It’s going to take me awhile to really absorb Kathy Bloomfield’s amazing catalog of “books that matter” on forwords.com.
Here’s a bit of the philosophy behind Kathy’s choices:
“In addition to the best in Jewish children’s literature, we also look for secular books with Jewish values content. As I decide which of the many new, wonderfully illustrated and delightfully told stories I want to review for my catalog each year, I keep in mind Jewish tradition and Jewish VALUES. I then try to find those books that will convey the values appropriate to a specific age level and curriculum in the best and most effective way possible. Finally, and probably most importantly, I look for those books that will excite the imagination of the children, being taught in a way that will tie them firmly into the lesson being presented, and create for them an internal moral encyclopedia from which they can retrieve information to help them deal with life’s challenges in a Jewishly ethical way.”
Sound good to you? Click on over to the site and download your own copy of the catalog.
(Thanks to the Association of Jewish Libraries for the tip!)