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Check out these wonderful Jewish books from Temple Israel's Hodari Family Library!



Apple Days: A Rosh Hashanah Story by Allison Samoff Soffer Katy’s favorite holiday or Rosh Hashanah, when she gets to pick apples and make applesauce with her mother.  But what happens when the tradition is interrupted by the early arrival of her new baby cousin?

 I’m Sorry, Grover: A Rosh Hashanah Tale by Tilda Balsley Brosh can’t find his blue cap, and suspects that one of his friends has taken it.  But when Grover returns the lost item, Brosh is glad that the High Holidays offer a chance to say, “I’m sorry.”

 It’s Shofar Time! by Latifa Berry Kropf

It’s Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. It’s time to learn new things, wear new clothes and taste new fruits. Join pre-schoolers as they prepare to celebrate the holiday.

 What’s the Buzz? Honey for a Sweet New Year by Allison Ofanansky A class in Israel tours a farm to learn about how honey is made and used to celebrate Rosh Hashanah --Visit a bee farm, and follow the bees, as they carry “kisses” from flower to flower, and return to their hives with their tummies full of nectar.

 Talia and the Rude Vegetables by Linda Elovitz Marshall Talia wonders, when she misunderstands her grandmother asking her to gather “root” vegetables for a Rosh Hashanah stew.  As Talia digs in the garden, she collects the twisted and ornery carrots and parsnips – the “rude” vegetables that she thinks her grandmother wants – and finds a good home for the rest.

 Tashlich at Turtle Rock by Susan Schnur

Annie and her family are going to Turtle Creek for Tashlich. As they hike through the woods, they throw crumbs into water as symbols of mistakes made during the past year, they think about the good and bag things that happened, and make plans for the new year.

 New Year at the Pier by April Wayland

On Rosh Hashanah, Izzy and his family make lists of the wrongs they have committed over the past year, and after they have apologized, they throw pieces of bread into the water to "clean their hearts" in a ceremony called tashlich.

 Today Is the Birthday of the World by Linda Heller

On the birthday of the world, all of god’s creatures pass before Him as He asks whether each has been the best giraffe, or bee, or child they could be, helping to make the world a better place.

 How the Rosh Hashanah Challah Became Round by Sylvia B. Epstein

Yossi’s terrible tumble turns out to be a terrific triumph . . . and a possible explanation for why we eat round challah on Rosh Hashanah!

 On Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur by Cathy Goldberg Fishman

As she and her family celebrate these two Jewish holidays, a young girl contemplates their meaning in her life. 

 Sound the Shofar! by Leslie Kimmelman

Uncle Jake gets to blow the Shofar twice within ten days, as the family celebrates first Rosh Hashanah and then Yom Kippur.

 Sophie and the Shofar by Fran Manushkin

After describing some of the traditions of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, to her cousin from Russia, Sophie learns about trust and forgiveness. 

 Sammy Spider's First Rosh Hashanah by Sylvia Rouss

A young spider wants to join in as he watches a family prepare to celebrate Rosh Hashanah. 

 The Secret Shofar of Barcelona by Jacqueline Greene

Symphony conductor Don Fernando longs to hear the sounds of the shofar. Like other conversos, during the Spanish Inquisition, he must hide his Jewish religion and pretend to follow the teachings of the church. But when he is asked to perform a concert celebrating the new world, he and his son Rafael devise a clever plan to usher in the Jewish New Year in plain sight of the Spanish nobility.

 Happy New Year Beni by Jane Zalben

After constantly fighting with his cousin Max, Beni discovers that the New Year is an opportunity to put his mistakes behind him and start over. 

 Engineer Ari and the Rosh Hashanah Ride by Deborah Bodin Cohen

Engineer Ari's train is coming to Jerusalem collecting goodies along the way to celebrate the Jewish new year.

 Even Higher by Richard Ungar

Every year, on the day before the new year begins, the beloved rabbi disappears until nightfall. No one knows where he goes. Young Reuven is appointed by his friends to solve the mystery.

 Apples and Honey by Joan Holub

Depicts a happy family picking apples, decorating New Year’s cards, getting ready for Temple, hearing the shofar, blessing the challah and wine, and wishing everyone a “L’Shanah Tovah!” 

 When the Chickens Went on Strike by Erica Silverman

A Jewish boy learns a lesson from the village chickens at the time of Rosh Hashanah.



 Sammy Spider’s First Yom Kippur by Sylvia Rouss

When Josh breaks the rules and plays ball indoors, he finds himself apologizing not only to his parents, but to Sammy Spider as well.

 Yussel's Prayer by Barbara Cohen

A boy's simple but sincere Yom Kippur prayer is instrumental in ending the day's fast. 

 The Hardest Word by Jacqueline Jules

The Ziz, a huge bird that is clumsy but good-hearted, learns the importance of apologizing. 

 The Magic of Kol Nidre by Bruce Siegel

The magic of the Kol Nidre prayer, central to the Yom Kippur service, is explored from the viewpoint of three generations.

