm)Marzollo, JeanLittle Brown20042004NotablePicture BookThe biblical story of Jonah is told with the help of a worm and the octopus at the bottom of each page. 0316471345
Miriam and Her Brother MosesMarzollo, JeanLittle Brown20042004NotablePicture BookThe biblical story of Moses' adoption has fish giving commentary at the bottom of each page.0316741310
Apples and Pomegranates: A Family Seder for Rosh HashanahMusleah, Rahel & Jarrett, Judy Kar-Ben/Lerner20042004NotablePicture BookMusleah gives us a complete Seder for the Rosh Hashanah holiday, including background information, stories, and songs, all centered upon special foods from different Jewish communities around the world1580131239
Where Do People Go When They Die? Portnoy, Mindy Avra & Haas, Shelly O. Kar-Ben/Lerner20042004NotablePicture BookA variety of answers to the title question, "where do people go when they die?" are offered appropriately for young children. 158013081X
The Kids' Catalog of HanukkahAdler, David A. Jewish Publication Society20042004NotableMiddle GradeAnother title in the Kids' Catalog series, focusing on Hanukkah and filled with facts, stories, songs, games, recipes, and crafts.0827608055
The Mystery of the Dead Sea ScrollsAllon, Hagit & Zehavi, Lena & Abulafia, Yossi Jewish Publication Society20042004NotableMiddle Graden this over-sized illustrated chapter book, readers follow the adventures of Daniel, an eleven-year-old boy living in contemporary Jerusalem, as he works on a project for school about the Dead Sea Scrolls. 0152163913
Walking the Bible: An Illustrated Journey for KidsFeiler, Bruce & Meret, Sasha HarperCollins20042004NotableMiddle GradeFeiler, accompanied by Israeli archaeologist Avner Goren, visits places in the Middle East where biblical stories may have taken place including the Creation story, Garden of Eden, Noah's Ark, Exodus, and the receiving of the Ten Commandments. 0060511176
L'Chaim: to Jewish life in AmericaGoldman Rubin, SusanHarry N. Abrams20042004NotableMiddle GradeHistorical exploration of the history Jews in America through the experiences of individuals. Photographs, maps, and other resources provided.0810950359
Israel in PicturesGoldstein, Margaret J.Lerner20042004NotableMiddle GradeThis revised overview of Israel, which is part of the Visual Geography series, focuses on the geography and history of both ancient and modern Israel. It includes a timeline, suggested websites, and an index. 1580130887
DuelGrossman, David & Rosenberg, Betsy Bloomsbury20042004NotableMiddle GradeDavid attempts to unravel the mystery between two elderly men who he meets in the Hebrew Home for the Aged while doing community service.1582349304
The HarmonicaJohnston, Tony & Mazellan, Ron Charlesbridge20042004NotableMiddle GradeA young boy survives in a concentration camp because he can play Shubert on his harmonica, which the commandant asks for every night. 1570915474
The Underground ReportersKacer, KathySecond Story Press20042004NotableMiddle GradeA group of Jewish children in a small town in Czechoslovakia publish a newspaper called Klepy or "gossip" in Czech, during World War II, until they are deported to concentration camps. 1896764851
The Dog of KnotsKaplan, Kathy WaldenEerdmans20042004NotableMiddle GradeA slice of life in Haifa, Israel during the time of the Yom Kippur War as told through the eyes of Mayim, a young Jewish girl.0802852599
Quake! Disaster in San Francisco, 1906Karwoski, Gail Langer & Papp, Robert Peachtree 20042004NotableMiddle GradeThe 1906 San Francisco earthquake is the backdrop for a story of two thirteen-year-old boys -- one Jewish, one Chinese -- who have banded together along with a stray dog, in search of their respective families from whom they were separated.1561453102
Rosie in Los Angeles: Action! Matas, CarolAladdin/Simon & Schuster20042004NotableMiddle GradeRosie finds adventure when her family moves to the foothills of Los Angeles to start their own film production company. This third book in the series follows Rosie in New York: Gotcha! And Rosie in Chicago: Play Ball! 0689857160
EstherMcKay, Sharon E. Penguin Canada20042004NotableMiddle GradeEsther, a young Jewish girl in 18th century France, must conceal her real identity to survive and disguises herself as a boy in order to become the first Jew to arrive in New France. 0143312049
Albert EinsteinMcPherson, StephanieLerner20042004NotableMiddle GradeAn upbeat biography of Einstein using anecdotes and photographs.1580130941
