I love Sydney Taylor’s series about a Jewish family living in New York City in the early twentieth century. The books celebrate daily family life and the rich culture and heritage of the Jewish people, one of the first books for children to do so. Theatrical Ella, rebellious Henny, shy Sara, mischievous Charlotte, and baby Gertie love their mama and papa, their uncle Charlie, and visiting the library. But why is the library lady so sad? Why is Uncle Charlie so moody? And will Papa ever get a son? As the series continues, and the All-of-a-Kind family grows, Taylor explores issues of poverty, the struggles of immigrants and the working class, and the climate leading up to WWI. These books are a must-read at any age, but are particularly powerful for young readers just beginning to understand history and the wider world.