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Give me the YA novels set against the backdrop of the American labor movement and the new adult novels that treat inter-dating as worthy of informed, thoughtful storytelling! (Particularly in the early chapter book, middle-grade, and young-adult categories.) The #We Need Diverse Books movement ought to encompass Jewish books, particularly now when anti-Semitism in the United States and around the world is on the rise.
We are in a unique position in that our religion isn’t just a religion: It’s a cultural identity that spans a lot of cultures. But even as we worry about hate, we need to avoid the trap of tying our kids’ Jewish identity to the Holocaust. It’s also time to stop grading Holocaust books on a curve.
Do your research, think about how young is too young, and for heaven’s sake, don’t just hand over a book and walk away.
Think sex ed: A book can start a conversation, but you need to be the one to process it with your child.
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