The Queen of PersiaMoscowitz, Moshe & Sokoloff, David Shazak Productions20042004NotableMiddle GradeA lively "graphic novel" presentation of the story of Purim.1930925093
Missing Persons: The Chocolate LoverRabb, M.E. Speak/Penguin Putnam20042004NotableMiddle GradeTeenaged Jewish sisters Sam and Sophie Shattenberg change their identities as they flee from New York to a small town in Indiana and open a detective agency. The Chocolate Lover is full of Jewish flavor, but the focus is on the solving of mysteries. Don't miss the rest of the Missing Persons series: The Rose Queen, The Venetian Policeman and The Unsuspecting Gourmet. 0142500429
Six Million Paper ClipsSchroeder, Peter W. & Schroeder-Hildebrand, Dagmar Kar-Ben/Lerner20042004NotableMiddle GradeOne teacher's desire to teach about intolerance led to a three-year project in which the entire community of Whitwell, Tennessee participated, culminating in the building of a Holocaust memorial. 1580131697
Your Travel Guide to Ancient IsraelSherman, JosephaLerner20042004NotableMiddle GradeWritten as a time travel log back to an ancient culture, the reader can experience daily life in Ancient Israel. 0822530724
Ilan Ramon: Israel's Space HeroSofer, BarbaraKar-Ben/Lerner20042004NotableMiddle GradeThis basic biography covers Ilan Ramon's childhood, his Bar Mitzvah, his service in the Israeli Air Force, and his path to becoming the first Israeli astronaut, with details about his family, friends and colleagues. 1580131158
Ilan Ramon: Jewish StarSperegen, Devra NewbergerJewish Publication Society20042004NotableMiddle GradeA well-written biography of Ilan Ramon concentrating on his military career and life as an astronaut. 0827607695
Matzah Meals: A Passover Cookbook for Kids (revised edition)Steinberg, Judy & Tabs, Barbara & Hauser, BillKar-Ben/Lerner20042004NotableMiddle GradeGood advice to young cooks plus suggestions and crafts for the Seder are the prelude to this collection of recipes that range from the no-cooking variety for young children to more complicated ones for teens. 1580130860
Bagels from BennyDavis, Aubrey & Petricic, Dusan Kids Can Press20032003WinnerPicture BookAfter accepting the compliments for the tasty bagels made at the family bakery, Benny's grandfather explains that God is really to thank for the delicious creations, causing Benny to begin leaving a bag of bagels for God every week at the synagogue as a demonstration of his gratitude1553374177
Who Was The Woman Who Wore The Hat? Patz, NancyDutton20032003WinnerMiddle GradeOffers a reflection on a woman's hat that was on display in the Jewish Historical Museum in Amsterdam that questions who the woman might have been, what her life may have been like, and how she may have ended up a Holocaust victim. 0525469990
The Moses BasketKoralek, Jenny & Baynes, Pauline Eerdmans20032003HonorPicture BookA simple retelling of how Moses, who grew to lead the Hebrews out of captivity in Egypt, was saved when his mother and sister set him adrift in a water-tight basket where Pharoah's daughter would find him.0802852513
Chanukah on the PrairieSchuman, Burt E. & Kaye, Rosalind Charney UAHC Press / URJ Press20032003HonorPicture BookAfter the Zalcman family immigrates to Grand Forks, North Dakota, they are welcomed by the local Jewish community and celebrate their first Chanukah on the prairie. 080740814X
When the Chickens Went on Strike: A Rosh Hashanah TaleSilverman, Erica & Trueman, Matthew Dutton20032003HonorPicture BookA Jewish boy living in Russia learns a lesson from the village chickens at the time of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. 0525468625
Ancient Israelites and Their Neighbors: An Activity GuideBroida, MarianChicago Review Press20032003HonorMiddle GradeExamines the ancient cultures of the Israelites, the Philistines, and the Phoenicians, focusing on art, architecture, food, clothing, writing, history, religion, and work. Includes related activities. 1556524579
Tough Questions Jews Ask: A Young Adult's Guide to Building a Jewish LifeFeinstein, EdwardJewish Lights Publishing,20032003HonorMiddle GradeProvides questions and answers for some major concerns facing Jewish youths, and includes explanations about such issues as God, prayer, good and evil, and the afterlife.158023139X
BirdlandMack, TracyScholastic 20032003HonorMiddle GradeFourteen-year-old, tongue-tied Jed spends winter break working on a school project filming a documentary about his East Village, New York City, neighborhood, where he is continually reminded of his older brother, Zeke, a promising poet who died the year before.0439535905
