Celebrate Jewish Women's History Month with Four Great PJ Our Way Books

Posted February 14, 2017  | Written by PJ Our Way Team

How can we raise our tweens to be attuned to the accomplishments and strong voices of Jewish women? How can you make Jewish Women’s History Month relevant for your tweens? The best way to inspire kids to hear women’s voices is through their powerful words, so try inspiring your kids with these four PJ Our Way selections. They’re better than a lecture or history lesson at opening kids to learning more about accomplished Jewish women. 

For Older Readers

 
Under the Domim Tree is the fictionalized memoir of Gila Almagor, “the queen of Israeli cinema and theater.” Almagor grew up in one of Israel’s first Children’s Villages which were designed to take in the large number of orphaned children who arrived in Israel after the Holocaust. Almagor was one of very few “Sabras” (Israeli-born) children who grew up in the village—her father died young and her mother was emotionally unstable. This beautiful story of survival and enduring friendship highlights the courage and talent of one of Israel’s most well-known cultural heroes.

For Younger Readers
When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit is a beautiful story that many of us recognize from our own childhood. It poignantly captures the innocence of childhood amidst drama and war and tells the story of Judith Kerr’s family’s escape from Nazi Germany. It is one of the softest and gentlest introductions to the Holocaust for young children. In addition to being a beloved and award winning author, Kerr was also awarded the very prestigious OBE, an Order of the British Empire, by the Queen of England.

 
 

 
What better way to demonstrate the power of Jewish women than with Women Who Broke the Rules: Judy Blume by Kathleen Krull, which tells the story of how Judy Blume went from housewife to one of the most influential children’s writers. Blume is truly an example of how with the right combination of wit, smarts, and talent, you can accomplish anything you set your mind to. Through her books and advocacy, Blume has become an unforgettable voice for American Jews, and all women and children.
 
And finally, what better way to celebrate Jewish Women’s History Month than with the founding voice of Jewish kids’ literature, Sydney Taylor! More All-of-a-Kind Family is the second in the acclaimed series that broke the stereotypes of both American Jewish life and kids’ fiction by capturing the beauty and warmth of this large and bustling immigrant family. Taylor made such a lasting impact on children’s literature that the Sydney Taylor Award for Jewish kids’ literature was created in her memory.
 

 
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