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  1. Teaching the Holocaust to Children

    Teaching the Holocaust to Children
    The best way to broach tough topics with students is through age-appropriate ways. We have some resources.
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  2. The Wonder of Creation – Through Color

    The Wonder of Creation – Through Color
    How can you help children stop and notice – the sun, the leaves, the flowers and so much more – and appreciate where they all came from?
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  3. Help Children Conquer Their Fear to Protect Themselves – and Others

    Help Children Conquer Their Fear to Protect Themselves – and Others

    Recent measles outbreaks serve as reminders that each of us can help fight this highly contagious disease. Judah Maccabee Goes to the Doctor is a way to help young children understand that they can protect themselves and others.

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  4. Welcome Purim and Passover with 4 Themed Storybooks

    Welcome Purim and Passover with 4 Themed Storybooks
    Add some color to the holidays with these entertaining storybooks.
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  5. Power Up Your Classroom with Award-Winning Storybooks

    Power Up Your Classroom with Award-Winning Storybooks
    Celebrate Jewish holidays, heritage, and history with these winning storybooks from Apples & Honey Press.
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  6. How to Use Storybooks These High Holidays

    Children love listening to stories. Whether they’re family stories told around the table, or books read aloud before bedtime or in a group with peers, stories are powerful ways of communication for young people.

    Ann Koffsky, an editor at Apples & Honey Press, points out that “our Jewish tradition is full of stories. It starts with the Torah and continues with the Aggadah and Midrashim in the Talmud.” Storytelling is also part of our more modern tradition with the Haggadah on Passover and the stories of Chassidic masters, like the Baal Shem Tov and Rebbe Nachman.

    In The Secret of Happy Families, author Bruce Feiler describes research findings that “knowing stories of their family and the history of their family is best single predictor of children’s emotional health and happiness.” When we tell our children the traditional stories that have been handed down to us from generation to generation, we are not just transmitting a code of behavior

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  7. The Graphic Designer Behind Dr. Ruth's New Graphic Novel: Q & A with Illustrator Mark Simmons

    The Graphic Designer Behind Dr. Ruth's New Graphic Novel: Q & A with Illustrator Mark Simmons

    Roller Coaster Grandma: The Amazing Story of Dr. Ruth, a new book from Apples & Honey Press, uses the graphic novel format to tell the dramatic true story of Dr. Ruth Westheimer's grit, resilience, and strength for ages 8-12. Roller Coaster Grandma recounts her escape from the Nazis at age 10 aboard a Kindertransport, to training as a sniper with the Hagganah in Israel, through her immigration to the U.S. where she started as a maid, became a college professor, and eventually a television star. Using a trip to an amusement park with her grandchildren as its framework, the story subtly demonstrates lessons that readers can apply to their own lives.

    The book was co-written by Dr. Ruth's long-time collaborator Pierre Lehu, and illustrated by graphic artist Mark Simmons. 

    Mark Simmons describes the process of illustrating Dr. Ruth's life story.

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  8. Using Color to Show Emotion: An Illustrator Q&A

    Using Color to Show Emotion: An Illustrator Q&A

     Maddie the Mitzvah Clown, a new story from Apples & Honey Press, uses cheerful illustrations that evolve from black and white to full, exuberant color. 

     Maddie discovers her confidence when she decides to become a mitzvah clown to bring smiles to the faces of Grandma and her friends. Written by Karen Rostoker-Gruber, the story begins with Maddie watching Giggles the mitzvah clown entertain seniors and moves to Maddie donning a red nose, choosing a costume and learning to make balloon animals so she can do the same.

    Illustrator Christine Grove describes the creative process of bringing Maddie to li
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  9. Dr. Ruth, Author of Roller Coaster Grandma, to Headline Jewish Comic Con

    Dr. Ruth, Author of Roller Coaster Grandma, to Headline Jewish Comic Con
    Dr. Ruth Westheimer, author of the new graphic novel Roller Coaster Grandma: The Amazing Story of Dr. Ruth, will be the featured guest at the 2018 Jewish Comic ConSunday, April 29 in Brooklyn.
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  10. Afikomen Gifts Through Jewish Storytelling

    For Passover, consider giving these children’s books from Apples & Honey Press, sure to connect young readers to their Jewish roots.
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