The Center for Children's Books

Graduate School of Library and Information Science
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Jewish Folklore, Facts, and Fiction - 2003

Resources about Jewish Life and Culture for Children & Young Adults

Folk and Fairy Tales

Ausebel, Nathan, ed. A Treasury of Jewish Folklore: Stories, Tradition, Legends, Humor, Wisdom and Folk Songs of the Jewish People. Crown Publishers, 1948. 741 p.

Goldin, Barbara Diamond, ad. Journeys with Elijah. Harcourt, 1999.
77 p. Illus. by Jerry Pinkney. ISBN 0-15-200445-9

____. The Magician's Visit: A Passover Tale. Viking, 1993.
32 p. Illus. by Robert Andrew Parker. ISBN 0-670-84840-9

Jaffe, Nina, ad. In the Month of Kislev: A Story for Hanukkah. Viking, 1992.
32 p. Illus. by Louise August. ISBN 0-670-82863-7

____. The Mysterious Visitor: Stories of the Prophet Elijah. Scholastic Press, 1997.
112 p. Illus. by Elivia Savdier. ISBN 0590484222

____. The Way Meat Loves Salt: A Cinderella Story From the Jewish Tradition.
Henry Holt, 1998. 32 p. Illus. by Louise August. ISBN 0-8050-4384-5

Jaffe, Nina and Steve Seitlin, ad. While Standing on One Foot: Puzzle Stories and Wisdom Tales from the Jewish Tradition. Henry Holt, 1993. 120 p. ISBN 0805025944

Prose, Francine, ad. The Demon's Mistake: A Story from Chelm. Greenwillow, 2000.
32 p. Illus. by Mark Podwal. ISBN 0688175651

____. Dybbuk: A Story Made in Heaven. Greenwillow, 1996.
24 p. Illus. by Mark Podwal. ISBN 0688143083

Sanfield, Steve. The Feather Merchants and Other Fools of Chelm. Orchard, 1991.
102 p. Illus. by Mikhail Magaril. ISBN 0531059588

____. Strudel, Strudel, Strudel. Orchard, 1995.
32 p. Illus. Emily Lisker. ISBN 0531087298

Schwartz, Howard and Barbara Rush, ad. A Coat for the Moon and Other Jewish Tales. Jewish Publication Society, 1999. 81 p. Illus. by Michael Iofin. ISBN Q-8276-0596-X.

Schwartz, Howard, ad. Invisible Kingdoms: Jewish Tales of Angels, Spirits, and Demons.
HarperCollins, 2002. 68p. Illus. by Stephen Fieser. ISBN 0-06-027855-2

Silverman, Erica. Raisel's Riddle. Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1999.
34 p. Illus. by Susan Gaber. ISBN 0-374-36168-1

Tooinsky, Izzi, ad. The Turkey Prince. Viking, 2001.
32 p. Illus. by Edwina White. ISBN 0670888729

Zemach, Margot, ad. It Could Be Worse: A Yiddish Folk Tale. Farrar, 1976.
27 p. Illus. by Margot Zemach.

Religion and Culture

Baynes, Pauline, ad. Noah and the Ark. Henry Holt, 1988.
30 p. Illus. by Pauline Baynes. ISBN 0805008861.

Chaikin, Miriam. Ask Another Question; The Story and Meaning of Passover. Houghton, 1986.

____. Clouds of Glory: Legends & Stories About Bible Times. Clarion Books, 1998.
118 p. Illus. by David Frampton. ISBN 039574654X

____. Esther. Jewish Publication Society, 1994. Illus. by Vera Rosenberry.

____. Make Noise, Make Merry: The Story and Meaning of Purim. Clarion Books, 1983. 90 p. Illus. by Demi. ISBN 0-89919-140-1

Cohen, Barbara. David: A Biography. Clarion Books, 1995.
128 p. ISBN 0395587026

Cooper, Ilene. The Dead Sea Scrolls. Morrow, 1997.
64 p. Illus. by John Thompson. ISBN 0-688-14300-8

Drucker, Malka. The Family Treasury of Jewish Holidays. Little, Brown, 1994.
180 p. Illus. by Nancy Patz. ISBN 0-316-19343-7

Edwards, Michelle, comp. Blessed are You: Traditional Everyday Hebrew Prayers. Lothrop, 1993. 32 p. ISBN 0688107605