I Only Like What I LikeBaer, JulieBollix Books20032003NotablePicture BookVignettes about childhood likes and dislikes are strikingly illustrated with quilt-like designs whose images, lines, and colors evoke a small child's imaginative perception of his world. 1932188002
Long Johns for a Small ChickenBlanc, Esther Silverstein & Eagle, Godeane & Dixon, Tennessee 20032003NotablePicture BookWhen a fierce Nebraska hailstorm batters a little chick, Mama makes him his own pair of long johns to keep him warm. The vintage setting, kindness, and humor of the story are captured in its illustrations.1884244238
Avram's GiftBlumberg, Margie & McGaw, Laurie MB Publishing20032003NotablePicture BookA well-illustrated chapter book that affirms the values of family, tradition, and continuity. The sounding of the shofar during the High Holidays is an important part of the plot. 0962416622
A Sweet Year: A Taste of the Jewish HolidaysPodwal, MarkDoubleday20032003NotablePicture BookA lyrically written and rather sophisticated look at the Jewish holidays through the food traditionally associated with each of them. Podwal's gouache and acrylic paintings are inspired. 0385746377
Five Alive! My Yom Tov Five SensesRosenfeld, Dina & Leff, Tova Hachai Publishing20032003NotablePicture BookThrough a simply rhyming story and cheerful illustrations, young children are encouraged to see, hear, smell, taste and touch some of the major Jewish holidays.1029628064
Tali's Jerusalem ScrapbookRouss, Sylvia & Oppenheimer, Nancy Pitspopany Press20032003NotablePicture BookAn Israeli child's feelings about the conflict in her beloved city are explored in this illustrated story. 1930143699
Turn, Turn, TurnSeeger, Pete & Halperin, Wendy Anderson Simon & Schuster20032003NotablePicture BookReaders will turn, turn, turn their heads to appreciate all of the details in the circular illustrations that complement passages from Ecclesiastes made into a song by Pete Seeger. An audio CD is included. 0689852355
The Passover Seder.Sper, EmilyScholastic/Cartwheel20032003NotablePicture BookLift the flaps, rub the textures, turn the wheels, and pull the tabs to learn about the Seder and a few Hebrew words. 0439443121
It's a Miracle! A Hanukkah StorybookSpinner, Stephanie & McElmurry, Jill Atheneum20032003NotablePicture BookThose bedtime stories that Grandma Karen tells Owen during Hanukkah remind him of people he knows. At a family celebration on the eighth night, he finds out for sure that the story characters are his very own relatives! 068984493X
Something for NothingStampler, Ann Redisch & Cohen, Jacqueline M. Clarion20032003NotablePicture BookIn a captivating trickster tale, a peace-loving dog foils three rowdy cats who terrorize the neighborhood by playing upon their greed. This wry look at the oft-disturbed peace of the Eastern European shtetl is beautifully illustrated. 0618159827
Rachel's GiftUngar, RichardTundra Books20032003NotablePicture BookThe prophet Elijah appears in many guises and only young Rachel realizes that he has visited her house and left a very precious gift.0887766161
Golda MeirClaybourne, AnnaHeinemann Library20032003NotableMiddle GradeThe life of Golda Meir and the history of modern Israel are inseparably woven into this readable biography.1403408351
My Grandmother's Stories: A Collection of Jewish FolktalesGeras. Adéle & Lobel, Anita Alfred A. Knopf20032003NotableMiddle GradeSparkling new illustrations grace this collection of Jewish folktales. An earlier edition illustrated by another artist won the Sydney Taylor Book Award in 1990. 0375922857
The Stone Lamp: Eight Stories of Hanukkah through HistoryHesse, Karen & Pinkney, Brian Hyperion Books20032003NotableMiddle GradeNarrative poems about times of crisis in Jewish history. Striking illusrations and very discussable!0786806192
Shutting Out the Sky: Life in the Tenements of New York: 1880-1924Hopkinson, DeborahOrchard Books/Scholastic 20032003NotableMiddle GradeDocumentary photographs and the voices of five young immigrants transport readers into the teeming streets and crowded tenements of New York's Lower East Side.0439375908
BrundibarKushner, Tony & Sendak, Maurice Michael Di Capua Books/Hyperion20032003NotableMiddle GradeA sassy narrative style and splendid, multi-meaningful illustrations capture both the fairy tale charm and the underlying menace of a children's opera that was performed by prisoners in the Terezin concentration camp. 0786809043
