Picture Books for the Jewish High Holy Days

A collection of picture books featuring Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.
Updated October 2, 2022
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Gershon's monster a story for the Jewish New Year
Kimmel, Eric A.
There was once a baker named Gershon who was a sinner. His sins were the common ordinary, stuff; a few little lies, a broken promise, a temper lost for no reason. But unlike most people, Gershon never regretted what he had done. He never apologized or asked anyone's forgiveness. Why should he?...
Tashlich at Turtle Rock
Schnur, Susan.
Annie leads her family on a Rosh Hashanah hike to observe tashlich, where each person will ask God's forgiveness for the things they regret doing the previous year. Includes facts about this Jewish custom.
New Year at the pier a Rosh Hashanah story
Wayland, April Halprin.
Izzy's favorite part of Rosh Hashanah is Tashlich, a joyous ceremony in which people apologize for the mistakes they made in the previous year and thus clean the slate as the new year begins. But there is one mistake on Izzy's "I'm sorry" list that he's finding especially hard to say out loud....
Eli remembers
Vander Zee, Ruth.
Year after year, Eli watches the solemn lighting of seven candles at his family's celebration of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. On such a happy occasion, his parents and grandparents always seem sad, and Eli can't understand why.
Secret shofar of Barcelona
Greene, Jacqueline Dembar.
Symphony conductor Don Fernando longs to hear the sounds of the shofar. Like other conversos during the Spanish Inquisition, he has to 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...
Magic of Kol Nidre a Yom Kippur story
Siegel, Bruce H.
On the eve of Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish year, Kol Nidre is chanted to the same haunting melody in synagogues the world over. In this lyrical tale, three generations explore the pageantry and mystery of this prayer.
Sound the shofar! a story for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur
Kimmelman, Leslie.
It's Rosh Hashanah, and the loving family of Hanukkah Lights, Hanukkah Nights and Hooray! It's Passover gets ready once again for another holiday. After a special dinner, the family goes to synagogue to hear Uncle Jake sound the shofar and bring in the New Year. Ten days later, it's Yom Kippur,...
Days of awe stories for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur
Kimmel, Eric A.
Engineer Ari and the Rosh Hashanah ride
Cohen, Deborah Bodin, 1968-
A Rosh Hashanah story based on the first historic train ride from Jaffa to Jerusalem in 1892, shortening the journey between the two cities from 3 days to 3 hours. Engineer Ari's train is coming to Jerusalem collecting goodies along the way to celebrate the Jewish new year, and he learns an...
Even higher!
Kimmel, Eric A.
Every year, just before Rosh Hashanah, the rabbi of Nemirov disappears. The villagers are certain their rabbi flies up to heaven to speak with God before the fate of every soul is decided for the coming year. But a skeptical Litvak scoffs at the villagers, claiming miracles cannot happen, and...
Sammy Spider's first Rosh Hashanah
Rouss, Sylvia A.
Sammy Spider wants to taste the golden honey the Shapiros set out for a sweet New Year. Mom tells him to stick to spinning webs, but will curious Sammy listen?
Happy New Year Beni
Zalben, Jane Breskin.
This Rosh Hashanah, Beni and Sara are going to Grandma and Grandpa's for the holidays. Everyone will be there-- including cousin Max.Before dinner, Sara lights the candles and Grandpa says the Kiddush. "To a sweet, good year! L'shanah Tovah!" At the temple, Papa blows the shofar and joyfully...
Even higher
Cohen, Barbara
A skeptical visitor to the village of Nemirov finds out where its rabbi really goes during the Jewish New Year, when the villagers claim he goes to heaven to speak to God.
Apples and honey a Rosh Hashanah lift the flap book
Holub, Joan.
Rosh Hashanah is here and it's the beginning of a new year. There are so many exciting things to do! The children make New Year's cards to send to family and friends, they go to temple and hear dad blow the shofar, and after a delicious dinner they dip apples in honey and hope for a sweet new year....
When the chickens went on strike A Rosh Hashanah tale
Silverman, Erica.
One Rosh Hashanah, a boy overhears some chickens planning a strike. They are sick of being used for Kapores, the New Year custom in which people swing a live chicken over their heads, hoping to erase their bad deeds. When all of the chickens run away, the women try to coax them back with grain, the...
Talia and the very YUM Kippur
Marshall, Linda Elovitz
When Grandma begins her preparations for breaking the Yom Kippur fast, Talia mishears the holiday as "Yum" Kippur, setting off a topsy-turvy series of misunderstandings.

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