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Friends in Our World - Jewish Friends (Kids)

Fiction books featuring Jewish characters, history and culture.

A seder for Grover by Joni Kibort Sussman

Grover attends a traditional Passover seder with his friends Avigail, Big Bird, Cookie Monster, and Moishe.

My first Jewish baby book : almost everything you need to know about being Jewish from afikomen to zayde by Julie Merberg

Introduce little ones to the delicious foods, meaningful rituals, lively holidays, and expressive language of their people. Clever illustrations and simple rhyming text provide a fun first taste of Jewish culture -- Back cover

Barnyard Purim by Kelly Terwilliger

Farmer Max's animals decide to put on a Purim play, directed by Chicken

A tale of two Seders by Mindy Avra Portnoy

After her parents' divorce, a young girl experiences a variety of Passover seders. Includes recipes and facts about Passover

Grover goes to Israel by Joni Kibort Sussman

"Grover leaves Sesame Street for a sightseeing adventure in Israel"--

Letters from Cuba by Ruth Behar

In 1938, eleven-year-old Esther joins her father in tropical, multicultural Cuba, where they toil together to rescue the rest of their Jewish family from persecution in Poland. Includes notes about the author's grandmother, on whom the story is based.

The length of a string by Elissa Brent Weissman

Twelve-year-old Imani, the only black girl in Hebrew school, is preparing for her bat mitzvah and hoping to find her birthparents when she discovers the history of adoption in her own family through her great-grandma Anna's Holocaust-era diary.

Saving Hanno by Miriam Halahmy

Nine-year-old Rudi and his beloved daschhund, Hanno, face peril as they are being sent from Nazi Germany to England on the special trains called Kindertransports during World War II. Includes historical note.

Searching for Lottie by Susan L Ross

"More than six decades after the end of World War II, twelve-year-old Charlie, a budding musician, searches for clues about her violin-prodigy namesake's fate"--

A place at the table by Saadia Faruqi

Sixth-graders Sara, a Pakistani American, and Elizabeth, a Jewish girl, connect in an after school cooking club and bond over food and their mothers' struggles to become United States citizens.

It rained warm bread : Moishe Moskowitz's Story of Hope by Gloria Moskowitz-Sweet

A fictionalized account of the experiences of a Polish Jew, Moishe, who with his parents, brother, and sister, struggles to survive the Nazi invasion and Holocaust.

Catherine's war by Julia Billet

As France buckles under the Nazi regime, budding photographer Rachel Cohen must change her name, go into hiding, and bear witness to the atrocities of World War II.

A ceiling made of eggshells by Gail Carson Levine

From age seven, Loma relishes traveling with her beloved grandfather across fifteenth-century Spain, working to keep the Jews safe, but soon realizes she must also make sacrifices to help her people. Includes historical notes, recipe, glossary, and a linkto a bibliography.

I Survived the Nazi Invasion, 1944 by Lauren Tarshis

In a Polish ghetto, Max Rosen and his sister, Zena, struggle to live after their father is taken away by Nazis. With barely enough food to survive, the siblings make a daring escape from Nazi soldiers into the nearby forest. Max and Zena are brought to a safe camp by Jewish resistance fighters. But soon, bombs are falling all around them. Can Max and Zena survive the fallout of the Nazi invasion?

A moon for Moe and Mo by Jane Breskin Zalben

Moses Feldman and Mohammed Hassan both live on Flatbush Avenue, but when they meet at the grocery store they quickly become best friends, sharing a picnic while their families prepare for the holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Ramadan.

Honey cake by Joan Betty Stuchner

David and his family live in Denmark during the Nazi occupation, until September 1943 when their neighbors help smuggle them to Sweden to escape Hitler's orders to send the Danish Jews to concentration camps. Includes a recipe for honey cake, typically made to celebrate the Jewish New Year

Lucky broken girl by Ruth Behar

In 1960s New York, fifth-grader Ruthie, a Cuban-Jewish immigrant, must rely on books, art, her family, and friends in her multicultural neighborhood when an accident puts her in a body cast.

Queen of the Hanukkah dosas by Pamela Ehrenberg

A boy is worried that his little sister's climbing will spoil the first night of Hanukkah, when his family combines his father's Jewish traditions with his mother's East Indian cooking.

Number the stars by Lois Lowry

In 1943, during the German occupation of Denmark, ten-year-old Annemarie learns how to be brave and courageous when she helps shelter her Jewish friend from the Nazis

How I became a spy : a mystery of WWII London by Deborah Hopkinson

In World War II London, a young spy named Bertie, his strong-willed American friend Eleanor, a Jewish refugee named David, and a dog called Little Roo try to prevent a double agent from giving secrets to the Nazis.

Broken strings by Eric Walters

In 2002, Shirli Berman loses her beloved grandmother and lands a part in her junior high production of "Fiddler on the Roof," but when she is doing research in her attic and finds a violin, her Zayde gets incredibly angry.

Yellow star by Jennifer Rozines Roy

From 1939, when Syvia is four and a half years old, to 1945 when she has just turned ten, a Jewish girl and her family struggle to survive in Poland's Lodz ghetto during the Nazi occupation

The hero two doors down : based on the true story of friendship between a boy and a baseball legend by Sharon Robinson

Eight-year-old Steve Satlow is thrilled when Jackie Robinson moves into his Jewish neighborhood in Brooklyn in 1948, although many of his neighbors are not, and when Steve actually meets his hero he is even more excited--and worried that a misunderstanding over a Christmas tree could damage his new friendship.

The truth about my bat mitzvah by Nora Raleigh Baskin

After her beloved grandmother, Nana, dies, non-religious twelve-year-old Caroline becomes curious about her mother's Jewish ancestry

Hidden : a child's story of the Holocaust by Loïc Dauvillier

"A grandmother shares the story of her experiences in WWII with her grandchild in this graphic novel for young readers"--

White bird : A Wonder Story by R Palacio

Tells the story of Julian's Grandmère's childhood as she, a Jewish girl, was hidden by a family in a Nazi-occupied French village during World War II and how the boy she once shunned became her savior and best friend.
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