Rosh Hashanah

Children's Book Review: New Beginnings for Rosh Hashanah

September 4, 2013

New Year at the PierMarin Mommies presents another guest article by Marin children's librarian Lisa Katz, who takes a look at books about Rosh Hashanah, which begins tonight.

Back-to-school is a time for new beginnings. For the Jewish community, it is also a time to start fresh with a new year in the Hebrew calendar called Rosh Hashanah (starting the evening of September 4). On Rosh Hashanah, we celebrate the creation of the world while dipping apples in honey to represent a sweet year ahead. What better way to think about fresh starts then through some fabulous children’s books?

PJ Library® is a local program that sends free Jewish books and music to the homes of children in the Bay Area. Here are some PJ Library® favorites that teach children about the values and traditions of Rosh Hashanah through wonderful stories:

Apples and Honey by Joan Jolub and Illustrated by Cary Pillo (published 2003)
This sweet lift-the-flap book follows a family as they prepare for Rosh Hashanah. There is so much to do from making holiday cards, baking challah, eating apples and honey, and going to temple to hear the Shofar. Each page offers an interactive page for a young reader to enjoy. This story is a lovely introduction of the holiday for children, ages 2–6.

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