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Goodnight Sh'ma
Goodnight Sh'ma

(Very First Board Books)

By Jacqueline Jules
A Jewish child gets ready for bed and says the traditional Sh'ma prayer in this board book with rhyming text. Charming illustrations by award-winning artist Melanie Hall.

Description from Publisher

Finally, a picture book that will take its place beside Goodnight Moon as the must-read beadtime story for Jewish babies.

Description from Jewish Living Magazine

[This is a board book] that can withstand being pulled, dropped, or even chewed by an infant, who will enjoy sitting in a parent’s or grandparent’s lap, and looking at the pictures, and over time, absorbing information rendered in rhyme by Jules.

Description from San Diego Jewish World

My First Jewish Holidays Library
My First Jewish Holidays Library features three top selling DK My First titles: My First Passover Board Book, My First Hanukkah Board Book, and the most recent addition to DK's Jewish interest books: My First Shabbat Board Book. A handsome slipcase holds the three bright, colorful board books a gift just right for young children starting to enjoy special days on the Jewish calendar with their families.

Description from Publisher

The Jewish Holiday Book

By Martin Lemelman
Brightly illustrated symbols in this wonderfully entertaining and exciting book help children celebrate the Jewish holidays.

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The Colors of My Jewish Year

By Marji Gold-Vukson
This concept board book introduces both the Jewish holidays and the colors of the rainbow (plus white, brown, and silver). Beginning with the red apple on Rosh Hashanah and ending with the orange flames of the Shabbat candles, it is right on target. The big and bold illustrations are stencil-like in appearance. The text is repetitive in a comfortable way, with the briefest explanations needed for the holidays and colors

What is WHITE?
The cover of the Torah on Yom Kippur.
That is WHITE.


Description from School Library Journal


This board book is an excellent way to help children learn about colors and the major ritualistic items associated with the Jewish holidays. The text is repeatitive and encourages children to answer aloud. Overall, an excellent book for parents and children to read together.

Lori's Description

Shapes of My Jewish Year

By Marji Gold-Vukson
Preschoolers can explore the Jewish holidays with familiar shapes-oval, square, rectangle, triangle ("a Purim hamantasch brimming over with sweet filling…"), and circle ("the shiny red apple I eat with honey on Rosh Hashanah").

Description from Publisher


An excellent book for reading aloud. Each spread first asks the reader "What is a ... [circle, square, etc]?" and encourages children to answer aloud. The book helps to answer the question with several examples of each shape. Overall, an excellent book for parents and children to read together.

Lori's Description

Sounds of My Jewish Year

By Marji Gold-Vukson
Preschoolers can explore the Jewish holidays with familiar sounds-the "sizzle, sizzle" of potato latkes on Hanukkah; the "crunch, crunch" of matzah on Passover; and more.

Description from Publisher


An excellent book for reading aloud. Each spread features a sound associated with the holiday and a watercolor illustration of families creating the noise. Overall, an excellent book for parents and children to read and act out together.

Lori's Description

The Opposites of My Jewish Year

By Marji Gold-Vukson
Dion uses the Jewish holidays to illustrate the concept of opposites. For example, In synagogue on Rosh Hashanah, the shofar is LOUD; the prayer is QUIET. Readers will need to be familiar with the holidays and their associated rituals and objects to understand and appreciate the ideas. The artwork is sketchy and outlined in thick black lines, making it appear harsh and dark. However, Jewish nursery schools and synagogue libraries will want to add this title to their collections, as will libraries that already own Marji Gold-Vukson's The Colors of My Jewish Year, The Shapes of My Jewish Year, and The Sounds of My Jewish Year

Description from School Library Journal


Another superb book for reading aloud. Each spread features contrasting aspects of each holiday. For example, "The lulav is long. The etrog is short." Overall, an excellent book for parents and children to read together.

Lori's Description

I Can Celebrate

By Ann Eisenberg
Because the Jewish calendar year revolves around holidays, the first of these toddler books, I Can Celebrate, starts with Rosh Hashana and runs through the other special days: Sukkot, Hanukkah, Purim, Passover. In bright solid colors, this clever and inviting book shows the child making a personal connection with traditional symbols: "A SHOFAR makes a long sweet note. And so can I."

Description from Publisher's Weekly


This Jewish holiday board book is perfect for preschoolers. Each two-page spread features a object associated with a Jewish holiday and what it does. Then the readers are asked to do the same thing. For example, "On Rosh Hashanah, a SHOFAR makes a long sweet note. And so can I." "On Hanukkah, a DREIDEL spins round and round. And so can I." Children will delight in acting out the holidays. Parents should be forewarned; your children will ask you to read it over and over!

Lori's Description

In the Synagogue

By Rox Shanzer
Hear the shofar...
Smell the etrog...
Touch the Torah...


The Jewish holidays of Rosh Hashanah, Sukkot, Simchat Torah, Purim, and Shabbat as experienced by children using their five senses.

