• Hanukkah Bear

    By Eric A. Kimmel

    Ill. by Mike Wohnoutka

    Read by Laural Merlington

    When a bear arrives at her door, Bubba Branya mistakes him for her rabbi. Together they celebrate!

    "Young listeners will chortle as Bubba mistakes her ursine guest for the rabbi... This updated version of The Chanukkah Guest (1990) features revised text and all-new illustrations by Wohnoutka. His cartoon-style acrylics exude comfort and make effective use of warm browns and golds. Concluding with a recipe for latkes and a note about Hanukkah customs, this makes a good addition to the holiday shelf, especially for libraries needing to replace the earlier edition." - Booklist

    Released October 25, 2016

  • Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins

    By Eric A. Kimmel

    Ill. by Trina Schart Hyman

    Read by Gildart Jackson

    A traveler rids a village synagogue of goblins in this adaptation of the 1990 Caldecott Honor Book.

    Starred Review. "Eric Kimmel’s wonderful tale has not aged a whit, and it now receives prime treatment in this beautiful production. This is a wonderful presentation that will have little ones on the edge of their seats." - School Library Journal Review - School Library Journal (Video Review)

    Released September 29, 2015

  • Rifka Takes a Bow

    By Betty Rosenberg Perlov

    Ill. by Cosei Kawa

    Read by Elizabeth Cottle

    A slice of immigrant life on New York's Second Avenue.

    "Children won't know what the Yiddish theater was (until they read this title's informative afterword), but that doesn't matter much. Here, the focus is on the magic of performing and the wonder a little girl feels when she is - accidentally - on stage. In a direct first-person voice, Rifka begins by telling readers how Papa pastes on a mustache, and Mama puts on a white wig; suddenly they are old. Life can be fun for the child of thespians - stopping at the Automat for snacks and wearing makeup for fun. But when Rifka hits the boards, she is the one who gets the applause. Author Perlov, now in her late 90s, is the daughter of Yiddish theater thespians, so much of what she writes is from her own memories. Kawa's imaginative mixed-media artwork, reminiscent of Pamela Zagarenski's stylistic pictures, captures the fantasy world of the theater. A few photos at the end give a better idea of New York's Lower East Side. As the old rye bread ad used to say, you don’t have to be Jewish to enjoy this." - Booklist

    Released July 28, 2015

  • Benno and the Night of Broken Glass

    By Meg Wiviott

    Ill. by Josee Bisaillon

    Read by Susie Berneis

    Benno was the neighborhood’s favorite cat.

    3 Starred Review. "Combining ink and collage techniques, this short—narrated by Susie Berneis—offers an effective introduction for younger viewers to one of the signature dark events leading up to the Holocaust." - Video Librarian

    Released April 14, 2015

  • Anna and Solomon

    By Elaine Snyder

    Ill. by Harry Bliss

    Read by Qarie Marshall

    "An American story that is at once personal, timeless and universal." - Kirkus Reviews

    "Veteran narrator Qarie Marshall excellently contrasts characters’ Yiddish and New York accents, and ethnic background music adds to the setting in this adaptation of Snyder’s debut book, which is a good choice for eliciting discussions about family history and the immigrant experience." - Booklist (video review)

    Released November 11, 2014