The Best New Jewish Books For Children

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Presented at the 2007 CAJE Conference in St. Louis, MO.

Each year the Sydney Taylor Book Awards, sponsored by the Association of Jewish Libraries, honors the most outstanding books of positive Jewish content for children and teens. Hear about this year’s winners, as well as other new books that are a “must buy” for your school, synagogue, and home library. Criteria for selecting and evaluating children’s literature will also be discussed.

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The Best New Jewish Books For Children

  1. 1. The Best New Jewish Books for Children & Teens CAJE Conference - August 2007 Rachel Kamin Director, Temple Israel Libraries & Media Center Chair, The Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee of the Association of Jewish Libraries
  2. 2. Sydney Taylor <ul><li>All-of-a-Kind Family </li></ul><ul><li>(Follett, 1951) </li></ul><ul><li>Winner, 1952 Jewish Book Council Award </li></ul><ul><li>Winner, $3,000 Follett Prize </li></ul><ul><li>More All-of-a-Kind Family (Follett, 1954) </li></ul><ul><li>All-of-a-Kind Family Uptown (Follett, 1957) </li></ul><ul><li>All-of-a-Kind Family Downtown (Follett, 1972) </li></ul><ul><li>Ella of All-of-a-Kind Family (Elsevier-Dutton, 1978) </li></ul>
  3. 3. The Sydney Taylor Book Award of the Association of Jewish Libraries <ul><li>Celebrates the legacy of Sydney Taylor’s accomplishments as a Jewish author writing books about Jewish children that were widely accepted and read in the secular and Jewish worlds </li></ul><ul><li>Honors new books for children that exemplify the highest literary standards while authentically portraying the Jewish experience </li></ul><ul><li>Encourages the publication of outstanding books of positive Jewish content for children </li></ul><ul><li>The Sydney Taylor Body-of-Work Award, created in 1978, honors authors who have made significant contributions to the genre of Jewish children’s literature </li></ul><ul><li>An award for the best manuscript by an unpublished author also began in 1984 </li></ul>
  4. 4. Handouts <ul><li>The Best New Jewish Books for Children (slides) </li></ul><ul><li>Jewish Children’s Literature Resources </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluating Children’s Literature </li></ul><ul><li>The Association of Jewish Libraries Notable Books of Jewish Content for Children & Teens 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>Order Form for Sydney Taylor Book Award Supplies </li></ul>
  5. 5. Sydney Taylor Book Award Winner for Younger Readers <ul><li>Hanukkah at Valley Forge by Stephen Krensky with illustrations by Greg Harlin </li></ul><ul><li>(Dutton) </li></ul><ul><li>Grades 1-5 </li></ul>
  6. 6. Sydney Taylor Book Award Winner for Older Readers <ul><li>Julia’s Kitchen </li></ul><ul><li>by Brenda Ferber </li></ul><ul><li>(Farrar Straus & Giroux) </li></ul><ul><li>Grades 4-8 </li></ul><ul><li>Winner of the 2004 Sydney Taylor Manuscript Award </li></ul><ul><li>Discussion questions are available at www.brendaferber.com </li></ul>
  7. 7. Sydney Taylor Book Award Winner for Teen Readers <ul><li>The Book Thief </li></ul><ul><li>by Markus Zusak </li></ul><ul><li>(Alfred A. Knopf/ </li></ul><ul><li>Random House) </li></ul><ul><li>Grades 9-12 </li></ul><ul><li>National Jewish Book Award Winner </li></ul><ul><li>(Young Adult/Children’s Division) </li></ul><ul><li>Honor Winner, The Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature </li></ul><ul><li>Winner, Kathleen Mitchell Award </li></ul><ul><li>(for writers 30 & under) </li></ul>
