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Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur Books for Children

THESE ROSH HASHANAH AND YOM KIPPUR-RELATED BOOKS were sent out by PJ Library this year and in past years. Books are divided into categories by age and, within each grouping, are listed in alphabetical order by title: 

Baby & Toddler Books

PJ selections for families with children between the ages of 6 months and 2 years:

Apples & Honey

Apples & Honey
Author: Joan Holub
Illustrator: Cary Pillo-Lassen
With each exciting Rosh Hashanah activity shown, little ones begin to explore the meaning and traditions of the Jewish New Year.

Happy Birthday, World

Happy Birthday, World
Author: Latifa Berry Kropf
Illustrator: Latifa Berry Kropf
By comparing a child's birthday celebration to the symbols and customs of Rosh Hashanah -- a birthday cake with apples dipped in honey, party horns with the shofar, etc. -- little ones are introduced to the happy celebrations of the Jewish New Year.

Mitzi's Mitzvah

Mitzi's Mitzvah
Author: Gloria Koster
Illustrator: Holli Konger
There's nothing Mitzi loves more than to perform a mitzvah -- even if she is just a puppy! When she visits the local nursing home, she helps the residents celebrate Rosh Hashanah, and does a bunch of mitzvot along the way.

Today Is the Birthday of the World

Today Is the Birthday of the World
Author: Linda Heller
Illustrator: Alison Jay
On Rosh Hashanah, God asks each creature if it has been the best it can be, leading to understanding of the contributions each one can make to the world.

Preschool & Kindergarten Books

PJ selections for families with children between the ages of 3 and 5 years:

Beni's Family Treasury

Beni's Family Treasury
Author: Jane Breskin Zalben
Illustrator: Jane Breskin Zalben
Beni and his family and friends celebrate Jewish holidays throughout the year. In this collection of five stories, Ben has adventures on Rosh Hashanah, Sukkot, Chanukah, Purim and Passover.

Engineer Ari and the Rosh Hashanah Ride

Engineer Ari and the Rosh Hashanah Ride
Author: Deborah Cohen
Illustrator: Shahar Kober
Israel's first train chugs from Jaffa to Jerusalem just in time for Rosh Hashanah, taking treats to children for a sweet new year and seeing sights all along the way.

The Hardest Word

The Hardest Word
Author: Jacqueline Jules
Illustrator: Katherine Janus Kahn
The Ziz, a clumsy and big-hearted bird, asks God for advice after accidentally destroying a vegetable garden.  From this, Ziz learns the importance of an apology.

It's Shofar Time!

It's Shofar Time!
Author: Latifa Berry Kropf
Illustrator: Latifa Berry Kropf
Hearing the shofar is an exciting experience for children.  After beginning with this important holiday tradition, the author then introduces dipping apples in honey, making greeting cards and baking round challah.

Red, Blue and Yellow Yarn

Red, Blue and Yellow Yarn
Author: Miriam Kosman
Illustrator: Valeri Gorbachev
Danny's grandmother is very prim and proper -- and Danny is neither. He thinks that she doesn't like him. But when Danny makes a big mistake, Bubbie surprises him -- and shows him the love and forgiveness that is passed down generation after generation.

Sammy Spider's First Rosh Hashanah

Sammy Spider's First Rosh Hashanah
Author: Sylvia Rouss
Illustrator: Katherine Janus Kahn
As the Jewish New Year begins, Sammy happily finds himself covered in honey and eager to celebrate Rosh Hashanah - complete with round challah, apples and honey, and special holiday cards.

Sammy Spider's First Yom Kippur

Sammy Spider's First Yom Kippur
Author: Sylvia Rouss
Illustrator: Katherine Janus Kahn
Sammy Spider loves watching the Shapiro family celebrate the Jewish holidays. He's a spider, so he can't always take part, but he always learns a lot. On Yom Kippur he learns something very important: the value of an apology.

The World's Birthday

The World's Birthday
Author: Barbara Goldin
Illustrator: Jeanette Winter
Daniel is determined to celebrate Rosh Hashanah by having a proper birthday party for the world, and he succeeds as only a child could.

Early Elementary Books

PJ selections for families with children between the ages of 6 and 8 years:

Even Higher!

Even Higher!
Author: Eric Kimmel
Illustrator: Jill Weber
In this old-world tale, a skeptical visitor to a village determines where the rabbi goes when he disappears each year just prior to Rosh Hashanah

Even Higher

Even Higher
Author: Richard Ungar
Illustrator: Richard Ungar
Each year, just before Rosh Hashanah, the rabbi of Nemirov disappears.  Where does he go? Reuven's friends decide to find out by appointing Reuven to follow the beloved older man.

Gershon's Monster

Gershon's Monster
Author: Eric A. Kimmel
Illustrator: Jon J Muth
Instead of dealing with his mistakes, Gershon the baker sweeps them into the cellar.  In this retelling of a Hasidic legend, Gershon eventually discovers a better way of living

New Year at the Pier

New Year at the Pier
Author: April Halprin Wayland
Illustrator: Stephane Jorisch
In this contemporary story, Izzy finds it difficult to apologize for a certain mistake, until the Rosh Hashanah tashlichservice gives him new understanding.

The Secret Shofar of Barcelona

The Secret Shofar of Barcelona
Author: Jacqueline Dembar Greene
Illustrator: Douglas Chayka
In this story set in Spain in the 1500s, the son of a conductor blows the shofar in preparation for Rosh Hashanah, a practice he must keep secret.

The Secret Shofar of Barcelona

You Never Heard of Sandy Koufax?
Author: Jonah Winter
Illustrator: Jonah Winter
This book opens a window into the life of the major league baseball player many called the greatest lefty who ever pitched. Included in this story is Koufax's famous decision to sit out the first game of the 1965 World Series rather than play on Yom Kippur.

What a Way to Start a Year

What a Way to Start a Year
Author: Jacqueline Jules
Illustrator: Judy Stead
Poor Dina. She and her family have moved to a new town where they don't know anyone -- and the car broke down, so they can't go back to their old neighborhood to celebrate Rosh Hashanah. Dina is sure this New Year will be no fun at all...but then something surprising happens.


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