Room in the HeartLevitin, SoniaDutton20032003NotableMiddle GradeThe German occupation of Denmark and its impact on a circle of middle-class families -- Jewish and nonJewish -- compel them to act on their beliefs.0525468714
Rosie in New York City: Gotcha! Matas, CarolAladdin/Simon & Schuster20032003NotableMiddle GradeIt's 1909 and plucky Rosie becomes a labor organizer, participating in the making of the American Jewish community. The first in a series.0689857144
The Enemy Has a FaceMiklowitz, Gloria D.Eerdmans20032003NotableMiddle GradeAn Israeli teenager's disappearance propels this suspenseful story that reveals some of the tensions in Israeli-Palestinian relations. The Los Angeles setting brings the conflict home to American teens; the ending is painful. 0802852432
Abraham Joshua Heschel: Man of Spirit, Man of ActionRose, OrJewish Publication Society20032003NotableMiddle GradeThe life and work of one of the 20th century's most important Jewish thinkers are introduced. 082760758X
Murder at the 1972 Olympics in MunichSonneborn, LizRosen Publishing20032003NotableMiddle GradeA detailed account of the Palestinian terrorist attack on a group of Israeli athletes and its aftermath. 0823936546
MilkweedSpinelli, JerryAlfred A. Knopf20032003NotableMiddle GradeThe horrors of the Warsaw Ghetto are plumbed in this powerful story about a homeless, orphan boy who survives by stealing food and whose first real experience of love is for a doomed Jewish family. 0375813748
Ilan Ramon: Israel's First AstronautStone, TanyaMillbrook Press20032003NotableMiddle Gradesraeli hero, role model and mensch -- Ilan Ramon fits all descriptions, as this poignant biography makes clear. 0761328882
Luba: The Angel of Bergen-BelsenTryszynska-Frederick, Luba & McCann, Michelle & Marshall, AnnTricycle Press20032003NotableMiddle GradeDeeply colored, dramatic illustrations enhance this true story of a woman who rescued and risked her life to save a group of abandoned Jewish children in a Nazi concentration camp.1582460981
Marc ChagallWelton, JudeFranklin Watts20032003NotableMiddle GradeThe artist's long, productive and exciting life is documented with family photographs and handsome illustrations. 0531166457
Chicken Soup by HeartHershenhorn, Esther & Litzinger, RosanneSimon and Schuster Books20022002WinnerPicture BookWhen Rudie's sitter gets the flu, he uses her recipe to make her a batch of special chicken soup, including the secret recipe of stories from the heart.0689826656
Hana’s Suitcase: A True StoryLevine, KarenSecond Story Press20022002WinnerMiddle GradeA biography of a Czech girl who died in the Holocaust, told in alternating chapters with an account of how the curator of a Japanese Holocaust center learned about her life after Hana's suitcase was sent to her.0807531480
Noah’s ArkPinkney, JerrySeaStar/North-South Books20022002HonorPicture BookRetells the biblical story of the great flood and how Noah and his family faithfully responded to God's call to save animal life on earth. 0587172011
Sammy Spider’s First Trip to Israel: A Book about the Five Senses Rouss, Sylvia & Kahn, Katherine Janus Kar-Ben/Lerner20022002HonorPicture BookSammy Spider joins the Shapiro family on a vacation, and he uses his five senses to experience Israel.1580130356
Pearl’s Passover: A Family Celebration through Stories, Recipes, Crafts, And SongsZalben Jane BreskinSimon and Schuster 20022002HonorPicture BookAs an extended family prepares for their Passover celebration, they explain the various customs and traditions related to this holiday.0689814879
One CandleBunting, Eve & K. Popp, Wendy Joanna Cotler Books/HarperCollins20022002HonorMiddle GradeEvery year a family celebrates Hanukkah by retelling the story of how Grandma and her sister managed to mark the day while in a German concentration camp.0060281154
A Picture of GrandmotherHautzig, Esther & Peck, Beth Frances Foster/ Farrar, Straus and Giroux20022002HonorMiddle Grade A letter inviting Sara's mother and grandmother to come from Poland to America and mentioning a mysterious photograph arouses Sara's curiosity and leads her to discover a family secret.0374359202
Smoke and Ashes: The Story of the Holocaust, Revised and ExpandedRogasky, BarbaraHoliday House20022002HonorMiddle GradeAn account of the tragic fate of the six million Jews killed during the Holocaust is set against a chronicle of the roots of Nazi anti-Semitism, Hitler's rise to power, World War II, and the Nazi program of extermination. 0823416771
