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Fascinating: The Life of Leonard Nimoy

By: Richard Michelson
illustrated by: Edel Rodriguez

A moving biography of the late Leonard Nimoy, the iconic Spock from Star Trek, whose story exemplifies the American experience and the power of pursuing your dreams.“A wonderful new biography of...

A Hat for Mrs. Goldman

By: Michelle Edwards
illustrated by: G. Brian Karas

Here’s a heartwarming winter picture book that’s sure to appeal to families who love knitting. Mrs. Goldman always knits hats for everyone in the neighborhood, and Sophia, who thinks knitting...

Skating with the Statue of Liberty

By: Susan Lynn Meyer

"This rich story reminds us that America can be at its best as a melting pot. A page-turner for all the right reasons." —VINCE VAWTER, Newbery Honor–winning author of Paperboy ...


Dear Santa, Love, Rachel Rosenstein

By: Amanda Peet and Andrea Troyer
illustrated by: Christine Davenier

For anyone who's ever asked "Why can't we have a tree?" comes a "lighthearted" (USA Today) book about being Jewish during the Christmas season from actress Amanda Peet!Rachel Rosenstein is determined to...

The Book of Jonah

By: Peter Spier

Two-time Caldecott illustrator Peter Spier’s visual retelling of a favorite Bible story is back in print! In a tale full of action, adventure, and strife, Jonah is asked by God to tell the people...

Everybody Says Shalom

By: Leslie Kimmelman
illustrated by: Talitha Shipman

A spirited picture-book tour of Israel takes readers to the Old City of Jerusalem and modern Tel Aviv, the desert and the sea, Roman ruins, the Biblical Zoo, a kibbutz, and much more. Lively, rhyming text...


Deep Sea

By: Annika Thor
translated from the Swedish by: Linda Schenck

Readers of Anne of Green Gables and Hattie Ever After will love following Stephie’s story, which takes place during World War II and began with A Faraway Island and continued with The Lily Pond....

Everybody Says Shalom

By: Leslie Kimmelman
illustrated by: Talitha Shipman

A spirited picture-book tour of Israel takes readers to the Old City of Jerusalem and modern Tel Aviv, the desert and the sea, Roman ruins, the Biblical Zoo, a kibbutz, and much more. Lively, rhyming text...

The Mitten String

By: Jennifer Rosner
illustrted by: Kristina Swarner

An original Jewish folktale about a girl who knits, a deaf woman, and a piece of blue yarn.        When her family invites a deaf woman and her baby to stay, Ruthie,...


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The Winter Horses Educator Guide with CCSS tie-ins

By: Philip Kerr

From Philip Kerr, the New York Times bestselling author of the Bernie Gunther novels, comes a breathtaking journey of survival in the dark days of WWII in Ukraine, a country that remains tumultuous...

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Splendor Book Talk

By: Elana K. Arnold

BOOK TALK
Scarlett hates the fact that after making such a close connection to Will, he must leave for college.  Floundering to find herself, Scarlett finds help from Will’s father and Sabine,...

The Book Thief Educator Guide with CCSS tie-ins

By: Markus Zusak

The extraordinary #1 New York Times bestseller that is now a major motion picture, Markus Zusak's unforgettable story is about the ability of books to feed the soul.

It is 1939. Nazi...

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Intentions

By: Deborah Heiligman

BOOK TALK
Feeling confused is a just part of being a teenager, right?  All of a sudden everything seems to be changing in Rachel’s world. Her parents are always arguing but when she heads to Temple...

A Faraway Island

By: Annika Thor
translated from the Swedish by: Linda Schenck

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The streets of Vienna are swarming with Nazi soldiers and Jewish families aren't safe. Stephie and Nellie Steiner are sent to Sweden to await their parents' escape to Amsterdam, where they...

A Brief Chapter in My Impossible Life

By: Dana Reinhardt

BOOK TALK
Simone's starting her junior year in high school and she really loves her life.  Her parents, her little brother, her friends, and her new crush. Then her birth mother contacts her. Simone's...


The Book Thief

By: Markus Zusak

BOOK TALK
What would your life story be if Death was the narrator? Looking back, Leisel Meminger's story is simple, really--foster child, reader, thief. But it is also complex. Living under Nazi rule...

Flesh and Blood So Cheap: The Triangle Fire and Its Legacy

By: Al Marrin

Book Talk
 
Have you ever wondered why we have fire drills in school? What about the lighted EXIT signs over school doors, fire extinguishers in every classroom, and panic bars on exit doors?...

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

By: John Boyne

Berlin 1942
When Bruno returns home from school one day, he discovers that his belongings are being packed in crates. His father has received a promotion and the family must move from their home to...

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As Good as Anybody

By: Richard Michelson
illustrated by: Raul Colon

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You Never Heard of Sandy Koufax?!

By: Jonah Winter
illustrated by: Andre Carrilho

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The Lily Pond

By: Annika Thor
translated from the Swedish by: Linda Schenck

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Nellie and Stephie have been away from their parents for over a year, and they have finally adjusted to life on the Swedish island where they now live.  Stephie is thrilled...