Ehrlich, Amy. The Story of Hanukkah. Dial, 1989.
26 p. Illus. by Ori Sherman. ISBN 0-8037-0616-2

Fisher, Leonard Everett. The Wailing Wall. Macmillan Publishing Company, 1989.
32 p. Illus. by Leonard Everett Fisher. ISBN 0-02-735310-9

Fishman, Cathy Goldberg. On Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Atheneum, 1997.
32 p. Illus. by Melanie W. Hall. ISBN 0-689-80526-8

Geisert, Arthur, ad. The Ark. Houghton Mifflin Co., 1988.
48 p. Illus. by Arthur Geisert. ISBN 039543078X

Gelman, Rita Golden, ad. Queen Esther Saves Her People. Scholastic Press, 1998.
40 p. Illus. by Frane Lessac. ISBN 0590470256

Gerstein, Mordicai, ad. Jonah and the Two Great Fish. Simon & Schuster, 1997.
32 p. Illus. by Mordicai Gerstein. ISBN 0-689-81373-2

____. Noah and the Great Flood. Simon & Schuster, 1999.
32 p. ISBN 0689813716

____. Queen Esther, the Morning Star. Simon & Schuster, 2000.
32 p. ISBN 0689813724

Goldin, Barbara Diamond. While the Candles Burn: Eight Stories for Hanukkah. Viking, 1996.
60 p. Illus. Elaine Greenstein. ISBN 0670858757

Hogrogian, Noony, ad. Noah's Ark. Alfred A. Knopf, 1986.
32 p. Illus. by Nonny Hogrogian. ISBN 0394881915

Jaffe, Nina, ad. Tales for the Seventh Day: A Collection of Sabbath Stories.
73 p. Illus. by Kelly Stribling Sutherland. ISBN 0439163897.

Janisch, Heinz, ad. Noah's Ark. Neugebauer/North-South, 1997.
30 p. Illus. By Lisbeth Zwerger. ISBN 1-55858-784-5

Kimmel, Eric. A., ad. Be Not Far From Me: The Oldest Love Story. Simon & Schuster, 1998.
256 p. Illus. by David Diaz. ISBN 0-689-81088-1

Lester, Julius. When the Beginning Began: Stories about God, the Creatures, and Us. Harcourt Brace & Company, 1999. 100 p. Illus. by Emily Lisker. ISBN 0152012389

Mark, Jan. God's Story. Candlewick Press, 1998.
178 p. Illus. by David Parkins. ISBN 0-7636-0376-7

____. The Tale of Tobias. Candlewick Press, 1996.
32 p. Illus. by Rachel Merriman. ISBN 1564026922

Ray, Jane, ad. Noah's Ark. Dutton Children's Books, 1990.
32 p. Illus. by Jane Ray. ISBN 0525446532

Rosenfeld, Dina. Get Well Soon: A Bikur Cholim Story. Illus. by Rina Lyampe. Hachai, 2001.

Schecter, Ellen. The Family Haggadah. Viking, 1999.
80 p. ISBN 0-670-88341-7
Scotter, Roni. Hanukkah! Joy Street/Little, 1990.
32 p. Illus. by Marylin Hafner. ISBN 0-316-77466-9

Schwartz, Howard, ad. Next Year in Jerusalem: 3000 Years of Jewish Stories. Viking, 1995.
58 p. Illus. by Neil Waldman. ISBN 0670861103

Sobel, Ileene Smith, ad. Moses and the Angels. Delacorte Press, 1998.
64 p. Illus. by Mark Podwal. ISBN 0385326122

Wolkstein, Diane. Esther's Story. Morrow, 1996.
40 p. Illus. by Juan Wijngaard. ISBN 0-68-12128-4

Yolen, Jane. Milk and Honey: A Year of Jewish Holidays. G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1996.
80 p. Illus. by Louise August. ISBN 0-399-22652-4


Adler, David A. Chanukah in Chelm. Illus. by Kevin O'Malley. Lothrop Lee & Shepard, 1997.

Blume, Judy. Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret. Dell, 1993.

____. Starring Sally J. Freedman As Herself. Simon & Schuster, 1982.

Chaikin, Miriam. Yossi Tries to Help God. Zolotow/Harper Collins, 1987.
74 p. Illus. by Denise Saldutti. ISBN 0060221970

Clifford, Eth. The Remembering Box. Houghton Mifflin, 1985.
70 p. Illus. by Donna Diamond. ISBN 0395384761

Cohen, Barbara. Molly's Pilgrim. Illus. by Michael J. Deraney. William Morrow, 1983.

