Engaging Jewish Learning Through Literature Part II


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Presented at the 2007 CAJE Conference in St. Louis, MO: Reading Jewish books to children is one of the most important activities for building Jewish knowledge and the skills needed to live a successful Jewish life. We’ll discuss high quality children’s books with positive and authentic Jewish content that can be used to help develop Jewish literacy and Jewish identity in school, synagogue, or library settings. The session will also explore ways to build successful programs, events, and activities around books and reading.

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Engaging Jewish Learning Through Literature Part II

  1. 1. Engaging Jewish Learning through Literature CAJE Conference - August 2007 Part II Rachel Kamin Director, Temple Israel Libraries & Media Center Chair, The Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee of the Association of Jewish Libraries
  3. 3. PAIRING LIKE BOOKS TOGETHER <ul><li>Pirke Avot: </li></ul><ul><li>“ Who is Rich? </li></ul><ul><li>One who is satisfied with what he has.” </li></ul><ul><li>The Stonecutter Who Wanted to Be Rich by Getzel </li></ul><ul><li>Chicken Man by Michelle Edwards </li></ul><ul><li>I Wish I Were a Butterfly by James Howe; </li></ul><ul><li>illustrated by Ed Young </li></ul>
  4. 4. PAIRING LIKE BOOKS TOGETHER The Hardest Word by Jacqueline Jules; illustrated by Katherine Kahn Snail Started It! by Katja Reider; illustrated by Angela von Roehl Because Brian Hugged His Mother by David L. Rice and Kathryn Dyble Thompson
  6. 6. DIFFERENT VERSIONS SAME STORY <ul><li>Something from Nothing by Phoebe Gilman </li></ul><ul><li>23 minute VHS available at www.sisuent.com </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Til the Cows Come Home by Jodi Icenoggle; </li></ul><ul><li>illustrated by Normand Chartier </li></ul><ul><li>Bit by Bit by Steve Sanfield; illustrated by Susan Gaber </li></ul><ul><li>Joseph Had a Little Overcoat by Simms Taback </li></ul><ul><li>10 minute DVD ($59.95) and Viewing Guide available at http://teacher.scholastic.com </li></ul><ul><li>Song: “I Had an Old Coat” on Elephant Party </li></ul><ul><li>by Sharon, Lois & Bram </li></ul>
  7. 7. Cutting “Joseph’s Overcoat” from Joseph Had a Little Overcoat
  9. 9. DIFFERENT VERSIONS SAME STORY <ul><li>Terrible, Terrible! by Robin Bernstein </li></ul><ul><li>illustrated by Shauna Mooney Kawaski </li></ul><ul><li>A Big Quiet House by Heather Forest </li></ul><ul><li>illustrated by Susan Greenstein </li></ul><ul><li>The Rabbi's Wisdom by Erica Gordon </li></ul><ul><li>illustrated by Victor Ambrus </li></ul><ul><li>Could Anything Be Worse? by Marilyn Hirsh </li></ul><ul><li>The Little, Little House by Jessica Souhami </li></ul><ul><li>It Could Always Be Worse by Margot Zemach </li></ul><ul><li>Enough Already VHS with Rabbi Joe Black </li></ul>
  10. 10. DIFFERENT VERSIONS SAME STORY <ul><li>Use Sister Yessa's Story </li></ul><ul><li>(by Karen Greenfield; illustrated by Claire Ewart) </li></ul><ul><li>to introduce the concept of Midrash </li></ul><ul><li>Explore different Noah’s Ark stories: </li></ul><ul><li>Old Noah’s Elephants by Warren Ludwig </li></ul><ul><li>Unicorns, Unicorns by Geraldine McCaughrean; illustrated by Sophie Windham </li></ul><ul><li>A Prayer for the Earth by Sandy Eisenberg Sasso; illustrated by Bethanne Andersen </li></ul><ul><li>Why Noah Chose the Dove by Isaac Bashevis Singer; illustrated by Eric Carle </li></ul><ul><li>Too Tired by Ann Turnbull; </li></ul><ul><li>illustrated by Emma Chichester Clark </li></ul>
  11. 11. DIFFERENT VERSIONS SAME STORY Bagels from Benny by Aubrey Davis; illustrated by Dusan Petricic In God’s Hands by Lawrence Kushner & Gary Schmidt; illustrated by Matthew J. Baek
  12. 12. DIFFERENT VERSIONS SAME STORY <ul><li>Compare secular versions of popular stories with Jewish versions: </li></ul><ul><li>The Gingerbread Man with The Matzah Man by Naomi Howland and The Runaway Latkes by Leslie Kimmelman; illustrated by Paul Yalowitz </li></ul><ul><li>“ Stone Soup” stories with Bone Button Borscht by Aubrey Davis; illustrated by Dusan Petricic </li></ul><ul><li>Cinderella stories with Raisel’s Riddle </li></ul><ul><li>by Erica Silverman; illustrated by </li></ul><ul><li>Susan Gaber </li></ul>
