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The Tumultuous Life and Nuanced Work of Israel’s Greatest Children’s Book Writer

After tragedy, Dvora Omer found flaws, beauty in the nation’s founding figures, turning them into literary heroes

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Missing

An Ezra Jack Keats exhibit at the Jewish Museum underscores the children’s book author and illustrator’s striking ambivalence about his Jewishness

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Going Golem

Forget vampires and zombies. For meaningful meditations on attraction, power, and body, young readers should turn to that ancient Jewish monster, the golem.

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Curses

The Torah and the recent hit children’s book Go the F**k to Sleep both stress the importance of being aware not only of kind words but of damning ones as well

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Taste Test

We all love personality-based quizzes. Here’s a perfect one for the people of the book: What does your favorite Jewish children’s book say about you?

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Loud and Clear

On the second annual World Read Aloud Day, consider the great educational, religious, and familial benefits to be gained from sharing stories with our children

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Illustrious

Simms Taback, prolific children’s book author and illustrator and designer of the original McDonald’s Happy Meal, creates art that is kooky, zany, poignant, and seriously Jewish

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Good Kitty, Bad Kitty

Benno and the Night of Broken Glass, a new picture book about a cat witnessing Kristallnacht, raises the unavoidable question: Do cute kitties belong in stories about the Holocaust?

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We Are Family

The All-of-a-Kind Family books, marking their 60th anniversary, are a classic text of becoming American. They’re also a still-moving tribute to sisterhood.

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Children of the Book

Part II: As Hanukkah approaches, a look at the year’s best Jewish books for older kids

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Children of the Book

As Hanukkah approaches, a look at the year’s best Jewish picture books

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The Others

Several new books for children and young adults ask us to see the world through Palestinian kids’ eyes

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Out of the Silence

A new young-adult novel tackles sexual abuse in the ultra-Orthodox world

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K’tonton Time

The vintage children’s book about a Jewish Tom Thumb still speaks to today’s kids

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The End

Finishing the Torah cycle, like finishing a scary children’s book, provides a much-needed sense of accomplishment

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Hello, Wilbur

If we love adorable animals in children’s books, are we ethically obliged to raise our kids vegetarian?

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Today in Tablet

Jewgrass, children’s books, and more

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Great Kids’ Books, Part II

The best Jewish chapter books of 2009

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Where the ‘Wild Things’ Come From

Brooklyn Jews, says ‘Paste’

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Jacob Two-Two

Makes a comeback, courtesy of another Canadian

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Bubbe Needs a Makeover

The problem with portrayals of grandmothers in Jewish children’s books

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Where the Wild Things Aren’t

An author realized all the best kids’ books were about Gentiles. So she started writing.

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The Loew Life

Artist Mark Podwal’s love affair with Prague

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Faking It

When girls want to know how Stacy Friedman’s bat mitzvah compares with my own, I need to be armed with answers.

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