Debbie's Song

  • Interest Level: Preschool - Grade 2
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

Debbie Friedman always had music inside her, and she dreamed of using her love of singing to do what no one else had done before—create Jewish music that would welcome, include, and honor the whole Jewish community.

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Interest Level Preschool - Grade 2
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Picture Books, Social Studies
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Narrative Nonfiction, Biography, Diverse Books: Celebrating Differences , Diverse Books: Feminism, Diversity, SEL: A Self-Awareness, SEL: B Self-Management, Social Emotional Learning
Copyright 2023
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Kar-Ben Publishing ®
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2023-04-04
Text Type Narrative Nonfiction
BISACS JNF007040, JNF049110, JNF007120
Dewey 780.89/924
Dimensions 9.25 x 11
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Awards, Original artwork, and Reviewed

Author: Ellen Leventhal

Ellen Leventhal is an educator and writer in Houston, Texas. She taught in a Jewish school where Debbie Friedman's music could be heard as she walked down the hallways. Ellen is the author of several picture books as well as short stories and poetry. To learn more about Ellen, go to

Illustrator: Natalia Grebtsova

Natalia Grebtsova draws digitally to create amazing worlds. She is inspired by her love of nature and animals. Her nickname is "Belouhaya Marmozetka," which means "White-Eared Marmoset." She lives in Moscow, Russia.


  • Tablet Magazine's Best Jewish Children's Books of 2023, Winner, 2023


Children's Literature Comprehensive Database (CLCD)

“[A] great way to introduce this iconic figure in Judaism to young learners, as a positive role model who strove to create community, while championing the rights of women in the Jewish community. Reviewer Rating: 5” –Children’s Literature

Jewish Book Council

This pic­ture biog­ra­phy will charm teach­ers, care­givers, and all who lis­ten to Jew­ish music."―Jewish Book Council

Kirkus Reviews

“This tale bears the same timely message as its subject’s music: Let’s all unite in a spirit of community.” ―Kirkus Reviews

Sydney Taylor Shmooze

“This book is rich in themes that will spark discussion about community-building, the power of music, determination, following your passions, creativity, inclusivity, and more. And of course, many children will be moved to listen to, sing, or play Debbie Friedman’s music after enjoying this inspirational story.”―Sydney Taylor Shmooze