Golem By David Wisniewski
The story of the Golem is a story of desperation, prejudice, violence, and self-defense, and it can be scary for kids, so this isn’t one to leave lying around the house without a proper introduction. But the Golem is also an amazing metaphor for the Jewish experience, and for human nature and history more generally. Set in medieval Prague, it tells of how a rabbi, at his wits’ end, conjures up a monster from clay to defend his people in a time of great terror. And of how the monster gets out of hand. Wisniewski’s woodcuts won him the Caldecott for this book, and they’re truly a work of art.