The Greatest Ten by Janice Surlin

The Greatest Ten by Janice Surlin

Illustrated by Rivka Krinsky We cannot start too early teaching the Ten Commandments to children in ways that are meaningful and memorable, according to age appropriate understanding. The “Greatest Ten,” written in verse and beautifully illustrated, brings each Commandment to a level that youngsters can understand. Read or sing “The Greatest Ten,” To learn and enjoy again and again. (The verses may be sung to the tune of “This Old…

Yossi and the Monkeys: A Shavuot Story by Jennifer Tzivia MacLeod

Yossi and the Monkeys: A Shavuot Story by Jennifer Tzivia MacLeod

Illustrated by Shirley Waisman Yossi has no money to buy the food and flowers his family needs for Shavuot. He tries selling the kippahs his wife sews, but he has no luck until a mischievous monkey shows up. The monkey’s antics attract customers and win Yossi’s heart . . . but did Yossi’s new friend come to stay? Review at the Jewish Journal

The Art Lesson: A Shavuot Story by Allison and Wayne Marks

The Art Lesson: A Shavuot Story by Allison and Wayne Marks

Illustrated by Annie Wilkinson Shoshana loves spending time at Grandma Jacobs’ art studio and for Shavuot, Grandma Jacobs has a very special art project in mind! Shoshana learns how to make papercuts by carefully folding squares of paper and cutting shapes out of them. But can she create works of art as beautiful as the ones Grandma makes? Review at the Jewish Journal

Shavuos Guess Who? by Arielle Stern

Shavuos Guess Who? by Arielle Stern

Patti Argodd, illustrator It’s exciting and interactive for children to guess the rhyming Shavuos riddles, then open the flap to reveal the answers. Cleverly designed so the very young will learn as they go… all about the giving of the Torah, the special holiday mitzvos and foods, the customs and observances of Shavuos, and more! Review at Jewish Book Council

Yom Kippur Shortstop by David A. Adler

Yom Kippur Shortstop by David A. Adler

Andre Ceolin, illustrator Bam! It’s a speedy drive over second base. I jump and catch it. My whole team shouts, ‘Jacob, you saved the game!’; It’s Jacob’s third year in Little League, and he’s never missed a game. The championship game is coming up, and his team is counting on him. But then he finds out the game is scheduled on the holiday of Yom Kippur. The game is important.…

Purim Chicken by Margery Cuyler

Purim Chicken by Margery Cuyler

Puy Pinillos, illustrator It’s Purim and the animals on the farm are planning their celebration! They decide to sing songs, wear costumes, and put on a play about Queen Esther. It’s fun until Quack the duck, the star of their show, goes missing! Cluck the hen must be brave like Queen Esther and go in search of Quack near the fox’s den. But when Cluck finds Quack, the duck’s feathers…

Ketzel, the Cat Who Composed by Lesléa Newman

Ketzel, the Cat Who Composed by Lesléa Newman

Moshe Cotel was a composer who lived in a noisy building on a noisy street in a noisy city. But Moshe didn’t mind. Everything he heard was music to his ears. One day, while out for a walk, he heard a small, sad sound that he’d never heard before. It was a tiny kitten! “Come on, little Ketzel,” Moshe said, “I will take you home and we will make beautiful…

Oskar and the Eight Blessings by Richard Simon

Oskar and the Eight Blessings by Richard Simon

A refugee seeking sanctuary from the horrors of Kristallnacht, Oskar arrives by ship in New York City with only a photograph and an address for an aunt he has never met. It is both the seventh day of Hanukkah and Christmas Eve, 1938. As Oskar walks the length of Manhattan, from the Battery to his new home in the north of the city, he passes experiences the city’s many holiday…

Avigail by Chana Zauderer

Avigail by Chana Zauderer

Illustrated by Mary Abadi Avigail, being the youngest of four, is always last. Even more, she always gets her sisters old hand-me-downs. It’s only when her aunt unexpectedly pays a visit that Avigail gets to learn a secret about true happiness. Avigail is that perfect mix: an absolutely charming story, filled with bold, bright, cheerful illustrations, and when younger readers follow along…they get to learn Avigail’s secret too. Old or…

Shanghai Sukkah by Heidi Smith Hyde

Shanghai Sukkah by Heidi Smith Hyde

Illustrated by Jing Jing Tsong. Fleeing the Holocaust in Europe, Marcus moves with his family from Berlin to Shanghai, where he doubts this unfamiliar city will ever feel like home. But with help from his new friend Liang, and the answers to a rabbi’s riddle, Marcus sets out to build a unique sukkah in time for the harvest festival of Sukkot. Length: 17 pages Age Level: 5 – 9