Celebrate Jewish Heritage with Books

By Kat La Mantia | April 18 2023 | AdultsChildren'sGeneralAllBlog

This May, celebrate Jewish American Heritage Month with this diverse list of reads! From biographies to summer-y beach reads to art, history, cookbooks, children’s books, and timeless classics, there are so many books for you to read all month long and throughout the year!

Find some of our favorite picks below, and explore our Jewish American Heritage Month title lists to discover even more.

 

Jewish American Heritage Month – Adult

Jewish American Heritage Month – Children’s and YA

Jewish American Heritage Month – Food & Drink

RBG A to Z
The Life of An Icon from ACLU To Gen Z
978-1-922417-67-1
An illustrated A to Z celebrating the unparalleled impact of the phenomenon that is RBG. 
$14.95 US
Mar 22, 2022
6-1/3 x 7-1/3
Hardcover
56 Pages
Smith Street Books

Harvey Milk
No to Homophobia
978-1-64421-184-7
Here is the incredible story of Harvey Milk, one of the greatest fighters for gay rights.
$17.95 US
Feb 28, 2023
4-1/2 x 6-3/4
Hardcover
96 Pages
Triangle Square
Age 10-14 years

Modern Kosher
Global Flavors, New Traditions
978-0-7893-4132-7
This dynamic, inspiring set of recipes includes Asian, Indian, Latin, European, and Israeli influences, fresh ingredients, and modern techniques to present a bright, elevated vision of everyday kosher cooking.
$17.98 US
Sep 27, 2022
8 x 10
Hardcover
208 Pages
Rizzoli Universe Promotional Books

True Believer: The Rise and Fall of Stan Lee
978-0-593-13573-0
The definitive, revelatory biography of Marvel Comics icon Stan Lee, an artist and entrepreneur who reshaped global pop culture--at a steep personal cost.
$18.00 US
Mar 01, 2022
5-3/16 x 8
Paperback
432 Pages
Crown

Awe-some Days
Poems about the Jewish Holidays
978-0-593-32469-1
Discover and celebrate all of the Jewish holidays with this warm and engaging poetry collection by the acclaimed author of Mirror Mirror.
$18.99 US
Sep 27, 2022
8-1/2 x 11
Hardcover
32 Pages
Dial Books
Age 5-8 years

Zabar's
A Family Story, with Recipes
978-0-8052-4339-0
The fascinating, mouthwatering story (with recipes!) of the immigrant familythat created a New York gastronomic legend: “The most rambunctious andchaotic of all delicatessens, with one foot in the Old World and the other inthe vanguard of every fast-breaking food move in the city.” —Nora Ephron
$28.00 US
May 03, 2022
6-1/8 x 8-3/4
Hardcover
240 Pages
Schocken

Synagogues
Marvels of Judaism
978-0-8478-6650-2
The most significant volume on synagogue architecture and design to date—brought to life by a stunning array of newly commissioned and archival photographs. 
$75.00 US
Nov 23, 2021
10 x 12
Hardcover
288 Pages
Rizzoli

Moose, Goose, and Mouse
978-0-8234-5132-6
A roving, rhyming tale about three friends in search of the perfect new home. Giggles guaranteed!
$8.99 US
Mar 01, 2022
8-3/4 x 11
Paperback
32 Pages
Holiday House
Age 3-7 years

Ashkenazi Herbalism
Rediscovering the Herbal Traditions of Eastern European Jews
978-1-62317-544-3
The definitive guide to the medicinal plant knowledge of Ashkenazi herbal healers--from the Middle Ages to the 20th century.
$24.95 US
Apr 06, 2021
6 x 9
Paperback
352 Pages
North Atlantic Books

The Complete Maus
A Survivor's Tale
978-0-679-40641-9
The definitive edition of the graphic novel acclaimed as “the most affecting and successful narrative ever done about the Holocaust” (Wall Street Journal) and “the first masterpiece in comic book history” (The New Yorker) • PULITZER PRIZE WINNER • One of Variety’s “Banned and Challenged Books Everyone Should Read”A brutally moving work of art—widely hailed as the greatest graphic novel ever written—Maus recounts the chilling experiences of the author’s father during the Holocaust, with Jews drawn as wide-eyed mice and Nazis as menacing cats. Maus is a haunting tale within a tale, weaving the author’s account of his tortured relationship with his aging father into an astonishing retelling of one of history's most unspeakable tragedies. It is an unforgettable story of survival and a disarming look at the legacy of trauma.
$35.00 US
Nov 19, 1996
6-3/8 x 9-1/8
Hardcover
296 Pages
Pantheon

Anne Frank's Diary: The Graphic Adaptation
978-1-101-87179-9
The only graphic adaptation of Anne Frank's diary that has been authorized by the Anne Frank Foundation and that uses text from the diary--it will introduce a new generation of young readers to this classic of Holocaust literature.
$25.00 US
Oct 02, 2018
7 x 10-1/4
Hardcover
160 Pages
Pantheon
Age 13 and up

