• ABC Israel

    Pre-K+

    by Rachel Raz


    ABC Israel, introduces readers to Israel’s people, food, languages, and more with colorful pictures, while also teaching the alphabet.

  • Aleph-Bet Israel

    Pre-K+

    by Galia Armeland


    Aleph- Bet Israel introduces young readers to the Hebrew alphabet and popular sites around Israel using whimsical illustrations.

  • And a Cat From Carmel Market

    Pre-K+

    by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
    illustrated by Rotem Teplow


    An eccentric Bubbe goes grocery shopping for Shabbat at the Carmel market in Tel-Aviv and ends up bringing home some feline friends.

  • Dinosaur Goes to Israel

    Pre-K+

    by Diane Levin Rauchwerger
    illustrated by Jason Wolff


    Dino’s adventures continue as he boards a plane for Israel.  Join him as he munches on falafel, tucks a message high up on the Western Wall, and invites a friendly camel to go snorkeling in Eilat.

  • Ella’s Trip to Israel

    Pre-K+

    by Vivian Newman
    illustrated by Akemi Gutierrez


    Excited Ella and her stuffed monkey, Koofi, take a family trip to Israel. Ella enjoys visiting all the famous places in Israel, but Koofi experiences Israel in his own special way!

  • *Everybody Says Shalom

    Pre-K+

    by Leslie Kimmelman
    illustrated by Talitha Shipman


    A spirited picture-book tour of Israel takes readers to the Old City of Jerusalem and modern Tel Aviv, the desert and the sea, Roman ruins, the Biblical Zoo, a kibbutz, and much more. Lively, rhyming text and vibrant, colorful illustrations offer young readers a trip through this old-new land of many contrasts, cultures, and customs.

  • Sammy Spider’s First Trip to Israel

    Pre-K+

    by Sylvia A. Rouss
    illustrated by Katherine J. Kahn


    Another adventure in the “Sammy Spider” series as Sammy travels with the Shapiro family to Israel, snorkeling in Eilat, riding camels in the desert, placing notes in the Western Wall, and eating falafel and pita.

  • The Colors of Israel

    Pre-K+

    by Rachel Raz


    This book by author/photographer Rachel Raz (ABC Israel) showcases the many vibrant and beautiful colors of the land of Israel, from the red double-decker train in Akko to the white dome of the Shrine of the Book, from pink postage stamps to orange beach umbrellas in Tel Aviv.

  • A Sweet Meeting on Mimouna Night

    Lower Elementary

    by Allison Ofanansky
    illustrated by Rotem Teplow


    A Sweet Meeting on Mimouna Night tells the story of a young Jewish girl in Morocco who is helping her mother gather flour from her Muslim neighbors to make special pancakes that are only eaten on the last day of Passover as they celebrate the Jewish-Moroccan holiday Mimouna.

  • Adventure Girl Dabi Digs in Israel

    Lower Elementary

    by Janice Hechter


    Dabi is a young girl visiting her grandparents and aunt in Israel. One day her aunt takes her to Beit Guvrin National Park for an archeological dig where Dabi makes an amazing discovery.

  • Alone Together on Dan Street

    Lower Elementary

    by Erica Lyons
    illustrated by Jen Jamieson


    A young girl practices the Four Questions on her apartment balcony in Jerusalem and finds a way to bring the neighbors together for Passover even during the separation of a pandemic.

  • And Shira Imagined

    Lower Elementary

    by Giora Carmi


    A young girl visits Israel and envisions the history of the sites she sees.

  • Chicken Man

    Lower Elementary

    by Michelle Edwards


    Rody lives on a kibbutz, but is called “Chicken Man” because of his work with chickens. The story details how a kibbutz functions and promotes the rabbinic saying (Pirkei Avot) “Who is rich? Those who are happy with what they have.”

  • A Concert in the Sand

    Lower Elementary

    by Tami Shem-Tov and Rachella Sandbank
    illustrated by Avi Ofer


    Uri is bored hanging around his parents’ delicatessen in 1930s Tel-Aviv until his German-speaking Grandma takes him on a walk and introduces him to the famous classical musician, Mr. Huberman, a friend she knew back in Europe.  A Concert in the Sand tells the story of the first performance of what was to become Israel’s Philharmonic Orchestra.

  • Engineer Ari and the Passover Rush

    Lower Elementary

    by Deborah Bodin Cohen
    illustrated by Shahar Kober


    The story of an engineer named Ari who is rushing to complete his final trail trip from Jaffa to Jerusalem before Passover begins. The book takes place during Ottoman-ruled Palestine and includes a picture and history of the actual first train that rolled into Jerusalem in 1892 and discusses how the father of modern Hebrew, Eliezer Ben-Yehuda, came up with the Hebrew word for “train.”