  8. 8. Sydney Taylor Honor Award Winner for Younger Readers <ul><li>The White Ram </li></ul><ul><li>by Mordicai Gerstein (Holiday House) </li></ul><ul><li>Grades 1-5 </li></ul><ul><li>See also: </li></ul><ul><li>Sholom’s Treasure by Erica Silverman illustrated by Mordicai Gerstein </li></ul><ul><li>The 2006 Sydney Taylor Award Winner for Younger Readers </li></ul><ul><li>Noah and the Great Flood </li></ul><ul><li>by Mordicai Gerstein </li></ul><ul><li>1999 Sydney Taylor Honor Award Winner for Younger Readers </li></ul>
  9. 9. The White Ram by Mordicai Gerstein
  10. 10. The White Ram by Mordicai Gerstein
  11. 11. The White Ram by Mordicai Gerstein
  12. 12. See Also: <ul><li>Abraham’s Search for God </li></ul><ul><li>by Jacqueline Jules </li></ul><ul><li>with illustrations by Natascia Ugliano </li></ul><ul><li>(Kar-Ben, September 2007) </li></ul><ul><li>Kindergarten – Grade 3 </li></ul>
  13. 13. Sydney Taylor Honor Award Winner for Younger Readers <ul><ul><li>I Am Marc Chagall </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>by Bimba Landmann (Eerdmans Books for Young Readers) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Kindergarten-Grade 4 </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. I Am Marc Chagall by Bimba Landmann
  15. 15. Sydney Taylor Honor Award Winner for Younger Readers <ul><li>Shlemazel and the Remarkable Spoon of Pohost </li></ul><ul><li>by Ann Redisch Stampler </li></ul><ul><li>with illustrations by Jacqueline M. Cohen (Clarion) </li></ul><ul><li>Kindergarten-Grade 4 </li></ul><ul><li>See also Something for Nothing (2003) </li></ul>
  16. 16. Sydney Taylor Honor Award Winner for Younger Readers <ul><li>Rebecca’s Journey Home </li></ul><ul><li>by Brynn O. Sugarman </li></ul><ul><li>with illustrations by </li></ul><ul><li>Michelle Shapiro </li></ul><ul><li>(Kar Ben/Lerner) </li></ul><ul><li>Kindergarten-Grade 3 </li></ul>
  17. 17. Sydney Taylor Honor Award Winner for Older Readers <ul><li>Vive La Paris! </li></ul><ul><li>by Esmé Raji Codell (Hyperion/Disney) </li></ul><ul><li>Grades 5-8 </li></ul><ul><li>See also Hanukkah, Shmanukkah! </li></ul><ul><li>by Esmé Raji Codell </li></ul><ul><li>illustrated by LeUyen Pham (2005) </li></ul><ul><li>Check out the author’s website and blog at www.planetesme.com </li></ul>
  18. 18. Sydney Taylor Honor Award Winner for Older Readers <ul><li>Solomon and the Ant </li></ul><ul><li>by Sheldon Oberman </li></ul><ul><li>(Boyds Mills Press) </li></ul><ul><li>Grades 3-8 </li></ul><ul><li>See also: </li></ul><ul><li>The Always Prayer Shawl by Sheldon Oberman; illustrated by Ted Lewin </li></ul><ul><li>The 1994 Sydney Taylor Award Winner for Younger Readers </li></ul><ul><li>The Wisdom Bird by Sheldon Oberman; illustrated by Neil Waldman </li></ul><ul><li>2000 Sydney Taylor Honor Award Winner for Younger Readers </li></ul>
  19. 19. Sydney Taylor Honor Award Winner for Older Readers <ul><li>Yellow Star </li></ul><ul><li>by Jennifer Rozines Roy (Marshall Cavendish Children’s Books) </li></ul><ul><li>Grades 6-9 </li></ul><ul><li>A guide for teachers and book groups is available at www.jenniferroy.com </li></ul>
  20. 20. Sydney Taylor Honor Award Winner for Older Readers <ul><li>Night of the Burning: Devorah’s Story </li></ul><ul><li>by Linda Press Wulf </li></ul><ul><li>(Farrar Straus & Giroux) </li></ul><ul><li>Grades 4-6 </li></ul><ul><li>Winner of the 1998 Sydney Taylor Manuscript Award </li></ul>
  21. 21. Sydney Taylor Honor Award Winner for Teens <ul><li>Incantation </li></ul><ul><li>by Alice Hoffman </li></ul><ul><li>(Little, Brown & Co.) </li></ul><ul><li>Grades 8-12 </li></ul><ul><li>A reading guide is available at www.alicehoffman.com </li></ul>
