Picture Books for Jewish American Heritage Month

In the month of May, we celebrate Jewish American Heritage Month. Whether you are learning about Jewish culture or traditions, or looking for inspiration for a Jewish recipe, here are 5 amazing Picture Books for Jewish Heritage Month that we hope you add to your TBR list.

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• Picture Books for Jewish Heritage Month  

MITZVAH PIZZA

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MITZVAH PIZZA
Written by Sarah Lynn Scheerger and Illustrated by Deborah Melmon  
Published by Kar-Ben Publishing

THE KEY FROM SPAIN: 
Flory Pagoda and her Music
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TIA FORTUNA’S NEW HOME:
A Jewish Cuban Journey
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TIA FORTUNA’S NEW HOME: A JEWISH CUBAN JOURNEY
Written by Ruth Behar and Illustrated by Devon Holzwarth
Published by Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers


BITTER AND SWEET
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For Hannah, moving to a new city feels bitter, but can she find the sweetness, too?

When Hannah’s family has to move, her grandmother tells her how she felt leaving the old country — it was both bitter and sweet. As Hannah leaves her friends behind and tries to get used to a new house, she only feels bitterness. Was her grandmother wrong about the sweetness?

Hannah starts to feel better about the move when she sees her new house in the soft light of the Shabbat candles. When a new friend reaches out with a special gift, Hannah realizes that sweetness can come from unexpected places and that she can even create some herself.

Featuring art by acclaimed illustrator Kyrsten Brooker, this story subtly conveys a universal message — while life can be full of challenging moments, sweeter ones can be found and created. An author’s note is included on the concept of bitter and sweet in Jewish culture.

BITTER AND SWEET
Written by Sandra V. Feder and Illustrated by Kyrsten Brooker
Published by Groundwood Books

KLEZMER!
Written and Illustrated by Kyra Teis
Published by Kar-Ben Publishing


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