Night Lights: A Sukkot StoryGoldin, Barbara Diamond & Sucher, Laura Sucher, UAHC Press/URJ Press20022002Notablepicture BookA little boy is scared to sleep outdoors in a sukkah but with his older sister for companionship, he comes to see the stars in the sky as night lights. The new illustrations for a story first published in 1995 are gentle and comforting.0807408034
The Beautiful World That God MadeGreene, Rhonda Gowle & Wilson, Anne Eerdmans Books 20022002NotablePicture BookA free rendering of the Creation story is given by a short, rhyming verse that builds in cumulative detail. Adding drama to the narrative are outstanding ink and collage illustrations. 0802852130
Matzah ManHowland, NaomiClarion/Houghton Mifflin, 20022002NotablePicture Book"Hot from the oven I jumped and ran, so clever and quick, I'm the Matzah Man!" Sprightly illustrations show all of the action in this Passover version of "The Gingerbread Boy."061811750
It's Challah Time!Kropf, Latifa Berry & Cohen, TodKar-Ben/Lerner20022002NotablePicture BookColorful photographs of adorable children in a real Jewish preschool are engaging companions to a simple text that captures the fun of making challah in preparation for Shabbat.1500130364
The Animals and the ArkKuskin, Karla & Grejniec, Michael Atheneum20022002NotablePicture BookA poem based on the Bible story of Noah's Ark, originally published in 1957, is enhanced with splashy, rollicking illustrations, a creative book design, and a typeface called "Kentucky Fried." 0689830955
Runaway DreidelNewman, Lesléa & Brooker, Krysten Henry Holt20022002NotablePicture Book"Twas the first night of Chanukah and on the fifth floor, there was holiday hustling and bustling galore" begins this engaging tale of a dreidel that leads a little boy, his family, and neighbors on a merry chase. 0805062378
The Sukkah That I BuiltVorst, Rochel Groner & Victor-Elsby, Elizabeth Hachai Publishing20022002NotablePicture BookA read-aloud story modeled on the classic nursery rhyme, "The House That Jack Built." As a little boy smugly relates how he is doing all the building of the sukkah, his bemused family looks on.1929628072
Noah's ArkWilson, AnneChronicle Books20022002NotablePicture BookWritten in a sparse style and illustrated with flat, bright colors and simple lines, this faithful retelling of the biblical account of the flood celebrates obedience to God and the beauty of the world God made.0811835634
The Kids' Cartoon BibleBurstein, ChayaJewish Publication Society20022002NotableMiddle GradeIn a rousing rendition of the Torah, the Prophets and the Writings, the dialogue is colloquil and the cartoon illustrations are often inspired. 0827607296
Alexandra's Scroll: The Story of the First HanukkahChaikin, Miriam & Fieser, Stephen Henry Holt20022002NotableMiddle GradeA young female scribe records the political, social, and religious complexities of the Maccabean world in this believable portrait of a Judean family at war.0805063846
Angels Sweep the Desert Floor: Bible Legends about Moses in the WildernessChaikin, Miriam & Koshkin, AlexanderClarion/Houghton Mifflin20022002NotableMiddle GradeA companion to the author's Clouds of Glory (2001), these stories draw on biblical text and Midrash to tell how Moses and the liberated Israelites were guided by angels.0395978254
MarikaCheng, AndreaFront Street20022002NotableMiddle GradeA fifteen-year-old Hungarian girl, nominally Roman Catholic but with Jewish ancestry, seeks an identity and a way out after the Germans march into Budapest. 1886910782
Jewish Holidays All Year Round: A Family TreasuryCooper, Ilene & Savadier, Elivia & the Jewish Museum of New YorkHarry N. Abrams20022002NotableMiddle GradeThe history and message of each Jewish holiday are combined with stories, legends, photographs of objects from the Jewish Museum and delightful original illustrations. 0810905507
Forged in Freedom: Shaping the Jewish-American ExperienceFinkelstein, Norman H. Jewish Publication Society,20022002NotableMiddle GradeFrom the Dutch colony of New Amsterdam to the nomination of a Jew for Vice President, Finkelstein surveys trends and highlights events and personalities that shaped Jewish American history, especially in the 20th century. 08276074827
And God Cried, Too: A Kid's Book About Healing and HopeGellman, Rabbi Marc & Bliss, Harry Harper Trophy/HarperCollins20022002NotableMiddle GradeThrough a fictional dialogue between Mikey, an angel-in-training, and the chief angel, Gabe, the author gives readers honest yet hopeful answers to questions about injustice and evil. Inspired by the attacks of 9/11. 0060098864
