Children's Books

Our list of children's books highlights the diversity of Jewish experience as portrayed in picture books, graphic novels and chapter books.

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Abuelita’s Secret Matzahs

Abuelita tells Jacob that "long ago" his Jewish family fled the Spanish Inquisition, fearing persecution they kept their Jewish identity secret and passed on this secret history to just one person in each generation, as Abuelita is doing to Jacob.

Afikomen Mambo

A cute illustrated book about kids looking for the afikomen set to a catchy tune.

Always an Olivia: A Remarkable Family History

In 1805, a Jewish woman comes to America,kidnapped by pirates finding herself living among the Geechee people, who come from West Africa. Although her descendants no longer live as Jews, in each generation that follows, a daughter lights the Shabbat candles each Friday night in her memory.

Around the World in One Shabbat: Jewish People Celebrate the Sabbath Together

Take your child on a colorful adventure to share the many ways Jewish people celebrate Shabbat around the world. Shabbat Shalom!

As Good as Anybody: Martin Luther King and Abraham Joshua Heschel’s Amazing March Toward Freedom

Michelson describes what led Martin Luther King Jr., a southern minister, and Abraham Joshua Heschel, a German-born rabbi, to walk together in the famous 1965 civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.

Black Mirror

Frances, a Japanese-Jewish girl, has always felt isolated at her New England prep school, but more so now that her brother has died. When Frances joins the social services charity her brother belonged to, she discovers that all is not as it seems, and realizes how little she really knew him.

Bluish

Set in modern-day New York City, Bluish is a novel about a budding friendship between three preteen girls, one of whom is afflicted with a form of blood cancer. Dreenie is the primary character of the novel. She is made anxious and curious when a new girl is introduced into her fifth-grade class.

Chag Sameach! A Jewish Holiday Book for Children

A Jewish holiday book that welcomes the diversity of American Jewish children and their families. Chag Sameach! provides an introduction to the Jewish year. All kinds of people and families are included. The text and more than 20 black and white photographs can be shared with a three year old and read by a nine year old. It is for both Jewish families and those who would like to teach their children about other people's traditions.

Chicken Soup, Chicken Soup

Two grandmas. Two delicious recipes. And one granddaughter caught in the middle!

Chloe Leiberman (Sometimes Wong)

A novel about a Chinese Jewish girl’s obsession with fashion.

Chocolate Me!

The boy is teased for looking different than the other kids. His skin is darker, his hair curlier. He tells his mother he wishes he could be more like everyone else. And she helps him to see how beautiful he really, truly is.

Clap and Count! Action Rhymes for the Jewish Year

Clapping, counting and musical rhymes and fingerplays introduce Shabbat and the Jewish holidays to preschoolers in a participatory way. Four dozen rhymes include old favorites and many original poems. With easy-to-learn words and bright, adorable pictures. An ideal gift for any occasion.

Daughters of the Ark

In 939 B.C.E. a daring girl and her priestly Jewish family journey from Jerusalem to Ethiopia with the son of Solomon and Sheba secretly transporting the Ark of the Covenant, the most important symbol of their faith.

Day of Delight: A Jewish Sabbath in Ethiopia

This beautifully illustrated story transports its readers to the Ethiopian highlands, to share one of the many traditions of the Amharic-speaking Jews live there.

Elijah’s Angel A story about Chanukah and Christmas

Michael and Elijah are friends, but when Elijah gives Michael one of his special carved angels, Michael doesn’t know what to do. How can he possibly take home a Christmas angel, a forbidden graven image--especially on Chanukah?

Faraway Home

As her father prepares for a trip back to his childhood home in Ethiopia, Desta begins to worry: Where does her father truly belong, in the village of his youth or here in America with her?

Four Sides, Eight Nights: A New Spin on Hanukkah

Jokes, history, customs, trivia, science facts (just how fast does a dreidel spin?) come to life with wacky and informative illustrations throughout.

Hanukkah Around the World

Take a trip to Italy, Uzbekistan, Tunisia, and beyond to see how Hanukkah is celebrated around the world.

Hanukkah Moon

An unusual Hanukkah story with a multi-cultural focus, this title celebrates a little-known custom of the Latin-Jewish community.

Holidays Around the World: Celebrate Hanukkah: With Light, Latkes, and Dreidels

With dazzling images and engaging text, readers learn about the historical and cultural significance of Hanukkah and why it is celebrated around the world.

Holidays Around the World: Celebrate Passover: With Matzah, Maror, and Memories

The most celebrated holiday in the Jewish year, Passover commemorates the Exodus of Hebrew slaves from Egypt to freedom over 3,500 years ago. This colorful book explores the many forms that this weeklong celebration takes worldwide.

Holidays Around the World: Celebrate Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur: With Honey, Prayers, and the Shofar

Deborah Heiligman's lively first-person text introduces readers to the sounding of the shofar, the holidays' greeting cards, prayers, and special foods.

