Recognizes the best in Jewish children's literature. Medals are awarded annually for outstanding books that authentically portray the Jewish experience. The award was established in 1968 by the Association of Jewish Libraries and is named in memory of
The Passover Guest by Susan Kusel; Sean Rubin (Illustrator)
Call Number: Easy KUS (Easy fiction)
Publication Date: 2021-01-19
In Washington, D.C., during the Great Depression, Muriel and her family have no money to prepare the seder meal until a mysterious stranger performs a Passover miracle. Includes notes on the Passover holiday, the Great Depression, and the history of the D.C. Jewish community.
Dear Mr. Dickens by Nancy Churnin; Bethany Stancliffe (Illustrator)
Call Number: Easy 823.8 CHU (Easy nonfiction)
Publication Date: 2021-10-01
In Eliza Davis's day, Charles Dickens was the most celebrated living writer in England. But some of his books reflected a prejudice that was all too common at the time: prejudice against Jewish people. Eliza was Jewish, and her heart hurt to see a Jewish character in Oliver Twist portrayed as ugly and selfish. She wanted to speak out about how unfair that was, even if it meant speaking out against the great man himself. So she wrote a letter to Charles Dickens. What happened next is history.
The Christmas Mitzvah by Jeff Gottesfeld; Michelle Laurentia Agatha (Illustrator)
Call Number: Easy GOT (Easy fiction)
Publication Date: 2021-09-07
Al Rosen, a Jewish man, takes on the jobs of his Christian neighbors on Christmas Eve and day so they can spend the holiday with their families, starting a tradition that lasts for decades.
Linked by Gordon Korman
Call Number: Juv F KOR (Juvenile fiction)
Publication Date: 2021-07-20
Link, Michael, and Dana live in a quiet town. But it's woken up very quickly when someone sneaks into school and vandalizes it with a swastika. Nobody can believe it. How could such a symbol of hate end up in the middle of their school? Who would do such a thing? Because Michael was the first person to see it, he's the first suspect. Because Link is one of the most popular guys in school, everyone's looking to him to figure it out. And because Dana's the only Jewish girl in the whole town, everyone's treating her more like an outsider than ever. The mystery deepens as more swastikas begin to appear. Some students decide to fight back and start a project to bring people together instead of dividing them further. The closer Link, Michael, and Dana get to the truth, the more there is to face--not just the crimes of the present, but the crimes of the past.
The Genius under the Table : growing up behind the Iron Curtain by Eugene Yelchin (Illustrator)
Call Number: Juv B YEL (Juvenile biography)
Publication Date: 2021-10-12
Drama, family secrets, and a KGB spy in his own kitchen! How will Yevgeny ever fulfill his parents' dream that he become a national hero when he doesn't even have his own room? He's not a star athlete or a legendary ballet dancer. In the tiny apartment he shares with his Baryshnikov-obsessed mother, poetry-loving father, continually outraged grandmother, and safely talented brother, all Yevgeny has is his little pencil, the underside of a massive table, and the doodles that could change everything. With equal amounts charm and solemnity, award-winning author and artist Eugene Yelchin recounts in hilarious detail his childhood in Cold War Russia as a young boy desperate to understand his place in his family.
The Summer of Lost Letters by Hannah Reynolds
Call Number: YA F REY-H (Young adult fiction)
Publication Date: 2021-06-15
The discovery of a packet of old letters sends seventeen-year-old Abby Schoenberg to Nantucket to unravel a family mystery about her grandmother's past, but things get complicated when Abby meets the cute grandson of a prominent family who wants to stop her from investigating.
The Last Words We Said by Leah Scheier
Call Number: YA F SCH-L (Young adult fiction)
Publication Date: 2021-08-31
Nine months ago, Danny disappeared and everything changed for his friends. Rae is pouring herself into rage-baking. Deenie has deepened her commitment to Orthodox Judaism. And Ellie-- Danny's best friend and girlfriend-- is the only one who does not believe he is dead... because she still sees him. Ellie's friends are worried about her mental health, but she is certain that the tragedy that rocked their modern Orthodox community is not as simple as they all believe. Ellie is determined to uncover the truth-- but to do that, she will have to be more honest with herself.
Whistle : a New Gotham City Hero by E. Lockhart; Manuel Preitano (Illustrator)
Call Number: YA G LOC-E (Young adult fiction)
Publication Date: 2021-09-07
Sixteen-year-old Willow Zimmerman reconnects with estranged family friend and real estate tycoon E. Nigma, but after he helps her earn enough for medical treatments for her mom she is attacked by the monstrous Killer Croc and upon waking after the fight she gains powers and insight she will need to make the right choices.