What are the best Jewish picture books?

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    #1Joseph Had a Little Overcoat

    Joseph Had a Little Overcoat
    Joseph Had a Little Overcoat is a Jewish children's picture book created by Simms Taback. This book is about Joseph's overcoat that is full of holes and won a Caldecott Medal in 2000. It is first published in 1977 by Viking. 
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    Song Hue
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "This is a pretty cute book for kids to be able to explain certain things. It is a good start to explaining Jewish culture to little ones."
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    #2The Rabbi and the Twenty-Nine Witches

    The Rabbi and the Twenty-Nine Witches

    The Rabbi and the Twenty-Nine Witches is a Jewish children's picture book created by Marilyn Hirsh. This book is about witches who terrify villagers during the full moon. It is first published in 1976 by Marshall Cavendish Children. 

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    Sara Beck
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "This is a great book, with delightful illustrations and a classic story. I think it's great for kids of all religions, not just Jewish children. Given the relative rarity of non-European, non Christian folktale books for kids I think this is a no brainer."
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    #3Chicken Man

    Chicken Man

    Chicken Man is a Jewish children's picture book created by Michelle Edwards. This book is about Rody who loves chickens and works in a poultry farm. It is first published in 1991 by HarperCollins Publishers.

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    Julie Stewart
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "Chicken Man is not my favorite kid's book. While is it not one you should avoid, there are many others I would start with first, that are more engaging and more memorable than this Jewish picture book."
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    #4The Latke Who Couldn't Stop Screaming

    The Latke Who Couldn't Stop Screaming
    The Latke Who Couldn't Stop Screaming: A Christmas Story is a Jewish children's humorous picture book created by Lemony Snicket. This book is about Latke associated with Hanukah. It is published in 2007 by McSweeney's. 
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    Hannah Simmons
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "This is a humorous way to teach kids about the meaning of hanukkah and how it differs from Christmas. The latke has answers to the Christmas symbols about what hanukkah is and is not. Must have for people with children!"
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    #5It Could Always Be Worse

    It Could Always Be Worse

    It Could Always Be Worse: A Yiddish Folk Tale is a Jewish children's picture book created by Margot Zemach. This book is about a poor man who followed Rabbi's advice. It is nominated for Caldecott Medal and published in 1976. 

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    William Moreno
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "This picture book does feature Jewish characters such as a Rabbi, but the lessons that it teaches are fairly universal - everyone can benefit from being thankful for what they have, even if some things are not going well. The illustrations are very "human", which I prefer to some modern digital art which can fall squarely into a sort of uncanny valley. This looks be a fairly famous book, and it seems to deserve that reputation - some might consider it a little dated, but, as I mentioned, it has universal lessons that can apply to both the religious and non-religious."
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    #6Zlateh the Goat and Other Stories

    Zlateh the Goat and Other Stories

    Zlateh the Goat and Other Stories is a Jewish children's picture book created by Isaac Bashevis Singer. This book is about a village of fool called Chelm. It is nominated for Newberry medal and it is first published in 1966. 

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    Brenda Hunter
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "At holiday times we read stories from several religions and cultures since my family is a mishmash melting pot. This is one of our absolute favorites. Even if you don’t have a child to share this with right now pick it up for yourself, the illustrations are beautiful and the stories are short and mostly funny. "
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    #7Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins

    Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins
    Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins is a Jewish children's picture book created by Eric A. Kimmel. This book is about a traveler in a goblin's village. It is nominated for Caldecott Medal and it is first published in 1989 by Holiday House. 
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    Daniel Mitchell
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "This book is probably my favorite book from childhood. and I'm not even Jewish! My class would always request to have our teacher read us this story. It was just sooooo good. So even if you don't celibrate Hanukkah or are even of Jewish heritage get this book for your child. They will love it and it will inform them of other cultures of the world as well. done."
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    #8The Carp in the Bathtub

    The Carp in the Bathtub

    The Carp in the Bathtub is a Jewish children's picture book created by Barbara Cohen This book is about Leah and Harry who saved a carp and ended up befriending the fish. It is first published in 1987 by Kar-Ben Publishing. 

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    William Ward
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "The Carp in the Bathtub is definitely one of the best Jewish picture books on the market. It was published in the 80's and I love this genre so I don't know how I missed it. The pictures are splendid and it's such a cute story! I liked it so much that I bought a copy for a friend!"
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    #9Hanukkah at Valley Forge

    Hanukkah at Valley Forge

    Hanukkah at Valley Forge is a Jewish children's picture book created by Stephen Krensky. This historical fiction book is about Jewish soldiers who defeated the Greeks and it is first published in 2006 by Dutton Books.

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    Sandra Chavez
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "Hanukkah at Valley Forge is a Jewish children's picture book. It's perfect for kids."
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    #10The Journey That Saved Curious George

    The Journey That Saved Curious George
    The Journey That Saved Curious George: The True Wartime Escape of Margret and H.A. Rey is a Jewish children's picture book created by Louise Borden. It is published in  2005 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 
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    Pranav Patel
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "The Journey that Saved Curious George is a picture book that is aimed at Jewish children, but it's good for pretty much anyone. My kids loved it and everyone I recommend it to also loves it as well."

Summary

Best What are the best Jewish picture books
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Joseph Had a Little Overcoat Books 26 Paid
2The Rabbi and the Twenty-Nine WitchesBooks 23 Paid
3Chicken ManBooks 17 Paid
4The Latke Who Couldn't Stop ScreamingBooks 16 Paid
5It Could Always Be WorseBooks 14 Paid
6Zlateh the Goat and Other StoriesBooks 12 Paid
7Hershel and the Hanukkah GoblinsBooks 12 Paid
8The Carp in the BathtubBooks 10 Paid
9Hanukkah at Valley ForgeBooks 3 Paid
10The Journey That Saved Curious George Books 1 Paid
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