Best Jewish Books for Children and Teens


Best Jewish Books for Children and Teens

A JPS Guide

Linda R. Silver

JPS Desk Reference Series

375 pages


October 2010


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October 2010


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About the Book

Thanks to this generous donor for making the publication of this book possible: Wendy Fein Cooper.

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 nonfiction, 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.

Author Bio

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 Literature; Jewish Children's Literature; Bible Stories; Stories about the Holocaust, and more.


“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

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