7 Brightly Illustrated Books About Shabbat

Reading a book on Shabbat

Shabbat – the Jewish sabbath – is really all about taking a break. In the very first story in the Torah (the first five books of the Bible), God created the world in six days, then rested on the seventh. That’s why, starting when the sun sets on Friday night, Jews the world over rest – and sing, eat, pray, nap, stroll, and gather together with the people they care about.

When three stars appear in the night sky on Saturday evening, Shabbat comes to a close. Life returns its normal hustle and bustle – but it all starts again the following Friday night, bringing a rhythm to Jewish life that helps elevate family time. Shabbat is a time to look forward to all week long.

Baxter: The Pig Who Wanted to Be Kosher 
by Laurel Snyder

Recommended for children 6 to 7 years old

Upon hearing of the joys and sweetness of Shabbat and, especially, of Shabbat dinner, Baxter the Pig sets out to understand what it means to be kosher.

Buen Shabat, Shabbat Shalom 
by Sarah Aroeste

Recommended for ages 6 months to 2

All over the world, families get ready for Shabbat. Join this Sephardic family as they gather together to light candles, drink wine and grape juice, eat challah, and wish one another a Buen Shabat!

Chik Chak Shabbat 
by Mara Rockliff 

Recommended for children 6 to 7 years old

Everyone in Goldie Simcha’s apartment building knows it’s Friday night when they smell her delicious Shabbat cholent. But one Friday night, Goldie doesn’t feel well enough to cook. Her neighbors step up to make an unusual cholent for Shabbat -- andsoon Goldie will feel much better.

Fridays Are Special 
by Chris Barash

Recommended for children 2 to 3 years old

For this child’s family, Fridays aren’t like other days. On Fridays, the hustle and bustle is a little different. Everyone seems to be getting ready for something special -- something cozy and wonderful. What could it be? .

Lights Out Shabbat 
by Sarene Shulimson

Recommended for children 3 to 4 years old

A young boy visiting his grandparents for Shabbat has a wonderful time despite (or maybe, in part, because of) a rare Georgia snowstorm that causes the power to go out.

One, Two, Three, Shabbat! 
by Naomi Shulman

Recommended for children 6 months to 2 years old

Shabbat rituals are filled with rich sensory experiences. When babies and toddlers take part, it’s as easy and fun as 1, 2, 3!

Shabbat Shalom, Hey! 
by Ann Koffsky

Recommended for children 6 months to 2 years old

Sing along with the lion, monkey, and toucan as they get everything ready for Friday night dinner. Shabbat Shalom!


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