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Best new Jewish books for kids

On January 10, the 2018 Sydney Taylor Book Awards and the 67th Annual National Jewish Book Awards were both announced. Two books won awards in both:

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The Language of Angels: A Story About the Reinvention of Hebrew by Richard Michelson, illustrated by Karla Gudeon
A picture book influenced by the style of illuminated manuscripts shows how Eliezer Ben-Yehuda and his son, Ben-Zion, created new Hebrew words for modern ideas and objects.

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Refugee by Alan Gratz
Although separated by continents and decades, Josef, a Jewish boy living in 1930s Nazi Germany; Isabel, a Cuban girl trying to escape the riots and unrest plaguing her country in 1994; and Mahmoud, a Syrian boy in 2015 whose homeland is torn apart by violence and destruction, embark on harrowing journeys in search of refuge, discovering shocking connections that tie their stories together.

We also own several of the books honored or recognized as finalists or notable:

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Yaffa and Fatima: Shalom, Salaam adapted by Fawzia Gilani-Williams, illustrated by Chiara Fedele
Yaffa and Fatima live on neighboring date farms. When very little rain leads to a poor harvest, each woman goes to extra measures to make sure that her neighbor doesn’t go hungry.

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Viva, Rose! by Susan Krawitz
In El Paso, Texas, in 1915, fourteen-year-old Rose Solomon seeks her missing brother’s return and inadvertently ends up running with Pancho Villa and his revolutionary army.

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This Is Just a Test by Madelyn Rosenberg and Wendy Wan-Long Shang
In 1983 seventh-grader David Da-Wei Horowitz has a lot to worry about–his bar mitzvah is coming soon, his Jewish and Chinese grandmothers argue about everything, his teammates for the upcoming trivia contest, Scott and Hector, do not like each other, he is beginning to notice girls, and Scott has persuaded him to begin digging a fallout shelter just in case the Cold War heats up.

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The Dollmaker of Krakow by R.M. Romero
At the beginning of World War II, Karolina’s spirit magically travels from the war-torn Land of the Dolls to the Krakow, Poland, shop of the Dollmaker, Cyryl, and together they take great risks to save their Jewish friends.

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Lucky Broken Girl by Ruth Behar
In 1960s New York, fifth-grader Ruthie, a Cuban-Jewish immigrant, must rely on books, art, her family, and friends in her multicultural neighborhood when an accident puts her in a body cast.

Winter/Spring storytimes begin

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Join us for weekly storytimes from January 15 through April 26. There will be no weekly storytimes the week of April 9.

All Together Storytime 
Mondays, 9:30-10 a.m.
Mondays, 10:15-10:45 a.m.
Mondays, 11-11:30 a.m.
Enjoy a fun-filled half hour of stories and songs. This storytime is aimed at 2–6 year-olds, but siblings are welcome. Particularly good for families and groups with multi-age children. Drop in.

Diez Deditos (Ten Little Fingers) 
Mondays, 7-7:30 p.m.
Diez Deditos (Ten Little Fingers) is a bilingual storytime presented in English and Spanish. Drop in.

Lapsit Storytime 
Tuesdays, 9:45-10:15 a.m.
Tuesdays, 10:30-11 a.m.
Ages 0–18 months with an adult
Join us for stories, songs and activities to help your babies grow and learn! Drop in.

Family Storytime 
Tuesdays, 7-7:30 p.m.
All ages, preschoolers with an adult
Gather the family together for a storytime filled with fun, stories, songs and laughter! Drop in.

Toddler Storytime 
Wednesdays, 9:30-10 a.m.
Wednesdays, 10:15-10:45 a.m.
Wednesdays, 11-11:30 a.m.
Ages 18–36 months
Help your toddlers grow and learn with stories, songs and fun! Drop in.

Lapsit Storytime 
Thursdays, 6:30-7:15 p.m.
Ages 0–18 months with an adult
Join us for stories, songs and activities to help your babies grow and learn! Drop in.

Have you signed up yet?

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Experts recommend children hear at least 1,000 stories before they start to learn to read themselves. Families who read aloud to their children strengthen their language skills and build their vocabulary. Start your child’s love of learning with our 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten initiative.

How Does It Work?

Fountaindale Public Library cardholders can sign up for 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten at the Children’s Services Desk.

At signup, you’ll receive a free tote bag and your first reading log. Color in a circle on the log for each book you read to your child. Remember to include books read at home or at storytime, daycare and preschool. If you read the same book multiple times, count each time you read that story.

After each 100 books you read, bring your completed log to the Children’s Services Desk for a new log and a prize!

How Long Will It Take to Reach 1,000?

1 Book per Day = 3 years
2 Books per Day = 1.5 years
3 Books per Day = 1 year
4 Books per Day = 9 months
5 Books per Day = 7 months

What Prizes Will My Child Earn?

