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Bar-Niss, Barbara. Jews One People. United Synagogue Book Service; 1989. Hardcover. ISBN 0-838107-19-2. [A magnificently illustrated picture book with text for four- to seven-year-olds depicting Jews throughout the world engaged in Jewish practices. Through picture and word, it makes the point that Jews live in many places and look different from one another but they are all One People.]
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Cone, Molly; Kaye, Rosalind Charney (Illustrator). Hello, Hello, Are You There, God? Reading level: Ages 4-8. Union of American Hebrew Congregations; 1999. Paperback. ISBN 0-807406-48-1.
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Dosick, Wayne. Golden Rules: The Ten Ethical Values Parents Need to Teach Their Children. Harper Mass Market Paperbacks; 1998. Paperback. ISBN 0-061013-28-5. [This book identifies the standards of ethical behavior that distinguish right from wrong and demonstrates how to instill these basic values in children from tots to teens using simple, everyday methods.]
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Dresner, Samuel; Sherwin, Byron. Judaism the Way of Sanctification. United Synagogue Book Service; 1978. Hardcover. ISBN 0-838102-22-0. [Confirmation. Education in Jewish values for the adolescent. Subjects include Judaism and Ecology, Hiroshima and Auschwitz, Premarital Sex, Kashrut, Kiddushin, The Home, Work, Death.]
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Ganz, Yaffa. Where Are You, Hashem? Mesorah Publications Ltd; 1991. Hardcover. ISBN 0-899065-04-X.
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Gellman, Marc. How Do You Spell God? Answers to the Big Questions from Around the World. Reading level: Ages 9-12. William Morrow & Company; 1995. School binding. ISBN 0-688130-41-0.
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Gordis, Daniel. Becoming a Jewish Parent: How to Explore Spirituality and Tradition With Your Children. Harmony Books; 1999. Hardcover. ISBN 0-609604-08-2.
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Heller, David. Talking to Your Child about God; Book for Families of All Faiths. Perigee; 1994. Paperback. ISBN 0-399521-28-3.
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Jacobs, Louis. The Book of Jewish Belief. Reading level: All Ages. Behrman House; 1984. Paperback. ISBN 0-874413-79-6.
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Kolatch, Alfred J.; Araten, Harry (Illustrator). The Jewish Child's First Book of Why. Reading level: All Ages. Jonathan David Pub; 1992. Hardcover. ISBN 0-824603-54-0.
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Kushner, Lawrence. The Book Of Miracles: A Young Person's Guide To Jewish Spiritual Awareness: For Parents To Read To Their Children, For Children To Read To Their Parents. UAHC Press, 1987. Jewish Lights Pub; 1997. Reading level: Ages 4-8. Hardcover. 10th edition. ISBN 1-879045-78-8.
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Wolpe, David J. Teaching Your Children About God: A Modern Jewish Approach. Harperperennial Library; 1995. Paperback. ISBN 0-060976-47-0. [An accessible, illuminating guide that shows how to explain spirituality and the important themes of Judaism to children.]
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Stories: Doing Mitzvahs

Bush, Lawrence; Iskowitz, Joel (Illustrator). Emma Ansky-Levine and Her Mitzvah Machine. Reading level: Ages 9-12. Union of American Hebrew Congregations; 1998. Paperback. ISBN 0-807404-58-6.
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Groner, Judye. You Can Do a Mitzvah. Reading level: Baby-Preschool. Kar-Ben Copies; 1999. Hardcover. ISBN 1-580130-58-5.
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Rosenfeld, Dina Herman. The Very Best Place for a Penny. Merkos Linyonei Chinuch; 1984. Hardcover. ISBN 0-826603-62-9.
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Grossblatt, Ruby M.; Friedman, Aaron (Illustrator). When Mashiach Comes. Mesorah Publications Ltd; 1994. Hardcover. ISBN 0-899061-29-X.
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Tikkun Olam

Cone, Molly; Doty, Roy (Illustrator). Listen to the Trees: Jews and the Earth. Reading level: Ages 9-12. Union of American Hebrew Congregations; 1998. Paperback. ISBN 0-807405-36-1.
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Fenton, Anne Lobock. Tikun Olam: Fixing the World. Reading level: Ages 4-8. Brookline Books; 1997. Hardcover. ISBN 1-571290-49-4.
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Jewish Symbols

Chaikin, Miriam; Weihs, Erika (Illustrator). Menorahs, Mezuzas, and Other Jewish Symbols. Reading level: Ages 9-12. Clarion Books; 1990. Hardcover. ISBN 0-899198-56-2.
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Friedman, Rifka (Illustrator). The Yarmulke, Kippah, Coppel Book. Reading level: Baby-Preschool. Hachai Pub; 1998. Hardcover. ISBN 0-922613-87-7.
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Kitman, Carol; Hurwitz, Ann. One Mezuzah: A Jewish Counting Book. Rossel Books; 1983. Paperback. ISBN 0-940646-54-4.
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Lebovics, Aydel; Cohen, Rochelle (Illustrator). The Teeny Tiny Yarmulka. Kehot Publication Society; 1998. Hardcover. ISBN 0-826603-60-2.
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The Synagogue

Rosenberg, Laurie; Kilby, Jak. Keystones: Jewish Synagogue. Reading level: Young Adult. A&C Black; 2000. Paperback. ISBN 0-713653-43-4.
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