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This message is intended to provide recommendations to the readers of soc.culture.jewish of books that either relate to new parenting issues, or are suitable for use by children. For childrens books, were possible, an age range is given. Note that this list only touches upon a small area of the life of a child as it grows from infant to adult. Readers should also consult the lifecycle section in the Traditional Reading List for even more books.
In general, throughout the reading lists, North American (US/Canada) terms are used to refer to the movements of Judaism. Outside of North American, Reform is Progressive or Liberal Judaism; Conservative is Masorti or Neolog, and Orthodoxy is often just "Judaism". Even with this, there are differences in practice, position, and ritual between US/Canada Reform and other progressive/liberal movements (such as UK Progressive/ Liberal), and between US/Canada Conservative and the conservative/Masorti movement elsewhere. Where appropriate, these differences will be highlighted.
This isn't the only kids reading list. The following other lists are worth examining. Each has its own strengths and weaknesses.
Rabbi Amy Scheinerman's Annotated List of Jewish Children's Books (http://ezra.mts.jhu.edu/~rabbiars/). This is a very extensive annotated list of Jewish books. Unfortunately, most of the books on this list are out of print.
Lori's Mishmash Children's Book List (http://www.geocities.com/CollegePark/6174/jewish-children.htm). This is a very extensive book lists, with lots of synopses. Lori also has an Amazon affiliation. The pages may be slow to load, as Lori has a graphic for each book.
Many of these books are available through general bookstores or Judaica bookstores. A list of links to these may be found in the sources section of the General Reading List (if you are reading this at www.scjfaq.org, you can simply click on the "Sources" button in the header navigation bar).
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Our goal is to keep this list useful for its readers. To that end, suggestions of books to add to the list are always welcome. In your suggestion, please be as complete as possible; we need author, title, publisher, publishing date, and ISBN number. We also welcome a one paragraph short summary of why the book is of interest. Please send your suggestions to the FAQ maintainer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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