  13. 13. RESOURCE: Jewish Story Finder: A Guide to 363 Tales Listing Subjects and Sources by Sharon Barcan Elswit
  14. 14. TEACHING JEWISH VALUES WITH BOOKS The AJL New Jewish Values Finder www.ajljewishvalues.org A free, on-line guide to Jewish values in Jewish children’s books for teachers, librarians, parents, clergy, and everyone who cares about what Jewish children read. Includes over 700 recommended books for pre-school – high school.
  15. 16. TEACHING JEWISH VALUES WITH BOOKS <ul><li>“ Mishpacha v’Kehillah ” </li></ul><ul><li>(Family & Community): </li></ul><ul><li>The Market Wedding by Cary Fagan </li></ul><ul><li>illustrated by Regolo Ricci </li></ul><ul><li>The Key to My Heart by Nira Harel </li></ul><ul><li>illustrated by Yossi Abulafia </li></ul><ul><li>Shlemiel Crooks by Anna Olswanger </li></ul><ul><li>illustrated by Paula Goodman Koz </li></ul><ul><li>Tikvah Means Hope by Patricia Polacco </li></ul><ul><li>What Zeesie Saw On Delancey Street by Elsa Rael illustrated by Marjorie Priceman </li></ul>
  16. 17. TEACHING JEWISH VALUES WITH BOOKS <ul><li>Hachnasat Orchim (Hospitality): </li></ul><ul><li>The Legend of Freedom Hill by Linda Jacobs Altman illustrated by Cornelius Van Wright </li></ul><ul><li>Yussel's Prayer by Barbara Cohen illustrated by Michael Deraney </li></ul><ul><li>The Borrowed Hanukkah Latkes by Linda Glaser; illustrated by Nancy Cote </li></ul><ul><li>Just Enough is Plenty by Barbara Diamond Goldin; illustrated by Seymour Chwast </li></ul><ul><li>The Chanukkah Guest by Eric Kimmel </li></ul><ul><li>illustrated by Giora Carmi </li></ul>
  17. 18. READING INCENTIVE PROGRAMS <ul><li>The Power of Incentives: </li></ul><ul><li>Everybody loves competition </li></ul><ul><li>Makes reading Jewish books fun </li></ul><ul><li>Gets Jewish books into the homes of families </li></ul><ul><li>Increases library usage and circulation </li></ul><ul><li>Peer pressure can be powerful and positive for students, teachers, and parents </li></ul>
  18. 19. EXAMPLES <ul><li>1 st Grade Reading Stars – Read 6 Jewish books with an adult and complete a fill-in form. </li></ul><ul><li>2 nd Grade Sifrya Society – Read 6 Jewish books and complete a book report form </li></ul><ul><li>3 rd Grade BINGO – Read 5 Jewish books for BINGO. </li></ul><ul><li>Summer Reading Challenge – Read 6 Jewish books over the summer. Go to the Jewish Community Library of Los Angeles at www.jclla.org for information on participating in the national summer reading club. </li></ul>
  19. 20. SECRETS TO SUCCESS <ul><li>Keep it simple </li></ul><ul><li>Must have total support of teachers and principal </li></ul><ul><li>Classroom charts and stickers </li></ul><ul><li>Publicize results and student work </li></ul><ul><li>Be enthusiastic </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t be frustrated by low results at first </li></ul>
  20. 21. RESOURCES <ul><li>Storytime Action! 2,000 Ideas for Making 500 Picture Books Interactive by Jennifer Bromann </li></ul><ul><li>Books in Bloom: Creative Patterns and Props that Bring Stories to Life by Kimberly K. Faurot </li></ul><ul><li>The Kids’ Book Club Book by Judy Gelman and Vicki Levy Krupp </li></ul><ul><li>Judaism Through Children’s Books: A Resource for Teachers and Parents by Ellen Musikant and </li></ul><ul><li>Sue Grass </li></ul><ul><li>The Story Performance Handbook by R. Craig Roney </li></ul><ul><li>Reading Raps: A Book Club Guide for Librarians, Kids, and Families by Rita Soltan </li></ul>
  21. 22. WEBSITES : <ul><li>The Association of Jewish Libraries </li></ul><ul><li>www.jewishlibraries.org </li></ul><ul><li>The Book of Life Podcast </li></ul><ul><li>www.jewishbooks.blogspot.com </li></ul>
  22. 23. CONTACT INFORMATION: Rachel Kamin Temple Israel Libraries & Media Center 5725 Walnut Lake Road West Bloomfield, MI 48323 phone: 248/661-5700 fax: 248/661-1302 e-mail: rkamin@temple-israel.org