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Association of Jewish Libraries “Love Your Neighbor” Book List #1: Standing Up for Each Other

From the Association of Jewish Libraries:

In response to the tragedy at the synagogue in Pittsburgh and to rising anti-Semitism in the United States, the Association of Jewish Libraries offers this series of book lists for young readers. Books read in youth impact future outlooks, and it is our hope that meeting Jews on the page will inspire friendship when readers meet Jews in real life. This is the first in a series of book lists intended to provide children and their families with a greater understanding of the Jewish religion and its people.

The first booklist is called: “Standing Up for Each Other.” It highlights “stories of Jews and non-Jews standing up for each other, working out differences, and confronting prejudice.” Please share it widely, and ask if you have any questions. (Full disclosure: as an AJL member, I helped with the list.)

Elissa Gershowitz About Elissa Gershowitz

Elissa Gershowitz is executive editor of The Horn Book, Inc. She holds an MA from the Center for the Study of Children's Literature at Simmons College and a BA from Oberlin College.



  1. Thanks for posting, Elissa. It should be useful to many schools and libraries and I hope they print out the pdf on the link.

  2. Hi there – I’m Sam, and I’m Jewish. *waves*

    I was disappointed to see the inclusion of Laura Amy Schlitz’s THE HIRED GIRL on this list (and further disappointed that the AJL site doesn’t allow comments if you’re not a member, but that’s neither here nor there). For those who are unaware of the issues with the book, here is a post Debbie Reese wrote:

    And here is a twitter thread from Sarah Hamburg on the book:

    Not trying to start a big kerfuffle here, but… I feel let down that AJL included this book on its list.

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