The Life and Death of Adolf HitlerGiblin, James C. Clarion/Houghton Mifflin20022002NotableMiddle GradeThis outstanding biography of the 20th century's greatest monster includes information about his legacy of hatred, carried on by neo-Nazis and skinheads. 00395903718
Auschwitz: The Story of a Nazi Death CampLawton, Clive A. Candlewick Press20022002NotableMiddle GradeThe author traces the history of Auschwitz from construction to liberation and comments on its post-war legacy in this visually powerful presentation. 07636115951
Anne Frank's Story: Her Life Retold for ChildrenLee, Carol AnnTroll Communications20022002NotableMiddle GradeThe important events in Anne Frank's brief life and the essence of her personality are conveyed to readers of this accessible biography.0816774277
Sparks Fly Upward.Matas, CarolClarion/Houghton Mifflin20022002NotableMiddle GradeJewish immigrant girl in Winnipeg, Canada is sent to a foster home after the family farm burns down. Learning to stand up for herself and to make her own decisions doesn't come easy but Rebecca is a plucky heroine.061859649
Too Young for YiddishMichelson, Richard & Waldman, Neil Talewinds/Charlesbridge20022002NotableMiddle GradeInspired by the work of Aaron Lansky, founder of the National Yiddish Book Center, this is the story of a boy who learns to love Yiddish from his grandfather, who has almost given up on it.0881061182
Jeremiah's Promise: An Adventure in Modern IsraelRoseman, KennethUAHC Press/URJ Press20022002NotableMiddle GradeReaders are presented with choices...and consequences. Signing on here means learning a great deal about Israel, kibbutz life, archaeology, the religious divide, the role of women, diplomacy, and military exploits.0807407879
Invisible Kingdoms: Jewish Tales of Angels, Spirits, and DemonsSchwartz, Howard & Fiese, Stephen HarperCollins20022002NotableMiddle GradeFolktales like these have been part of the Jewish oral tradition since biblical times. These tales are simply told but they treat profound human issues from an unaccustomed perspective.0060278552
Facing the MusicVogiel, EvaJudaica Press20022002NotableMiddle GradeIn Vogiel's third novel set in an Orthodox girls' school in England in the late 1940's, a caring faculty helps a student adjust to the discovery that she has a twin siste1880582945
The Promised Land: The Birth of the Jewish PeopleWaldman, NeilBoyds Mills Press20022002NotableMiddle GradeWhy have Jews survived? The author presents his views, based on God's promise of Israel to the Jewish people. Evocative illustrations and an unusual book design add interest 1563973324
Finding Sophie: A Search for Belonging in Postwar BritainWatts, Irene N. Tundra Books20022002NotableMiddle GradeFollowing Good-bye Marianne (1999) and Remember Me (2000), this riveting novel, set in London, completes the author's "Kindertransport Trilogy." 0887766137
Rivka’s First ThanksgivingRael, Elsa Okon & Kovalski, Maryann Margaret K. McElderry/Simon & Schuster20012001WinnerPicture BookHaving heard about Thanksgiving in school, nine-year-old Rivka tries to convince her immigrant family and her Rabbi that it is a holiday for all Americans, Jews and non-Jews alike. 0689839014
Sigmund Freud: Pioneer of the MindReef, CatherineClarion Books20012001WinnerMiddle GradeA biography of Sigmund Freud explains the methods he used to treat the mentally ill which led to the birth of psychoanalysis, and explores his controversial theories connecting dreams, desires, and behavior0618017623
Behold the TreesAlexander, Sue & Gore, Leonid Arthur A. Levine/Scholastic20012001NotablePicture BookRecalling the history of Eretz Yisrael from Canaanite times to the founding of the modern state, this beautifully designed book has splendid illustrations that mirror the rise, trials, and achievements of the Jewish people as reflected by Israel's trees. 0590762117
Solomon and the TreesBiers-Ariel, Matt & Silverberg-Kiss, Esti UAHC Press/URJ Press20012001NotablePicture BookDrawing from legengs about King Solomon and Jewish teachings about humankind's responsibility to care for nature, this serious, dramatically illustrated story stresses personal responsibility0807407496
The God around Us, Volume 2: The Valley of BlessingsBrichto, Mira Pollak & Alko, Selina UAHC Press/URJ Press20012001NotablePicture BookPrayers and blessings for many of the events that occur in the lives of young children are presented in Hebrew, transliteration, and English, accompanied by lively multicultural illustrations.0807407380
