12 Jewish Children’s Books to Inspire Friendship
As a Jewish-American, I’m devastated by the terrorist attacks on Israel and the resulting impact on the Palestinian people. Below, I share a collection of contemporary Jewish picture books, with hope these stories will inspire friendship, especially when children encounter people of different backgrounds. They are not religious books; in fact, most have little uniquely Jewish content.
Making diverse stories available to kids allows books to serve as mirrors (allowing us to reflect on our own identity and belonging) and windows (a way to experience other cultures or experiences). Each of these books fill me with hope for humanity. They remind me of our connection to one another and the universal lessons we aim to teach our children: empathy, kindness, and understanding.
Want more? Please visit the Love Your Neighbor book recommendation series, published by the Association of Jewish Libraries in response to the tragedy at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pennsylvania and to rising anti-Semitism in the United States.
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