Celebrate Jewish American Heritage Month

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library

Celebrate Jewish American Heritage Month

Jewish American Books for Children

Jewish American Heritage MonthShalom!  Did you know that May is National Jewish American Heritage Month?

Come to the Children's Room to learn more about the vibrant and diverse culture of Jewish American people.

From history and biographies, to picture books and graphic novels, we've got you covered! 

Here are a few great picks to get you started:
Beautiful Yetta: the Yiddish Chicken 
by Daniel Pinkwater
Yetta is a very happy chicken, raised on an organic farm.  Escaping from the butcher lands her in the wild, exotic streets of ... Brooklyn!  
Oy gevalt!  Much fun and adventure ensues. 
Beautiful Yetta: The Yiddish Chicken by Daniel Pinkwater

In Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword by Barry Deutsch, an 11-year-old Orthodox Jewish girl, Mirka, isn't interested in learning to knit or anything else her family has lined up for her. She just wants to slay dragons!  And, in a way, she certainly does.
Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword by Barry Deutsch
Jean Laffite: The Pirate Who Saved America by Susan Goldman Rubin is a biography about New Orleans hero Jean Laffite, who was a Jewish pirate, businessman, Labor leader, father and key player in the U.S. triumph against the British at the Battle of New Orleans in 1815.Jean Laffite: The Pirate Who Saved America by Susan Goldman Rubin

The Yiddish phrases used in this post are shalom, which means "hello," and oy gevalt, which means something like "oh, goodness!," among other possibilities.