Hanukkah Cat (Revised Edition)Burstein, Chaya & Hanks-Henn, Judy Kar-Ben Copies20012001NotablePicture BookAmusing new illustrations add sparkle to this appealing story of a little boy who finds a kitten at the stat of Hanukkah. The story of the Maccabees and Lenny's adventures with the mischievous kitten are deftly interwoven.1580130291
Snow in Jerusalemda Costa, Deborah & Van Wright, Cornelius & Hu, Ying-Hwa Albert Whitman & Company20012001NotablePicture BookDuring a rare day of snow in Jerusalem, a Jewish boy and an Arab boy who live in the Old City experience a rare moment of friendship when they put aside their differences to help a stray cat. Ethereal watercolor and pencil drawings portray the earthly and heavenly Jerusalem. 0807575216
The Rabbi Who FlewDollinger, RenateBooksmythe20012001NotablePicture BookColorful gouache paintings in the author-illustrator's primitive style decorate this story about a saintly rabbi with holes in his shoes. The plot expresses the mitzvah of Jew helping Jew within an idealized shtetl setting. 0945585209
On ShabbatFishman, Cathy Goldman &Hall, Melanie W. Atheneum Books 20012001NotablePicture BookA holiday book, part of a series, that is both stylish and steeped in Jewish knowledge. The dreamy illustrations capture the spirit of the Sabbath.0689838948
A Mountain of BlintzesGoldin, Barbara Diamond & McGrory, Anik Gulliver/Harcourt Books20012001NotablePicture BookIn this humorous story of Jewish life in New York State's Catskill Mountains resort region in the 1920's, a poor family finds a way to celebrate Shavuot. The characters and action recall the traditional tales of Chelm. 0152019022
The Friday Nights of NanaHest, Amy & Nivola, Claire Candlewick Press20012001NotablePicture BookIn this serene picture book, a little girl helps her grandmother prepare for Shabbat. The celebration of tradition provides an atmosphere of closeness and warmth, a contrast to the wintry world outside 0763606588
The Hardest Word: A Yom Kippur StoryJules, Jacqueline & Kahn, Katherine Janus Kar-Ben Copies20012001NotablePicture BookThe Ziz, a giant bird from Jewish legend, is a softy at heart. He confesses to accidentally doing wrong and God assigns him a penance: to find the hardest word. The quest is a joyful learning experience.1580130305
Zigazak! A Magical Hanukkah NightKimmel, Eric A. & Goodell, JonDoubleday/Random House20012001NotablePicture BookA pair of devils make mischief in the shtetl of Brisk, but the rabbi puts and end to their escapades. This jolly story transmits the traditional message that sparks of holiness can be found in unlikely places.0385326521
Cain and Abel: Finding the Fruits of PeaceSasso, Sandy & Rothenberg, Joani Keller Jewish Lights Publishing, 20012001NotablePicture BookBold splashes of color illustrate this interpretation of a Bible story that emphasizes the destructive power of anger. Running through the narrative is the midrashic tradition of nature's mourning for Abel.1580231233
The Shabbat BoxSimpson, Lesley & Bosch, Nicole in den Kar-Ben Copies20012001NotablePicture BookWhen Ira loses his class's treasured Shabbat box, he solves the problem by making a new one, all on his own. This empowering story portrays a loving family, a multicultural preschool class, and a child with imagination and perseverance. Instruction for making a Shabbat box are included.1580130275
Lemuel, the FoolUhlberg, Myron & Lamut, Sonja Peachtree Publishers20012001NotablePicture BookLemuel sails off in search of the city of his dreams, returns home without realizing it, and is astonished that all the people and places look so familiar! A droll, gentle story, beautifully illustrated. 1561452203
Rachel Captures the MoonUngar, Richard Tundra Books20012001NotablePicture BookThe foolish folk of Chelm, not content to wait for the moon to rise each evening, try to capture its luminescence permanently. When neither a ladder, a net, nor delicious smelling soup can lure the moon down to earth, a little girl named Rachel captures its reflection in a barrel of water.088776505X
Hans and Sophie Scholl: German Resisters of the White Rose (Holocaust Biography Series)Attema, MarthaRosen Publishing20012001NotableMiddle GradeA factual account of a small group of courageous German students who resisted Hitler. Photographs, documents, a glossary, bibliography and index increase the book's value for research and reports. 0825933164
Death on Sacred GroundFeder, HarrietLerner Publishing20012001NotableMiddle GradeShe's back! Vivi Hartman, rabbi's daughter and teenage sleuth, uses Talmudic reasoning to solve a crime committed on the Seneca Reservation in New York State.0822507412
