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Israel Book Connections is a list of recommended, widely available books for children and teens, grades K-12, about life in Israel for kids, parents, teachers and librarians. These books present the lives of typical Israeli children and young adults in every day settings. Some of these books are historical, some involve politics and some just tell a story about someone’s life who happens to live in Israel.

Each book has been chosen based on its quality, the presentation of Israel, and its avoidance of stereotypes in presenting the complexities of the region. They are suitable for personal reading, class discussions and reading assignments.

Featured Books

Kindergarten and Elementary School
Jerusalem Sky: Stars, Crosses and Crescents

Mark H. Podwal (Bantam Doubleday Dell Books for Young Readers, 2005), 32 pages, K-2 and up (all ages)

Jerusalem Sky provides a starting point for discussing current events and their historical roots with children. Weaving legends and stories in with his magnificent artwork, Mark Podwal tells the tale of Jerusalem — famed city, historical battleground and shared sacred space of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. He delivers a simple and inspiring message of hope that these three world religions can share the same Jerusalem Sky in peace.  Elie Wiesel wrote of the book, “If Jerusalem is a crown, these words and paintings by Mark Podwal are its precious jewel. [Jerusalem Sky] will bring the city closer to you and you closer to its majestic beauty.”
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Middle School
One More River

Lynne Reid Banks, (HarperCollins Publisher, 1993), 248 pages, Middle School (grade 6 and up)

Fourteen-year-old spoiled Lesley moves with her parents from Canada to Israel. Left behind is her brother Noah, a family outcast. Set in the period around the Six-Day War, One More River follows Lesley as she adjusts to her new life on an Israeli kibbutz and explores her friendship with Mustapha, an Arab boy from a nearby village.
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Cover ImageA Pigeon and a Boy
Meir Shalev (Schocken, 2007), 320 pages, High School

A Pigeon and a Boy tells the story of a young pigeon handler who, right before he is killed in Israel’s war of independence in 1948, sends one last pigeon to a girl he loved.  Shalev intertwines this story with a contemporary love story to produce a tale which tells of the power and persistence of love.


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