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

Lullaby by Debbie Friedman

Lullaby by Debbie Friedman

The book at Amazon Another new book and CD set this season is an illustrated version of the beloved late songstress Debbie Friedman’s take on the bedtime Shema prayer. “Lullaby” is one of her most popular songs, and it is often sung to children as they drift off to sleep. The lyrics are simple and taken from the prayers many Jews say at night, but re-created as a prayer an…