“Chunky” by Yehudi Mercado, published by Katherine Tegan Books
This middle grade graphic memoir shares the emotional journey of Hudi, a Mexican Jewish boy, growing up in Texas, and addresses the important issues of body positivity.
The chapters are based on Hudi’s various attempts at playing sports while interweaving family issues, prep for sister’s bat mitzvah, and for the big day. The illustrations are engaging and will keep middle grade students and adults alike turning the pages.
“I AM HAVA: A Song’s Story of Love, Hope & Joy,” by Freda Lewkowicz, Illustrated by Siona Benjamin, published by Intergalactic Afikoman
Told from the perspective of the song, this is a beautiful picture book that tells the history of “Hava Negilah” and its impact on the world. The author and illustrator notes are deeply meaningful and add even more depth to the story. I AM HAVA will delight both children and adults.
Educator and author Liza Wiemer, of Fox Point, has taught in nine of our Milwaukee Jewish religious schools and day schools. Her latest novel, “The Assignment,” is appropriate for ages 12 and up.