Sababa
Fresh, Sunny Flavors From My Israeli Kitchen: A Cookbook
978-0-525-53345-0
"We should all be cooking like Adeena Sussman."--The Wall Street Journal"Sababa is a breath of fresh, sunny air."--The New York TimesIn an Israeli cookbook as personal as it is global, Adeena Sussman celebrates the tableau of flavors the region has to offer, in all its staggering and delicious variety
$35.00 US
Sep 03, 2019
8 x 10
Hardcover
368 Pages
Avery

Beastie Boys Book
978-0-8129-9554-1
A panoramic experience that tells the story of Beastie Boys, a book as unique as the band itself--by band members ADROCK and Mike D, with contributions from Amy Poehler, Colson Whitehead, Spike Jonze, Wes Anderson, Luc Sante, and more.
$50.00 US
Oct 30, 2018
6-1/2 x 9-1/2
Hardcover
590 Pages
Random House

On the Move: Home Is Where You Find It
978-1-5362-1810-7
In a masterful new collaboration, personal poems and poignant art illuminate the experience of refugees and immigrants everywhere.That’s whyit can happen again.It does happen again.It has happened again.Some of Michael Rosen’s relatives were lost before he was born, in the Holocaust. First, he wondered about them. And he wrote poems. Next, he searched for their stories. And he wrote poems. Then he found their stories. And he wrote poems. Now, in a companion book to The Missing: The True Story of My Family in World War II, Michael Rosen has brought together forty-nine of his most powerful poems, exploring the themes of migration and displacement through the lens of his childhood in the shadow of World War II, the lives of his relatives during that war, and migration, refugees, and displacement today and tomorrow, here, there, and everywhere. Throughout, atmospheric watercolors from master illustrator Quentin Blake evoke the hardship, exhaustion, isolation, and companionship of being on the move. At once intimate and universal, On the Move probes the power of art to adapt, bear witness, and heal.
$18.99 US
Feb 08, 2022
5-1/4 x 7-3/4
Hardcover
144 Pages
Candlewick
Age 10-14 years

The Last Schmaltz
A Very Serious Cookbook
978-0-14-753003-5
SCHMALTZ (Yiddish): 1) melted chicken fat. 2) Excessive sentimentality; overly emotional behavior. From one of Toronto's most magnetic chefs and restaurateurs comes a long-awaited cookbook that has just the right amount of schmaltz.
$32.00 US
Oct 09, 2018
7-1/4 x 10-1/2
Hardcover
280 Pages
Appetite by Random House

It's OK to Be Angry About Capitalism
978-0-593-23871-4
A progressive takedown of the uber-capitalist status quo that has enriched millionaires and billionaires at the expense of the working class, and a blueprint for what transformational change would actually look like
$28.00 US
Feb 21, 2023
6-1/8 x 9-1/4
Hardcover
320 Pages
Crown

Meet the Hamantaschen
978-0-593-35157-4
You've met the latkes, you've met the matzah...now it's time to meet the hamantaschen in this zany Purim story!
$17.99 US
Feb 08, 2022
9-1/2 x 10-1/2
Hardcover
36 Pages
Viking Books for Young Readers
Age 3-5 years

Jewish Soul Food
From Minsk to Marrakesh, More Than 100 Unforgettable Dishes Updated for Today's Kitchen: A Cookbook
978-0-8052-4308-6
The author of our successful The Book of New Israeli Food returns with a cookbook devoted to the greatest hits of Jewish grandmothers from Minsk to Marrakesh: recipes that have traveled across continents and cultural borders, now brought to life for a new generation.
$35.00 US
Oct 28, 2014
8-1/2 x 11
Hardcover
240 Pages
Schocken

The Beach Trap
978-0-593-44015-5
Two best friends torn apart by a life-altering secret. One summer to set the record straight.
$17.00 US
Jun 14, 2022
5-1/2 x 8-1/4
Paperback
384 Pages
Berkley

Tía Fortuna's New Home
A Jewish Cuban Journey
978-0-593-17241-4
A poignant multicultural ode to family and what it means to create a home as one girl helps her Tía move away from her beloved Miami apartment.
$18.99 US
Jan 25, 2022
8-1/2 x 11
Hardcover
32 Pages
Knopf Books for Young Readers
Age 4-8 years

Matzo
35 Recipes for Passover and All Year Long: A Cookbook
978-0-8041-8899-9
Streit's, the preeminent fine Kosher food company with a ninety-year history, presents thirty-five recipes for enjoying matzo during the eight days of Passover and all year long.
$16.99 US
Mar 07, 2017
8 x 8
Hardcover
112 Pages
Clarkson Potter