Why is Great Grandma So Sad? Discovering the Holocaust Through the Eyes of a Child by Susan Heagy

Why is Great Grandma So Sad? Discovering the Holocaust Through the Eyes of a Child Perfect by Susan Heagy

Though this book is written for children ages 7 to 14, it is also intended for any age of people who have difficulty reading anything having to do with the Holocaust of WWII. This story is presented from the personal perspective of a family in the midst of the Holocaust, without trauma but historically correct. Sarah, at the age of seven, does not understand the extreme sadness her great grandmother…

Anne Frank and the Remembering Tree by Sandy Eisenberg Sasso and Erika Steiskal

Anne Frank and the Remembering Tree

In most windows I saw people working and children playing. When the soldiers came, people began covering their windows, so I couldn’t see inside anymore. But the tiny attic window of the narrow brick house behind Otto Frank’s business offices had no shade. For a long time the rooms were empty. Then one day, Otto’s whole family came to live there. They called their new home the Secret Annex… A…

Dear Santa, Love Rachel Rosenstein by Amanda Peet and Andrea Troyer

Dear Santa, Love Rachel Rosenstein by Amanda Peet and Andrea Troyer

Rachel Rosenstein is determined to celebrate Christmas this year—and the fact that her family is Jewish is not going to stop her. In a series of hilarious and heartwarming mishaps, Rachel writes a letter to Santa explaining her cause, pays him a visit at the mall, and covertly decorates her house on Christmas Eve (right down to latkes for Santa and his reindeer). And while Rachel may wrestle with her…

Podcast: Enough with the Holocaust Books for Children!

The newest episode of The Book of Life podcast, hosted by librarian Heidi Estrin, features a long and juicy virtual panel discussion about the Holocaust’s place in Jewish children’s literature. It’s called “Enough with the Holocaust Books for Children!” Listen and see if you agree!  Then check out The Book of Life’s site for a long list of suggested titles for kids and teens. You can hear the podcast online…

Why Dogs Have Wet Noses by Kenneth Steven

Why Dogs Have Wet Noses by Kenneth Steven

Illustrated by Øyvind Torseter Comprised of fun and playfully surprising contemporary illustrations and a satisfying tall tale, Why Dogs Have Wet Noses is a refreshing and memorable take on an old story. Told with dry humor, this is a secular story of how, not long after the world began, it started to rain, and it was the kind of rain that pounds down and never stops. Wise as he was,…

The Mountain Jews and the Mirror by Ruchama King Feuerman

The Mountain Jews and the Mirror by Ruchama King Feuerman

Yosef and Estrella have spent their whole lives in Morocco’s Atlas Mountains. When they move to the city, they face a strange, unfamiliar world. Will their love survive the surprises of their new home? A funny and charming folktale-like story of mistaken identities. The book’s page on the publisher’s website

Farmer Kobi’s Hanukkah Match by Rabbi Ron Isaacs and Karen Rostoker-Gruber

Farmer Kobi's Hanukkah Match by Rabbi Ron Isaacs and Karen Rostoker-Gruber

Farmer Kobi’s well-mannered goats, donkey, and sheep know just how to play host, and they give Polly, Kobi’s Hanukkah guest, a gracious welcome. But when Polly isn’t sure animals belong in a house, what will happen next? Find out with laugh-out-loud pictures and puns that are sure to entertain all readers. As donkey says: Hee-Haw-Yahoo! The book’s page on the publisher’s website