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5 great Passover books for kids from the PJ Library


I have a terrible memory.  Actually, I remember obscure details really well but forget passwords, early pick up times, birthday parties and pretty much anything with numbers. 

I should seriously pause for a moment each day and say a prayer of gratitude to the person who conceived of having a calendar on a mobile phone.  I’ll add that to my to-do list, which incidentally is also on my phone.  

In so many ways, memory is a link to our past and our future. At a minimum, it’s how we learn to avoid stepping in that same hole in the sidewalk and instead find new holes to blunder into. 

Some could say that memory for Jewish folks is both individual and communal, both passive and active.  For example, my family doesn’t just think about having our Passover seder at Aunt Sally’s, we go back year after year and actually do it.  And it’s much more fun to eat matzah ball soup as opposed to remembering the last time you got to have it.  

Just as there are infinite opinions on whether matzah balls should be firm or soft, a seder can have endless configurations… long, short, English, Hebrew, silly, loud, big, small… and no right or wrong way. So, regardless of how your family observes the Passover holiday, I hope it is a memorable one.

Jennifer Baer is the Director, PJ Library & Family Engagement at the Jewish Federation of St. Louis

For recipes, printables, seder props, breakfast ideas and all things Passover, visit: pjlibrary.org/passover

Download free copies of the PJ Library Passover Haggadah: pjlibrary.org/haggadah

Check out some PJ Library Passover books for every age:

“My Family Seder”

Written by Rosalind Silberman; Illustrated by Hiroe Nakata 

Ages: 6 months to 2 years

Last Sent to Families: March 2023

Synopsis: The child in this book is ready – it’s time for his family seder! Even though he’s just a baby, he can still enjoy and even participate in many meaningful ways. After all, Passover is about welcoming everyone to the table.

“In Our Teeny Tiny Matzah House”

Written by Bill Wurtzel; Illustrated by Claire Wurtzel  

Ages: 3 to 4 Years

Synopsis: Kitzel can’t hear himself meow. His house is teeny tiny, but his family is large and noisy. Soon his family will feel even larger and noisier, because Passover is about to begin! This story, illustrated entirely with food, is a delicious spin on a classic Yiddish folktale.

“Nachshon, Who Was 

Afraid to Swim”

Written by Deborah Bodin Cohen; Illustrated by Jago

Ages: 5 to 6 years, 6 to 7 years

Synopsis: As the Israelites rush to leave Egypt after being freed from slavery, young Nachshon is the first to brave the water that must be crossed, even though he is afraid to take the plunge.

“Workitu’s Passover: 

A Story from Ethiopia”

Written by Zahava Workitu Goshen and Maayan Ben Hagai; Illustrated by Eden Spivak

Ages: 7 to 8 years

Synopsis: In Workitu’s Ethiopian Jewish community, it’s traditional to break all the dishes before Passover begins. That might sound like fun, but Workitu is sad to see her favorite cups and pots go when it’s time to remake them free of chametz. Auntie Balainesh helps Workitu find the spirit of Passover renewal celebrated by this custom.

“Out of Egypt”

By Moshe Moskowitz  

Ages: 9+

Synopsis: Ever wonder about the Great Escape of the Jewish People from Egypt?  Check out this graphic novel, and you’ll find out things you never knew about this ancient story.

Jennifer Baer works as the Director of Family and Teen Engagement at the Jewish Federation of St. Louis and has worked in the nonprofit sector for over 20 years. Born in Memphis, Tenn., she holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Texas in Austin and a master’s degree in social work from Washington University.
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