Marjorie Ingall is a columnist for Tablet Magazine, and author of Mamaleh Knows Best: What Jewish Mothers Do to Raise Successful, Creative, Empathetic, Independent Children.
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The Best Jewish Children’s Books of 2018

From biblical tales to Holocaust stories, these books make perfect Hanukkah gifts—with a dash of magic and a bit of jazz

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A Closet of One’s Own

A mother’s carefully curated closet becomes the subject of a family memoir by Maira and Alex Kalman

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A Booklist for Non-Jewish Kids and Parents

The Association of Jewish Libraries has suggestions in the wake of Pittsburgh

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Talking to Kids About Pittsburgh

Age-appropriate but honest conversations, and even children’s books, can help you talk about what happened, and why. Here are some resources for parents.

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Is the Jewish Federation Censoring the Left?

A liberal publication gets yanked from the General Assembly in Tel Aviv

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Wrestling With the Refugee Crisis

Taking a cue from this week’s Torah portion, HIAS spearheads a national conversation about asylum-seekers

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Remembering the Emmys’ First Best Actress Winner

Gertrude Berg deserves kudos from every fan of comedy and/or powerful women

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Remembering Rose Pitonof: The Real Coney Island Mermaid

At age 15, Rose Pitonof made history by swimming 21 miles to reach the Coney Island Steeplechase

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Where’s My Apology?

It’s the time of year when Jews traditionally apologize … but what if you’re the wronged party?

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Perfect Family Reading for the High Holidays

The story of a rambunctious Jewish boy named Moses and a rambunctious Muslim boy named Mohammed, told with fine detail and exquisite art

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‘Crossing Delancey’: A Pickle Seller’s Love Story Turns 30

Looking back 30 years later at the Lower East Side romance

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When Good Intentions Aren’t Enough

An adorably illustrated new children’s book means well but fumbles the details

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Visiting Colleges, Filled With Ambivalence

A Midwest road trip makes a mother ponder independence, parenting, and Jewishness

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A Children’s Book Author Who Never Lied to Kids

Russell Freedman wrote for children but never condescended to them. His final book is a fitting tribute to this social-justice-minded writer.

 

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17 Fun Facts About the Bowery

A new book offers a delightful history of America’s most notorious street

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Barbra, Joan, Jerry, and Others, All Made of Trash

Artist Jason Mecier sculpts the rich and famous out of detritus

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The Nazi Children’s Book You Can Still Buy on Amazon: A Review

A tale of ducks, hens, and sexually voracious crows

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A Visit to NYC’s Only Remaining Siphon-Bottle Seltzer Factory

Brooklyn Seltzer Boys is the last of a dying breed

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A Polish Children’s Classic Comes Back Into Print—With Enduring Style

After the illustrators escaped the Nazis, Lewitt-Him brought their Eastern European sensibility to London, where they designed everything from propaganda posters to stamps

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From Houdini to Copperfield, a Century of Jewish Magicians

A new exhibit celebrates two of the art of illusion’s greatest practitioners

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Introducing: The Greatest Children’s Book Ever Written About Not Going to Bloomingdale’s

By the author of ‘From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler’ and ‘About the B’nai Bagels’

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These Shoes Were Made for Gawking

View designer Stuart Weitzman’s historic shoe collection, and salivate

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Introducing: The Greatest Children’s Book Ever Written About Gefilte Fish

If you always thought ‘Finding Nemo’ should’ve had a very different ending, I have just the book for you

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Jewelry for Food-Loving Jews

Bagel-and-lox cuff links? Babka earrings? I’ve got you covered.

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All That Jazz

A new documentary explores the Jewish origins of Blue Note Records, but evades some tough questions

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Farewell to Tanya Saunders, Longtime Owner of Beloved NYC Lesbian Bar

The Cubbyhole is a genuinely welcoming place in a world that can feel anything but

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Irving Berlin for Kids

A century after ‘God Bless America,’ three picture books celebrate the composer

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A New Picture Book Helps Families Celebrate Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag

Today would’ve been the civil rights icon’s birthday, so why not take a moment to teach the young ones about his life and pursuit of justice?

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La Dolce Gilda

The documentary ‘Love, Gilda’ makes us miss Gilda Radner—and all her beloved ‘Saturday Night Live’ characters—even more

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