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Picture Books

  1. Salt & Honey, Alone Together on Dan Street Named National Jewish Book Award Finalists

    The Jewish Book Council today named Salt & Honey and Alone Together on Dan Street as finalists in the 72nd National Jewish Book Awards.


    Salt & Honey: Jewish Teens on Feminism, Creativity, & Tradition, edited by Elizabeth Mandel, Emanuelle Sippy, Maya Savin Miller, and Michele Hirsch, with a foreword by Molly Tolsky of Hey Alma and a Reader's

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  2. Celebrate Community with New Book about Musician Debbie Friedman

    Celebrate Community with New Book about Musician Debbie Friedman

    A young girl named Debbie moves with her parents across the country, far from her close-knit large extended family. She feels unmoored in the new city, searching for connection, until she finally finds it at a Jewish sleepaway camp. There she finds community and music that stirs her soul. She learns to play guitar - and in turn, makes history.

    A Place to Belong, by Deborah Lakritz and illustrated by Julia Castaño, tells the story of Debbie Friedman, and how her quest to connect with her feelings and tradition led her to become one of the most famous Jewish musicians of our time. 

    Her songs "married traditional Jewish texts to contemporary folk-infused melodies, and is credited with helping give ancient liturgy broad appeal to late-20th-century worshippers,"

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  3. Love Chocolate and Donuts? Whet Your Appetite with These Sweet New Hanukkah Stories

    Most children love sweets. Two just-released Hanukkah stories centered on the kitchen serve up a portion of holiday fun.


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  4. Out-of-This-World New Storybooks

    There's a new crop of monster-ific new storybooks from Apples & Honey Press featuring kids and creatures learning to navigate family relationships.



    How to Be a Mensch by A. Monster

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  5. Apples & Honey Press: Jewish . . . with a Point

    It's not enough to teach our children HOW to be Jewish. Apples & Honey Press books also seek to show them WHY the values and the teachings of our tradition are important.
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  6. A Sweet Introduction to Apples and Jewish Holidays

    A Sweet Introduction to Apples and Jewish Holidays

    Apples, apples all year round

    juicy, fresh, and yummy.

    Apples, apples, sweet new year,

    apples dipped in honey.

    Coming August 2!

    This tasty tour through the Jewish holidays introduces young children to Rosh Hashanah, Sukkot, Simchat Torah, Hanukkah, Purim, Passover, and Shavuot. Colorful collage illustrations feature a variety of friendly woodland animals enjoying each holiday.

    "Apples have been special to the Jewish people since ancient times," write authors Barbara Bietz and June Sobel. "Sweet and juicy, apples are part of Jewish holiday celebrations throughout the year. Sharing holiday meals and preparing recipes together creates meaningful family traditions."

    Teacher Guide available for free download at

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  7. New Rosh Hashanah Tale Puts a Twist on a Legend

    New Rosh Hashanah Tale Puts a Twist on a Legend

    Miriam looked over the apple orchard. Autumn leaves were turning yellow and gold. The beehives were full of honey. The apples were ready for picking. Rosh Hashanah was coming.

    Miriam imagined all the apples and honey on her family's holiday table, as she waited for their guests to arrive.

    Miriam didn't come to the orchard just to pick apples.

    She also came to practice blowing her shofar. She could practice in the orchard without hurting anyone's ears.

    Miriam stood under an apple tree. She took a breath and blew. TEKIAH! SHEVARIM! TERUAH!

    She heard a sound above her head. It wasn't a shofar.

    Munch! Crunch! Munch! Crunch!

    What was making that noise? Miriam looked up into the apple tree.

    There sat a sasquatch, munching away at the apples.

    Coming August 2!

    Just in time for Rosh Hashanah

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  8. Celebrating 50 Years of Women in the Rabbinate

    Celebrating 50 Years of Women in the Rabbinate

    It was the 1970s. and doors were opening for women all across America. They could be doctors, lawyers, even pilots. But two thousand years of tradition said they couldn't be rabbis.  Until Sally.

    Sally Priesand wanted not just to learn Torah, but to teach it; not just to listen to a sermon, but give one; not just sit in the congregation, but lead it.

    In rabbinical school, people whispered, "She is only here to find a husband."

    "She will never finish."

    "No congregation will hire her."

    But Sally didn't listen. She finished her studies and became the first women rabbi in America. She opened the door for the many women who followed, and her story inspires us all to reach for our dreams.

    Sally Opened Doors - coming June 7


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  9. A Shavuot Story of Friendship to Savor

    A Shavuot Story of Friendship to Savor

    Mr. Mintz was exactly the kind of neighbor everyone wanted.

    He had a friendly word and a smile for everyone.

    Plus, he was awesome at: remembering birthdays, raking leaves, carrying groceries, shovelling snow, giving bike-riding lessons, filling bird feeders, and putting out milk for cats.

    And oh, what a marvelous cook Mr. Mintz was!

    He'd measure and mix and chop and pour. He'd add a sponful of this and a pinch of that. He'd fill and fry and bake.

    And in no time at all there'd be a dish of something so mouth-wateringly delicious that the aroma reached into every house on the street.


    Mr. Mintz is famous in the neighborhood for cooking up cheesy, gooey, and delicious blintzes. He shares them each spring to celebrate the Shavuot holiday.

    But something happens to Mr. Mintz this year, and he can't make his sweet treats.

    Oh no! Can

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  10. Behrman House’s Commitment to Diversity in Learning Materials Has Never Been Stronger

    We recently received a letter from “Concerned Citizen,” an anonymous 8th grader from Boston, who noticed that in the Hebrew series Z’Man L’Tefilah (Time for Prayer) “every single illustration in the book depicts white people,” and urged us to do better than to present “a singular image of Jews.”

    The student is right. This series, developed in the 1980s by the publishing company A.R.E., is illustrated with small line drawings that present what could be called an Ashkenazic world view, a view that North American Jews are exclusively descended from the Eastern European Jews who immigrated during the late 1800s and early 1900s as they fled pogroms and other atrocities.

    Behrman House took over distribution of this series in the early 2000s, and while we regularly review already published titles, as a small independent publisher we do not often have the budget to go back and

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