Passover Books for Kids
Children’s books for Passover include board books and chapter books.
Passover Is Coming! by Tracy Newman. Illustrated by Viviana Garofoli (Kar-Ben, 12 pp. $5.99 board book)
This hardy book takes us along with a family as it goes through all the stages of Passover preparation, from cleaning and cooking to setting the table. Ages 1 to 4.
More Than Enough by April Halprin Wayland. Illustrated by Katie Kath. (Dial Books for Young Readers. 40 pp. $16.99)
The refrain of this book—dayeinu—is what More Than Enough is about. Whether the family preparing and celebrating Passover is shopping, chopping, bathing, dressing or eating—it is all dayeinu, more than enough to be grateful for. Ages 3 to 5,
ABC Passover Hunt by Tilda Balsley. Illustrated by Helen Poole. (Kar-Ben, 32 pp. $17.99 hardcover, $7.99 paperback)
This big, colorful book offers fun as well as learning: Find the ABC in pictures; where is Egypt on a map; pick out Mount Sinai. Ages 3 to 8.
Kopecks for Blintzes by Judy Goldman. Illustrated by Susan Batori. (Kar-Ben, 32 pp. $17.99 hardcover; $7.99 paperback)
This Shavuot story is set in the foolish village of Chelm, and readers will learn why Chelmites have 13 rather than 10 Commandments. Ages 3 to 8.
And Then Another Sheep Turned Up by Laura Gehl. Illustrated by Amy Adele. (Kar-Ben, $17.95, hardcover, $7.95 paperback)
This is a fun, sheep-family story: As they prepare for Passover, they are happy to accommodate whoever shows up: Besides Mama, Papa, Noah and Hannah—in comes Grandma, Uncle Sol, Danny, Sharon, Aunt Deb. Ages 4 to 7.
Is it Passover Yet? by Chris Barash. Illustrations by Alessandra Psacharopulo. (Albert Whitman & Company, $16.99)
This sweet story shows a whimsical family preparing for Passover as soon as Spring signals a change of season. The busy Mom, Dad and kids vacuum and polish. The “house smells of kugel and sweet matzo cake.” Before long company has arrived and everyone sits around the table singing the traditional songs. Ages 4 to 8.
Engineer Ari and the Passover Rush by Deborah Bodin Cohen. Illustrated by Shahar Kober. (Kar-Ben, 32 pp. $7.95 paperback)
The latest Engineer Ari story takes place in early Palestine. Engineer Ari is in a rush to drive his last train to Jerusalem and back. In his pocket is a shopping list of all the things he needs to buy for the Seder—roasted egg, charoset, parsley, horseradish, shankbone, matza. The people he meets in the course of his day help him meet his goal—just in time. Ages 4 to 8.
Passover With a Twist: Rachel Imagines the Passover Story by Benjie Hershkowitz. Illustrated by Avi Katz. (Contento de Semrik, 42 pp. $10.95 paperback)
The title tells it all, as a little girl named Rachel sits with her family at the Seder and relates the story of Passover. Ages 5 to 11.
A Place for Elijah by Kelly Easton Ruben. Illustrated by Joanne Friar. (Kar-Ben, 32 pp. $17.99 hardcover, $7.99 paperback)
While Sarah’s family sets the table for the Seder, they make sure that there is an extra seat for Elijah—they know that even if they don’t see him, he will be there to sip from his up of wine. Meanwhile, they have surprise guests, and their table must expand to accommodate them all. This story teaches about friendship and sharing with people who are not like you. Ages 5 to 9.
Scarlett and Sam: Escape from Egypt by Eric A. Kimmel. Illustrated by Ivica Stevanovic. (Kar-Ben, 165 pp. $5.95 paperback
Be ready to go on a great adventure. When twins Scarlett and Sam argue about who should ask the Four Questions, their Iranian-born Grandma Mina tells them it is not the questions that matter but the answers. She also tells them that all the Jewish people were together in Egypt, that their lives are interwoven like the threads of her ancient carpet. What follows for the twins is a wild historical ride on the flying carpet. Ages 6 to 9.
The Passover Surpriseby Janet Ruth Heller. Illustrations by Ronald Kauffman, (Fictive Press, 48 pp. $14.99 paperback)
This six-chapter book of connected stories for middle-school children that revolves around sibling rivalry, parent-child relations. It takes place in the 1960s and the thoughtful stories recall a father’s experiences as an American soldier during World War II and the civil rights era. Ages 8 to 12.