Rosh Hashanah Books to Start the Holiday Season


Rosh Hashanah Books to Start the

Holiday Season


Rosh Hashanah is September 13-15, just two weeks away. Here are some books to help you prepare. The first two are also about Yom Kippur


Celebrate Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur with Honey, Prayers, and the Shofar

by Deborah Heiligman

This book from National Geographic covers several features of the two holidays. With bold headings, clear text, and photos, this book gives lots of information. There is a recipe for honey cake at the end.


On Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur

by Cathy Goldberg Fishman, illustrated by Melanie W. Hall

A girl tells all the things that help her know it’s time for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur: cards, the signs of autumn, candles, food… A glossary helps explain some of the holiday terms.


Talia and the Rude Vegetables

by Linda Elovitz Marshall, illustrated by Francesca Assirelli

Talia’s grandmother sends her to the garden to pick root vegetables for a Rosh Hashanah stew. But Talia thinks she said “rude” vegetables. It’s funny how she decides which vegetables are rude. The recipe is included on the last page – looks good!


What a Way to Start a New Year!

by Jacqueline Jules, illustrated by Judy Stead

Dina and her family struggle to get into the holiday spirit in their just-moved-into new house. No problem—they’ll drive back to their old neighbor’s house to celebrate the new year. No problem except…NOTHING goes right.


Engineer Ari and the Rosh Hashanah Ride

by Deborah Bodin Cohen, illustrated by Shahar Kober (sorry, no link)

It’s 1892. Ari has been chosen to drive the first train from Jaffa to Jerusalem. As he leaves, he boasts to his two friends about being the first to go. As the ride proceeds, Ari collects holiday treats to take to the people of Jerusalem. And each gift reminds him of his unkind words to his friends.


Even Higher!

adapted by Eric A. Kimmel, illustrated by Jill Weber

Every year before Rosh Hashanah, the rabbi would disappear. Everyone assumed he went to heaven to speak to God. But one man didn’t believe in this and set out to prove everyone wrong…


Apple Days: A Rosh Hashanah Story

by Allison Sarnoff Soffer, illustrated by Bob McMahon

Katy tells everyone that Wednesday is the day she and her mother will go apple picking. But then her mother has to cancel the apple-picking day trip. Katy is VERY upset. But her friends know just what to do.


It’s Shofar Time!

by Latifa Berry Kropf, illustrated by Tod Cohen

Some kids celebrate shofar time by learning new things, making cards, baking challah, and more Rosh Hashanah activities. This basic book would be good for young kids.


The White Ram: A Story of Abraham and Isaac

by Mordicai Gerstein

On the last day of creation, God created a white ram. This ram waited in the garden of Eden until God called for him. When he was called, the ram had a very important task. But first he had to avoid all the evil one’s hazards…


My two favorite books of the bunch:

Tashlich at Turtle Rock

by Susan Schnur and Anna Schnur-Fishman, illustrated by Alex Steele-Morgan

Annie and her family have their own traditions for doing Tashlich. They set out together. At each stop, Turtle Rock, Billy Goat Bridge, Gypsy Landing, and Old Log, they have special Tashlich tasks.


New Year at the Pier: A Rosh Hashanah Story

by April Halprin Wayland, illustrated by Stéphane Jorisch

Izzy and his family take part in Tashlich. They walk to the beach and toss pieces of bread into the water, to show they are throwing away their misdeeds. They think about their own behavior and apologize to those they have wronged. They offer forgiveness to those who have wronged them.


I hope you enjoy these books. I certainly did and learned lots about Rosh Hashanah!








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