A Field Guide to Jewish Kidlit


    🕮    On The Book of Life, we talk a lot about Jewish kidlit. But where do you go to find Jewish children's books? In this episode, Marjorie Ingall joins me to talk about how to discover and how to access the best Jewish kidlit. Marjorie is a columnist at Tablet Magazine and is well-known for her year-end "best of Jewish kidlit" lists, and she's the author of Mamaleh Knows Best: What Jewish Mothers Do to Raise Successful, Creative, Empathetic, Independent Children, which was featured on The Book of Life in April 2017.

Marjorie Ingall

Resources mentioned in this episode, in order of appearance: 

Podcast: Kidlit These Days, Diversity-Focused Publishing episode
Blog: Jewish Books for Children (Barbara Bietz)
Blog: The Whole Megillah (Barbara Krasner)
Podcast: The Kiddush Book Club
Website: Kveller
Award: Sydney Taylor Book Award (Association of Jewish Libraries)
Award: The National Jewish Book Awards, children's book category (Jewish Book Council)
Award: Canadian Jewish Literary Awards, children's book category
Best Of Lists: Marjorie Ingall's Best Jewish Children's Books of the Year at Tablet Magazine
Reviews: Association of Jewish Libraries newsletter archive
Organization: Association of Jewish Libraries membership (get current newsletters)
Reviews: Tablet Magazine
Reviews: Jewish Book Council
Free book programs: PJ Library and PJ Our Way
Jewish publisher: Kar-Ben Publishing
Jewish publisher: Apples & Honey Press
Jewish publisher: Green Bean Books
Jewish publisher: Kalaniot Books
Other Jewish publishers not mentioned in the podcast, just FYI: Hachai Publishing, Menucha Publishers, Jewish Lights, Feldheim, Judaica Press, Yotzeret Publishing
Online bookseller: IndieBound
Online bookseller: "The True Cost of Amazon Revealed"
Tikkun Olam: Give blood
Non-Jewish publishers who habitually publish Jewish books: Orca, Albert Whitman, Scholastic, Holiday House, Second Story Press, Abrams, Eerdmans

Books mentioned in this episode, in order of appearance: 

It's a Whole Spiel: Love, Latkes, and Other Jewish Stories edited by Katherine Locke
All Three Stooges by Erica Perl
Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster by Jonathan Auxier
All-of-a-Kind Family Hanukkah by Emily Jenkins
Regina Persisted: An Untold Story by Sandy Eisenberg Sasso
Feivel's Flying Horses by Heidi Smith Hyde
Rifka Takes a Bow by Betty Rosenberg Perlov
A Concert in the Sand by Tami Shem-Tov & Rachella Sandbank
Nana in the City by Lauren Castillo
Signs in the Well by Shoham Smith
The Berlin Boxing Club by Robert Sharenow
Zishe the Strong Man by Robert Rubinstein
Fierce: How Competing for Myself Changed Everything by Aly Raisman
Bobbie Rosenfeld: The Olympian Who Could Do Everything by Anne Dublin
Lipman Pike: America's First Home Run King by Richard Michelson
Flying High by Julian Edelman
The Latke Who Couldn't Stop Screaming: A Christmas Story by Lemony Snicket
Oskar and the Eight Blessings by Richard and Tanya Simon
Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins by Eric Kimmel

Among other things, Marjorie and I discussed our favorite Hanukkah books, and I am pleased to announce that The Book of Life is co-sponsoring the 2019 #Readukkah Jewish Reading Challenge!

The Association of Jewish Libraries & The Book of Life / Jewish Kidlit Mavens & the Jewish Book Council present the fourth annual reading challenge for readers of all ages, #Readukkah! To participate, just post about any book of Jewish interest on the Facebook event discussion board between December 15-22, 2019—or share a link to your review anywhere online—and use the hashtag #Readukkah to connect with other readers! By sharing your #Readukkah posts, your participation in this reading challenge helps spread the word about worthwhile titles, bringing them to the attention of more readers and supporting the publication of Jewish books!


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Hanukkah for Kids | Multicultural Kid Blogs 
Welcome to our fifth annual Hanukkah for Kids blog hop! Be sure to visit all the participating blogs for create ways to share this special time of year with kids. Plus you can find all these and more on our Hanukkah Pinterest board! (And don't miss last year’s blog hop, 2017, 2016, and 2015!)

Participating Blogs


Chava Pinchuck said…
Hi Ladies,

Loved listening to your conversation. If you want to search older book reviews:

Go to www.jewishlibraries.org

Go to Knowledge Bases

Go to Book Review Index

and you can search by field.

Please note that this index does not link to the full text of the book reviews.
Digital copies of AJL Reviews are available back to the Nov/Dec 2007 issue of the AJL Newsletter. Earlier print back issues are housed in Cincinnati, OH at the Hebrew Union College Library.
Michelle said…
Great post. I don't always find times to listen to podcasts, but I am going to have to add this to my library. Thanks!
Mia Wenjen said…
We really appreciate you sharing these links with Multicultural Children's Book Day! Thanks for being such a warm and generous advocate on behalf of diversity.