Bagels from Benny

Hear Aubrey tell “Bagels from Benny”

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“The book is a little masterpiece”

Teacher Magazine, Oct. 2003


Aubrey Davis, illustrated by Dušan Petričić.  Toronto: Kids Can Press, Ltd., 2003.

Benny loves to help in Grandpa’s bakery. He bakes the best bagels in town. One day, Grandpa explains to Benny that God, not he, should be thanked for the wonderful bagels. So every week, Benny leaves a bagful of bagels for God in the synagogue. And every week they disappear. Is God eating the bagels?


“Excellent for opening the discussion about ways of showing gratitude for the plenty we have.  Do we thank the one who gave to us or give to those who need it most?”

American Library Association Booklist, Oct. 2003

“When I first read Bagels From Benny, I sat down and cried. This warm, tender, and loving book will have you reaching for tissues.”

American Booksellers Assoc. Children’s Book Sense 76, Winter 2003/2004



Blue Spruce Award, shortlist


Society of School Librarians International Book Awards, honor book


National Jewish Book Award, shortlist


Mr. Christie Book Award, silver seal


Canadian Jewish Book Award, winner, children’s category


Toronto IODE Book Award winner


Sydney Taylor Book Award, winner, younger readers category


Best Bets, Ontario Library Association