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  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]
 
  The Jacket
Andrew Clements (Author), McDavid Henderson (Illustrator)
 
  Jackie Joyner Kersee: Superwoman
Margaret J. Goldstein (Author), Jennifer Larson (Author)
A biography of the track-and-field star who has had medal-winning performances in three Olympics.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
 
  Jaha and Jamil Went Down the Hill: An African Mother Goose
Virginia Kroll (Author), Katherine Roundtree (Illustrator)
This is a new take on familiar Mother Goose rhymes, rewording them to expose young children to African culture and wildlife.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
 
  Jamal's Busy Day
George Ford (Illustrator), Wade Hudson (Author)
A day in the life of a close-knit family.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
  James the Vine Puller: A Brazilian Folktale
Martha Bennett Stiles (Author), Larry Thomas (Illustrator)
A Brazilian folktale about cooperation and sharing.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
  Jerusalem Sky
Written by
Mark H. Podwal
According to legend, the Jerusalem sky held off the rains for seven years while King Solomon built his temple. In the Jerusalem sky, the Bible says, a rising star announced the birth of Jesus. Through that same sky, Islamic belief holds, Muhammad climbed to heaven. Now the Jerusalem sky fills with the sounds of worshippers praying for peace in the synagogues, churches, and mosques.
[Grade Level: 3 - 6]
 
  The Jewish Child's First Book of Why
Harry Araten (Illustrator), Alfred J. Kolatch (Author)
A book for all children which explains Jewish traditions and celebrations.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
  John F. Kennedy: The Making of a Leader (Biographies for Kids Series)
TIME for Kids (Author), Ritu Upadhyay (Author)
Using simple text and lots of visuals, this biography introduces Kennedy's childhood, family life, military service and political life. Pivotal events are discussed, including The Bay of Pigs, Cuban Missile Crisis, Cold War, civil rights movement, and JFK's assassination.
[Grade Level: 2 - 5]
 
  John Lewis in the Lead: A Story of the Civil Rights Movement
James Haskins (Author), Kathleen Benson (Author), Benny Andrews (Illustrator)
This illustrated biography celebrates the life of a living legend of U.S. history, a sharecropper’s son who grew up to become a major civil rights leader. Stirred by his experience of segregation and inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Lewis joined Dr. King and other civil rights leaders after graduating high school, and was in the forefront of the major civil rights protests of the 1960s. In the face of physical attacks, he persevered with dignity and a devotion to nonviolence, helping southern black people gain the right to vote. Lewis has continued his commitment to human rights since that time and, in 1986, he was elected to represent Georgia in the U.S. Congress, where he continues to serve today.
[Grade Level: 3 - 5]
 
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