Jewish Journal

Jewish children’s book guide

Ryan Smith, Contributing Writer

Posted on Nov. 3, 2010 at 10:20 am

For all those young Jewish bookworms out there, the Jewish Publication Society has come out with the guide “Best Jewish Books for Children and Teens” in time for Chanukah.

Written by Jewish children’s librarian Linda R. Silver, the 375-page volume is intended to help readers navigate the substantial amount of literature targeting young children, middle readers and teens. It highlights hundreds of titles, including everything from “Terrible Things” to “Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret.”

Works are organized by category, and there are indexes by author, illustrator and subject. Silver, who worked for 20 years in public school and synagogue libraries as a specialist in Jewish children’s literature, also adds her own insights into each book.

Silver serves as the editor of the Jewish Valuesfinder, an online guide to values in Jewish children’s literature, and she also co-edits reviews of books for children and teens in the Association of Jewish Libraries’ newsletter.

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