Picture Books for Passover

The Jewish festival of Passover falls in the spring and celebrates the Jewish people being freed from slavery in Egypt. The story of Passover tells us that when the Jews left Egypt they left in such a hurry they didn’t have time to let their bread rise. Instead, they ate unleavened bread called matzah. The... Continue Reading →

Books and Activities for Tu Bishvat

Tu Bishvat is a Jewish festival that celebrates trees and the start of spring. During this festival we appreciate trees and the environment through planting new trees and eating fruits that grow on them. And of course, we have some books to share that are perfect for this festival. It's Tu B'Shevat by Edie Stoltz Zolkower, illustrated... Continue Reading →

Books and activities for Sukkot

Sukkot is a Jewish harvest festival that begins just after the start of the new Jewish year. In preparation for Sukkot Jews build a sukkah (a temporary hut) which we decorate, eat in and sometimes sleep in for the whole week of Sukkot. As with all our festivals we have some great picture books to... Continue Reading →

The Journey by Francesca Sanna

The Journey by Francesca Sanna, published by Flying Eye Books is a perfect example of how powerful picture books can be. The story follows an ordinary family who enjoyed normal things like days out at the seaside until their lives were torn apart by war. Their father is killed so their mother, frightened and worried for her family's safety,... Continue Reading →

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