  • Engineer Arielle and the Israel Independence Day Surprise

    Lower Elementary

    by Deborah Bodin Cohen
    illustrated by Yael Kimhi Orrelle


    Today is Israel’s Independence Day and Engineer Arielle is getting ready to go to work at Jerusalem’s new light rail train station. Engineer Arielle drives her train through Jerusalem and runs into family and friends who tell her how they are going to celebrate Israel’s birthday!

  • Fast Asleep in a Little Village in Israel

    Lower Elementary

    by Jennifer Tzivia MacLeod
    illustrated by Tiphanie Beeke


  • I is for Israel

    Lower Elementary

    by Gili Bar-Hillel
    photography by Prodeepta Das


    Photographed and written in Israel, this book will introduce young readers to many aspects of Israeli society and culture, including language, animals, holidays, cities, and food.

  • *In the Jerusalem Forest

    Lower Elementary

    by Devora Busheri
    illustrated by Noa Kelner


    Based on the poem, “The Pond,” by Hayim Nahman Bialik, who is regarded as Israel’s national poet, a child and her mother take a walk in a forest near Jerusalem.

  • *Itzhak: A Boy Who Loved the Violin

    Lower Elementary

    by Tracy Newman
    illustrated by Abigail Halpin


    Before becoming one of the greatest violinists of all time, Itzhak Perlman was simply a boy who loved music. Raised by a poor immigrant family in a tiny Tel Aviv apartment, baby Itzhak was transformed by the sounds from his family’s kitchen radio—graceful classical symphonies, lively klezmer tunes, and soulful cantorial chants.

  • My Cousin Tamar Lives in Israel

    Lower Elementary

    by Michelle Shapiro Abraham
    illustrated by Ann D. Koffsky


    An American Jewish child compares celebrating Jewish holidays in the Diaspora versus her cousin Tamar’s experience of living in Israel. This book will resonate with many Jewish readers who have been to Israel and for the first time, understand what it means to be in the Jewish homeland.

     

     

  • My Israel and Me

    Lower Elementary

    by Alice Blumenthal McGinty
    illustrated by Rotem Teplow


    Travel to Israel and learn about the diverse people who together contribute to Israel’s commerce, religions, cultures, and various industries. Although Israel is a tiny country, it is a leader in innovations that help the world with growing crops, improving communication systems, and new medical technologies.

  • *Passover Around the World

    Lower Elementary

    by Tami Lehman-Wilzig
    illustrated by Elizabeth Wolf


    This book introduces children to the many different ways of celebrating Passover around the world, including customs that can be adopted for use in the child’s own family seder.

  • Professor Buber and His Cats

    Lower Elementary

    by Susan Tarcov
    illustrated by Fotini Tikkou


    A story about the famous professor and philosopher Martin Buber and his nine cats. Buber was active in the Zionist movement and moved to Israel after the Nazis came to power in the 1930s.

  • Shmulik Paints the Town

    Lower Elementary

    by Lisa Rose
    illustrated by Catalina Echeverri


    A humorous story about a painter, who is hired to paint a mural ahead of Israel’s Independence Day celebration and who has a tendency for procrastination, and his talented dog.

  • *Shoham’s Bangle

    Lower Elementary

    by Sarah Sassoon
    illustrated by Noa Kelner


    Shoham’s Bangle tells the story of a young Jewish-Iraqi girl named Shoham and her life in Baghdad with her family. Shoham details her family’s journey to Israel and her memories of Iraq.

  • Shoshi’s Shabbat

    Lower Elementary

    by Caryn Yacowitz
    illustrated by Kevin Hawkes


    A story based on a real person who lived in Israel long ago and learned a valuable lesson about taking a break and being thankful after purchasing an ox from a Jewish farmer.

  • Snow in Jerusalem

    Lower Elementary

    by Deborah da Costa
    illustrated by Cornelius Van Wright & Ying-Hwa Hu


    A  beautifully illustrated story about two boys, one Jewish and one Muslim, who encounter conflict when they find out they are both caring for the same cat. Readers who are familiar with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will appreciate the storyline’s message.

