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1.   After the Holocaust
Written by
Howard Greenfield
Eight Jewish men and women who survived the Holocaust as children, tell about their experiences immediately following their liberation. The book uses archival photographs.
[Grade Level: 6 & Up]
2.   Always Remember Me: How One Family Survived World War II
Written and Illustrated by
Marisabina Russo
Rachel's Oma (grandmother) has two picture albums. In one the photographs show only happy times -- from after World War II, when she and her daughters had come to America. But the other album includes much sadder times from before -- when their life in Germany was destroyed by the Nazis' rise to power. For as long as Rachel can remember, Oma has closed the other album when she's gotten to the sad part. But today Oma will share it all. Today Rachel will hear about what her grandmother, her mother, and her aunts endured. And she'll see how the power of this Jewish family's love for one another gave them the strength to survive.
[Grade Level: 2 - 4]
3.   Asher and the Capmakers: A Hanukkah Story
Will Hillenbrand (Illustrator), Eric A. Kimmel (Author)
A tale of Asher's extraordinary adventure to borrow an egg so his mother can make latkes for Hanukkah.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
4.   Chernowitz!
Written by
Fran Arrick
The story of a Jewish boy who is routinely taunted and teased by a school bully whose anti-Semitic antics escalate.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
5.   Dance, Sing, Remember: A Celebration of Jewish Holidays
Ora Eitan (Illustrator), Leslie Kimmelman (Author)
Eleven major Jewish holidays and how they are celebrated. Includes music, stories, recipes, crafts and activities.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
6.   Darkness over Denmark: The Danish Resistance and Rescue of the Jews
Written by
Ellen Levine
An account of Denmark's resistance against the Nazis, culminating in the Rosh Hashanah boatlift when most of Denmark's Jews were ferried to safety in Sweden.
[Grade Level: 5 & Up]
7.   Elijah's Angel: A Story for Chanukah and Christmas
Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson (Illustrator), Michael J. Rosen (Author)
A young Jewish boy, Michael, is given a carved wooden angel at Christmas-time by his African-American friend, an old man in his eighties (based on an actual person—Elijah Pierce, a wood carver, lay minister, barber, and educator from Columbus). Michael is concerned that an angel may not be an appropriate gift for a Jew, but his parents assure him that it is a gift of friendship and that friendship means the same thing in any religion. In return, Michael presents his friend with a menorah he made and, for all eight nights of Chanukah, the menorah glows and sheds light on Elijah’s beautiful carvings.
[Grade Level: K - 6]
8.   Fireflies in the Dark: The Story of Friedl Dicker-Brandeis and the Children of Terezin
Written by
Susan Goldman Rubin
The story of Friedel Dicker, a Jewish woman from Prague, who taught art to children at the Terezin concentration camp.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
9.   Forgotten Victims of the Holocaust
Written by
Linda Jacobs Altman
Altman explores the expansion of Nazi Germany and the effect it had on the people of the countries that were invaded, including Poles, Russians, Gypsies, Homosexuals and others. She uses memories of survivors to discuss the experiences of those who were tortured and killed by the Nazis.
[Grade Level: 5 - 9]
10.   Hana's Suitcase
Written by
Karen Levine
Biography of Hana, a Czech girl, who died in the Holocaust, told in alternating chapters that describe how the curator of a Japanese Holocaust center worked to learn about the girl's life after Hana's suitcase was sent to the Center.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
11.   Hanukkah Lights, Hanukkah Nights
John Himmelman (Illustrator), Leslie Kimmelman (Author)
An extended family celebrates the eight nights of Hanukkah.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
12.   Hanukkah!
Marilyn Hafner (Illustrator), Roni Schotter (Author)
Five children and their family celebrate the holiday.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
13.   Hanukkah: Eight Nights, Eight Lights
Malka Drucker (Author), Brom Hoban (Illustrator)
The history, customs, rituals and recipes associated with the holiday.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
14.   Hero and the Holocaust: The Story of Janusz Korczak and His Children
David A. Adler (Author), Bill Farnsworth (Illustrator)
Janusz Korczak—called “Old Doctor” by the orphans who loved him—was a doctor and promoter of children's rights, who ran a Jewish orphanage in Warsaw, Poland during the years of the Nazi’s rise to power. Korczak bravely sheltered his children from the brutality of the Warsaw Ghetto until the Nazis forced him to lead the orphans to the Treblinka death camp. When a Nazi soldier at Treblinka offered to spare Korczak from extermination, he refused and remained with his children until the end.
