Looking for a new way to introduce the fall holidays to your young learners? We’ve got a collection of eight storybooks that will get your students smiling, laughing, and making connections to their Jewish world. Whether you need a story for Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, or Simchat Torah, we’ve got you covered.

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Once Upon an Apple Cake 
Written by Elana Rubinstein
Illustrated by Jennifer Naalchigar

Holiday(s): Rosh Hashanah
Pages: 112

A fast-paced, magical chapter book about a girl who loves to cook, a rival restaurant, and a secret Rosh Hashanah recipe.

Jackie and Jesse and Joni and Jae 
Written by Chris Barash
Illustrated by Christine Battuz

Holiday(s): Rosh Hashanah
Ages: 4-6
Pages: 24

Four young friends reflect on mistakes and look forward to a new year in this Rosh Hashanah story.

Creation Colors 
Written by Ann D. Koffsky

Holiday(s): Rosh Hashanah, Simchat Torah
Ages: 3-7
Pages: 24

Day by day, God poured and planted and created the colors of the world in this vibrant Creation story.

Click here to download free coloring pages inspired by Ann D. Koffsky’s Creation Colors.

Big Sam: A Rosh Hashanah Tall Tale 
Written by Eric A. Kimmel
Illustrated by Jim Starr

Holiday(s): Rosh Hashanah
Ages: 3-8 
Pages: 32

While making a giant challah for Rosh Hashanah, Big Sam makes an even bigger mess.

Little Red Rosie
Written by Eric A. Kimmel
Illustrated by Monica Gutierrez

Holiday(s): Rosh Hashanah
Ages: 3-7
Pages: 32

A young girl enlists her stuffed animal friends to help make the challah for Rosh Hashanah.

Yom Kippur Shortstop
Written by David A. Adler
Illustrated by Andre Ceolin

Holiday(s): Yom Kippur
Ages: 4-8
Pages: 32

Inspired by Sandy Koufax, a Little League ballplayer must choose between playing an important game and attending a Yom Kippur service.

Sky-High Sukkah
Written by Rachel Ornstein Packer
Illustrated by Deborah Zemke

Holiday(s): Sukkot
Ages: 3-7
Pages: 32

A beautiful Sukkot picture book about friendship and community. With some help from the neighbors, Leah and her friend Ari find a way to have their own sukkah — on the roof of their city apartment building.

How It’s Made: Torah Scroll
Written by Allison Ofanansky
Illustrated by Eliyahu Alpern

Holiday(s): Simchat Torah
Ages: 5-8
Pages: 32

Visit the people who make Torah scrolls and decorations.


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