Whether you are celebrating Jewish holidays or just want to learn more about different holidays, these picture books are a great choice for you to read Major holidays of Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot. (In addition, I also included books about the Sabbath.)
Children’s books on Jewish holidays
Rosh Hashanah books
Rosh Hashanah is Rosh Hashanah, the head of the year. The exact date varies from year to year because it is based on the Hebrew calendar for the autumn months of Tisri.
Rosh Hashanah is here! By Tracy Newman, illustrated by Viviana Garofoli
This sweet story shows that the children are preparing to celebrate. “Rosh Hashanah is coming soon,” repeated on every page as they continued to prepare.
Not so fast, Max A Rosh Hashanah visits grandma Author: Annette Schottenfeld, Illustration by Jennifer Kirkham
In this heartwarming story, Max and his sister Emily and their Savta (grandma) go picking apples to get a special caramel apple treat. Max was impatient and grumpy, but Savta used this time to teach him about Rosh Hashanah and her own childhood traditions, turning his grumpy into a fun and happy time. Instructions for using Savta’s Apple Cake and Max’s Caramel Apples are given on the back of the book.
Engineers Ari and Rosh Hashanah riding Illustration by Deborah Bodin Cohen, Shahar Kober
Engineer Ari boasted and forgot to say goodbye to other engineers. When he wished everyone a happy new year, he realized that he had hurt his friend and apologized for his mistake.
Sukkot is a seven-day harvest holiday in September or October. Many families build three-sided huts and a tree-lined room in their backyards for them to dine outdoors. The Jews have been wandering in the desert for forty years. This is a memorable moment.
Is it the Feast of Tabernacles? Author: Chris Barash, illustrated by Alessandra Psacharopulo
Autumn is here, pumpkins, gourds and colorful leaves, which means that Sukkot is also coming. Sukkot celebrates the harvest in autumn and remembers the 40 years of the Israelis wandering in the desert.
The Feast of Tabernacles is here! By Tracy Newman, illustrated by Viviana Garofoli
Learn about the traditions of the autumn holiday of Sukkot in this simple book, which repeats “Sukkot is here!”
Very crowded Suka By Leslie Kimmelman
Everyone in the family is busy preparing for the Festival of Tabernacles, but when a storm comes, who will the hut shelter from the wind and rain? Animals nearby!
Yom Kippur Books
The Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur is also called Yom Kippur. This is when an adult and a child over thirteen will fast, pray, and ask for forgiveness.
The hardest word: the story of Yom Kippur By Jacqueline Jules, by Catherine Janus Kahn
The gorgeous and fantasy illustration shows a huge colorful bird named Ziz. Since he blocked the sun for the children’s play, he started flying at night instead of during the day-but he hit a star that fell on the earth and created a large hole. He continued to accidentally bump into things and cause problems. God told Ziz to look for the hardest word he didn’t find-until he told God that he was sorry for not being able to complete the task. It turns out that sorry is the hardest word to use, and it is suitable for Yom Kippur.
Talia and very YUM Kippur Author: Linda Elowitz Marshall, painted by Francesca Asirelli
Grandma asked Talia to help her prepare a Yum Kippur breakfast kugel, but first Talia needed to collect eggs, milk, cook noodles and collect all other ingredients. The next day, Thalia apologized to her grandmother for breaking something. The whole family fasted during the day and night and enjoyed the dishes prepared by Thalia and grandma the day before.
The Sabbath is not a big Jewish holiday, but I want to include it in the overview of this book anyway. The Sabbath is the Jewish holiday, the seventh day of the week.
The Sabbath is here By Tracy Newman, illustrated by Viviana Garofoli
Friday arrived, and at sunset, the Sabbath began. This book focuses on preparations for Shabbat candles and cooking and cleaning.
Soosie saves the Sabbath horse Author: Tami Lehman-Wilzig, illustrated by Menahem Halberstadt
You will love this sweet story, when the deliveryman is sick, a horse will deliver salad bread. Jacob drove Soosie around the city with his cart and horse, delivering salad bread for Shabat. But when Jacob arrived at the bakery to deliver his things, he was too sick to work. Esther and Jacob knew what to do—send the bread and a note to Susie. Will it work? Yes! People paid to put the bread in Soosie’s jar, and she went home safely.
Sabbath Shalom! By Douglas Florian, illustrated by Hannah Tolson
The rhyming text shows a family’s Sabbath tradition, including lighting candles, praying, and eating together. This is a brief glimpse into the weekly Jewish celebrations.