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Sadie and the Big Mountain by Jamie Korngold & Julie Fortenberry

Shavuot is the Jewish festival celebrating the return of Moses from Mount Sinai after receiving the ten commandments. To help us celebrate, PJ Library sent us Sadie and the Big Mountain by Jamie Korngold and Julie Fortenberry, published by Kar-Ben Publishing. Sadie and her classmates are getting ready to celebrate Shavuot with a hike up their own Mount Sinai. Everyone is… Continue reading Sadie and the Big Mountain by Jamie Korngold & Julie Fortenberry

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Books for Passover

The Jewish festival of Passover (or Pesach) falls in the spring and celebrates the Jewish people being freed from slavery in Egypt. Families spend lots of time preparing for it and getting their homes ready. One way we’ve been preparing is by reading books of course! Here are some of our favourites: Is It Passover… Continue reading Books for Passover

Diverse Children's Books · Picture books

Double Trouble for Anna Hibiscus by Atinuke & Lauren Tobia

Double Trouble for Anna Hibiscus by Atinuke & Lauren Tobia, published by Walker Books is a gorgeous story about the arrival of a set of twin boys. Early one morning, Anna Hibiscus’s father wakes her up to show her a surprise… Her mother is sitting in bed with not one, but two new babies! Anna Hibiscus tells her cousins the news… Continue reading Double Trouble for Anna Hibiscus by Atinuke & Lauren Tobia

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Books and activities for Purim

Purim is one of our favourite Jewish festivals, here’s why: You get to wear fancy dress. People give you lots of sweet treats. You are TOLD to make as much noise as you can! (An additional reason about why this festival is great for grown ups too is that you are pretty much commanded to… Continue reading Books and activities for Purim

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The Swirling Hijaab by Na’ima bint Robert, illustrated by Nilesh Mistry

The Swirling Hijaab by Na’ima bint Robert, illustrated by Nilesh Mistry and published by Mantra Lingua, is a beautiful and imaginative exploration of a hijaab, a Muslim woman’s head covering. The story follows a little girl who introduces us to her mother’s hijaab and then takes us inside her imagination with the hijaab acting as the inspiration for each new… Continue reading The Swirling Hijaab by Na’ima bint Robert, illustrated by Nilesh Mistry

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Books for Tu B’Shevat

Tu B’Shevat is a Jewish festival that celebrates a new year for trees just before the start of spring. It’s sometimes referred to as the trees birthday and we celebrate by taking part in different tree-related activities. These can include eating foods made with the seven species (wheat, barley, grape, fig, olive, date and pomegranate)… Continue reading Books for Tu B’Shevat

Diverse Children's Books · Jewish Children's Books · Non fiction

The Colors of My Jewish Year

The Colors of My Jewish Year by Marji Gold-Vukson and illustrated by Madeline Wikler (published by Kar-Ben Publishing) is a sweet board book for little ones that introduces colours as well as significant festivals in the Jewish calendar. Each page asks the question, “What is….?” followed by a different colour. The answers are in the form of objects associated with Jewish… Continue reading The Colors of My Jewish Year