5 Jewish Children’s Books About New York City Your Kindergartner Will Love

New York City is the backdrop for so many incredible children’s and middle grade stories. In many classic Jewish children’s books, New York provides the setting for fabulous adventures, tales of friendship, and stories full of the diversity of Jewish culture and experience.

Family and friends together at a park in New York

For children who live in New York, it’s exhilarating to see familiar sites and places reflected in favorite books. And for kids who live outside of the city, big buildings, crowded streets, and subway trains are fascinating, almost mythic sights. Whether you’re a resident of the Big Apple yourself, or the parent of a little person fascinated by skyscrapers, your family will love these stories about life in the big city.

Related: A New York City Book List

All-of-a-Kind Family Hanukkah

All-of-a-Kind Family Hanukkah by Emily Jenkins

Recommended for ages 5 to 6

Remember the characters from the classic All-of-a-Kind series? They're back in this sweet picture book. Rejoin Ella, Henny, Sarah, Charlotte, and especially Gertie as this loving Lower East Side family prepares for a Hanukkah feast.

Beautiful Yetta

Beautiful Yetta by Daniel Pinkwater

Recommended for ages 3 to 5

Yetta escapes from the chicken farmer’s cage, but what is a country hen to do in big, unfamiliar Brooklyn?

The Castle on Hester Street

The Castle on Hester Street by Linda Heller

Recommended for ages 5 to 6

In this immigration story, a young girl’s grandmother contradicts her husband’s recollections of what it was like coming to America from Russia. Was he really pulled to New York by a flying goat? Is there truly a castle on Hester Street?

Meg Goldberg on Parade

Meg Goldberg on Parade by Andrea Rosenbaum

Recommended for ages 5 to 6

Israeli Independence Day is a holiday in Israel -- but many people around the world celebrate it, and New York City throws a parade, too. Lucky for Meg -- she adores a parade!

My Grandfather’s Coat

My Grandfather’s Coat by Jim Aylesworth

Recommended for ages 5 to 6

Grandfather made himself a coat when he came to America -- and now it’s wearing out. What do you think he’ll do? (Hint: He doesn’t throw it out!)

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