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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:
By Zoë Klein
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.
Apples & Honey Press has three new stories to share for Fall 2021.
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
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
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
Four Apples & Honey Press authors received Author Incentive Awards from PJ Library.
One Purim story. Two heroines.
Two brand new storybooks from Apples & Honey Press tell their sides of the story.
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.