Books by Jacqueline Jules

LIGHT THE MENORAH! by Jacqueline Jules
Released: Aug. 1, 2018

"A thoughtful exhortation to have 'the light of freedom always burn brightly in our homes and in our hearts.' (Picture book/religion. 5-7)"
A handbook to help families make Hanukkah—the Jewish Festival of Lights—even more meaningful. Read full book review >
DROP BY DROP by Jacqueline Jules
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"Even those not familiar with Rabbi Akiva's monumental achievements will be moved by his devotion to learning and his wife's loving encouragement. (author's note) (Picture book/religion. 5-8)"
A devoted wife is the inspiration behind a noted scholar of Judaism. Read full book review >
FEATHERS FOR PEACOCK by Jacqueline Jules
Released: April 1, 2016

"It's a charming tale of generosity that, one hopes, will drive readers to also seek its traditional inspiration. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A wintry tale of how the peacock got his colorful feathers and of the power of kindness. Read full book review >
MY FAMILY ADVENTURE by Jacqueline Jules
Released: Feb. 1, 2015

"In all, Sofia is a likable new protagonist to add to the lineup of chapter-book heroines. (Fiction. 6-9)"
Everyday stories reminiscent of Ramona in an early chapter book. Read full book review >
WHAT A WAY TO START A NEW YEAR! by Jacqueline Jules
Released: Aug. 1, 2013

"A useful addition to the Rosh Hashana shelf. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-7)"
Starting the Jewish New Year in a new city without friends or extended relatives is tough for Harry and his family, until the generous welcome by their new community known as the mitzvah of hachnasat orchim makes a significant difference. Read full book review >
MIRIAM IN THE DESERT by Jacqueline Jules
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"They effectively match the original and simple dialogue-driven text. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-7)"
Miriam, Moses's sister, is featured in the fourth in Jules's Bible series, offering encouragement and guidance to the Israelites as they continue their seemingly endless thirst- and hunger-filled journey through the desert following their escape from Egypt. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"Boys who are able early readers will particularly appreciate this series; a third title is already on the way. (Fiction. 6-8)"
Still hoping to find an occasion to be a superhero, Freddie Ramos finds it hard to keep the superspeed he gets from his shoes a secret in daily life. Mr. Vaslov, their inventor, gives him a wristband he hopes will control them, but instead of slowing down his shoes, it gives him a super spring. Read full book review >
ZAPATO POWER by Jacqueline Jules
Released: March 1, 2010

"An unusually appealing early chapter book. (Fiction. 6-9)"
When a mysterious gift turns out to be superpowered purple sneakers, Freddie Ramos looks for ways to be a superhero. Read full book review >
BEFORE WE EAT by Jacqueline Jules
Released: March 1, 2010

"Children in observant families will have heard hamotzi from their earliest days; an explanation is better suited to preschool children, who are full of whys, than babies and toddlers, but this vehicle is too young for them. (Board book. 2-4)"
A Jewish family sits down to eat. Read full book review >
DUCK FOR TURKEY DAY by Jacqueline Jules
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Does only half the job. (Picture book. 5-8)"
In Tuyet's elementary-school classroom the days leading up to Thanksgiving—Turkey Day, as Mrs. Cook calls it—are full of turkeys: in songs, crafts and stories. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 2009

"This is the third in the publisher's Bible series. (author's note) (Picture book/religion. 6-9)"
When Jacob's sons arrive home from their travels in Egypt, they tell their father that one brother is being held as a hostage by the governor, who demands that they return with the youngest brother, Benjamin. Read full book review >
UNITE OR DIE by Jacqueline Jules
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

"We're Writing the Constitution (1987). (Informational picture book. 7-9)"
Memorable for the contrast between the melodramatic title and Czekaj's funny cartoon scenes of popeyed children putting on a low-budget stage play, this account of our Constitutional Convention should leave even less attentive readers with some idea of what the resultant document is all about. Read full book review >
THE PRINCESS AND THE ZIZ by Jacqueline Jules
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Kahn's watercolor scenes, which feature a goofy, green-eyed bird with a bright yellow body and oversized red wings, drive the humor in this adequate tale. (Picture book. 4-10)"
Jules's fourth Ziz book continues her versions of Midrash stories featuring the giant bird of Jewish mythology. Read full book review >
SARAH LAUGHS by Jacqueline Jules
Released: April 1, 2008

"An accessible rendition of the ancient biblical text for young religiously oriented listeners. (Picture book. 4-7)"
The beautiful and gentle Sarah married Abraham and joined him on his nomadic life where they led families through the desert, teaching a monotheistic faith in "a God who demanded kindness and good deeds." Read full book review >
ABRAHAM’S SEARCH FOR GOD by Jacqueline Jules
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"A promising presentation for early childhood religious instruction. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Thousands of years ago in the city of Ur, a boy named Abraham questions his people's worship of idols and wonders if another force in nature could be the one true God. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"Jules incorporates the theme of sharing, as well as apologizing, in a droll version of a holiday tale. (Picture book. 4-6)"
The Ziz, a large, somewhat clumsy mythical bird, returns in a Hanukkah story offering an unlikely explanation for how one day's oil lasted eight. Read full book review >