Ketzel, the Cat Who Composed by Lesléa Newman

Ketzel, the Cat Who Composed by Lesléa Newman

Moshe Cotel was a composer who lived in a noisy building on a noisy street in a noisy city. But Moshe didn’t mind. Everything he heard was music to his ears. One day, while out for a walk, he heard a small, sad sound that he’d never heard before. It was a tiny kitten! “Come on, little Ketzel,” Moshe said, “I will take you home and we will make beautiful…

Oskar and the Eight Blessings by Richard Simon

Oskar and the Eight Blessings by Richard Simon

A refugee seeking sanctuary from the horrors of Kristallnacht, Oskar arrives by ship in New York City with only a photograph and an address for an aunt he has never met. It is both the seventh day of Hanukkah and Christmas Eve, 1938. As Oskar walks the length of Manhattan, from the Battery to his new home in the north of the city, he passes experiences the city’s many holiday…

Avigail by Chana Zauderer

Avigail by Chana Zauderer

Illustrated by Mary Abadi Avigail, being the youngest of four, is always last. Even more, she always gets her sisters old hand-me-downs. It’s only when her aunt unexpectedly pays a visit that Avigail gets to learn a secret about true happiness. Avigail is that perfect mix: an absolutely charming story, filled with bold, bright, cheerful illustrations, and when younger readers follow along…they get to learn Avigail’s secret too. Old or…

Shanghai Sukkah by Heidi Smith Hyde

Shanghai Sukkah by Heidi Smith Hyde

Illustrated by Jing Jing Tsong. Fleeing the Holocaust in Europe, Marcus moves with his family from Berlin to Shanghai, where he doubts this unfamiliar city will ever feel like home. But with help from his new friend Liang, and the answers to a rabbi’s riddle, Marcus sets out to build a unique sukkah in time for the harvest festival of Sukkot. Length: 17 pages Age Level: 5 – 9

The Colors of Israel by Rachel Raz

The Colors of Israel by Rachel Raz

Blue and white are not the only colors of Israel! This book by author/photographer Rachel Raz (ABC Israel) showcases the many vibrant and beautiful colors of the land of Israel, from the red double-decker train in Akko to the white dome of the Shrine of the Book, from pink postage stamps to orange beach umbrellas in Tel Aviv. The Colors of Israel includes the English, Hebrew, and transliterated words for…

King David & Akavish the Spider by Sylvia Rouss

King David & Akavish the Spider by Sylvia Rouss

Illustrated by Ari Binus When a young shepherd boy aims a stone at a spider web, he little dreams that it is the beginning of a lasting friendship or that the small creature will one day save his life. Akavish the Spider makes a promise to David, which he keeps. But the greatest gift he gives is the knowledge that size and strength don’t always win the day: by using…

Pinterest board of Children’s Illustrated Holocaust Books

Via email Children’s picture books and illustrated middle grade fiction and nonfiction about the Holocaust The listings include books that are in print and are available from publishers’ websites: http://www.pinterest.com/olswanger/childrens-illustrated-holocaust-books/ I hope you will discover many good books there to recommend for Yom Hashoah next week. Please let me know what new books you’d like me to consider adding. I am also continuing to add to all my pages: www.pinterest.com/olswanger/…

Grandpa’s Third Drawer: Unlocking Holocaust Memories by Judy Tal Kopelman

Grandpa's Third Drawer: Unlocking Holocaust Memories by Judy Tal Kopelman

Of all the places in the world, Uri really loves to be at his grandparents’ house. There he can stay up way past his bedtime and eat as many sweets from the chocolate box as he likes. There’s only one forbidden place in that house: the third drawer in Grandpa’s desk. This drawer is locked. No one ever opens it until one day when Uri finds the key to the…

Engineer Ari and the Passover Rush by Deborah Bodin Cohen

The fourth book in the engaging “Engineer Ari” series about a Yishuv-era train engineer whose various adventures entertain young children while also teaching about Jewish holidays. The first book of the series, “Engineer Ari and the Rosh Hashanah Ride,” celebrates the first historic train ride from Jaffa to Jerusalem in 1892. Subsequent titles followed Engineer Ari as he navigated through the pre-Israel Palestine landscape during Sukkot and Hanukkah. Now, as…

Shira, Detective – CHAMETZ detective! A Passover story

Shira, Detective - CHAMETZ detective! A Passover story

Galia Sabbag (Author), Erin Taylor (Illustrator) Passover is a joyful time, an exciting holiday that is rich in an abundance of beautiful traditions. One such beautiful tradition is BEDIKAT CHAMETZ-בדיקת חמץ the searching for CHAMETZ. How much fun can searching for CHAMETZ actually be? Well, if you do it Shira’s way … most definitely a lot! Age Level: 3 – 10 | Grade Level: P – 3 The book’s page…