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Friday, September 6, 2013

What To Read To Your Kids During The Jewish High Holidays

VeegMama's children's book recommendations for the Jewish high holidays

Any holiday - secular or non secular - gives me an excuse to do one of my favorite things with kids: read!  I have collected several books over the years and have them organized by holiday to pull out at my ready when the appropriate time of year arrives.  Below are a few titles I plan to read with my kiddos this year during Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot.  You can find all of the titles below on or

In honor of the Jewish High Holidays, I am giving away a copy of The Hardest Word by Jacqueline Jules.  Just comment in the section below to be entered into a random drawing to win.

Sammy Spiders' First Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and Sukkot by Sylvia A. Rouss
This series is a favorite with my 4 year-old, featuring Sammy the spider, as the lead character in a series of stories that explain the meanings and symbols of the holidays for young children.

Enginner Ari and the Rosh Hashanah Ride by Deborah Bodin Cohen
This is a cute story for younger kids that does a great job of teaching the meaning of teshuvah.

Engineer Ari and the Sukkah Express by Deborah Bodin Cohen
In this book, engineer Ari teaches kids how to build a sukkah and share it with others.  It is a very sweet story that I love to read with all of my kids.

On Sukkot and Simchat Torah by Cathy Goldberg Fishman
This is a beautiful, straightforward book about both of these holidays and the traditions associated with them.

Sadie's Sukkah Breakfast by Jamie Korngold
This adorable picture book follows two young children as they prepare breakfast on the morning of Sukkot.

Bubbe Isabella and the Sukkot Cake by Kelly Terwilliger
I love this story of Bubbe and her Sukkot with the animals - a whimsical, sweet tale about bringing a community together during the holidays with good food and company.

The Hardest Word by Jacqueline Jules
This is a great conversation starter for Yom Kippur and teshuvah.

Do you have any favorite books you read with your family during the high holidays?  Please share in the comments section below and you could win a copy of The Hardest Word by Jacqueline Jules.