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This reading list, curated by the [tbh] team, features great book suggestions and is broken down by age group. We will continue to expand this resource, so check back for updates!


All Ages

  • I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou


  • The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
  • It’s Tot Shabbat! by Naomi Danis
  • Buen Shabat, Shabbat Shalom by Sarah Aroeste


  • Ban this Book by Alan Gratz

Younger Children (under 9)

  • Ezra’s BIG Shabbat Question by Aviva Brown
  • Let’s Talk About Race by Julius Lester
  • The Color of Us by Karen Katz
  • Jalapeno Bagels by Natasha Wing
  • Hanukkah Moon by Deborah DeCosta
  • Yaffa and Fatima, Shalom, Salaam by Fawzia Gilani-Williams
  • Queen of the Hanukkah Dosas by Pamela Ehrenberg
  • Always an Olivia by Carolivia Herron
  • Elan, Son of Two People by Heidi Smith-Hyde

Older Children (9-11)

  • The Time Tunnel 2: The Dreyfus Affair by Galia Ron- Feder- Amit
  • Penina Levine is a Hard Boiled Egg by Rebecca O’Connell
  • Quake!: Disaster in Francisco, 1906 by Gail Langer Karwoski
  • OyMG by Amy Fellner Dominy
  • A Time to be Brave by Joan Betty Stuchner
  • Brave Girl by Michelle Markel
  • Goldie Takes a Stand by Barbara Krasner
  • I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark by Debbie Levy
  • Like a Maccabee by Barbara Bietz
  • Queen Esther Saves Her People by Rita Goldman Gelman

Middle Readers (11+)

  • Stealing Home by Ellen Schwartz
  • My Basmati Bat Mitzvah by Paula J. Freedman
  • This is Just a Test by Wendy Wan-Long Shang & Madelyn Rosenberg  

Teen - Young Adult

  • Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert
  • Lucky Broken Girl by Ruth Behar
  • You Asked for Perfect by Laura Silverman
  • Internment by Samira Ahmed
  • Yes No Maybe So by Aisha Saeed & Becky Albertalli
  • Channel Kindness by Lady Gaga/BTW Foundation
  • Color Me In by Natasha Diaz
  • Marriage of a Thousand Lies by SJ Sindu
  • Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
  • On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong
  • The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
  • American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang


  • The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish
  • Black Buck by Mateo Askaripour    
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