[Grade Level: 3 - 6]
15.   Hiding from the Nazis
David A. Adler (Author), Karen Ritz (Illustrator)
The true story of Lore Baer, a four-year-old Jewish child placed with a Christian family in the Dutch farm country to avoid persecution by the Nazis.
[Grade Level: 2 - 4]
16.   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]
17.   It Could Always Be Worse: A Yiddish Folktale
Retold by
Margot Zemach
A Yiddish folktale that teaches us to appreciate what we have.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
18.   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]
19.   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]
20.   Joseph and Me: In the Days of the Holocaust
Lili Cassel-Wronker (Illustrator), Judy Hoffman (Author)
The author describes her experiences as a Jewish child living in hiding with a Dutch family during WW II; additional text and photographs provide details of Nazi persecution of Jews and the fate of those who survived.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
21.   Joseph Had a Little Overcoat
Written and Illustrated by
Simms Taback
A young boy learns how to make something from nothing.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
22.   Just Enough Is Plenty: A Hanukkah Tale
Seymour Chwast (Illustrator), Barbara Diamond Goldin (Author)
A folktale about a poor family, a stranger and generosity.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
23.   Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass: Igniting the Nazi War Against Jews
Written by
Stephanie Fitzgerald
For one horrific night in November 1938, the streets of Germany and Austria were overrun with people bent on destruction. Members of the Nazi Party and their supporters destroyed close to 8,000 Jewish-owned businesses and homes. Hundreds of synagogues were burned to the ground, and more than 100 Jews were killed. This book describes the "night of broken glass" and also presents the historical events that led to the rise of Hitler, the Nazi Party's beliefs about race, and the horrible aftereffects of Kristallnacht.
[Grade Level: 5 & Up]
24.   Leaving for America
Roslyn Bresnick-Perry (Author), Mira Reisberg (Illustrator)
A portrayal of life in a Russian-Jewish community in the 1920s as seen through the eyes of a young girl who is leaving for America.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
25.   Molly's Pilgrim/Molly Y Los Peregrinos
Barbara Cohen (Author), Michael J. Deraney (Illustrator)
A story about a young girl who is not accepted by her classmates.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
26.   Mrs. Katz and Tush
Written and Illustrated by
Patricia Polacco
The story of a friendship that bridges generations and cultures.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
27.   My Brother's Keeper: The Holocaust through the Eyes of an Artist
Written by
Israel Bernbaum
An artist describes the Holocaust and explains how he tries to tell the story of that catastrophe through his art.
[Grade Level: 5 & Up]
28.   My Dog Lala
Roman R. Kent (Author), Tziyon McWilliams (Illustrator)
Holocaust survivor, Roman Kent, tells the touching story of the loving relationship he had with his dog during the years of the Holocaust. After young Roman is forced to leave his dog behind in the country as the Nazis approach, he is stunned to find that Lala has located him on a train bound for Lodz. Later, when the family is forced into the Lodz ghetto, Lala again miraculously finds the family. From then, Lala spends her days in a factory caring for her puppies and her nights in the ghetto with the Kent family, until the sad day when the Nazis force all ghetto residents to hand over their pets. Lala teaches Kent that “love is stronger than hate, and no guns, barbed wire and no German guards could stop her from proving it.” The book features illustrations and photographs, and a teacher’s guide is included with an order of 30 or more books.
[Grade Level: 3 - 5]
29.   Neve Shalom/Wahat Al-Salam: Oasis of Peace
Ben Dolphin (Illustrator), Laurie Dolphin (Author)
The lives of two boys, one Jewish and one Arab, who attend a school in a unique community where Jews and Arabs live in peace.