Cohen, Barbara. The Carp in the Bathtub. Kar-Ben Publishing, 1987.
32 p. Illus. by Joan Halpern.

____. Yussel's Prayer: A Yom Kippur Story. Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books, 1981.
32 p. ISBN 0688004601

Hesse, Karen. Letters From Rifka. Henry Holt, 1992.
148 p. ISBN 0805019642

Kanefield, Teri. Rivka's Way. Front Street/Cricket, 2001
137p. ISBN 0-8126-2870-5

Kimmel, Eric A. The Chanukkah Guest. Holiday House, 1990.
32 p. Illus. by Giora Carmi. ISBN 0-8234-0788-8

____. Gershon's Monster. Scholastic Press, 2000.
32p Illus. by Jon J Muth. ISBN 043910839X

____. Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins. Holiday House, 1989.
32 p. Illus. by Trina Shart Hyman. ISBN 0-8234-0769-1

____. The Magic Dreidel: A Hanukkah Story. Holiday House, 1996.
32 p. Illus. by Katya Krenina. ISBN 0823412563

Lasky, Kathryn. Marven of the Great North Woods. Harcourt Brace, 1997.
48 p. Illus. by Kevin Hawkes. ISBN 0-15-200104-2

____. The Night Journey. Warne, 1981.
149 p. Illus. by Trina Shart Hyman. ISBN 0-7232-6201-2

Matas, Carol. Sparks Fly Upward. Clarion, 2002.
192p. ISBN 0-618-15964-9

Polacco, Patricia. Mrs. Katz and Tush. Bantam Books, 1992.
32 p. Illus. by Patricia Polacco. ISBN 0-553-08122-5

Chaim, Potok. The Chosen. Fawcett Books, 1995.
271 p. ISBN 0449213447 (See also: The Gift of Asher Lev; In the Beginning ; The Promise; and My Name is Asher Lev.)

Rogasky, Barbara. The Golem. Holiday House, 1996.
96 p. Illus. by Trina Schart Hyman. ISBN 0-8234-0964-3

Sasso, Sandy Eisenberg. Prayer for the Earth: The Story of Naamah, Noah's Wife. Jewish Lights Publishing, 1997. 32 p. Illus. by Bethanne Andersen. ISBN 0-879045-60-5

Schnur, Steven. The Koufax Dilemma. Morrow, 1997.
192 p. Illus. by Meryl Treatner. ISBN 0-688-14221-4

Segal, Jerry. The Place Where Nobody Stopped. Jackson/Orchard, 1991.
160 p. Illus. by Dav Pilkey. ISBN 0-531-08497-3

Singer, Isaac Bashevis. Naftali the Story teller and His Horse, Sus. Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1976. 129 p. Illus. by Margot Zemach.

____. The Power of Light. Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1980.
87 p. Illus. Irene Lieblich. ISBN 0374360995

____. Stories for Children. Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1984.
338 p. ISBN 374372667

____. When Shlemiel Went to Warsaw & Other Stories. Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1968.
116 p. Illus. by Margot Zemach

____. Zlateh the Goat and Other Stories. Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1967.
90 p. Illus. by Maurice Sendack.

Singer, Isaac Bashevis, tr. The Fearsome Inn. Charles Scribner's Sons, 1967.
42 p. Illus. by Nonny Hogrogian.

____. The Fools of Chelm and Their History. Farrar, Straus, & Giroux, 1973.
57 p. Illus. by Uri Shulevitz.

Taylor, Sydney. All of a Kind Family. Wilcox and Follett Company, 1972.
____.All of a Kind Family Downtown. Wilcox and Follett Company, 1972.

Wisniewski, David. Golem. Clarion, 1996.
32 p. Illus. by David Wisniewski. ISBN 0-395-72618-2


Children's Books about Jewish Religion and Culture

Rabbi Amy Scheinerman's Annotated List of Jewish Children's Books

Jewish Community Library of Los Angeles

Society for Jewish Culture

Jewish Children's Books, Internet School Library Media Center

The Jewish Education Center of Cleveland, Notable Children's Books of Jewish Content