The Book Rescuer

How a Mensch from Massachusetts Saved Yiddish Literature for Generations to Come

Illustrated by Stacy Innerst
About The Book

From New York Times Best Illustrated Book artist Stacy Innerst and author Sue Macy comes a story of one man’s heroic effort to save the world’s Yiddish books.

Over the last forty years, Aaron Lansky has jumped into dumpsters, rummaged around musty basements, and crawled through cramped attics. He did all of this in pursuit of a particular kind of treasure, and he’s found plenty. Lansky’s treasure was any book written Yiddish, the language of generations of European Jews. When he started looking for Yiddish books, experts estimated there might be about 70,000 still in existence. Since then, the MacArthur Genius Grant recipient has collected close to 1.5 million books, and he’s finding more every day.

Told in a folkloric voice reminiscent of Patricia Polacco, this story celebrates the power of an individual to preserve history and culture, while exploring timely themes of identity and immigration.

About The Author
Duane Stork Photography

Sue Macy is the acclaimed author of many books for young readers, including Miss Mary Reporting: The True Story of Sportswriter Mary Garber, which was on the Amelia Bloomer List and named a CBC/NCSS Notable Social Studies Trade Book, among many other accolades. Sue is also the author of Wheels of Change: How Women Rode the Bicycle to Freedom and Basketball Belles: How Two Teams and One Scrappy Player Put Women’s Hoops on the Map. A former editor at Scholastic, she lives in Englewood, New Jersey. Learn more at

About The Illustrator

Stacy Innerst is the illustrator of Ruth Bader Ginsburg: The Case of RBG vs. Inequality, which earned the prestigious designation of New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book. He also illustrated the award-winning The Music in George’s Head: George Gershwin Creates Rhapsody in Blue, which received four starred reviews; Thomas Jefferson Grows a Nation; and Levi Strauss Gets a Bright Ideas, among others. He studied art and history at the University of New Mexico and resides in Pittsburgh. Learn more at

Product Details
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books (October 2019)
  • Length: 48 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781481472210
  • Grades: K - 3
  • Ages: 5 - 8

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