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Sorry For Your Loss

by Joanne Levy
edition: eBook
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: death & dying, jewish, friendship, orphans & foster homes

“A heartfelt and expertly written tale of loss, family, and friendship that will have readers blinking back their tears…Beautiful and sincere.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Evie Walman is not obsessed with death. She does think about it a lot, though, but only because her family runs a Jewish funeral home. At twelve, Evie already knows …

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No Vacancy

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

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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Archie Celebrates Diwali

by Mitali Banerjee Ruths, illustrated by Parwinder Singh
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 3 to 7
  • Grade: p to 2
tagged: other, religious, hindu, friendship

It's Archie's favorite holiday—Diwali. And this year she gets to share it with her friends and introduce them to the festival of lights!

Archana loves her family's annual Diwali (deh-vah-lee) party, and this year she gets to share it with all her friends from school. She helps with the decorations and the food, and is eager for everyone to arrive …

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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: eBook
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: self-esteem & self-reliance, theater, diseases, illnesses & injuries, jewish

The Sun Will Come Out is a funny and heartwarming account of a shy girl’s first summer away from home, where she learns she really can do anything and that silver linings can be found just about anywhere.

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 min …

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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: 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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