I Love Jewish Faces

I Love Jewish Faces affirms identity, embraces diversity, and celebrates Jewish life, all in one remarkable little book.

In God’s Name

In this modern fable, various peoples of the world come up with their own names for God, highlighting the diversity in these honest and intimate expressions of faith and devotion.

It’s Shofar Time! A Photographic Holiday Series

PreSchool-Boys and girls at a Jewish nursery school explore Jewish traditions and holidays in this High Holiday series.

Jalapeno Bagels

While trying to decide what to take for his school's International Day, Pablo helps his Mexican mother and Jewish father at their bakery and discovers a food that represents both his parents' backgrounds.

Jewish Holidays All Year Round: A Family Treasury

This illustrated book introduces the richness of the Jewish tradition and the holy days that accompany all of the major Jewish festivals.

Jews of the Wild West: A Multicultural True Story

This book is packed with vivid paintings and great true stories about the real life adventures of Jewish pioneers in New Mexico.

Joseph King of Dreams

The story of the most known son of Israel, Joseph, and how his dreams saved the Jewish people. Stand-alone book or companion to Dreamworks Animation direct-to-video DVD of the same name.

Kids Like Me in China

In this first view of China adoption from a child's perspective, eight-year-old Ying Ying Fry returns to her orphanage to remember what it is like and to write a story so that other adopted children will understand where they came from.

King Solomon and the Bee

An imaginative tale of the story of King Solomon and Princess Makeda from Ethiopia, who marries the Hebrew king and becomes the Queen of Sheba. Their bi-racial son, Ben LeHaham-Menelik sets off to meet his father in the land of Israel and then returns with many Jewish people to help him run his kingdom.

King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba

Queen Makeda sets out to learn whether King Solomon truly possesses the wisdom of the ages.

Legends of the Chinese Jews of Kaifeng

A collection of legends and stories from the oral tradition of this group of Jews who migrated to China long ago offers a look at their history and unique identity.

Let My People Go: Bible Stories by a Freeman of Color

Hebrew Bible stories told from the point of view of an African American former slave to his daughter, drawing analogies between the Jewish slaves of Egypt and Black slaves of North America.

Let’s Talk About Race

In this acclaimed book, the author of the Newbery Honor Book To Be a Slave shares his own story as he explores what makes each of us special.

Maccabee Jamboree: A Hanukkah Countdown

A counting book describing how the children have fun during the eight nights of Hanukkah, making cards, exchanging gifts, chanting blessings, and singing songs. The main character is a Jewish boy of African descent.

Mrs. Katz and Tush

An elderly Ashkenazi Jewish woman is befriended by an African American boy. Tush is the cat they both come to love.

My Name Is Rachamim

Rachamim and his family, Jews suffering from discrimination in Ethiopia, are forced to flee the country and finally make it to a new home in Israel.

Nappy Hair

A lively, empowering story about Brenda's knotted-up, twisted, nappy hair and how it got to be that way!

On the Wings of Eagles: An Ethiopian Boy’s Story

An Ethiopian Jewish boy recounts the story of Israel's 1991 airlift rescue of his threatened people.

One Love

Adapted from one of Bob Marley's most beloved songs, One Love brings the joyful spirit and unforgettable lyrics of his music to life for a new generation.

Passover Around the World

Introduces children to the many different ways of celebrating Passover around the world, including customs that can be adopted for use in the child's own family seder.

Queen Esther Saves Her People

Based closely on the Book of Esther and featuring childlike artwork that captures the trappings of the period, a spirited retelling of the Purim story celebrates the Queen Esther's brave defense of the Jews against the king's tyrannical prime minister.

Queen of the Hanukkah Dosas

In this sweet and humorous picture book, Queen of the Hanukkah Dosas, a multi-cultural family (Mom's Indian; Dad's Jewish) celebrate Hanukkah while incorporating traditional Indian food.

Rebecca’s Journey Home

A Jewish family adopts a baby from Vietnam and her new brothers eagerly await her homecoming.

Reyna and the Jade Star

Part of the Gali Girls series, about a Jewish community living in Old China

Sabrina: The Girl with A Hole in Her Heart

Sabrina, a 10 year old girl from a rural village in Zanzibar, must decide whether to leave her family and fly to a faraway place for a surgery that could save her life.

Snow in Jerusalem

A story of friendship between two boys, an Israeli Jew and a Palestinian, both who live in the old city of Jerusalem. Respectful pictures of Jews, Christians and Muslims in traditional religious garb.

Solomon And the Ant: And Other Jewish Folktales

A treasure trove of forty-three religious, wisdom, riddle, and trickster Jewish folktales that have been told near the hearth, at the table, and in the synagogue for centuries

Songs from the Garden of Eden: Jewish Lullabies and Nursery Rhymes

An extraordinary repertoire featuring 28 Jewish nursery rhymes, lullabies, and songs originating from the Ashkenazic, Sephardic, and Yemenite communities. Additional notes on the origin and cultural context of each song as well as on the Klezmer music are also included.

