Books For Young Readers
The following book list for young readers was provided by Sinai Temple Blumenthal
Library in Los Angeles, sinaitemple.org.
The Abracadabra kid -- a writer's life
Sid Fleischman. -- N.Y : Greenwillow, 1996.
The autobiography of the Newbery award winning children's author who set out from childhood to be a magician.
An American rhapsody -- the story of George Gershwin
Paul Kresh. -- N.Y : E.P. Dutton, 1988.
Biography of the composer of musical comedies, popular songs, symphonic works, and an opera.
Bridget Paolucci. -- N.Y : Chelsea House, 1990.
Biography describes the private and professional life of Jewish opera star Beverly Sills.
The Entertainer and the dybbuk – a novel
Sid Fleischman. -- NY : Greenwillow, 2007.
A struggling American ventriloquist in post-World War II Europe is possessed by the mischievous spirit of a young Jewish boy killed in the Holocaust.
Fiddler to the world -- the inspiring life of Itzhak Perlman
Carol H Behrman. -- White Hall, VA : Shoe Tree Press, 1992.
Story of the life of Itzhak Perlman and his accomplishments.
Harry Houdini -- escape artist and master magician
Zachary Kent. -- Berkeley Heights, NJ : Enslow Publishers, 2002.
Examines the life and career of Harry Houdini.
Clinton Cox. -- N.Y : Scholastic, 2001.
Biography of the famous magician.
Ike & Mama and the once-in-a-lifetime movie
Carol Snyder, and Charles, 1931- , illus Robinson. -- N.Y : Coward, McCann & Geoghegan, 1981.
When Ike and his friends get thrown out of a movie for not paying, Mama insists they pay back the theater owner, which they do by getting parts in a D.W. Griffith movie being made a block away.
In the promised land -- lives of Jewish Americans
Doreen Rappaport, Cornelius, illus Van Wright, and Ying-Hwa, illus Hu. -- NY : HarperCollins, 2005.
Offers vignettes from the lives of thirteen Jewish Americans whose achievements, from the colonial period through the present, contributed to women's and worker's rights, medicine, science, fashion, photography, sport, and entertainment.
Isadora Duncan -- dancer
Ruth Lurie Kozodoy. -- N.Y : Chelsea House, 1988.
Biography of the revolutionary American dancer who paved the way for modern expressive dance.
Jewish comedy stars -- classic to cutting edge
Norman H Finkelstein. -- Minneapolis, MN : Kar-Ben, 2010.
Brief biographies of many current and classic Jewish comedians.
Martha Graham -- a dancer's life
Russell Freedman. -- N.Y : Clarion, 1998.
Photobiography of the American dancer, teacher, and choreographer.
Molly Picon -- a gift of laughter
Lila Perl, and Donna, illus Ruff. -- Phila., PA : Jewish Pub. Soc, 1990.
Follows the life and career of the vibrant Jewish entertainer who performed in Yiddish and English theater, movies, radio, and television.
Music was it -- young Leonard Bernstein
Susan Goldman Rubin. -- Watertown, MA : Charlesbridge, 2011.
Traces the life and career of the famous composer, conductor, pianist, and teacher.(Sydney Taylor Award: 2012)
Song and dance man
Karen Ackerman, and Stephen, illus Gammell. -- N.Y : Alfred A. Knopf, 1988.
Grandpa demonstrates for his grandchildren the songs, dances, and jokes he performed as a vaudeville entertainer. (Caldecott Medal : 1952)
Geoffrey M Horn. -- Milwaukee, WI : World Almanac Library, 2002.
This book discusses the personal life and professional career of the successful motion picture producer and director Steven Spielberg.
Elizabeth Ferber. -- Phila., PA : Chelsea House, 1997.
Biography of the Jewish filmmaker.
Steven Spielberg -- crazy for movies
Susan Goldman Rubin. -- N.Y : Harry N. Abrams, 2001.
Biography of the man behind the camera from childhood through the present time. Includes a select filmography.
The Story of Irving Berlin
David Ewen, and Jane, illus Castle. -- N.Y : Holt, 1950.
Biography reveals the life story and musical accomplishments of Irving Berlin.