  22. 22. Sydney Taylor Honor Award Winner for Teens <ul><li>A Brief Chapter In My Impossible Life </li></ul><ul><li>by Dana Reinhardt </li></ul><ul><li>(Wendy Lamb/ </li></ul><ul><li>Random House) </li></ul><ul><li>Grades 9-12 </li></ul>
  23. 23. Notable Books for Younger Readers <ul><li>Celebrate Hanukkah with Light, Latkes, and Dreidels </li></ul><ul><li>by Deborah Heiligman (National Geographic) </li></ul><ul><li>Grades 1-4 </li></ul>
  24. 24. Celebrate Hanukkah with Light, Latkes, and Dreidels by Deborah Heiligman
  25. 25. See Also: <ul><li>Celebrate Passover with Matzah, Maror, and Memories </li></ul><ul><li>and </li></ul><ul><li>Celebrate Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur with Honey, Prayers, and the Shofar </li></ul><ul><li>by Deborah Heiligman </li></ul><ul><li>(National Geographic 2007) </li></ul><ul><li>Grades 1-4 </li></ul>
  26. 26. See Also: <ul><li>Always an Olivia: </li></ul><ul><li>A Remarkable Family History </li></ul><ul><li>by Carolivia Herron with illustrations by Jeremy Tugeau </li></ul><ul><li>(Kar-Ben, October 2007) </li></ul><ul><li>Grades 1-4 </li></ul>
  27. 27. Notable Books for Younger Readers <ul><li>Across the Alley </li></ul><ul><li>by Richard Michelson </li></ul><ul><li>with illustrations by </li></ul><ul><li>E.B. Lewis </li></ul><ul><li>(Viking) </li></ul><ul><li>Grades 1-4 </li></ul>
  28. 28. More Notable Books for Younger Readers <ul><li>I Have a Little Dreidel by Maxine Baum with illustrations by Julie Paschkis (Scholastic) </li></ul><ul><li>Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue by Anna Harwell Celenza with illustrations by JoAnn E. Kitchel (Charlesbridge) </li></ul><ul><li>Eight Wild Nights by Brian Cleary with illustrations by David Udovic </li></ul><ul><li>(Kar-Ben/Lerner) </li></ul><ul><li>On Sukkot & Simchat Torah by Cathy Goldberg Fishman with illustrations by Melanie W. Hall (Kar-Ben/Lerner) </li></ul><ul><li>With All Your Heart: A Shabbat and Festival Companion by Julie K. Gordon (The Minneapolis Jewish Day School) </li></ul><ul><li>Much, Much Better by Chaim Kosofsky with illustrations by Jessica Schiffman (HaChai) </li></ul><ul><li>It’s Shofar Time by Latifa Berry Kropf with photographs by Tod Cohen </li></ul><ul><li>(Kar-Ben/Lerner) </li></ul><ul><li>Willy and Max: A Holocaust Story by Amy Littlesugar with illustrations by William Low (Philomel Books) </li></ul><ul><li>Hammerin’ Hank: The Life of Hank Greenberg by Yona Zeldis McDonough with illustrations by Malcah Zeldis (Walker Books for Young Readers) </li></ul><ul><li>A Grandma Like Yours/A Grandpa Like Yours by Andria Warmflash Rosenbaum with illustrations by Barb Bjornson (Kar-Ben/Lerner) </li></ul><ul><li>The Little, Little House by Jessica Souhami (Frances Lincoln) </li></ul>
  29. 29. Notable Books for Older Readers <ul><li>Escaping into the Night </li></ul><ul><li>by D. Dina Friedman (Simon & Schuster) </li></ul><ul><li>Grades 6-9 </li></ul><ul><li>For discussion/essay questions and teaching resources, visit www.ddinafriedman.com </li></ul>
  30. 30. See Also: <ul><li>The Secret of Priest's Grotto: </li></ul><ul><li>A Holocaust Survival Story </li></ul><ul><li>by Peter Lane Taylor </li></ul><ul><li>with Christos Nicole </li></ul><ul><li>(Kar-Ben 2007) </li></ul><ul><li>Grades 4-6 </li></ul><ul><li>Go to www.karben.com to download an extensive teacher’s guide. </li></ul>
  31. 31. Notable Books for Older Readers <ul><li>A Pickpocket’s Tale </li></ul><ul><li>by Karen Schwabach (Random House) </li></ul><ul><li>Grades 4-6 </li></ul><ul><li>Winner of the 2002 Sydney Taylor Manuscript Award </li></ul>
