Passover is Coming:
Books to Get You Ready
Passover starts on April 3. Because Judaism is not my religion, I turned to others for recommendations. Many of the books here came from PJ Library. I recommend checking out their many other Passover books.
by Linda Elovitz Marshall, illustrated by Tatjana Mai-Wyss
When one of her family’s sheep gives birth to three lambs, Miriam is happy. But then the mother sheep will not feed one of the lambs. Miriam’s family feeds the lamb by bottle but what will they do when it’s time to go to her grandparent’s house for the Passover seder? Miriam has an idea…
by Michelle Edwards, illustrated by Charles Santoso
Max and his dad are going to make a surprise Passover birthday cake for Max’s mom. But Max has to wait and wait for his dad to be ready to make it. After a while, Max decides to take matters into his own hands. A fun solution!
by Yael Mermelstein, illustrated by Carrie Hartman
Izzy is an inventor. To help his mother clean the house for Passover (she is NOT up for the job), he invents a cleaning machine. It does clean…perhaps too well?
by Sylvia A. Rouss, illustrated by Katherine Janus Kahn
Through poems, songs, instructions, and drama, Sammy Spider tells about Haggadah and other elements of the Passover seder. I learned a lot from this nicely illustrated book.
by Tami Lehman-Wilzig, illustrated by Elizabeth Wolf
The traditions from eight countries are given: America, Gibraltar, Turkey, Ethiopia, India, Iran, and Morocco. There are recipes throughout, plus more at the end. For middle to upper elementary, there’s lots of information here.
by Harriet Ziefert, illustrated by Karla Gudeon
The author and illustrator beautifully show present-day Passover traditions with its history. The whole book is well done—text, format, and illustrations.
by Latifa Berry Kropf, illustrated by Tod Cohen
Young children are photographed performing many of the traditions of the Passover seder. The last pages include ideas for masks for acting out the story, plus more information about the seder.
by Deborah Bodin Cohen, Illustrated by Jago
Young Nachshon is one of the Israelites who leave Egypt after they are freed from slavery. He shows his bravery when he overcomes his fear of swimming to be the first to step into the sea.
by Fran Manushkin, illustrated by Bob Dacey
This is a retelling of the story of Passover, including the part Miriam, Moses’ sister, played. The illustrations are gorgeous and dramatic.
By Doreen Rappaport, illustrated by Emily Arnold McCully
Jacques and his family are hiding from Hitler’s army. They pretend to be Catholics, but still keep their faith. At Passover, they join others in a secret seder celebration. This is an exciting story.
by Laurel Snyder, illustrated by Chatia Chien
A young slave tells the story of the Israelites’ Exodus from Egypt. Using rhyming verse, she tells of the ten plagues, and how her family follows Moses as he brings them to freedom.
Did I leave out any of your favorites? Please add them to the Comments box!