Description from Publisher


Before reading this book, I was expecting a book taking a tour of the parts of a synagogue. While that was not the purpose of this book, I was pleasantly surprised to find it a celebration of the things that people do in the synagogue during each holiday of the year. Each holiday features a different sense that children can use during the holiday. For example, they can HEAR the Shofar and can SMELL the Etrog. While the illustrations include adults, the focus in on a young boy and girl celebrating each holiday. An excellent choice for toddlers and preschoolers.

Lori's Description

My First Shabbat Board Book

(Board Book)
Following the success of My First Hanukkah Board Book and My First Passover Board Book, My First Shabbat Board Book is a unique, bright, and engaging way to show preschoolers the meaning behind the Jewish Sabbath and the ways it is celebrated. Preschoolers will delight to see children making challah bread, lighting candles, and sitting down to a special meal with family, all the while learning why it is important to set aside one day a week to rest and reflect.

Description from Publisher

Where Shabbat Lives

(Board Book)

By Jan Goldin Fabiyi
The simple text and brightly colored collage illustrations tell the story of a family celebrating Shabbat. Board book format is perfect for very young children.

Description from Publisher
Tot Shabbat
Tot Shabbat

By Camille Kress
The Jewish Sabbath is introduced to little ones in this board book. The story, told in the first person by a young boy, describes candles burning, challah baking, and the peace of Shabbat. It ends with the prayer "Hear O Israel: / the Eternal is our God / the Eternal is One!" Simple and engaging, the book features dreamy watercolors that suit the serene mood.

from Booklist

Let's Celebrate Shabbat

By Madeline Sagasti
Put each toy back in its spot,
Then clean up, dress up for Shabbat!


A lively rhyme about preparing for the Jewish Sabbath.

Description from Publisher


This bright board book is a wonderful way to bring the excitement of Shabbat to young children. Pictures are bright and detailed and encourage children to find something new with each reading. The illustrations feature a family getting ready with their animal friends. Filled with lyrical rhymes, this book will engage any preschooler!

Lori's Description

Shalom, Shabbat:
A Book for Havdalah

By Susan Remick Topek
Look! What do you see?
Three stars in the sky.
It's time for Havdalah.

A sensory look at the service that concludes Shabbat.

Description from Publisher


Sweet, soothing rhymes explain to children about the Havdalah service. Each page highlights a different sense that is involved. ("Hear us sing the blessings", "Smell the gragrant spices"). Children will eagerly read aloud the repetition of the phrase "Shalom, Shabbat. Shalom, new week." after each section. A great choice for preschoolers.

Lori's Description

Get Ready for Shabbos with Mendel

(Board Book)

By Naftali Cisner
Preparing for Shabbos can be exciting!

Inspire a child with the magic of Shabbos. Join Mendel as he prepares for this weekly treat, in a fun and adventurous way. For babies to preschoolers.

Description from Publisher

What Does God Look Like?

By Lawrence and Karen Kushner
A Simple way for young children to explore the ways we "see" God..

Filled with real-life examples from a child's everyday world, this beautifully illustrated, enchanting book invites young children--and their adults--to explore things that, like God, are all around us--even though we can't see them.

Abridged from Because Nothing Looks Like God by Lawrence and Karen Kushner, What Does God Look Like? has been specially adapted to board book format to delight and inspire the youngest of children, and the grown-ups who read with them.

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Where Is God?

By Lawrence and Karen Kushner
To young children the world is full of things to see and touch. And by using those very examples, this enchanting book gently invites children to become aware of God’s presence all around us.

Abridged from Because Nothing Looks Like God by Lawrence and Karen Kushner, Where Is God? has been specially adapted to board book format to delight and inspire younger readers.

Description from Publisher

How Does God Make Things Happen?

By Lawrence and Karen Kushner

What Is God's Name?

By Sandy Eisenberg Sasso
Every child develops an image of God by age 5, say spiritual experts. This simple, beautiful book will help you and your child explore spirituality together for the first time. For people of all faiths, all backgrounds. Based on the award-winning picture book In God's Name. Much has been written about the importance of reading simple, beautiful books to babies and preschoolers to stimulate brain development. But perhaps even more important, what you read begins to shape your child's world, and creates the images that will remain with him or her throughout life. We read books to our children about letters, numbers, shapes, colors and safety, but do we give their minds the early food they need to think about life's bigger questions? As spiritual development experts now tell us, each child develops an mage of God by age 5, with or without religious instruction. What is God's Name? takes you and your child on an imaginative journey designed to help you open not only your child's mind, but your child's heart and soul as well.

Description from Publisher

Kindergarten Carousel

By Pnina Isseroff
Fold-out flaps fit together to form a free-standing carousel. The simple rhyme describes each Jewish Holiday scene in easy-to-understand language for young children. Fluff the cat shows the children what fun kindergarten can be.

Description from Publisher


My First Hanukkah Board Book

By Dorling Kindersley
My First Word Books: The complete preschool learning program to develop your child's vocabulary and early literacy skills.

