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Jumping into Judaism with Board Books

Dr. Anna C. Iacovetta | The Children’s Book Review | August 31, 2018

So you’re ready to start teaching your children about their religion? These great board books introduce Judaism in a fun, yet simplistic way!  Whether it’s the rhyming or the repetition that is used, each of these books stand out in their own unique way.

Sammy Spiders Passover ShapesSammy Spider’s Passover Shapes

Written by Aylivia A. Rouss

Illustrated by Katherine Janus Kahn

Sammy Spider is back in this great series that educates children about various Jewish holidays.  In this latest installment, Sammy learns about the customs of Passover as he spins his web in the various shapes of the food (ie. square matzah and triangular afikomen).

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Ages 1-4 | Publisher: Kar-Ben Publishing | 2017 | ISBN: 978-1-4677-7970-8

Tu BShevat is ComingTu B’Shevat is Coming!

Written by Tracy Newman

Illustrated by Viviana Garofoli

Newman and Garofoli add two more additions to this popular board book series about Jewish holidays. Tu B’Shevat is the new year for trees. This particular story follows a family as they prepare for the holiday by planting their own tree and share in the popular food of this holiday.

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Ages 1-4 | Publisher: Kar-Ben Publishing | 2018 | ISBN: 978-1-5124-2676-2

Purim is ComingPurim is Coming!

Written by Tracy Newman

Illustrated by Viviana Garofoli

Purim is a springtime festival that commemorates Queen Esther and her bravery for saving the Jewish people back in Biblical times.  The story highlights children preparing for the festival by dressing up, parading, playing games, and best of all, feasting!

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Ages 1-4 | Publisher: Kar-Ben Publishing | 2017 | ISBN: 978-1-5124-0827-0

Bubbes Got the Beat!Bubbe’s Got the Beat!

Written by Judy Press

Illustrated by Mary Hall

Getting ready for Shabbat with Bubbe has never been so fun!  The cool rhyming and dancing grandmother shows her grandson what it takes to prepare the ever-important challah for the special dinner that they celebrate with the entire family.

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Ages 1-4 | Publisher: Kar-Ben Publishing | 2018 | ISBN: 978-1-5124-4763-7

Header image illustration from ‘Tu B’Shevat is Coming!’ (Kar-Ben Publishing, 2018), written by Tracy Newman and illustrated by Viviana Garofoli.

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Dr. Anna Iacovetta, classroom teacher who taught every grade, K-12 together with undergraduate students. Her passionate interest in children's literature led her to earn a doctorate in Literature for Children and Young Adults from The Ohio State University. Anna is currently a part-time professor and book reviewer who resides in Cleveland, Ohio where she lives with her husband and two young children. Twitter: LiteraryGal82

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