Best Jewish Books for Children and Teens: A JPS Guide

Jewish Publication Society
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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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About the author

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.
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Publisher
Jewish Publication Society
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Published on
Jan 1, 2011
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Pages
375
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ISBN
9780827611214
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Language
English
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Genres
Juvenile Nonfiction / Literary Criticism & Collections
Juvenile Nonfiction / Religion / Judaism
Literary Collections / General
Literary Criticism / Children's & Young Adult Literature
Reference / Bibliographies & Indexes
Religion / Judaism / General
Social Science / Children's Studies
Social Science / Jewish Studies
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