Books with Jewish Characters

From fun picture books and fantasy to historical fiction, kid-friendly biographies, teen romance, and coming-of-age tales, these books reflect Jewish life, history, humor, culture, and values, as well as traditions like b'nai mitzvah and holidays like Rosh Hashanah, Hanukkah, and Passover. For more stories of Jewish courage and perseverance, check out our lists of Books About the Holocaust and World War II Books for Kids.

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All-of-a-Kind Family Hanukkah

age 3+

Little sister finds way to contribute in warm holiday story.

By: Emily Jenkins (2018)
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A Hat for Mrs. Goldman: A Story About Knitting and Love

age 4+

Knitting = love in this warm and fuzzy tale of kindness.

By: Michelle Edwards (2016)
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The Keeping Quilt

age 4+

Quilt keeps memories of home alive in heartwarming tale.

By: Patricia Polacco (1988)
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Measuring a Year: A Rosh Hashanah Story

age 4+

Intriguing holiday books asks "How do you measure a year?"

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Oskar and the Eight Blessings

age 4+

Exquisite Hanukkah story has universal blessings theme.

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Simon and the Bear

age 4+

Polar bear, faith save boy in sweet Hanukkah miracle tale.

By: Eric A. Kimmel (2014)
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Star Stuff: Carl Sagan and the Mysteries of the Cosmos

age 4+

Beautifully illustrated book introduces kids to Carl Sagan.

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Tía Fortuna's New Home: A Jewish Cuban Journey

age 5+

Family memories ease the pain of moving in sweet tale.

By: Ruth Behar (2022)
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I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark

age 6+

Inspiring bio of Supreme Court justice empowers girls.

By: Debbie Levy (2016)
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Nicky & Vera: A Quiet Hero of the Holocaust and the Children He Rescued

age 6+

Inspiring true story of lifesaving hero and WWII refugees.

By: Peter Sis (2021)
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No Truth Without Ruth: The Life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

age 7+

Meaty bio of RBG shows how she fought for women's rights.

By: Kathleen Krull (2018)
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All-of-a-Kind Family Series

age 8+

Loving stories of a large Jewish family in 1915 New York.

By: Sydney Taylor (1984)
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The Einsteins of Vista Point

age 8+

Poignant adventure of loving family dealing with loss.

By: Ben Guterson (2022)
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Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster

age 8+

Haunting tale of friendship and magic in Victorian times.

By: Jonathan Auxier (2018)
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You Never Heard of Sandy Koufax?!

age 8+

A must for any baseball fan.

By: Jonah Winter (2009)
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Becoming Brianna: Emmie & Friends, Book 4

age 9+

Girl preps for her bat mitzvah in charming graphic novel.

By: Terri Libenson (2020)
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A Faraway Island

age 9+

Moving story of Jewish sisters living as refugees in Sweden.

By: Annika Thor (2009)
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Ellen Outside the Lines

age 9+

Touching story of girl with autism navigating change.

By: A. J. Sass (2022)
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Linked

age 9+

Swastika in middle school launches complex, uneasy tale.

By: Gordon Korman (2021)
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The Shadow Cipher: York, Book 1

age 9+

Puzzles, codes, laughs in exciting alt-New York mystery.

By: Laura Ruby (2017)
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