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  1. Golems and Goblins and Angels: Jewish Folklore for the Candy-and-Costume Crowd

    Candy and costumes are fun for children this time of year, and you too can tap into this energy as an opportunity to learn about Judaism's rich history of mysticism and folklore. Think golems, dybbuks, angels, and the like.

    Here are a few of our favorite storybooks for ages 5-8 that feature (non-scary) spirits and creatures:

    The Goblins of Knottingham 

    By Zoë Klein

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  2. New Story Introduces Young Children to Daily Gratitude and Prayer

    Thank you for my toes that tap . . .

    my shoulders that shimmy . . .

    my mouth that sings.

    Thank you for this new day.

    Thank You: Modeh Ani, by Rabbi Alyson Solomon, is a new book from Apples & Honey Press that celebrates and expresses gratitude for our active, joyful bodies

    Inspired

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  3. A New Jonah Story to Supplement Yom Kippur Teaching

    A New Jonah Story to Supplement Yom Kippur Teaching

    The Book of Jonah, with its message of religious universalism, comprises almost the entire afternoon reading for Yom Kippur. The Jonah story highlights how all people, Jews and non-Jews, are entitled to God's blessing and forgiveness.

    For young children, supplement your Yom Kippur teaching with an approachable retelling of the Bible story. 

    Jonah's Tale of a Whale, by Barry Schwartz and illustrated by James Rey Sanchez, tells the story of Jonah using simple words and features dramatic illustrations that bring it to life.

    Jonah lived by the sea. As a boy, he heard fishermen tell tales of whales that swallowed up ships. But he never expected to be swallowed up himself.
     
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  4. Meet Apples & Honey Press Illustrators

     Excuse us while this page is under construction! More information about our Apples & Honey Press Contributors is being added every day!

    Eliyahu Alpern

    Photographer Of How It's Made: Torah Scroll, How It's Made: Matzah, And 

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  5. Apples & Honey Press Releases Three Great Stories for Fall 2021

    Apples & Honey Press has three new stories to share for Fall 2021.

    Cover Sharkbot Shalom  

    If you have ever felt frazzled getting ready for Shabbat, you’ll understand just how much the robot shark in SHARKBOT SHALOM needs a recharge as he races to get ready for the arrival of his friends. This brand new book from Jenna Waldman (also author of the upcoming Larry’s Latkes) can count along as Sharkbot prepares for Shabbat dinner, ever mindful, and increasingly anxious that he needs a chance to restore himself. If you want a cute story to help young children understand the benefits of Shabbat downtime, thi

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  6. A New Year and A Fresh Start: How One Congregation is Welcoming Back Families

    A New Year and A Fresh Start: How One Congregation is Welcoming Back Families

    Temple Sinai in Pittsburgh has a lot to celebrate this fall: it's 75th anniversary and a return to the synagogue after the pandemic. And of course, Rosh Hashanah, the new year and a season of renewal.

    The synagogue is creating Caring Bags for each member of the congregation, to be sent out before High Holidays. Among the many items included in the bags will be a hand-picked book for each adult and child. This will mark the kickoff of a year-long program that involves members reading the same book and accompaying programming around the book's theme.  

    The 8-10-year-olds at the synagogue will be receiving Once Upon an Apple Cake: A Rosh Hashanah Story, by Elana Rubinstein and published by Apples & Honey Press. This chapter book about

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  7. A Jewish Story to Help Explain Vaccines to Children

    A Jewish Story to Help Explain Vaccines to Children

    A boy goes to doctor and refuses to get his shot, convinced his toy shield can protect him from germs.

    When his father points out that his baby sister is too young for her vaccines, the boy agrees to get his shot so he won't pass diseases to her. He cries, briefly.

    The boy's name is Judah, and is feels proud to learn that his namesake, Judah Maccabee, was also a brave and strong warrior on behalf of his family and other Jews.

    Judah Maccabee Goes to the Doctor, by Ann D. Koffsky, is a story that offers a pathway to explaining how vaccines protect us and also the vulnerable people around us. Having a child-friendly way to broach tough subjects goes a long

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  8. Share Stories of Strong Women on International Women's Day

    This year's theme is "Choose To Challenge." These four stories feature brave women who chose to carve their own paths in the face of resistance.

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  9. Four Apples & Honey Press Authors Receive PJ Library Awards

    Four Apples & Honey Press authors received Author Incentive Awards from PJ Library.

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  10. New Stories of Courage and Defiance for Purim

    New Stories of Courage and Defiance for Purim

    One Purim story. Two heroines. 

    Two brand new storybooks from Apples & Honey Press tell their sides of the story.

     

    Esther Didn't Dream of Being Queen

    By Allison Ofanansky, Illustrated by Valentina Belloni

     

    Once upon a time, in a kingdom far, far away, I was an orphan girl who became queen.

    No, I'm not Cinderella. My name is Esther, and my story is not a fairy tale. 

    Esther would rather dig in her garden and spend time with her cousin Mordechai than live in the big, cold palace. So when then king chooses her as queen, her new life is far from a dream come true.

    And when

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