30.   Number the Stars
Written by
Lois Lowry
Two young girls grow up in Copenhagen in 1943 with the constant presence of Nazi soldiers.
[Grade Level: 3 - 6]
31.   One Yellow Daffodil: A Hanukkah Story
David A. Adler (Author), Lloyd Bloom (Illustrator)
During Hanukkah two children help a Holocaust survivor to once again embrace his religious traditions.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
32.   Passage to Freedom: The Sugihara Story
Dom Lee (Illustrator), Ken Mochizuki (Author)
The story of a Japanese diplomat living in Lithuania who issued thousands of visas to Jewish refugees - against the orders of his government.
[Grade Level: 2 - 4]
33.   Remember Not to Forget: A Memory of the Holocaust
Norman H. Finklestein (Author), Lois Hokanson (Illustrator), Lars Hokanson (Illustrator)
A brief introduction to the Holocaust for young people that describes the history and origins of anti-Semitism and its culmination in Hitler's Germany, at which time six million Jews were systematically exterminated by the Nazis during World War II.
[Grade Level: 3 - 6]
34.   Secret of Priest's Grotto: A Holocaust Survival Story
Peter Lane Taylor (Author), Christos Nicola (Author)
This account describes how three Ukrainian Jewish families survived the Holocaust by hiding in a cave near their village for 344 days. Sixty years later, in 2003, caver Christos Nicola explored the cave and found signs of human habitation. His Internet searches eventually connected him with some of the survivors, from whom he learned how 38 people, including toddlers and a 75-year-old grandmother, fled the Nazis and lived in four underground rooms, sealed off from the outside world. Color photos take readers to the site and show some of the people now, while black-and-white historical ones give an idea of the past.
[Grade Level: 4 & Up]
35.   Six Million Paper Clips: The Making of a Children's Holocaust Memorial
Dagmar Schroeder-Hildebrand (Author), Peter W. Schroeder (Author)
This book tells the inspiring story of the teachers, students, and community of Whitwell Middle School in Tennessee, and their quest to understand and teach about the Holocaust. The authors, White House correspondents for a group of German newspapers, helped the school publicize the project to collect six million paper clips to show just how many people were murdered and obtained a German railcar to house them. The book includes a lot of photos, quotes and behind-the-scenes information. It is a companion to the documentary film, Paper Clips.
[Grade Level: 4 - 8]
36.   Speed of Light
Cliff Nielsen (Illustrator), Sybil Rosen (Author)
A young girl living in the South during the 1950s struggles with the anti-Semitism and racism which pervade her small community.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
37.   Survivors: True Stories Of Children In The Holocaust
Mara Bovsun (Author), Allan Zullo (Author)
These are the true-life accounts of nine Jewish boys and girls whose lives spiraled into danger and fear as the Holocaust overtook Europe. In a time of great horror, these children each found a way to make it through the nightmare of war. Some made daring escapes into the unknown, others disguised their true identities, and many witnessed unimaginable horrors. But what they all shared was the unshakable belief in—and hope for—survival.
[Grade Level: 5 & Up]
38.   The Adventures of Hershel of Ostropol
Trina Schart Hyman (Illustrator), Eric A. Kimmel (Reteller)
Stories told by the famous Jewish folk hero who lived during the first part of the nineteenth century.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
39.   The Brothers' Promise
Frances Harber (Author), Thor Wickstrom (Illustrator)
A retelling of a story found in the Talmud where two brothers keep a promise to their father and always take care of one another.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
40.   The Butterfly
Written and Illustrated by
Patricia Polacco
A young French girl living in Nazi Europe discovers that her mother has been hiding a Jewish family in their home; the story of the author's aunt's childhood in WW II France.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
41.   The Cats in Krasinski Square
Karen Hesse (Author), Wendy Watson (Illustrator)
When Karen Hesse came upon a short article about cats out-foxing the Gestapo at the train station in Warsaw during WWII, she couldn't get the story out of her mind. The result is this account of two Jewish sisters, escapees of the infamous Warsaw ghetto, who devise a plan to thwart an attempt by the Gestapo to intercept food bound for starving people behind the dark Wall.