Stealing Home

When Joey’s mother dies, he is sent to live with his mother’s estranged family. Joey is whisked away to Brooklyn. Though it’s just across town, it might as well be a different world. His grandfather, his aunt Frieda, and his ten-year-old cousin Roberta are not only white, they are Jewish.

The Atlas of Great Jewish Communities: A Voyage Through History

With compelling photographs, colorful maps, intriguing sidebars, personal tales, and primary texts, this is much more than a textbook. It's an interactive experience in Jewish history.

The Colors of Us

Through the eyes of a little girl who begins to see her familiar world in a new way, this book celebrates the differences and similarities that connect all people.

The Cross by Day, the Mezuzzah by Night

A thrilling young adult novel that captures the horrors of the Spanish Inquisition and the strength and determination of one young girl to preserve her family and culture at any cost.

The Enduring Ark

In this gentle Bengali version of Noah's Ark, boat builder and his wife care for pairs of animals with faith that G-d will keep his promise of a new and better life.

The Everything Judaism Book: A Complete Primer to the Jewish Faith-From Holidays and Rituals to Traditions and Culture

The Everything Judaism Book explains the major precepts of this robust religion in language anyone can understand and appreciate, from high holy days to symbols and objects.

The Hungry Clothes and Other Jewish Folktales (Folktales of the World)

a diverse selection of Ashkenazi and Sephardic fairytales, legends, parables, fables, tall tales, trickster and fool tales, and supernatural and mystical stories.

The Moses Basket

Long, long ago in the land of Egypt, a Hebrew mother and her daughter, Miriam, hide a newborn baby boy in a basket that they float down the Nile River to save the childs life. Rescued from the river by the Egyptian princess, Pharoahs daughter, the boy is named Moses. When he grows up, he leads the Israelite people out of slavery. Beautifully retold and sumptuously illustrated, this picture book presentation of a favorite Bible story will delight young readers.

The Night of the Burning: Devorah’s Story

Devorah’s world is shattered by the tragedies of post–Great War Europe: gas poisoning, famine, typhoid, and influenza. Then comes the Night of the Burning, when Cossacks provoke Christian Poles to attack their Jewish neighbors.

The Perfect Orange: A Tale from Ethiopia

An inspiring gentle folktale set in Ancient Ethiopia. Breathtaking watercolors dramatize ancient Ethiopia s contrasting pastoral charm and majesty.

The Power of Song: And Other Sephardic Tales

Meet Hanina, the daughter of a Jewish tailor who cures a sultan’s only child by taming a lioness to get her milk.

The Rabbi’s Cat

The Rabbi’s Cat tells the wholly unique story of a rabbi, his daughter, and their talking cat–a philosopher brimming with scathing humor and surprising tenderness.

The Rabbi’s Cat 2

Joann Sfar's beloved, humorous, and wise talking cat is back for more beautifully illustrated adventures in Algiers and across Africa in the 1930s.

The Secret Shofar of Barcelona

When Symphony Conductor Don Fernando is asked to perform a concert, he and his son Rafael devise a clever plan to usher in the Jewish New Year in plain sight of the Spanish nobility.

The Snowy Day

The Snowy Day transformed children's literature with its pioneering portrayal of an African-American child and the charming story and artwork that won it the Caldecott Medal.

The Story of Queen Esther

Bold, colorful Persian-inspired illustrations bring new vibrancy to this old story, which will captivate and inspire its young audience.

The Story of Shabbat

It is Friday evening, and the sun is about to set. If you are Jewish, you are probably getting ready to light candles, say blessings, and eat delicious food. What is the special occasion? It is the Sabbath, or the Day of Rest.

The Storyteller’s Beads

Running for their lives to escape the political upheaval in Ethiopia, two young girls from different faiths form an unlikely friendship.

The Wisdom Bird: A Tale of Solomon and Sheba

A Biblical tale of Solomon and Sheba.

What Makes Someone a Jew?

Using everyday examples that children can relate to, this colorful book helps all young Jewish readers understand what it really means to be a Jew.

When I Left My Village

An Ethiopian Jewish family leaves their oppressed mountain village to make a difficult and treacherous journey in the hope of reaching freedom in Israel.

Yuvi’s Candy Tree

Fleeing famine in her native Ethiopia, five-year-old Yuvi is sure she will have a candy tree when she arrives in Jerusalem.

Zack

Zack is the son of an unlikely but happy marriage: his mother is a black blues singer and his father is a white Jewish college professor. Zack is resentful and bitter toward his parents for moving–in his last year of high school–from Toronto to a small college town in the country. Zack goes on a journey in search of his roots where he discovers a part of himself that he never knew, and that racism can be a double-edged sword.