Holocaustkidlit.com Goes Live | Online Searchable Database of Children’s Holocaust Literature

The Whole Megillah

Yesterday at Hebrew Union College in New York City at the annual conference of the Association of Jewish Libraries, I announced and demonstrated the debut of Holocaustkidlit.com, a new website featuring an online searchable database of children’s Holocaust literature published in the United States and Canada from 2002 forward (excluding self-published and educational titles).

The source for the database is the Children’s Literature Comprehensive Database.

The database includes fields for the following:

  • Title
  • Author/illustrator
  • Place, date, and name of publisher
  • Age group
  • Genre
  • Geographic scope
  • Holocaust category (e.g., occupation, flight, resistance, Jewish resistance, concentration camps, recovery, return)

The database also includes a synopsis, Sydney Taylor and National Jewish Book awards, and links to online reviews.

Who can benefit from this site?

The site and database provide information that can be helpful to the following audiences:

  • Educators
  • Librarians
  • Editors/Publishers
  • Students
  • Writers/authors
  • Scholars

The site can be used to…

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Ten Young Adult Books that Reflect the US Immigration Experience by Natalie Dias Lorenzi

Like any school librarian, I’m always looking for books that will connect with my students. But at the school where I teach outside of Washington, DC, matching books with kids isn’t always easy. Ei…

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Cool Tool | Dogs Discover

Literacy has gone to the Dogs! Check out this post from EdTech Digest for Science and Social Studies – Dogs Discover is a great way to hook readers and keep them engaged – this resource looks terrific!


CREDIT Dogs DiscoverScience and social studies publisher Kids Discover today launched Dogs Discover, an interactive, digital library of literacy material for man’s best friend. The new unit, which will be available at no charge, includes seven topics tailored to canine readers, including Working Dogs, How Dogs Communicate, and Physical Characteristics of a Dog. With the national canine literacy rate at an abysmal 0%, the Dogs Discover team is committed to getting dogs excited about reading and learning. The beautifully crafted dogfiction will help canine readers understand signs such as ‘Please Keep Off the Grass’ and food labels such as ‘Chocolate’ or ‘For Cats Only.’ To celebrate today’s launch, Kids Discover will donate a full set of its 140 print titles and a percentage of its April 1 sales to the Shelter Buddies Reading Program, which was designed to help shelter dogs become more adoptable and to nurture empathy…

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10 Great Read Aloud Science Books

10 Great Read Aloud Science Books The 24th of February is World Read Aloud Day. It celebrates people coming together to read books, particularly adults and children. The day was originally organise…

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This Is What Happens When You Read to a Child

It is wonderful when research confirms what we observe to be true. When we read to children: we open minds the way we open the book. Great to know there is concrete evidence of the power in reading to young minds for those who needed more proof!


For years, child advocacy groups have recommended that parents read to babies, even though research hasn’t been clear on what the practice does to a child’s brain. Now, a new brain scan study explains that reading to a child early and often activates the part of the brain that allows them to understand the meaning of language.

The study, presented last weekend at a meeting of the Pediatric Academic Societies, looked at 19 preschoolers and their interactions with their parents. Nearly 40% of the children came from low-income backgrounds. Parents filled out a questionnaire that assessed their habits for raising their children and included questions asking whether the parents had taught their children skills like counting, how often the parents talked with their kids and how early and often parents read to their children.

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Researchers then attached brain…

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