Ages 4-8; Gr.4-6.
During World War II, a social worker named Jacqueline bicycled through the streets of Paris, passing Nazi soldiers and carrying a toy duck to share with the children she visited. What the Nazis didn't know, however, was that Jacqueline wasn't a social worker at all, but a Jewish member of the French Resistance. She risked her life in secret workshops, where forgers created false identity papers. But how to get these life-saving papers to families in hiding? The toy duck held the answer.
Gr.3-7; Sydney Taylor Notable Book 2023.
In The Prince of Steel Pier, Joey Goodman is spending the summer at his grandparents' struggling hotel in Atlantic City, a tourist destination on the decline. Nobody in Joey's big Jewish family takes him seriously, so when Joey's Skee-Ball skills land him an unusual job offer from a local mobster, he's thrilled to be treated like "one of the guys," and develops a major crush on an older girl in the process.
Lexile measure HL650L; Ages 12 and up; Gr.7 and up; Sydney Taylor honor book, 2023.
Shira Barbanel has a plan- this Hanukkah, she's going to get a boyfriend. And she has the perfect candidate in mind-her great-uncle's assistant, Isaac. He's reliable, brilliant, and of course, super hot. The only problem? Shira's an absolute disaster when it comes to flirting. Enter Tyler Nelson, Shira's nemesis-slash-former-crush. As much as she hates to admit it, Tyler is the most charming and popular guy she knows. Which means he's the perfect person to teach her how to win Isaac over.
Ages 10 and up; Gr.4-6; Sydney Taylor notable book, 2023.
The moving true story of how young Ukrainian Jewish piano prodigies Zhanna (alias "Anna") and her sister Frina outplayed their pursuers while hiding in plain sight during the Holocaust.
Ages 8-12; Gr.3-7; Sydney Taylor Book Awards winner, 2023.
A long ago "accident." An isolated girl named Aviva. A community that wants to help, but doesn't know how. And a ghostly dybbuk, that no one but Aviva can see, causing mayhem and mischief that everyone blames on her. That is the setting for this suspenseful novel of a girl who seems to have lost everything, including her best friend Kayla, and a mother who was once vibrant and popular, but who now can''t always get out of bed in the morning.
Lexile measure 790; Ages 12-17; Gr.7-9.
Hoodie Rosen's life isn't that bad. Sure, his entire Orthodox Jewish community has just picked up and moved to the quiet, mostly non-Jewish town of Tregaron, but Hoodie's world hasn't changed that much. He's got basketball to play, studies to avoid, and a supermarket full of delicious kosher snacks to eat. The people of Tregaron aren't happy that so many Orthodox Jews are moving in at once, but that's not Hoodie's problem. That is, until he meets and falls for Anna-Marie Diaz-O'Leary-who happens to be the daughter of the obstinate mayor trying to keep Hoodie's community out of the town.
Ages 4-8, Gr.1-4; Sydney Taylor Book Award Notable Picture Book, 2022.
As an observant child growing up in Lithuania, Ben Shahn yearns to draw everything he sees-and, after seeing his father banished by the Czar for demanding workers' rights, he develops a keen sense of justice, too. So when Ben and the rest of his family make their way to America, Ben brings both his sharp artistic eye and his desire to fight for what's right.
Ages 4-8; Gr.1-5; Sydney Taylor Book award, honor 2022.
Eliza Davis believed in speaking up for what was right. Even if it meant telling Charles Dickens he was wrong. In Eliza Davis's day, Charles Dickens was the most celebrated living writer in England. But some of his books reflected a prejudice that was all too common at the time: prejudice against Jewish people. Eliza was Jewish, and her heart hurt to see a Jewish character in Oliver Twist portrayed as ugly and selfish. So she wrote a letter to Charles Dickens. What happened next is history.
Ages 6-8; Gr.2-5.
In December 1938, a young Englishman canceled a ski vacation and went instead to Prague to help the hundreds of thousands of refugees from the Nazis who were crowded into the city. Setting up a makeshift headquarters in his hotel room, Nicholas Winton took names and photographs from parents desperate to get their children out of danger. He raised money, found foster families in England, arranged travel and visas, and, when necessary, bribed officials and forged documents.
Ages 8-14; Gr.7-9.
Uri Shulevitz details the eight-year odyssey of how he and his Jewish family escaped the terrors of the Nazis by fleeing Warsaw for the Soviet Union in Chance. It was during those years, with threats at every turn, that the young Uri experienced his awakening as an artist, an experience that played a key role during this difficult time.
Lexile measure 840; Ages 12 and up; gr.7 and up; National Book award finalist, 2020.
A sweeping historical fantasy that follows two teens on a journey through the Far Country, a Jewish land of spirits and demons. For the Jews of Eastern Europe, demons are everywhere: dancing on the rooftops in the darkness of midnight, congregating in the trees, harrowing the dead, even reaching out to try and steal away the living.
Ages 8-15; Gr.3-9.
Celebrating Jewish holidays has never been sillier than in Chelm, the Village of Fools! While the Chelmites try to solve problems--like outsmarting bees to get Rosh Hashanah honey, and keeping menorah candles lit without enough oil--their foolishness causes even more chaos.
Ages 5-8; K-Gr.3.
Inside a boy and his family gather around the dinner table for a Passover Seder. Outside, a cat wanders, hungry and alone. Soon it is time for the symbolic Passover custom of opening the door for the Jewish prophet, Elijah, who will one day bring a hopeful message of peace. When the boy opens the door, both he and the cat are in for a remarkable surprise.
Lexile measure 460; Ages 3-8; Prk-Gr.2.
Although she does not want to leave her mother's warm bed, Annie decides to visit the store under her bed, run by a little white goat, and meets fellow shoppers along the way. Includes notes about the original folk song.