[Grade Level: 2 - 5]
42.   The Christmas Menorahs: How a Town Fought Hate
Janice Cohn (Author), Bill Farnsworth (Illustrator)
The true story describing how the people of Billings, Montana worked together to fight a series of hate crimes.
43.   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]
44.   The Devil's Arithmetic
Written by
Jane Yolen
A young girl resents the traditions of her Jewish heritage until time travel places her in the middle of a small village in Nazi-occupied Poland.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
45.   The Diamond Tree: Jewish Tales from Around the World
Barbara Rush (Author), Howard Schwartz (Author), Uri Shulevitz (Illustrator)
Jewish fairy and folktales from as far back as the third century.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
46.   The Grey Striped Shirt
Mike Cressy (Illustrator), Jacqueline Jules (Author)
A young girl discovers a grey striped shirt in grandparents' cellar that leads to the unraveling of the horrible facts of their imprisonment in a Nazi concentration camp.
[Grade Level: 3 - 6]
47.   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]
48.   The Keeping Quilt
Written by
Patricia Polacco
The story of a quilt passed on from mother to daughter for almost a century.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
49.   The Lily Cupboard
Written by
Shulamith Levey Oppenheim
A young Jewish girl is forced to leave her parents and hide with strangers during the German occupation of Holland.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
50.   The Old Synagogue
Richard Rosenblum (Author), Roger Rosenblum (Illustrator)
A beautiful synagogue gets replaced when the city starts to develop and the syngagogue turns into a factory. Later on, as more Jewish people move into the neighborhood, they decide to restore the synagogue and make it beautiful again.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
51.   The Only One Club
Jeff Hopkins (Author), Jane Naliboff (Author)
Mrs. Matthews's first grade class begins making Christmas decorations, but because Jennifer is Jewish, Mrs. Matthews allows her to make Hanukkah decorations instead. Jennifer enjoys the attention and creates "The Only One Club," of which she is the sole member. When her classmates want to join, she is resistant until she realizes that each of her friends is also "the only one" at something. As she inducts them into her club she reveals the unique qualities that make each of her classmates extraordinary.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
52.   The Power of Light
Irene Lieblich (Illustrator), Isaac Bashevis Singer (Author)
Eight tales - one for each night of Hanukkah - explore love and faith.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
53.   The Runaway Latkes
Leslie Kimmelman (Author), Paul Yalowitz (Illustrator)
When three potato latkes "escape," everyone in town tries to catch them.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
54.   The Spotted Pony: A Collection of Hanukkah Stories
Leonard Everett Fisher (Illustrator), Eric A. Kimmel (Author)
Eight tales, one for each night of the holiday.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
55.   The Yellow Star: The Legend of King Christian X of Denmark
Carmen Agra Deedy (Author), Sorensen (Illustrator)
Retells the story of King Christian X of Denmark and Danish resistance to Nazis during WW II.
[Grade Level: 2 - 4]
56.   This is Our Seder
Ziporah Hildebrandt (Author), Robin Roraback (Illustrator)
A description of the food and activities at a Seder, the ritual meal of Passover.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
57.   Trees of the Dancing Goats
Written and Illustrated by
Patricia Polacco
Trisha loves Hanukkah, when her Babushka makes potato latkes and her Grampa carves animals out of wood as gifts for her. But when Trisha learns that her neighbors aren’t able to celebrate Christmas because they are all bedridden with scarlet fever, she finds it difficult to enjoy the Hanukkah festivities. Grampa suggests cutting down trees to bring to the neighbors, but there is nothing to decorate them with. Although it is a sacrifice, Trisha realizes that Grampa's carved animals are the perfect answer and soon she and her family are delivering beautifully ornamented trees to their neighbors and celebrating the miracle of true friendship.
[Grade Level: K - 6]
58.   What Would You Do?
Katherine Altieri (Illustrator), Amarpal Khanna (Illustrator), Los Angeles Dream Dialogue, 1998-2000 (Author), Joanna Marcuse (Illustrator)
Three stories, each presenting a dilemma, written by California teens to assist younger children in resolving difficult life situations.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
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