Books For Young Readers
The following book list for young readers was provided by the Joseph and Mae Gray Cultural & Learning Center at North Suburban Synagogue Beth El, Highland Park, IL www.nssbethel.org.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Fire and Steel on the Supreme Court
Eleanor H. Ayer (Dillon Press, 1994)
A biography of the second woman to sit on the United States Supreme Court discusses the beginnings of her legal career in the 1950s and 1960s and the development of her views on equal treatment and other issues.
The Mystery of Being Jewish
Molly Cone (UAHC Press, 1989)
Presents biographies of Jewish men and women whose lives had an extraordinary influence on the world around them including Civil Rights volunteer Andrew Goodman, Congresswoman and District Attorney Elizabeth Holtzman, philanthropist Helena Rubinstein, medical physicist Rosalyn Yalow, and others.
Hot Pursuit: Murder in Mississippi
by Stacia Deutsch and Rhody Cohon; illustrated by Craig Orback
Describes the events surrounding the disappearance and murder of the three young civil rights workers--James Earl Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner--in Mississippi in 1964.
Portraits of Jewish American Heroes
Malka Drucker; illustrated by Elizabeth Rosen
(Dutton Childrens Books, 2008)
Spanning three centuries, the influence and impact on our nation by twenty Jewish artists, inventors, civil right activists, and scientists are examined and celebrated with multi-media illustrations. Includes Haym Salomon, Emma Lazarus, Henrietta Szold, Lillian Wald, Bella Abzug, and others.
Fiddler to the world -- the inspiring life of Itzhak Perlman
Carol H Behrman. -- White Hall, VA : Shoe Tree Press, 1992.
Story of the life of Itzhak Perlman and his accomplishments.
Heeding the Call: Jewish Voices in America's Civil Rights Struggle
Norman H. Finkelstein
(Jewish Publication Society, 1997)
Discusses the involvement of Jews in the African American struggle for civil rights in the United States, from the first settlers to the 1990s. See also: Forged in Freedom: Shaping the Jewish-American Experience by Norman H. Finkelstein (Jewish Publication Society, 2002).
Henrietta Szold: Israel's Helping Hand
Shulamit Kustanowitz; illustrated by Robert Masheris
Chronicles the life of the American matriarch of Israel who journeyed to the Holy Land in the early 1900s to provide much-needed medical care, founded Hadassah, and later worked to rescue children from Nazi Germany. See also: Daughter of My People: Henrietta Szold and Hadassah by Hazel Krantz (Dutton, 1987).
Emma's Poem: The Voice of the Statue of Liberty
Linda Glaser; illustrated by Claire A. Nivola
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010)
The story of Emma Lazarus, who, despite her life of privilege, became a tireless advocate for the immigrants who arrived in New York City in the 1880s and wrote a famous poem for the Statue of Liberty. See also: Liberty's Voice: The Story of Emma Lazarus by Erica Silverman (Dutton, 2011) and I Lift My Lamp: Emma Lazarus and the Statue of Liberty by Nancy Smiler Levinson (Dutton, 1986).
A Justice for All the People: Louis D. Brandeis
David C. Gross
A biography of the lawyer, judge, Zionist, and first Jew to serve on the Supreme Court, who helped end child labor in America, introduced the concepts of social security, minimum wage laws, and unemployment compensation, and devoted his life to social justice.
How Dalia Put a Big Yellow Comforter Inside a Tiny Blue Box
Linda Heller; illustrated by Stacey Dressen McQueen
(Tricycle Press, 2011)
After learning about the Jewish tradition of tzedakah boxes, Dalia shares her knowledge with her younger brother, Yossi, by telling him what her savings can help to provide for someone in need.
Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers' Strike of 1909
Michelle Markel; illustrated by Melissa Sweet
An illustrated account of immigrant Clara Lemlich's pivotal role in the influential 1909 women laborer's strike describes how she worked grueling hours to acquire an education and support her family before organizing a massive walkout to protest the unfair working conditions in New York's garment district.
Flesh and Blood So Cheap: The Triangle Fire and Its Legacy
Describes the conditions in the textile industry in the early 20th century behind the fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Company that led to the death of many young women, and explains its impact on the labor movement and on society.
As Good as Anybody: Martin Luther King Jr. and Abraham Joshua Heschels Amazing March Toward Freedom
Richard Michelson; illustrated by Raul Colon
The story of the friendship between civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel and their collective efforts to end discrimination through their non-violent peace protests and marches. See also: Abraham Joshua Heschel: Man of Spirit, Man of Action by Or N. Rose (Jewish Publication Society, 2003).
What Zeesie Saw on Delancey Street
Elsa Okon Rael; illustrated by Marjorie Priceman
(Simon and Schuster, 1996)
A young Jewish girl living on Manhattan's Lower East Side attends her first "package party" where she learns about the traditions of generosity, courage, and community among Jewish immigrants in the early 1900s.
In the Promised Land: Lives of Jewish Americans
Doreen Rappaport; illustrated by Cornelius Van Wright and Ying-Hwa Hu
Offers vignettes from the lives of thirteen Jewish Americans whose achievements, from the colonial period through the present, contributed to women's and worker's rights, medicine, science, fashion, photography, sport, and entertainment. Includes Asser Levy, Ernestine Rose, Lillan Wald, Pauline Newman, Ira Hirschmann, Jonas Salk, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and others.
Haym Salomon: American Patriot
Susan Goldman Rubin; illustrated by David Slonim
(Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2007)
A picture book biography of Haym Salomon, the Jewish immigrant from Poland credited with being the "Financier of the American Revolution." See also: Haym Salomon, Liberty's Son by Shirley Milgrim (Jewish Publication Society, 1975).