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"Love Your Neighbor" booklist series from the Association of Jewish Libraries

Following the October 2018 gun murders at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, and in response to rising anti-Semitism in the United States, the Association of Jewish Libraries began compiling a series of themed booklists for children, families, and communities. The "Love Your Neighbor" series includes four lists:

List #1 Standing Up for Each Other

List #2 Synagogues, Clergy, and Jewish Ritual

List #3 The American Jewish Experience

List #4 Let’s Be Friends

"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," says the AJL's website. The organizers, led by librarian and Book of Life podcast host Heidi Rabinowitz (I also helped), believe that books such as these will "touch readers' hearts and inspire them to build a more welcoming world." It's a belief that we hope could transcend all that would divide us, now more than ever.

Read more about the project's genesis in this Tablet magazine article by Marjorie Ingall. For more from The Horn Book, see Kitty Flynn's Family Reading post "Bearing witness" and visit our Making a Difference landing page.

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 University and a BA from Oberlin College.

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