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“Emma’s Poem: The Voice of the Statue of Liberty” by Linda Glaser, Illustrated by Claire A. Nivola

Posted by Lydia Schultz on Friday, May 13, 2011,

Linda Glaser provides a gentle introduction to activist Emma Lazarus in her picture book, “Emma’s Poem.”  She introduces to young reader how Lazarus was born into wealth and privilege in the United States.  Coupled with Nivola’s lovely paintings, Glaser clearly conveys how people in Lazarus’s social class were able to read, have parties, collect art, and generally aspire...


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“Sliding Into the New Year” by Dori Weinstein

Posted by Lydia Schultz on Monday, February 28, 2011,

In the book, “Sliding Into the New Year,” we gain a wonderful new author of children’s Jewish literature in Dori Weinstein.  She brings a modern, human tone to a story that is both timely and engaging.

The story’s narrator, Ellie Silver, (aka YaYa) speaks in the authe...


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"Mitzvah the Mutt" by Sylvia Rouss

Posted by Lydia Schultz on Sunday, January 30, 2011,

"Mitzvah the Mutt” does something that I have long been wishing for as a librarian at a Jewish day school.  It tells a story that has Jewish content, without being excessively didactic. In the process, it tells a wonderful story about a family and their delightful dog.  The author, Sylvia Rouss, is better known for her Sammy Spider series of Jewish content books for preschoolers. ...


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“One World, One Day” by Barbara Kerley

Posted by Lydia Schultz on Friday, November 27, 2009,


This book, published by National Geographic, has as its premise that all children share certain fundamental experiences on a daily basis.  With lush and sensitive photographs, Kerley creates a story that can both resonate with and educate children about those who live elsewhere in the world.

Mealtimes are likely to be the focus for many children, and Kerley depicts this aspect well...


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"Bartleby Speaks!" By Robin Cruise, Illustrated by Kevin Hawkes

Posted by Lydia Schultz on Thursday, October 1, 2009,


Honestly, there just aren’t that many picture books that allude to Herman Melville’s short stories. Lucky for us, now there is one--"Bartleby Speaks!"

Robin Cruise provides readers with an enchanting and humorous take on Melville’s “Bartleby the Scrivener,” a character who was famous for “preferring not to” do pretty much anything he was asked.  In Cruise’s book, Bart...


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"Always My Brother" by Jean Reagan

Posted by Lydia Schultz on Saturday, September 12, 2009,
"Always My Brother," written by Jean Reagan, provides a gentle, yet realistic depiction of a child going through the grieving process.  Becky and her older brother John are best friends, sharing a love of soccer, their dog Toby,  and knock-knock jokes.  When John dies--out of sight and without any explanation--Becky is left to cope with her feelings.

Reagan does a wonderful job of tracing how Becky doesn't know how to behave anymore.  Soccer is hard, since it is something she shared with John....
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An Old-Fashioned Girl by Louisa May Alcott

Posted by Lydia Schultz on Wednesday, August 12, 2009,

One of my favorite books from my childhood from the realm of children’s literature is An Old-Fashioned Girl by Louisa May Alcott.  I first read this novel when I was about 10 years old, in a 1960s edition with quirky, anachronistic illustrations that I adored.  This book was truly formative for me;  in fact, enough so that I have often given it as a gift and have written an academic e...


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Lydia Schultz I am a school librarian and part-time college English teacher. I hope to review many of the books I read, both in the context of my research about children's books as well as in my pursuit of recreational reading. I want to share what I read--so what else is new?


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