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Badir and the Beaver

by Shannon Stewart, read by Christian Down
edition: Audiobook
also available: Paperback eBook
  • age: 6 to 8
  • Grade: 1 to 3
tagged: mammals, chapter books, muslim

It's Ramadan, a time to focus on good deeds and to fast, and Badir and his brother, Anis, are out for a walk one evening while they wait for their iftar meal. In the park Badir sees a rat. A very, very large rat. He soon learns it’s actually a beaver, an animal that doesn't live in Tunisia, the country Badir and his family have emigrated from. It …

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The Sun Will Come Out

by Joanne Levy
edition: Paperback
  • age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: self-esteem & self-reliance, theater, jewish, diseases, illnesses & injuries

Twelve-year-old Bea Gelman and her best friend Frankie are planning the BEST SUMMER EVER at Camp Shalom—a sleep-away camp. But at the last minute, Frankie bows out, leaving painfully shy Bea on her own. Just talking to strangers causes Bea to break out into ugly, blotchy hives. As if the hives weren't bad enough, Bea gets pranked by a couple of …

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An Egg for Shabbat

by Mirik Snir, illustrated by Eleyor Snir
edition: Paperback
  • age: 4 to 7
  • Grade: p to 1
tagged: jewish, values & virtues, parents

Every day Ben’s mom sends him out to fetch an egg from the chicken pen. But each day, havoc ensues and Ben comes back empty-handed. Until finally, just in time for Shabbat, he achieves his goal.

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Embrace the Chicken

by Mahtab Narsimhan
edition: Paperback
also available: Paperback eBook
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: parents, hindu, cooking & food

Shivani only left Mumbai a few months ago.

But she isn't feeling like such an outsider anymore. She likes her new school and she finally has a best friend. But when her mother volunteers for the school's annual fundraiser, Shivani is sure she will completely embarrass her. Especially if she cooks one of the "stinky" dishes that Shivani loves but is …

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Time to Fly!

illustrated by Valerie Wiebe
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 3 to 18
  • Grade: p to 12
tagged: self-esteem & self-reliance, new experience, inspirational

It is time to soar, my child. It is time to fly! It’s time for you to take yourself off into the sky.... Listen to the whisper in the changing wind that’s blowing, that’s the world that’s calling you to lead you where you’re going …

A journey to explore who we are, who we can become, and how we fit into the world around us, a perfect gif …

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No Vacancy

by Tziporah Cohen
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: jewish, friendship, prejudice & racism

With the help of her Catholic friend, an eleven-year-old Jewish girl creates a provocative local tourist attraction to save her family’s failing motel.

Buying and moving into the run-down Jewel Motor Inn in upstate New York wasn’t eleven-year-old Miriam Brockman’s dream, but at least it’s an adventure. Miriam befriends Kate, whose grandmothe …

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One Boy's War

by McDonald, Nancy
edition: eBook
  • age: 7 to 11
  • Grade: 2 to 6
tagged: survival stories, jewish, european

ENGLAND, SUMMER 1940. Following a brush with death on the Irish Sea, ten-year-old Käfer Avigdor unexpectedly finds himself back in London. There, he stumbles upon a sinister Nazi plot, which targets hundreds of people in Britain — including the most powerful man in the country. The one person who might be able to defeat Adolf Hitler. With the Ge …

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