  32. 32. Notable Books for Older Readers <ul><li>Stealing Home </li></ul><ul><li>by Ellen Schwartz (Tundra Books) </li></ul><ul><li>Grades 3-6 </li></ul>
  33. 33. See Also: <ul><li>All Star Season </li></ul><ul><li>by T.S. Yavin </li></ul><ul><li>(Kar-Ben 2007) </li></ul><ul><li>Grades 4-6 </li></ul>
  34. 34. More Notable Books for Older Readers <ul><li>The Secret World of Kabblah by Judith Z. Abrams </li></ul><ul><li>(Kar-Ben/Lerner) </li></ul><ul><li>Escape! The Story of the Great Houdini by Sid Fleischman (Harpercollins Childrens Books) </li></ul><ul><li>Emil and Karl by Yankev Glatshteyn, </li></ul><ul><li>translated by Jeffrey Shandler (Roaring Brook) </li></ul><ul><li>Hiding Edith by Kathy Kacer (Second Story Press) </li></ul><ul><li>In the Days of Sand and Stars by Marlee Pinsker </li></ul><ul><li>with illustrations by Francois Thisdale (Tundra Books) </li></ul><ul><li>The Cat With the Yellow Star: Coming of Age in Terezin by Susan Goldman Rubin (Holiday House) </li></ul>
  35. 35. Notable Books for Teens <ul><li>Lilith's Ark: Teenage Tales of Biblical Women </li></ul><ul><li>by Deborah Bodin Cohen </li></ul><ul><li>(Jewish Publication Society) </li></ul><ul><li>Grades 7-12 </li></ul><ul><li>Notes from the Midnight Driver </li></ul><ul><li>by Jordan Sonnenblick </li></ul><ul><li>(Scholastic) </li></ul><ul><li>Grades 8-10 </li></ul><ul><li>The Unresolved </li></ul><ul><li>by T.K. Welsh </li></ul><ul><li>(Dutton) </li></ul><ul><li>Grades 7-10 </li></ul>
  36. 36. More Favorites from 2006 <ul><li>Wide Awake </li></ul><ul><li>by David Levithan </li></ul><ul><li>Grades 10-12 </li></ul><ul><li>Read the first two chapters at www.davidlevithan.com </li></ul>
  37. 37. More Favorites from 2006 <ul><li>Emily Goldberg Learns </li></ul><ul><li>To Salsa </li></ul><ul><li>by Micol Ostow </li></ul><ul><li>(Penguin) </li></ul><ul><li>Grades 10-12 </li></ul>
  38. 38. More Favorites from 2006 <ul><li>The Weight of the Sky </li></ul><ul><li>by Lisa Ann Sandell </li></ul><ul><li>Grades 8-12 </li></ul><ul><li>Read an excerpt and listen to the author read the first chapter at www.lisaannsandell.com </li></ul>
  39. 39. See Also: <ul><li>Strange Relations </li></ul><ul><li>by Sonia Levitin </li></ul><ul><li>(Alfred A. Knopf 2007) </li></ul><ul><li>Grades 7-10 </li></ul>
  40. 40. More Favorites from 2006 <ul><li>Goy Crazy </li></ul><ul><li>by Melissa Schorr </li></ul><ul><li>Grades 8-12 </li></ul><ul><li>Read an excerpt at www.melissaschorr.com </li></ul>
  41. 41. Books to Look for in 2007 <ul><li>Mendel’s Accordion </li></ul><ul><li>by Heidi Smith Hyde </li></ul><ul><li>with illustrations by Johanna van der Sterre </li></ul><ul><li>(Kar-Ben) </li></ul><ul><li>Kindergarten - Grade 4 </li></ul>
  42. 42. Books to Look for in 2007 <ul><li>My Cousin Tamar Lives </li></ul><ul><li>in Israel </li></ul><ul><li>by Michelle Shapiro Abraham </li></ul><ul><li>with illustrations by </li></ul><ul><li>Ann D. Koffsky </li></ul><ul><li>(URJ Press) </li></ul><ul><li>Early Childhood – Grade 3 </li></ul>
  43. 43. Books to Look for in 2007 <ul><li>Someone Named Eva by Joan M. Wolf </li></ul><ul><li>(Clarion) </li></ul><ul><li>Grades 5-8 </li></ul>
  44. 44. Books to Look for in 2007 <ul><li>Tasting the Sky: </li></ul><ul><li>A Palestinian Childhood </li></ul><ul><li>by Ibtisam Barakat </li></ul><ul><li>(Farrar Straus & Giroux) </li></ul><ul><li>Grades 5-8 </li></ul>
  45. 45. 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

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