  • The Blue Butterfly of Cochin

    Lower Elementary

    by Ariana Mizrahi
    illustrated by Siona Benjamin


    The Blue Butterfly of Cochin is the story of the ancient Jewish Indian community’s mass immigration to Israel in the 1950s. We follow Leah as she struggles to come to terms with leaving her beloved India and moving to the newly-formed country of Israel. Accompanied by a magical butterfly and through dream-like illustrations, both Leah and the reader, are transported from the lush Indian coastline to the awesome beauty of the Israeli desert.

  • The Golden Bell

    Lower Elementary

    by Tamar Sachs
    illustrated by Yossi Abolafia


    In biblical times, Itamar, the tailor’s son, has carefully carried the High Priest’s robe―with its little golden bells sewn onto the hem―home for his father to mend. But one day, one of the bells is missing! When nobody turns in the lost bell at the Claiming Stone, Itamar wonders if the tiny bell will ever be found. A surprise ending brings the story into modern times when an archaeologist finds a golden bell at a Jerusalem dig.

  • The Language of Angels: A Story About the Reinvention of Hebrew

    Lower Elementary

    by Richard Michelson and Karla Gudeon


    The fascinating story of Eliezer Ben-Yehuda, the reinventor of modern day Hebrew and his son Ben-Zion, who was the first child in the early founding of the modern state of Israel to speak only Hebrew.

  • The Secret Tunnel

    Lower Elementary

    by Joy Nelkin Wieder


    During the time of King Chizkiyahu, Sancheriv, the wicked King of Ashur, threatened to surround the city of Yerushalayim.  It seemed that many other cities had already fallen to Sancheriv, but the Prophet, Yishayahu, told the people to trust in Hashem.  The danger was: the powerful enemy could easily win by simply blocking off the water supply of the Jews. Our story follows a fictional character, 11-year-old Yonatan, and his desire to help protect his family and his people.  The historical details of daily life and dramatic threat of the siege combine to create a suspenseful page-turner for children.

  • The Treasure of Tel Maresha

    Lower Elementary

    by Tammar Stein
    illustrated by Barbara Bongini


    This book, inspired by an archeological dig in which the author participated in Israel, tells the story of two girls living 2000 years apart.  Becca is a modern-day girl who has joined an archeological dig, and Rebeka is a girl from the past who lost something very important.

     

     

  • *The Upside-Down Boy and the Israeli Prime Minister

    Lower Elementary

    by Sherri Mandell
    illustrated by Robert Dunn


    A quirky Israeli boy who likes to do things backward and upside down tries to be on his best behavior as his class takes a school trip to visit the Israeli Prime Minister’s home. Readers will learn about the exercise regimen, including headstands, of the State of Israel’s first Prime Minister, David Ben-Gurion.

  • Under the Rockets’ Glow: Shira’s Journey to Courage

    Lower Elementary

    by Roman Sandler


    In Under The Rockets’ Glow: Tales of Resilience and Hope, a young girl named Shira learns about her Jewish heritage through her father’s inspiring stories, finding courage amidst a night of rocket fire.

  • *Yuvi’s Candy Tree

    Lower Elementary

    by Lesley Simpson
    illustrated by Janice Lee Porter


    This is the story of a 5-year-old Jewish Ethiopian girl on a dangerous journey with her grandmother to a Sudan refugee camp where they will be airlifted to Israel.

     

  • Z is for Zionism

    Lower Elementary

    by Ze’ev Zion


    Z is for Zionism is an educational booklet that takes readers on a historical journey of the Jewish people’s connection to the land of Israel, the history of antisemitism, the beginning of Zionism, and Israel’s contributions to the world.

  • *A Queen to the Rescue: The Story of Henrietta Szold, Founder of Hadassah

    Upper Elementary

    by Nancy Churnin
    illustrated by Yevgenia Nayberg


    The life story of Hadassah founder Henrietta Szold’s upbringing in Baltimore and her social justice work to help Jewish immigrants assimilate into American society and later, when Hitler came to power, to save Jewish children by organizing their transfer to pre-Israel Palestine.  

  • For the Love of Israel

    Upper Elementary

    by Rabbi Steven Stark Lowenstein
    illustrated by Mark Anderson


    This vibrant A-to-Z guide—or rather Z-to-A, Hebrew-style—examines more than 3,000 years of this postage stamp–sized land’s history. With the 26 letters of the alphabet paired with lighthearted text and colorful illustrations, this fun fact book explores the heart, the soul, and the foundation of the Jewish people—the homeland from where their ancient traditions, culture, and values have come.

  • Forever My Jerusalem

    Upper Elementary

    by Puah Shteiner


    Puah Shteiner’s autobiographical book, Forever My Jerusalem, details the author’s memories as a young girl living in Jerusalem’s Jewish Quarter.