 K'tonton's Yom Kippor Kitten by Sadie Weilerstein

After allowing a small kitten to take the blame for something he did, K'tonton, a thumb-sized young boy, feels guilty when he goes to services at the synagogue on Yom Kippor. 

 The Story of Jonah by Patricia A. Pingry

A simple retelling of the bible story of Jonah.

 The Littlest Fish by Sylvia Rouss

The Littlest Fish wants to make friends; too bad the other sea creatures only see him as a good meal. When the Littlest Fish meets a Giant Fish with a stomach ache, he ends up helping Jonah, the prophet who said “No” to God.

 Oh No, Jonah! By Tilda Balsley

The Bible story of Jonah and the Great Fish is retold in rollicking rhyme!


A Watermelon in the Sukkah by Sylvia Rouss

All the children in Miss Sharon’s class have brought their favorite fruits to decorate the sukkah.  But when Michael brings a watermelon, the class must find a way to hang it!

 The Vanishing Gourds: A Sukkot Mystery by Susan Axe-Bronk

Sara loves selecting the gourds to decorate the family sukkah.  But when the gourds start disappearing mysteriously, the hunt is on for the culprits.

 Sadie’s Sukkah Breakfast by Jamie Korngold

Early risers on this Sukkot morning, Sadie and Ori are very excited and decide to bring breakfast out to the

festive hut with a menagerie of favorite stuffed animal friends.

 Engineer Ari and the Sukkah Express by Deborah Cohen

As Engineer Ari drives his train to Jerusalem, friends along the way give him branches and fruit for his backyard sukkah. 

 Sukkot Treasure Hunt by Allison Ofanansky

In Israel, a young girl and her family go on a scavenger hunt to find the "four species" they will use in their celebration of the Jewish holiday, Sukkot.

 Tamar's Sukkah by Ellie Gellman (board book)

Tamar calls on her older and bigger friends in the neighborhood to help her complete the Sukkah she has built to celebrate Sukkot.

 It’s Sukkah Time by Latifa Berry Kropf

Color photographs and simple text depict children celebrating in a Sukkah.

 Tikvah Means Hope by Patrica Polacco

After a devastating fire in the hills of Oakland, California during Sukkot, a Jewish family and their neighbors find symbols of hope amidst the ashes.

 Sammy Spider’s First Sukkot by Sylvia Rouss

Sammy Spider learns about the festival of Sukkot by watching the Shapiro family build their Sukkah. 

 Bubbe Isabella and the Sukkot Cake by Kelly Terwilliger

Bubbe Isabella invites many animal guests to spend Sukkot with her, but they are more interested in eating the Sukkah than her lovely lemon cake. 

 The Sukkah That I Built by Rochel Groner Vorst

A read-aloud story modeled on the classic nursery rhyme, “The House That Jack Built.”

Night Lights by Barbara Diamond Goldin

A young boy learns about the meaning of Sukkot while overcoming his fear of the dark.  Includes information on the history and customs of Sukkot. 

The Very Crowded Sukkah by Leslie Kimmelman

It’s Sukkot, and this family can’t wait to share their first meal inside the sukkah they built. When it begins to rain, the sukkah becomes shelter for some very surprising guests.

The Mysterious Guests: A Sukkot Story by Eric Kimmel

It was the eve of Sukkot when three mysterious guests appeared and visited the sukkahs built by two brothers. Leaving behind unusual gifts that neither will ever forget, the gifts rewarded not the beauty of the sukkah, but the generosity of the heart.

Shanghai Sukkah by Heidi Smith Hyde

When Marcus moves with his family from Berlin to Shanghai, he doubts this unfamiliar city will ever feel like home. But with help from his new friend Liang, Marcus sets out to build a sukkah in time for the harvest festival of Sukkot.



Gittel and the Bell by Roberta Goldshlag Cooks

Since everyone scolded eight-year-old Gittel in the past for ringing the town bell on unimportant occasions, she is not sure what to do when she finds the missing Torah.

 The Littlest Tree by Sylvia Rouss

The littlest tree in the forest triumphs as the villagers search for wood to build their new synagogue. While the sheer size and mocking attitudes of the massive trees surrounding our hero are daunting, he has faith and hope, plus a pure desire to be put to good use in the new temple.

 The Place Where I Belong by Abie Rotenberg

A story of a Torah that was lost and then returned to its rightful place. Based on the lyrics of the song “The Place Where I Belong” from the popular Journeys album.

 Sammy Spider’s First Simchat Torah by Sylvia Rouss

Along for the ride atop Josh Shapiro’s candy apple, Sammy spider heads to synagogue and learns about Simchat Torah.

 The Sefer Torah Parade by Tzivia Adler

A young child joyfully attends the special ceremony for the completion of a new Torah scroll and joins in the Torah parade. Every aspect of this special day is explained in full detail, in simple lyrical prose. Finally, when the new Torah is put in its home in the shul, a very tired little one is carried home, too.

 When Zaydeh Danced on Eldridge Street by Elsa Okon Rael

While staying with her grandparents in New York City in the mid-1930s, eight-year-old Zeesie joins in the celebration of Simchat Torah and sees a different side of her stern grandfather. 


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