(Originally posted to @carolinepritchardwrites on May 5, 2021)
Here’s to celebrating Jewish American Heritage Month with a sassy little picture book stack.
It’s got all the Jewish basics: big questions… immigration journeys…mooing monkeys… mysterious magicians… Ladino… talking matzahs… RBG… spider apologies… Goodnight Moon parodies… multicultural Shabbat celebrations… daring book rescues… and the most *brilliant* anthology of translated Yiddish children’s stories.
You better BELIEVE I snuck in my favorite chapter book of all time, too. I stan Henny.
We all know the stats on rising antisemitism and white nationalism in recent years are grim. So here’s your friendly PSA: Share a full range of Jewish stories beyond just this month. Stories about ALL the things, not just the Holocaust and holidays. And don’t forget to center the joy.
P.S. Had to include a banger from the unforgettable Jewish duo of Simon & Garfunkel. It was between that and “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” (which, yes, was written by Jewish mensch Johnny Marks) #themoreyouknow