  • Ilan Ramon: Israel’s Space Hero

    Upper Elementary

    by Barbara Sofer


    A biography of Israel’s first astronaut starting from his upbringing in Beersheva to studying hard in school and becoming a pilot in Israel’s elite Air Force.

  • *Natan Sharansky: Freedom Fighter for Soviet Jews

    Upper Elementary

    by Blake Hoena
    illustrated by Daniele Dickmann


    A graphic novel biography of human rights advocate Natan Sharansky and his life’s work to fight the Soviet government and allow Soviet Jews to immigrate to Israel.

  • Pickled Watermelon

    Upper Elementary

    by Esty Schachter
    illustrated by Alex Orbe


    In the summer of 1986, 11-year-old American, Molly, begrudgingly travels with her family to visit relatives in Israel. In Israel, she attempts to navigate using little knowledge of Hebrew while learning about her family and Israeli culture and society.

  • So Young to Die: The Story of Hannah Senesh

    Upper Elementary

    by Candice F. Ransom


    The amazing story of young Hannah Senesh, a Hungarian Jew, who at only 23-years-old was executed by the Nazis after being captured for attempting to rescue Jews out of Nazi-occupied Hungary. Hannah Senesh’s foresight at the deteriorating conditions for Jews in Europe caused her to immigrate to British-ruled Palestine where she was passionate about helping to grow the Jewish homeland.

  • The Amazing History of the Jews

    Upper Elementary

    by Chaya Burstein


    A comprehensive and easily digestible history of the Jewish people in a graphic novel format, for younger readers. Jewish history and the Jews’ connection to the Land of Israel are explored in 26 chapters covering biblical times on. 

     

  • The Boy From Over There

    Upper Elementary

    by Tamar Bergman
    translated by Hillel Halkin


    Set post-WWII and up to the 1948 War of Independence, The Boy From Over There tells the story of a young, orphaned Jewish boy who lived in hiding during the Holocaust and was then brought to Israel, where he joins a group of kibbutz children.

  • The Lost Spy and the Green Dress

    Upper Elementary

    by Alex Paz Goldman


    Twelve-year-old Israeli Motti and his friend Reuven are on a mission to root out a supposed German spy that is lurking in their neighborhood. Set in 1960s Israel, “The Lost Spy and the Green Dress” delves into the complexities of being raised by Holocaust parents in the modern State of Israel.

  • The Miracle Seed

    Upper Elementary

    by Martin Lemelman


    The Miracle Seed is the true story of how Israeli scientists brought back to life the once-extinct Judean Palm Tree by crossbreeding a 2,000-year-old date seed found at Masada and a seed found at an archaeological site in Jericho.

  • The Sound of Freedom

    Upper Elementary

    by Kathy Kacer


    This poignant story is based on real events in pre-war Poland and Palestine. After saving seven hundred Jews and their families, Bronislaw Huberman went on to establish what later became the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.

  • The Time Tunnel Volume 1: Jerusalem Under Siege

    Upper Elementary

    by Galila Ron-Feder-Amit
    translated by Nancy Wellins and illustrated by Galia Bernstein


    The Time Tunnel is a popular Israeli series about ten year-old friends Dan and Sharon who travel back in time to periods in Israeli and Jewish history. In this English edition created just for PJ Our Way, Sharon and Dan end up in the heart of Jerusalem’s Old City just as the Jewish inhabitants are surrendering to Jordan’s Arab Legion in Israel’s 1948 War of Independence.

  • This is Israel

    Upper Elementary

    by Miroslav Sasek


    This is Israel is one in a series on countries and cities by Miroslav Sasek first published in 1962. The book’s engaging pictures take readers through many famous sites and cities in Israel. Biblical quotes are sprinkled throughout the book, which help the readers make connections to the land of Israel.

  • Travel Dreams: Israel

    Upper Elementary

    by Sarah Janisse Brown and Alexandra Bretush
    illustrated by Anna Kidalova, Dana Andreeva, and Elaina Targarina


    Travel Dreams has created a series of social studies journals to be used by readers to research and learn about Israeli history and culture. Readers can take the journals with them on their trips to Israel or use research methods to find answers and fill out the informative pages.

  • *The Six-Day Hero

    Middle School

    by Tammar Stein


    12-year-old Motti lives in Jerusalem with his parents, younger brother, Beni, and older brother Gideon, who is serving in the Israeli army as the country faces war from neighboring Arab countries. Readers learn about the Six Day War from Moti, his family, friends and neighbors — including Holocaust survivors, native-born Israelis, and non-Jewish residents.