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Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur


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Sammy Spider's First Rosh Hashanah
Sammy Spider's First Rosh Hashanah
Sammy's newest adventure finds him knee-deep in honey, and eager to celebrate the New Year. The third in the popular Sammy series.

Mother Spider explains the holiday customs and symbols to curious young Sammy, including Rosh Hashanah greeting cards, challah bread, apples and honey for a sweet year, and special synagogue services. Sammy is endearing, but mischief-prone. Despite Mother Spider's insistence that he must remain a respectful observer to the festivities, Sammy manages to celebrate Rosh Hashanah in his own way.

from School Library Journal
Happy New Year, Beni
Happy New Year, Beni
As a family of anthropomorphic bears celebrates Rosh Hashanah, Beni is teased and tricked by his cousin until their grandfather reminds them of what the holiday is all about. The book, illustrated with overly sweet artwork, includes some background about the holiday and a recipe for Round Raisin Challah

from Horn Book
The World's Birthday
The World's Birthday : A Rosh Hashanah Story
Intrigued by the idea that Rosh Hashanah is the birthday of the world, Daniel is determined to have a party - with a cake and candles - for the world. His sister scoffs, You can't have the party without the guest of honor.'But when his guests arrive, Daniel takes the cake and leads everyone outside under the stars. The illustrations have a lovely childlike quality.
Sound the Shofar
Sound the Shofar : A Story for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur
With her uncle's blowing of the shofar, the high point, a little girl describes the goings-on during Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Her mother lights the candles, her father blesses the wine, they eat apples dipped in honey, and they spend the day "in prayer and thinking." Using a bright rainbow of colors and outlining his shapes in ink, Himmelman depicts a happy family at home and in the synagogue. Warmth and renewal are the message here, delivered with minimal detail and a few comic touches, mostly involving the family's cats.

from Booklist , October 1, 1998

High Holiday Fun for Little Hands
Simple craft, coloring, and activity pages help explain the high holidays to young children. Count the shofars and Torahs, make a round challah cover, play with holiday symbol cards. With full-color greeting cards reading to sign and send.

Description from Publisher
Shofar That Lost Its Voice
Shofar That Lost Its Voice
While trying to find the reason why his shofar doesn't work, Avi has a magical adventure that teaches him the true meaning of Rosh Hashanah.
How the 
Rosh Hashanah Challah Became Round
How the Rosh Hashanah Challah Became Round
How the Rosh Hashanah Challah Became Round. Pop-Up Book.

Rosh Hashanah With Bina,Benny and Chaggai Hayonah
Letís join Bina and Benny and their winged friend Chaggai the holiday dove on a fun-filled adventure. They will tell us all about Rosh Hashanah, the shofar, teshuvah, the apple dipped in honey and many other holiday customs. And we will learn about them in a warm and witty way.

Description from Publisher

Selichot: A Family Service
Creative, attractive, and affordable prayer book for Selichot. Built around the concepts of tefillah (prayer), teshuvah (repentance), and tzedakah (sharing), the service includes readings to challenge older children and adults, and stories and pictures to capture the attention of young children. Words and music to original high holiday songs and take-home ideas.

Description from Publisher

Rosh Hashanah: A Family Service
Creative, attractive, and affordable prayer book for Rosh Hashanah. Built around the concepts of tefillah (prayer), teshuvah (repentance), and tzedakah (sharing), the service includes readings to challenge older children and adults, and stories and pictures to capture the attention of young children. Words and music to original high holiday songs and take-home ideas.

Description from Publisher
The Shofar Calls to Us
The Shofar Calls to Us
(Board Book)
Tekiyah, shevarim, teruah! Listen to the shofar welcome the New Year

A Rosh Hashanah Walk
Come march with me, just point your toes
I'll take you where the water flows.
It's fun to sing a tashlich tune
On Rosh Hashanah afternoon.


A charming rhyme that explains the Rosh Hashanah custom of tashlich, symbolically tossing one's sins into a stream of flowing water.

It's Rosh Hashanah
(Board Book)
Itís a New Year. Benjy and Sara have grown. They can do many new things this year. What new things can you do?

Description from Publisher
All About Rosh Hashanah
All About Rosh Hashanah


All About Yom Kippur
All About Yom Kippur
My Very Own Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur updated for a new generation of children -- with full color illustrations and gender-neutral language. Each book includes an explanation of holiday traditions at home and in the synagogue, interspersed with classic folk tales based on the themes of repentance, renewal, and forgiveness. Books include words and music to songs and blessing recited around the holiday table.

Tales from the Gemara :
Rosh Hashanah / Yom Kippur / Succah (Vol 3)
Stories from the Talmud, dramatized for children.
K'tonton's Yom Kippur Kitten
K'tonton's Yom Kippur Kitten
K'tonton, the Jewish Tom Thumblike child who made his first appearance some 40 years ago, gets a new picture-book face in this illustrated retelling. The story, in which K'tonton lets a stray kitten take the blame for causing some mischief in his mother's kitchen, is a pleasant, undisguised reminder of the purpose of the holiday of Yom Kippur: to repent for misdeeds. As he participates in the holiday service with his father, K'tonton realizes he must make amends. Slick, white paper gives the book a simple elegance and forms a rich background for the sweet, nicely executed black-and-white sketches. Special terms (tallit, Musaf, etc.) in the story give the narrative flavor; for the children who need them explained in more detail, there's a glossary.

from Booklist
The Magic of Kol Nidre
The Magic of Kol Nidre : A Story for Yom Kippur
Kol Nidre, the opening prayer of the Yom Kippur evening service, is chanted three times, first softly, then a little louder, then very loudly. In this book, the narrator explores the reasons for the repetition and searches for the "magic" of Kol Nidre. Three times he gives possible explanations-once when he is a boy with his grandfather, once as a new father holding his baby daughter, and finally as an old man with his grandson. Each time, the narrator has a different insight into the prayer. In the final scene, he discovers that the magic of Kol Nidre is the way that it brings all types of Jews together once a year. Each double-page spread features a realistic watercolor that depicts the scene as well as a stained-glass column (also watercolor) that reflects the ideas of the text. This is an excellent discussion starter for religious schools.

Description from School Library Journal
High Holy Day Do-It-Yourself Dictionary
High Holy Day Do-It-Yourself Dictionary
Reading level: Ages 4-8

First Fast
Award-winning author Barbara Cohen tells the story of a wager between two boys that leads one boy to a deeper understanding of Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement.

Description from Publisher
Gates of Awe
Gates of Awe :
Holy Day Prayers for Young Children
Prayers for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, with appropriate Torah readings. Rabbi Orkand, and his wife, Joyce, an elementary school teacher, write on a level that will be enjoyed, and understood by children.

Yom Kippur: A Family Service
Creative, attractive, and affordable prayer book for Yom Kippur. Built around the concepts of tefillah (prayer), teshuvah (repentance), and tzedakah (sharing), the service includes readings to challenge older children and adults, and stories and pictures to capture the attention of young children. Words and music to original high holiday songs and take-home ideas.

Description from Publisher

Yom Kippur With Bina, Benny, And Chaggai Hayonah
Join Bina, Benny and their winged friend, Chaggai the holiday dove, in these fun-filled adventures explaining the background and observance of the Jewish holidays.

Description from Publisher

My Very Own Yom Kippur Book
Explains the significance of Yom Kippur, the Day of Forgiveness, the holiest day of the Jewish year. Includes stories, songs, prayers, and a home service.

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