Fall Holidays Books
Jackie and Jesse and Joni and Jae: A Rosh Hashanah Story
Apples and Honey Press, 2019
This illustrated tale features four friends, including an Asian Jewish child, performing the Rosh Hashanah ritual of tashlich.
The Secret Shofar of Barcelona
Jacqueline Dembar Greene
Kar-Ben Publishing, 2009
Set in Spain during the Inquisition, this story for young readers follows a boy who devises a way for his community of secretly practicing Jews to hear the shofar at Rosh Hashanah. Can be borrowed as an eBook here (Bay Area residents only)
Holidays Around the World: Celebrate Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur
National Geographic Kids, 2007
This introduction to the High Holidays for children features images of Jews from Zimbabwe, Morocco, Portugal, Mexico, and India.
Heidi Smith Hyde
Kar-Ben Publishing, 2015
A Jewish refugee child in Shanghai and his new friend Liang build a sukkah on the roof and together they celebrate Sukkot and the Chinese Moon Festival. Can be borrowed as an eBook here (Bay Area residents only)
Who’s Got the Etrog: A Story from the Abayudaya Jews of Uganda
Kar-Ben Publishing, 2018
This story of family and animal friends celebrating Sukkot is set among the Abayudaya Jews of Uganda. Can be borrowed as an eBook here (Bay Area residents only)
Apples and Pomegranates: A Family Seder for Rosh Hashanah
Kar-Ben Publishing, 2004
Musleah, who was born in India, presents a seder inspired by the Sephardic home ceremonies conducted throughout much of the Sephardi and Mizrahi world at Rosh Hashanah. Can be borrowed as an eBook here (Bay Area residents only)
Buen Shabat, Shabbat Shalom
Kar-Ben Publishing, 2020
Ladino words are an important part of this board book in rhyme featuring a Sephardi family joyously celebrating Shabbat.
Wait, It’s Friday
Behrman House, 2019
A young boy in a multi-racial household eagerly awaits the start of Shabbat as the challah rises and the table is prepared by his loving family.
Around the World in One Shabbat: Jewish People Celebrate the Sabbath Together
Jewish Lights Publishing, 2011
Visit children and their families as they celebrate Shabbat in Israel, Argentina, Australia, Turkey, Russia, France, the United States, Ethiopia, Germany, Canada, Morocco, Thailand, and India.
Ezra’s BIG Shabbat Question
Aviva L Brown
Behrman House, 2019
Ezra, a brown-skinned Jewish child, goes in search of the answer to his big Shabbat question: “Can you tie a knot on Shabbat?”
Day of Delight: A Jewish Sabbath in Ethiopia
Dial Books for Young Readers, 1994
A young Jewish boy and his family prepare for Shabbat in their Ethiopian village by making peppery chicken stew, baking dabo bread, and praying at the mequrab, their synagogue.