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1.   Israel ABCs: A Book about the People and Places of Israel
Holly Schroeder (Author), Claudia Wolf (Illustrator)
In this ABC tour of Israel, readers learn about the peoples, places and history of one of the world’s most ancient lands, including Bedouin people, the Dead Sea, Dome of the Rock, Jerusalem, the Knesset (Israeli parliament), Palestinian people, Dead Sea Scrolls, Via Dolorosa (Street of Sorrows), Zionism and more.
[Grade Level: 2 - 4]
2.   It’s Israel’s Birthday!
Written by
Ellen Dietrick
Part of the “It’s Time” series, this book celebrates Israel’s 60th birthday by taking youngsters on a pretend trip to Israel, where they board a plane, visit a kibbutz, enjoy the shuk (outdoor marketplace) in Jerusalem, float in the Dead Sea, visit the Kotel (Western Wall), and experience Israel in other ways.
[Grade Level: K - 2]
3.   Sitti's Secrets
Naomi Shihab Nye (Author), Nancy Carpenter (Illustrator)
A young girl from America travels to a Palestinian village on the West Bank to visit her grandmother. Although they have language and cultural barriers, they are able to become very close.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
4.   The Creation of Israel
Written by
Jim Whiting
This book offers a balanced look at the events leading up to the creation of the modern state of Israel. Chapters include the Birth of Zionism, The Balfour Declaration, The Vote for Partition, The End of the Mandate and The New Nation. Side bars with added information, maps, illustrations, a timeline, glossary and list of further reading make this an accessible history for upper elementary students.
[Grade Level: 4 - 7]
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