Monday, September 2, 2013

New Kids' Books for the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah

Here are a few new books from which to pick for your young readers during Rosh Hashanah or the Jewish New Year.  The holiday begins on Thursday, September 5 and continues until the 6th.  I hope you enjoy the books and the holiday if it pertains!

HHbooks_newyear_bookcover_small_sizeAward-winning author Jacqueline Jules’ What a Way to Start a New Year! is a lighthearted and authentic story for Rosh Hashanah that reflects the diversity of today’s Jewish families and the hustle and bustle of daily life.

This family, a young girl and her two younger brothers, have just moved to a new town.  While her dad isn't Jewish, he loves celebrating the High Holy Days.  But how will they observe the New Year our storyteller wonders?  Everything's new, including all the people!

HHbooks_sam_and_charlie_bookcover_small_sizeThings begin to look up when one of dad’s co-workers invites them to synagogue services. The prayers and songs are familiar, but the kids still feel out of place because they don’t recognize anyone.  Will they make friends and begin to feel at home?

Another book you may find fun is Sam and Charlie (and Sam Too!)  Again, this story visits meeting new neighbors.   Author Keslie Kimmelman tells five stories about two Jewish friends and a younger sibling.  Family and friend fun.

In Vivian Newman’s Tikkun Olam Ted, a small boy named Ted spends the days from Sunday to Friday doing some big things to make the world a kinder, better place. On Shabbat he rests, dreaming of tikkun olam, the repair of the world.

 Tikkun Olam Ted is a lively toddler book with colorful illustrations that will engage younger kids. Older children may be inspired by simple, fun ways to help around the house or out in the world. 

In Sylvia A. and Shannon Rouss' A Watermelon in the Sukkah, decorating a Jewish school's sukkah is a challenge when Michael wants to hang a watermelon, his favorite fruit, from the roof!  How can they do it?  Read the book, and find out!

What a Way to Start a New Year! A Rosh Hashanah Story” by Jacqueline Jules, illustrated by Judy Stead (Kar-Ben, $16.95 hardcover, $7.95 paperback, ages 3-8)

“A Watermelon in the Sukkah” by Sylvia A. Rouss and Shannan Rouss, illustrated by Ann Iosa 
(Kar-Ben, $17.95 hardcover, $7.95 paper, ages 3-8)

“Sam and Charlie (and Sam Too!)”  by Leslie Kimmelman, illustrated by Stefano Tambellini 
(Albert Whitman, $13.99, also available on Kindle, ages 6 to 8)

“Tikkun Olam Ted” by Vivian Newman, illustrated by Steve Mack (Kar-Ben, $5.95 board book, also available as eBook, ages 1-4)

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