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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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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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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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New Children’s Book About Women Who Changed the World Leaves Out the Jews

Emma Lazarus, Elena Kagan, Gloria Steinem and others need not apply

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Finally, an Age-Appropriate Holocaust Movie for Young Viewers

‘The Number on My Great-Grandpa’s Arm’ uses animation to elevate a documentary about a survivor and his 10-year-old great-grandson

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The 2018 Sydney Taylor Book Award Winners! Whoo!

What do librarians think are the best Jewish children’s books of 2017? Let’s find out!

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The Four Children’s Books You Absolutely Shouldn’t Buy for Hanukkah

Physics for babies, settler horses, and other terrible ideas, poorly executed

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The Best Jewish Children’s Books of 2017

Let the last-minute Hanukkah shopping commence!

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The Statue of Liberty Wears a Size 879 Shoe

Dave Eggers’s new children’s book looks at Lady Liberty from a whole new angle

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Picture Books for Parents Who Are Ambivalent About Israel

How to teach children about the Jewish State without cheerleading for Israel

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Teaching Kids About the Plight of Refugees

A new crop of books introduces young readers to people who fled their homes—in earlier decades, and today

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The Woman Behind Eloise

Kay Thompson, creator of the legendary children’s book character, had lots of secrets—including her Jewish roots

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A Jazz Classic Becomes a Picture Book

‘Strange Fruit’ brings the story behind a song about racism and lynching to a new audience: kids

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Judy Blume To Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

The legendary author will receive a prize in May from the American Academy of Arts and Letters

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Seven Civil Rights Heroes to Teach Your Kids About

Martin Luther King Jr. wasn’t the only one. So tell your family about the dreams of these other, perhaps lesser-known, leaders.

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The Best Jewish Children’s Books of 2016

Stories about Noah’s Ark, Jewish weddings, and scientific discovery make perfect Hanukkah gifts

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How to Explain the Refugee Crisis to Kids

New children’s books help parents broach a challenging subject

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Stay in Your Lane, Elf

‘Shmelf the Hanukkah Elf,’ a new picture book about one of Santa’s helpers who learns about the traditions of Hanukkah, takes the wrong approach to educating children about the holidays

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A ‘Flower Girl’ Walks Down the Aisle at a Same-Sex Jewish Wedding

Author Meryl G. Gordon recently spoke about her Keshet award-winning book ‘The Flower Girl Wore Celery’ in Boston

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Goodbye to Anna Dewdney, Writer of Beloved Books for Children

Her works, like the great texts of Jewish tradition, came to life only when read aloud

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Teaching Kids the Value of Dissent

A new picture book about Ruth Bader Ginsburg explains how a young girl who objected to injustice grew up to become the first Jewish woman on the Supreme Court

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Leonard Nimoy’s ‘Fascinating’ Life

A new children’s book delves into the ‘Star Trek’ star’s Jewish biography

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The Best New Kids’ Books—About Death

A slew of new picture books will help parents explain the hardest subject of all

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‘Wild Things,’ You Make My Heart Sing

A staged adaptation of a Maurice Sendak’s classic turns my child and me into happy monsters

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Children’s Books and Censorship

Can we live in a free and open society while also protecting kids from ideas that offend us?

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Expelliarmus!

This week on Unorthodox, Hillary’s Jewish outreach, plus Scholastic deputy general counsel Mark Seidenfeld—Harry Potter’s lawyer—and bioethicist Alice Dreger

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The Best Jewish Children’s Books of 2015

Stories about dogs and cats and even Santa Claus make the perfect Hanukkah gift this year

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Bringing a Diverse and Complex World to Young Readers

There’s a movement to make children’s books more embracing of underrepresented groups. Where should Jews fit in?

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Teaching Kids About Labor Day

The best children’s books about the labor movement—and the part Jews have played in it

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Lore Segal’s Warm and Weird ‘Tell Me a Mitzi’

The 88-year-old award-winning author wants her children’s classic back on bookshelves

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