IT’S A MITZVAH to honor our parents. In June, we get to pay special attention to our fathers. In preparation for Father’s Day, here are a number of PJ Library selections that put dads in the heart of their stories.
Consider reading a couple of the titles below as a family before (or during!) Father’s Day. Our Book Selection Committee likes them, and you will, too!
|It Could Always Be Worse|
Author: Margot Zemach
Illustrator: Margot Zemach
In this beloved tale from Eastern Europe, a distraught man discovers a positive attitude for dealing with the overcrowding in his small home.
|Jodie’s First Dig|
Author: Anna Levine
Illustrator: Ksenia Topaz
Jodie dreams of one day becoming a famous archaeologist. When her father takes her on a dig in Modi’in, home of the Maccabees, she is able to participate in a unique way.
|Feivel’s Flying Horses|
Author: Heidi Smith Hyde
Illustrator: Johanna Van Der Sterre
Feivel’s wife and children stay in the Old Country while he comes to New York to make a better life for them all. A wood carver, Feivel creates carousel horses for a Coney Island amusement park – all the while working to earn enough to reunite the family.
|Can Hens Give Milk?|
Author: Joan Betty Stuchner
Illustrator: Joe Weissmann
Tova lives with her family on a small farm in Chelm. The farm has hens and a rooster, but no cow. Then one night, Tova’s father has a dream about how to get milk without actually owning a cow. Can it be done? Finally, the wise rabbi comes to the rescue — with a little help from Tova.
|The Brothers’ Promise|
Author: Frances Harber
In this poignant retelling of a Talmudic story, siblings recall the promise each lovingly made to his father.
|The Secret Shofar of Barcelona|
Author: Jacqueline Dembar Greene
Illustrator: Douglas Chayka
In this story set in Spain in the 1500s, the son of a conductor blows the shofar in preparation for Rosh Hashanah, a practice he must keep secret.
Author: Erica Silverman
Illustrator: Deborah Nourse Lattimore
With her father constantly boasting about her talents, a young girl named Gittel is asked to perform impossible tasks. She must embroider a matzo cover without a needle and create an Elijah’s cup from a silver coin. Just as all seems hopeless, Gittel is rewarded for her kind ways and gentle nature by none other than the prophet Elijah.
|The Always Prayer Shawl|
Author: Sheldon Oberman
Illustrator: Ted Lewin
In this poignant story of tradition and love passed along from one generation to the next, a prayer shawl makes its way from grandfather to grandson.
|What Zeesie Saw on Delancey Street|
Author: Elsa Okon Rael
Illustrator: Marjorie Priceman
In the early 1900s on the Lower East Side, a seven-year-old girl learns lessons of community, generosity, and courage from the Jewish immigrant population.
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