Middle Grade Books About B’nai Mitzvah

Does your child have questions about what happens at a bar or bat mitzvah? Grab one of these chapter books for stories featuring kids just like yours preparing for B’nai mitzvah.


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My Basmati Bat Mitzvah

My Basmati Bat Mitzvah by Paula Freedman

Recommended for ages 10 and up

Tara Feinstein’s decision to celebrate her bat mitzvah is making her life really complicated. What would her beloved Nanaji say? Does she really believe in God? And why is her best friend Ben-o acting so weird around her?

Echo Still

Echo Still by Tim Tibbitts

Recommended for ages 10 and up

Fig’s dad is forcing him to have a bar mitzvah, and Coach may kick him off the soccer team because of a fight. Seventh grade is turning into a bad year. And then his grandmother moves in.

The Long Trail Home

The Long Trail Home by Kiersi Burkhart and Amber J. Keyser

Recommended for ages 10 and up

When Rivka refuses to have a bat mitzvah, her parents send her away to think long and hard about her feelings. But Rivka loves Quartz Creek Ranch, where she even has her own horse to ride! The real question is, will she ever want to go home again?

Pink Slippers, Bat Mitzvah Blues

Pink Slippers, Bat Mitzvah Blues by Ferida Wolff

Recommended for ages 9 and up

All Alyssa wants to do is dance, but her best friend is deathly ill and if Alyssa misses another dance rehearsal, she will lose her chance to be a star. What should she do?

The Queen of Likes

The Queen of Likes by Hillary Homzie

Recommended for ages 10 and up

Karma Cooper is almost thirteen years old and is deeply in love with Floyd ... her smartphone. Until they break up.

The Truth About My Bat Mitzvah

The Truth About My Bat Mitzvah by Nora Raleigh Baskin

Recommended for ages 9 and up

When her beloved grandmother, Nana, dies and leaves her a Star of David necklace, Caroline becomes curious about her Jewish identity. She thinks she might want a Bat Mitzvah like her best friend Rachel, but what is a Bat Mitzvah anyway, and what will her non-Jewish dad think?

Related: What to Expect at a Bar or Bat Mitzvah Service via ReformJudaism.org

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