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The Best Jewish Children's Books of 2017.

If there's been a trend in this year's crop of Jewish children's books, it's diversity. Yay for depictions of Jews as a) not all white and Ashkenazi, and b) enmeshed in and part of a multicultural world in which Jewishness is only one of a character's multiple identities.

And yay to publishers looking beyond the Holocaust and the shtetl. This year gave us one terrific Holocaust book: the memoir Survivors Club: The True Story of a Very Young Prisoner of Auschwitz by Michael Bornstein and Debbie Bornstein Holinstat, which is appropriate for readers 10-adult. But Holocaust books do not make for festive Hanukkah gift-giving; my goal with this list is to encourage kids and teenagers to associate Jewishness with more than genocide. Buy the best Holocaust books. They are important. But buy them for Tisha B'Av, Tzom Gedalia, or a random Wednesday. Buy the books on this listthere are 18 of them: chai!because they will cause young readers delight.

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Author:Ingall, Marjorie
Publication:Tablet Magazine
Date:Dec 8, 2017
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