Best Jewish Books for Children and Teens A JPS Guide

About the Book

So many books, so little time! Where do you start? With this book: Linda Silver’s guide to the most notable books for young readers. Here are a top librarian’s picks of the best in writing, illustration, reader appeal, and authentically Jewish content in picture books, fiction and non-fiction, for early childhood through the high school years. You’ll find the classics like K’tonton and the All-of-a-Kind Family books, right on to Terrible Things, Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, and today’s bestsellers, along with hundreds of others. Chapters are organized by subject and entries within each include a succinct description of the book and author, and Silver’s own insights on what makes it worth reading. There are title, subject, author, and illustrator indexes, title-grouping by reading level, and lists of award winners. A wonderful reference for parents, grandparents, teachers, librarians—and, of course, the kids so dear to them.

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This impressive reference is the definitive guide to what’s really worth reading for young people, from early childhood through high school.
— Cleveland Jewish News
[This volume] will serve as a very valuable resource in the responsible selection of appropriate books both for home and for gift giving to family and friends.

— The Jewish Star

A superbly informative and enjoyable gem of a book for librarians, educators, and parents needing to find that right Jewish-content book for a specific child.

— Ottawa Jewish Bulletin

Thank you, Linda and JPS, for giving writers such a valuable resource! It is a must-have for every writer of Jewish children’s books.

— The Whole Megillah

[Silver’s book] …should be on every library shelf as an invaluable guide to the very best in children’s books about almost every subject that relates to Jewish life.

— Susan Dubin, past president, Association of Jewish Libraries

A jewel of a guide! Silver’s clear, engaging, usefully organized volume … puts the best Jewish children’s book in the right hands, at the right time, for the right reason.

—Ellen Cole, librarian, Levine Library, Temple Isaiah, Los Angeles, CA

…THE authoritative text on Jewish books for children and teens

– Anne Dublin, author, Toronto

…any title you recommend is a purchase for me. 

– Joan Gremont, Director, Tycher Library Center for Jewish Education, Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas

Congratulations! You [Linda Silver] are the one person I always trust when I read juvenile book reviews. A literate and thoughtful reader with a wide range of knowledge and a deep sympathy for children of all ages”

– Liza Fontaine Stabler, Librarian, Temple Emanu El, New York

Linda R. Silver

Linda R. Silver received her MLS from Case Western University and then worked for 20 years in public school and synagogue libraries as a specialist in Jewish children’s literature. She is the editor of the Jewish Valuesfinder, an online guide to values in Jewish children’s literature and co-editor of reviews of books for children’s and teens in the newsletter of the Association of Jewish Libraries (AJL).

Silver is a much sought-after teacher and frequent speaker throughout the U.S. Her speech topics include The History of Jewish Children’s LiteratureJewish Children’s LiteratureBible StoriesStories about the Holocaust, and more.

Book Reviews

Read interview with the author in The Whole Megillah.

Read interview with the author in The Jewish Daily Forward, The Twisty History of Jewish Kid Lit.

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