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Jewish American Heritage Month Booklist

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May 15, 2023

May is Jewish American Heritage Month --  a time to pay tribute to the generations of Jewish Americans who helped form the fabric of American history, culture, and society. We've compiled a booklist by and about Jewish Americans for all ages!

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Children's Picture Books

All-of-a-Kind Family Hanukkah by Emily Jenkins

The Always Prayer Shawl by Sheldon Oberman

Bagels From Benny by Aubrey Davis

Cakes and Miracles: A Purim Tale by Barbara Diamond Goldin

Gershon’s Monster: A Story for the Jewish New Year by Eric A. Kimmel

Gittel’s Journey: An Ellis Island Story by Lesléa Newman

It Could Always Be Worse adapted by Margot Zemach

Joseph Had a Little Overcoat adapted by Simms Taback

The Keeping Quilt by Patricia Polacco

Children’s Nonfiction

As Good As Anybody: Martin Luther King, Jr. and Abraham Joshua Heschel’s Amazing March Toward Freedom by Richard Michelson

Boy from Buchenwald by Robert Waisman

Boys of Steel: The Creators of Superman by Marc Tyler Nobleman

Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers’ Strike of 1909 by Michelle Markel

I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark by Debbie Levy

No Steps Behind: Beate Sirota Gordon’s Battle for Women’s Rights in Japan by Jeff Gottesfeld

Children's and Preteen Chapter Books

All Three Stooges by Erica Perl

Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume

The Blood Lie by Shirley Reva Vernick

A Ceiling Made of Eggshells by Gail Carson Levine

Eddie Whatever by Lois Ruby

Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword by Barry Deutsch

Lucky Broken Girl by Ruth Behar

The Magical Imperfect by Chris Baron

The Many Mysteries of the Finkel Family by Sarah Kapit

My Basmati Bat Mitzvah by Paula J. Freedman

Not Your All-American Girl by Madelyn Rosenberg

Turtle Boy by M. Evan Wolkenstein

Teen and Young Adult Fiction

Camp by L.C. Rosen

The City Beautiful by Aden Polydoros

Color Me In by Natasha Diaz

Cool for the Summer by Dahlia Adler

Hope and Other Punch Lines by Julie Buxbaum

It’s a Whole Spiel: Love, Latkes, and Other Jewish Stories by Katherine Locke

Like No Other by Una LaMarche

Our Year of Maybe by Rachel Lynn Solomon

Sick Kids in Love by Hannah Moskowitz

Strange Creatures by Phoebe North

Sword Catcher by Cassandra Clare (comes out in October)

This Rebel Heart by Katherine Locke

Wide Awake by David Levithan

You Asked for Perfect by Laura Silverman

Adult Fiction

All Other Nights by Dara Horn

Code Name Sapphire by Pam Jenoff

Disobedience by Naomi Alderman

Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer

The Finkler Question by Howard Jacobson

Forest Dark by Nicole Krauss

Kantika by Elizabeth Graver

Künstlers in Paradise by Cathleen Schine

The Middlesteins by Janni Attenberg

Nemesis by Philip Roth

The Russian Debutante’s Handbook by Gary Shteyngart

The World and All It Holds by Aleksandar Hemon

Adult Nonfiction

America’s Jewish Women: A History from Colonial Times to Today by Pamela S. Nadell

How Yiddish Changed America and How America Changed Yiddish edited by Ilan Stavans

The Last Kings of Shanghai: The Rival Jewish Dynasties That Helped Create Modern China by Jonathan Kaufman

Maus by Art Spiegelman

Night by Elie Wiesel

People Love Dead Jews: Reports from a Haunted Present by Dara Horn

A Secret Gift: How One Man’s Kindness - and a Trove of Letters - Revealed the Hidden History of the Great Depression by Ted Gup