Calling All Books

Let's start at the very beginning... a very good place to start. OK, cut the singing and let's start finding  books.

We are looking for Jewish books for children and teens that are being published this spring from January 1- May 30, 2020. We'll do a fall list later in the year.

Here are titles that have come to our attention. If you know of others not listed here, please tell us about them in the comments. The book must have Jewish content and be published in 2020 for ages 0-18.

Picture Books
Judah Touro Didn't Want to Be FamousAdes, Audrey
Buen Shabbat, Shabbat ShalomAroeste, Sarah
Sweet Tamales for PurimBietz, Barbara Foster
I Love MatzahBiniashvili, Freidele
My Sister is SleepingBusheri, Debora
No Steps BehindGottesfeld, Jeff
Lilah Tov Good NightGundersheimer, Ben
Alligator SederHickman, Jessica
The Generous FishJules, Jacqueline
Hard Hat Cat!Kiffel-Alcheh, Jamie
You're the Cheese in My BlintzKimmelman, Leslie
Worse and Worse on Noah's ArkKimmelman, Leslie
Clarence's Topsy-Turvy ShabbatMacLeod, Jennifer Tzivia
Shalom Bayit: A Peaceful HomeMarshall, Linda Elovitz
Have You Ever Zeen a Ziz?Marshall, Linda Elovitz
Welcoming Elijah: a Passover Tale with a TailNewman, Lesléa
Havdalah is Coming!Newman, Tracy
Asteroid Goldberg: Passover in Outer SpaceSayers, Brianna Caplan
I Have a Jewish NameVorst, Rochel
The Passover MouseWeider, Joy Nelkin
The Boy Who Thought Outside the BoxWessels, Marcie
Miriam at the RiverYolen, Jane

Middle Grade
Catherine's WarBillet, Julia
The Blackbird GirlsBlankman, Anne
Albert Einstein: Kids in HistoryCanavan, Roger
We Had to Be BraveHopkinson, Deborah
Get a Grip Vivy CohenKapit, Sarah
A Ceiling Made of EggshellsLevine, Gail Carson
Peter's WarRuelle, Karen
Too Far From HomeShmuel, Naomi
A Place at the TableShovan, Laura
Trailblazers: Albert EinsteinVirr, Paul
Turtle BoyWolkenstein, M. Evan

Young Adult
Yes No Maybe SoAlbertalli, Becky; Saeed, Aisha
We'll Soon Be Home AgainBonde, Jessica
The Light in Hidden PlacesCameron, Sharon
Dancing at the Pity PartyFeder, Tyler
The Light Between UsFukuda, Andrew
Flowers in the GutterGaddy, K.R.
They Went LeftHesse, Monica
It's My LifeRamey, Stacie


  1. This Schmooze is a great idea! Please add my book, RED MENACE, to the list. The pub date is/was February 4, 2020, by Carolrhoda/Lerner Book Group. Thanks so much! L

  2. Another YA: What I Like About You by Marisa Kanter (4/7/2020); don't know much about it, but heard there's Jewish representation.

  3. Always glad to hear people talking about books. Please consider Not Your All-American Girl (Scholastic, July) Madelyn Rosenberg and Wendy Wan-Long Shang. Thanks!!

  4. Please add The Story of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Susan B. Katz (Rockridge Press/Callisto Media, March, 2020) to the list. It is a chapter book for young readers. Thank you!

  5. I picked up 28 Days by David Safier (Feiwel & Friends) at ALA. Not sure if it is eligible, since it was originally published in Germany in 2014.


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