In addition to gaining more language skills and a robust vocabulary, you child will earn:

● 100 books = Animal Sticker
● 200 books = Animal Sticker
● 300 books = Animal Sticker
● 400 books = Free Cookie Voucher from Brooks Café
● 500 books = Animal Sticker
● 600 books = Animal Sticker
● 700 books = Photo on the Storytime Throne
● 800 books = Animal Sticker
● 900 books = Animal Sticker
● 1,000 books = Certificate of Completion and Free Book

This program is made possible by the generosity of the Friends of Fountaindale.

Friendship dolls in the library

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Dolls of War by Shirley Parenteau just arrived at the library, a continuation of the story of the Friendship Dolls that started with Ship of Dolls and Dolls of Hope. The dolls were exchanged between Japan and the USA in the 1920s.

Kirby Larson also wrote about this exchange in The Friendship Doll. Seeing this book prompted a librarian in Minnesota to rediscover one of these dolls in the library’s collection (If you follow the link, there are photos of the doll Miss Miyazaki before and after her restoration).

You can also read about Miss Shimane (pictured above and to the left) at the Indianapolis Public Library’s Digital Indy website and take a closer look at the collection of miniature objects that traveled with her.

Monarch Reading Club

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Monarch Reading Club
Friday, December 1–Thursday, February 15
Voting: Thursday, February 15–Thursday, March 1
Grades K–3
Pick up a reading log at the Monarch Award display in the Secret Garden, and check out some of the books. Read or listen to all 20 nominees to earn a prize. Read or listen to at least five and vote for your favorite. If your school is voting for the Monarch Award, you can still vote to pick the library winner.

 

Jonathan Swift at 350

Jonathan Swift was born on November 30, 1667. He’s best known in the world of children’s literature for Gulliver’s Travels (originally for adults). To find out more about him and the time in which he lived, you could check out The 18th Century: Artists, Writers, and Composers. You can also enjoy one of these adaptations of Gulliver’s story:

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Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
Unabridged Playaway audiobook

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Gulliver by Martin Jenkins, illustrated by Chris Riddell
The voyages of an eighteenth-century Englishman carry him to such strange places as Lilliput, where people are six inches tall, and Brobdingnag, a land peopled by giants. This adaptation is long but full of pictures and recommended for grades 3 and up.

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Gulliver in Lilliput by Lisa Findlay
On a voyage in the South Seas, an Englishman finds himself shipwrecked in Lilliput, a land of people only six inches high. This one is in our collection of books for beginning readers.

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Gulliver’s Travels by Martin Woodside
An abridged version of the voyages of an eighteenth-century Englishman that carry him to such strange places as Lilliput, where people are six inches tall, and Brobdingnag, a land peopled by giants. The Classic Starts series is suggested for ages 7 to 9.

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Gulliver’s Travels by Nick Eliopulos
The voyages of an Englishman carry him to such strange places as Lilliput, where people are six inches tall; Brobdingnag, a land of giants; and a country ruled by horses. This Stepping Stone book is recommended for ages 6 to 9.

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Gulliver’s Travels by James Dunbar
The voyages of an eighteenth-century Englishman carry him to such strange places as Lilliput, where people are six inches tall, and Brobdingnag, a land peopled by giants. Illustrated notes throughout the text explain the historical background of the story.

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Gullifur’s Travels by Brad Strickland
When Joe learns a valuable lesson in judging basketball players by their size, Wishbone imagines himself as Lemuel Gulliver, a seventeenth-century ship’s surgeon who is shipwrecked in two strange lands. In one place, everyone is only a few inches tall. The other land is populated by giants. Suggested for ages 8 to 12.

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Lilliput by Sam Gayton
Three-inch-tall Lily has been trapped in a bird cage for half of her life while her giant captor, Gulliver, writes a book about his travels but she finally escapes and, aided by a clockmaker’s apprentice and his friends, makes plans to leave London and return home to Lilliput. Inspired by Jonathan Swift’s novel, Gulliver’s Travels.

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Gulliver’s Travels: Gulliver’s Fun Pack
Jack Black plays a man shipwrecked on the island of Lilliput.

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Gulliver’s Travels
Ted Danson plays Gulliver in a TV miniseries.

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Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels: A Graphic Novel adapted by Donald B. Lemke
Retold in graphic novel form, Lemuel Gulliver voyage takes him to the strange lands of Lilliput, where people are only six inches tall, and Brobdingnag, a land of giants. This version is available through eReadIllinois in English and Spanish.

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Gulliver’s Travels, retold by John Malam
When Lemuel Gulliver is washed up on the distant shore of Lilliput, he becomes a giant among men. As his travels continue, Gulliver is dwarfed by the people of Brobdingnag and bewildered by the customs of the Laputians. Will Gulliver find the humanity he seeks in the Land of the Talking Horses? A retelling of Jonathan Swift’s story in graphic novel format.

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Travel & Adventure by Seymour Reit
Three classic stories of travel and adventure from Bank Street Graphic Novels.

Picture Book Month

It’s Picture Book Month! Take a look through the Children’s Services department and you will see little notes throughout the picture book collection pointing out some of our favorite titles.