Tablet Magazine just announced their list of the Best Jewish Children's Books of 2016 and we're excited to tell you that four of these titles will be coming to PJ Library or PJ Our Way in 2017! Several of our current selections, like The Chameleon That Saved Noah's Ark, More Than Enough: A Passover Story, and New Year at the Pier are also included in the list.
If you want to help us in the quest for great Jewish children's books, spread the word about our Author's Incentive Award, and be sure to check out this opportunity with the Yiddish Book Center.
Now, let's get to the books!
A Hat for Mrs. Goldman
A Story About Knitting and Love
By: Michelle Edwards
Illustrated by: G. Brian Karas
Sophia notices that Mrs. Goldman knits hats for everyone in the neighborhood but doesn't have one of her own. Even though young Sophia is not the biggest fan of knitting, she sets out to make a special hat just for Mrs. Goldman. This beautiful story about good deeds, "keeping keppies warm," and intergenerational friendship teaches the value of a mitzvah and will have your entire family feeling warm. The book also includes a knitting pattern to make a special hat just like Sophia's. If you feel like sharing the warmth too we have a list of activities inspired by this story here.
The Life of Leonard Nimoy
By: Richard Michelson
Illustrated by: Edel Rodriguez
Publisher's Weekly calls Fascinating "a warm and moving picture book biography." PJ Library families will recognize Richard Michelson's name from his many other PJ selections, like Lipman Pike and A is For Abraham. In Fascinating he tells the story of young Leonard Nimoy's determination, rise to stardom, and how Leonard's Jewish roots influenced the iconic Vulcan salute. A wonderful read for Trekkies and those who love them.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark
By: Debbie Levy
The Bicycle Spy
Illustrated by: Elizabeth Baddeley
I Dissent takes readers through the incredible life of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Justice Ginsburg sets an example for young readers about the importance of standing up for what you believe in and her story also reveals that it's possible to disagree with friends--even vehemently--and still respect each other. Watch for a special "Three Questions" interview with author Debbie Levy coming soon!
By: Yona Zeldis McDonough
The Bicycle Spy follows young Marcel as he rides through the streets of his small town. When he learns that his parents are part of the underground resistance and that his friends are in danger, he puts his cycling skills to use. This historical fiction book has inspiring messages about courage and bravery, ometz lev, and friendship. This book will be coming to PJ Our Way, our program for 9-11 year olds, in 2017. Do you have a "big kid" at home? Sign them up for PJ Our Way here.
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December 15, 2016