5 New Apples & Honey Press Books for the Fall Season

We have released 5 new titles for our Apples & Honey Press storybook collection. Funny, educational, and inspirational, these books make the perfect addition to your home or classroom. Read the book descriptions to learn about our most recent titles.

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How It’s Made: Hanukkah Menorah
By Allison Ofanansky
Photography by Eliyahu Alpern

How is a menorah made? Why does it have nine branches? What is Hanukkah anyway?

Discover all this and more, with over 100 stunning photos that reveal a fascinating world behind the scenes. Meet the people who design menorahs and learn how they do it. From intricately carved brass to fused glass and carved wood, you’ll see how each menorah is different and unique, and yet each celebrates the same, ancient, Jewish tradition.

This is the third in the How It’s Made series of photographic non-fiction picture books by National Jewish Book Award winner Allison Ofanansky and Eliyahu Alpern.

Hannah’s Hanukkah Hiccups
By Shanna Silva
Illustrated by Bob McMahon

It’s Hanukkah and Hannah Hartman can’t stop hiccupping!

Her neighbors try to help by sharing their sometimes silly, always fun, remedies: “Drink pickle juice backwards,” says Mr. Brown, while Señora Rivera gives Hannah a wet, red string to place on her forehead. But nothing works.

How will she be able to perform her solo at the school play if her hiccups don’t go away?

Hannah’s Hanukkah Hiccups contains many different hiccups remedies; some of the cures are folk customs from different cultures while others have a medical basis. All make for a fun story about neighbors from different backgrounds coming together to help one another and share in the celebration of Hanukkah.

Regina Persisted: An Untold Story
By Sandy Eisenberg Sasso
Illustrated by Margeaux Lucas

From a young age, Regina Jonas loved to read stories from the Bible. She loved to read Hebrew. She wanted to be a rabbi.

There had never been a woman rabbi before, and some people said, 'You should learn to cook and sew like the other girls.' But Regina persisted.

They said, 'Don't make trouble.' But Regina persisted.

They said, 'Women are not smart enough.' Regina heard, but still she persisted.

Finally, in 1935, Regina Jonas became the first woman ever ordained as a rabbi. Her story inspires us to pursue our dreams and to persist even in the face of great challenges.

American Golem: The New World Adventures of an Old World Mud Monster
By Marc Lumer

A boy arrives in America, where everything is big, crowded, strange, and scary. He builds a golem, a mud monster from Jewish folklore, to protect him from the big kids next door. But he soon learns he doesn’t need the golem for protection. What else can a golem do in America?

Graphic-novel style illustrations provide a fresh approach with kid appeal, and an Author Note introduces the Jewish value of tikkun olam, repairing the world.

Fast Asleep in a Little Village in Israel
By Jennifer Tzivia MacLeod
Illustrated by Tiphanie Beeke

It is the end of a hot, dry summer, and Mrs. Strauss just can’t fall asleep. “Sheket! Quiet!” she tells the animals.

At last, she falls asleep, only to be woken up again by something her little village in Israel has been waiting for all summer long…the sound of much-needed rain.

Told with humor and quiet warmth, this story perfectly captures the sights and sounds of a small town in Israel, and the joy that comes with the country’s first winter rains.


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