Staff Picks 4 Kids Category: Picks by Marsha D.

Jewish American Heritage Month

Jewish-American heritage books

May is Jewish American Heritage Month The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of Jewish Americans who helped form the fabric of American history, culture and society.

https://www.jewishheritagemonth.gov/

Learn more about famous Jewish Americans, their accomplishments, and Jewish life by checking out some great books we’ve curated for you!

Another good list to check out is the Sydney Taylor Award for Jewish Childrens’ Books Winners, 1990-Present. “The Sydney Taylor Book Award is presented annually to outstanding books for children and teens that authentically portray the Jewish experience. Presented by the Association of Jewish Libraries since 1968, the award encourages the publication and widespread use of quality Judaic literature.”

The Best Sukkot Pumpkin Ever by Layla Steinberg 

The Best Sukkot Pumpkin Ever A simple picture book about the Jewish harvest holiday of Sukkot. Many families celebrate by building and decorating a hut called a sukkah. 

Micah and his family visit a pumpkin patch to find the best pumpkin for their sukkah, during their search he learns that the ripe pumpkin would also help feed people in a soup kitchen. 

Will Micah keep the best Sukkot pumpkin ever or will he practice Tikkun Olam (repairing the world) demonstrating the importance of sharing and giving to those in need? 

Learn the answer by reading The Best Sukkot Pumpkin Ever by Layla Steinberg. 

Book reviewed by Marsha D., Youth Services Assistant 

Grace Hopper Queen of the Computer Code by Laurie Wallmark

Grace Hopper: Queen of Computer Code Book Cover“If you got a good idea and you know it’s going to work, go ahead and do it.” Grace Hopper 

This picture book biography is about the unknown queen of the computer code. As a young girl Grace’s brilliant mind for math and science led her to tinker with gadgets. It was no wonder that her personnel motto was: “Dare and Do.” She graduated Yale University as the only woman in her class and became a teacher at Vassar College but wanted to do more to help her country. At thirty six, she was too old and too skinny to join the Navy but her excellent math skills landed her a job writing programs for the very first computer ever built. Grace invented the term “computer bug,” and taught computers to recognize words. Hooper was truly, “Amazing Grace,” a female role model . This was a fun and inspiring book to read. 

Book reviewed by Marsha D., Youth Services Assistant 

Reach Higher: An Inspiring Photo Collection of First Lady Michelle Obama by Amanda Lucidon

Reach Higher: An Inspiring Photo Collection of First Lady Michelle Obama Book CoverThis book is a beautiful and inspiring photo collection that takes you on a tour of how the Obama’s lived in the White House and Michelle Obama’s role as the First Lady. Even though the first Lady is not an elected position, the First Lady often serves as a host and spokesperson for the administration and can become an advocate to causes.

Michele Obama’s dignity, grace, and warmth made her the perfect role model to represent our country. Whether you choose to read this book or just enjoy the photos it is a feel good experience.

Book reviewed by Marsha D., Youth Services Assistant

How to Feed Your Parents by Ryan Miller

How to feed your parents / by Ryan Miller ; illustrated by Hatem AlyMatilda Macaroni’s food fussy parents will only eat six things that are either take-out, frozen, or prepackaged.  After tasting Grandma Macaroni’s jambalaya, Matilda is willing to sample sushi and pork paprikash.  Matilda’s newly opened palate will no longer allow her to eat only nuggets and noodles at home. With the help of grandma, she begins to learn the art of cooking and kitchen safety.

The big twist to this story comes with Matilda’s ability to teach her parents to eat healthier and with more variety in their diet.  This is a fun read-a-loud that will be enjoyed by all.  Be sure not to miss the recipe on the back cover.

Book reviewed by Marsha D., Youth Library Assistant