Clara's WarKacer, KathySecond Story Press20012001NotableMiddle GradeThirteen-year-old Clara and her family are deported from Prague to the concentration camp of Terezin. Through their experiences, the grimness and terror of the camp are shown in contrast to its rich cultural life. 1896764428
Rivka's WayKanefield, TeriFront Street/Cricket Books20012001NotableMiddle GradeSet in eighteenth century Prague, this tells of teenage Rivka's longing to leave the safety of the Jewish Quarter and venture into the larger world that fascinates her outside.0812628705
Understanding BuddyKornblatt, MarkMargaret K. McElderry/Simon & Schuster20012001NotableMiddle GradeA fifth grader discovers that the withdrawn, silent new boy in class is grieving over the sudden death of his mother. Rebuffed by Buddy when he tries to be friendly, Sam searches for answers, including Jewish answers, to the disturbing questions that arise as he tries to understand Buddy. 0668983215X
Stolen WordsKoss, AmyAmerican Girl20012001NotableMiddle GradeEverything is going wrong on Robyn's vacation with her family in Austria! As recorded in her diary, Robyn's comments and observations are filled with both biting teenage wit and deep concern about her mother, who cannot get over the death of her sister. A colloquial style imparts a serious theme.1584853778
Daughter of Fire: Heroines of the BibleManushkin, Fran & Shulevitz, UriSilver Whistle/Harcourt20012001NotableMiddle GradeDrawing on both the Bible and on legend, the author portrays heroines of passion and purpose, representing Jewish history from the period of the Patriarchs to the Persian era. 0152018697
The War WithinMatas, CarolSimon & Schuster20012001NotableMiddle GradeAfter General Grant issues an order expelling all Jews from the territory under his control, teenaged Hannah Green, a Southern belle in the making, begins to question many of the values she took for granted, including slavery. 0689829353
Secrets in the House of DelgadoMiklowitz, GloriaEerdmanns20012001NotableMiddle GradeIn a gripping story about "New Christians" and the Inquisition, the author captures the terror of the times and the varying degrees of Jewish loyalty among members of one family. 0802852068
Shoes for AmelieSteiner, Connie & Rodier, Denis Lobster Press20012001NotableMiddle GradeThe heroism of the people of the town of Le Chambon-sur-Lignon, France is portrayed through a story about one courageous and "ordinary" family who sheltered a Jewish child during the Holocaust.1894222377
Friend or Foe? Vogiel, EvaJudaica Press20012001NotableMiddle GradeThe headmistress of an Orthodox boarding school for girls in England is anxious to discover who, among the school's neighbors, seems to be trying to close it down. Likeable characters and an engrossing plot convey a theme of tolerance. 188058266X
Surviving Hitler: A Boy in the Nazi Death CampsWarren, AndreaHarperCollins20012001NotableMiddle GradeAn inspiring account of the Holocaust experiences of Jack andelbaum, who survived three years as a teen in several camps. His zest for life and ability to form friendships enabled him to begin a new life in the United States. 0688174973
Mendel Rosenbusch: Tales for Jewish ChildrenWeber, Ilse & Fisher, Ruth & Fisher, HansHerodias20012001NotableMiddle GradeMendel is a good and wise man who has been granted the power to become invisible. He uses his gift to help the poor and right wrongs. These tales paint a knowing portrait of small town life and culture in pre-Holocaust Central Europe.1928746195
The Magic Menorah: A Modern Chanukah TaleZalben, Jane Breskin & Diamond, Donna Simon & Schuster20012001NotableMiddle GradeAn encounter with a Yiddish-spouting genie named Fishel changes Stanley's mind about Hanukkah and family traditions. 06898226060
After the HolocaustGreenfield, HowardGreenwillow Books20012001NotableMiddle GradeFocusing on eight Holocaust survivors now living in the United States, this powerful book shows the hardships faced by young survivors, many of whom were without homes, families, identities or hope. 0688177552
Mara's Stories: Glimmers in the DarkSchmidt, GaryHenry Holt20012001NotableMiddle GradeIn the night and fog of a concentration camp, women and children gather at night to listen to stories told by a prisoner named Mara, the daughter of a rabbi. The stories are adapted from Jewish lore; the listening is an act of resistance.0805067949

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