Liza Wiemer’s monthly recommendation: Books for Jewish joy! | Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle

Liza Wiemer’s monthly recommendation: Books for Jewish joy!

On Friday Afternoon: A Shabbat Celebration, by Michal Babay, illustration by Menachem Halberstadt, published by Charlesbridge 

On Friday Afternoon is the perfect picture book to bring Jewish pride and joy into your home. The text is engaging and energetic, capturing the afternoon preparations for Shabbat. The dog and cat, and all the antics, will delight young readers and listeners. The bright, fun, action-packed illustrations are entertaining and engaging. This is a favorite of my one-year-old granddaughter, and I can never just read it once to her.  Highly recommend for toddlers to ten-year-olds. 

Building, by Leah Wachsler, illustrated by Renate Lohmann, published by Hachai 

Of all the books I read to my grandsons over Zoom, this is their favorite! They love the vehicles and sounds from the construction site. They’re captivated by the construction workers’ tasks  and the similar activities the children in the story participate in at school, the playground, and at home. Even though we’ve read this book too many times to count, my grandsons still love to shout out what was built on the construction site – a Shul! This picture book has many positive messages. 

Educator and author Liza Wiemer, of Fox Point, has taught in nine of our Milwaukee-area Jewish religious schools and day schools. Her latest novel, “The Assignment,” is appropriate for ages 12 and up.