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Ethel’s Song has won the 2023 Paterson Prize for Books for Young People, Grades 7-12 and was named a 2023 Bank Street College Best Book…Facing the Enemy: How a Nazi Youth Camp Tested a Friendship, a Junior Library Guild selection, debuted December 5, 2023. Up next: Working on a YA novel in verse about how three young men–two New York Jews and one Mississippi black–worked together for social justice in Freedom Summer until their heinous murder by the KKK.

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Holocaust Children’s Literature

Since 1940, nearly 800 books about what has become known as the Holocaust have been published for children and young adults in the United States and Canada, excluding self-published and educational series titles. Educators, librarians, scholars, and others can now search this online database to find the best resources for classrooms, libraries, and research. This database is the foundation of Barbara Krasner’s Ph.D. in Holocaust & Genocide Studies dissertation, “Family, Hope, and Survival: The Nativization of Children’s Holocaust Literature, 1940-2020.”

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Featured Award-Winning Holocaust Children’s Literature

Number the Stars <br>By Lois Lowry

Number the Stars
By Lois Lowry

Ten-year-old Annemarie Johansen and her best friend Ellen Rosen often think of life before the war. It’s now 1943 and their life in Copenhagen is filled with school, food shortages, and the Nazi soldiers marching through town. When the Jews of Denmark are “relocated,” Ellen moves in with the Johansens and pretends to be one of the family. Soon Annemarie is asked to go on a dangerous mission to save Ellen’s life.

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Maus <br>By Art Spiegelman

By Art Spiegelman

The definitive edition of the graphic novel acclaimed as “the most affecting and successful narrative ever done about the Holocaust” (Wall Street Journal) and “the first masterpiece in comic book history” (The New Yorker)

A brutally moving work of art—widely hailed as the greatest graphic novel ever written—Maus recounts the chilling experiences of the author’s father during the Holocaust, with Jews drawn as wide-eyed mice and Nazis as menacing cats.

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