7 Jewish Children’s Books Set in New York City

New York is a dynamic and exciting setting for movies and picture books. This list of books for kids ages six and up showcases the diversity and energy of New York while highlighting unique aspects of Jewish culture and holidays. Looking for special books about the Big Apple for younger children? Here are five books that your kindergartener will love.

Related: A New York City Book List

Gracie’s Night

Gracie’s Night by Lynn Taylor Gordon

Recommended for ages 7 to 8

Gracie and her papa have lots of love — but only a little money. Gracie manages to get her papa a beautiful Hanukkah gift anyway — but then she sees someone who could use a little generosity even more than her papa. What she does next transforms Hanukkah for all of them.

The House on the Roof

The House on the Roof by David A. Adler

Recommended for ages 6 to 7

When a landlady objects to a sukkah on the roof of her building, how will her tenant celebrate Sukkot? The judge comes up with solution that works for everyone.

Ketzel, the Cat Who Composed

Ketzel, the Cat Who Composed by Lesléa Newman

Recommended for ages 7 to 8

Moshe was a composer — and he was inspired by the sounds he heard every day in Israel. But one day he heard a very small sound — and it came from Ketzel the kitten! Ketzel went home with Moshe and helped him make beautiful music.

The Knish War on Rivington Street

The Knish War on Rivington Street by Joanne Oppenheim

Recommended for ages 7 to 8

Benny's family sells the best knishes on Rivington Street. But then the Tisch family opens a knishery right across the street! Benny's papa starts a price war — and as the battle wages, both sides begin to realize that maybe Rivington Street is large enough for two kinds of knishes.

Lipman Pike

Lipman Pike by Richard Michelson

Recommended for ages 7 and up

As a child, Lipman Pike helps out in his family’s dry-goods store in Brooklyn, but what he really loves is baseball, a new ballgame that everyone’s talking about — and he’s good at it, too. In a few years, Lip’s offered a job playing baseball professionally! His parents think it’s crazy — but Lip knows this is the life for him.

Naming Liberty

Naming Liberty Jane Yolen

Recommended for ages 8 and up

Young Gitl is getting ready to head from Russia to America — and she is trying to decide on a new name to adopt when she gets there. At the same time, sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi is preparing a beautiful new monument, Lady Liberty, for her own trek across the sea. When Gitl and Lady Liberty encounter one another, Gitl knows what her new name will be.

A Poem for Peter

A Poem for Peter Andrea Davis Pinkney

Recommended for ages 8 and up

When Ezra Jack Keats was growing up, he knew what it was like to feel different and left out. So when he created his famous picture book, The Snowy Day, he had an idea about how to write and draw his main character, Peter.

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