Description from Publisher

Using the same educational, eye-catching format as Dorling Kindersley's other My First books, this chunky little board book provides an explanation of Hanukkah appropriate for preschoolers. From the origin of the holiday to musical notation for a favorite Hanukkah song to a description of some of the yummy foods eaten during the festivities, My First Hanukkah Board Book packs a whole lot in a small package. In addition to divulging the details of the Festival of Lights, the book helps children develop vocabulary, early literacy, and counting skills ("How many candles are lit on these menorahs?"), and practice their shape and color identification skills. Children can tell their own stories based on the bright, colorful photographs of the rituals, games, and foods of the holiday, or they can read along with their parents as they begin the preparations for Hanukkah.

Description from Amazon.com

Biscuit's Hanukkah

(Board Book)

By Alyssa Satin Capucilli
Come along with Biscuit as he makes a beautiful menorah to celebrate Hanukkah. It's a great time for stories, songs, food, and friends!

Description from Publisher

My First Menorah

(Board Book)

By Salina Yoon
Hanukkah miracles fill the pages of this sparkly foil menorah book! Turn the candle-shaped pages one by one to learn about the eight days of this Jewish holiday and celebrate with blessings, gifts, and family fun.

Description from Publisher


This Hanukkah board books allows children to safely participate in the lighting of the menorah. The book is made with cut-out shiny "flames" that will "light" the menorah as children turn the page. For each night of Hanukkah, a different fact about the holiday is shared with the reader and they are told to turn the page to light the next candle. Children will love the interaction with the candles. An excellent choice for reading together.

Lori's Description

Hanukkah!

(Board Book)

By Roni Schotter
This glowing picture book focuses on one family's celebration of Hanukkah. It's the eighth and final night of the holiday and Mama, Papa and Grandma Rose are lighting the menorah, while the children--Nora, Dan, Ruthie, Sam and baby Moe--begin their own preparations for the family celebration. Nora and Dan make latkes, Ruthie makes decorations, Sam makes clay dreidels and tries to teach baby Moe how to say "Hanukkah." The festive family meal is followed by songs, dances and gifts. Finally, as the evening ends and the candles burn low, Moe giggles "Hanuk-kah!" Schotter's somewhat bland text may confuse children with its odd blend of poetry and prose, but Hafner's watercolors of the cozy house filled with the warmth of love and family beautifully evoke this special celebration's pleasures. A one-page "Story of Hanukkah" and a glossary of Hanukkah words are included.

Description from Publishers Weekly


A Jewish family celebrates a happy Hanukkah in the 1950s. Nora leads her four siblings off to make gifts and latkes, spin the dreydel, and they all play until supper. After dinner, the children open presents and enjoy an extended family hug. Hafner's cartoon-lined figures are softened to good effect with watercolor and colored pencil, and the nighttime setting of the story is warm with candlelight and family delight. A final note gives a short explanation of the holiday.

Description from School Library Journal

It's Hanukkah!

(Board Book)

By Santiago Cohen
In a palette that radiates the warmth and glow of the menorah's candlelight, Santiago Cohen walks young readers through the pleasures and traditions of this most cherished holiday. The text, based on a Hebrew children's song, serves as a counting book as well as a celebration of ritual and family. The traditions of Hanukkah unfold, one night at a time, until the eighth and last night, when all the candles are illuminated.

Description from Publisher

Spin the Dreidel!

(Board Book)

By Alexandra Cooper
Celebrate Chanukah and play the dreidel game! Spin the dreidel and see where it lands. Nun, gimel, hey, and shin -- who will win? Give it a spin!

Description from Publisher


This unique board book features an actual spinning dreidel in its spine. Short rhymes tell children the 'rules' of the dreidel game: take all the coins with gimel, end your turn with nun, take half with hey, put coins in with shin. Children will love to spin the dreidel as each letter is explained. This interactive book is highly recommended for preschoolers and toddlers.

Lori's Description

Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah!

By Miriam Sagasti
Animals galore light the menorah and dance the horah to "remind us of days long ago." Words/music to popular folksong.

Description from Publisher

Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah!
(Board Book)

By Miriam Sagasti
Animals galore light the menorah and dance the horah to "remind us of days long ago." Words/music to popular folksong.

Description from Publisher


Animals and children celebrate Hanukkah in this charming board book. The words to the popular song "Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah" provide the text to the book. Illustrations are bright and engaging; children will find something new each time the story is read. The book includes sheet music to the song on the back cover.

Lori's Description

Hanukkah Lights

By Dian G. Smith
A charming board book with simple text and rhymes based on the traditional song "On this night let us light," this book boasts shiny gold foil flames on each candle as it appears in the menorah. The shammash, the helper candle, is painted gold but does not have the foil so that the eight candles can be counted properly. The story of Hanukkah is presented on the inside cover, but for the very young, it can be a "parents only" read. One notable feature included is the instructions on how to play the dreidel game, generally omitted from holiday books. The mop-headed family could use happier faces, but they seem content in their celebration, and you will be, too.

Description from Children's Literature

The words of a traditional holiday song ("On this night let us light one little candle fire") lead readers through an explanation of the celebration of the holiday. The book opens with "The Story of Hanukkah," followed by descriptions of various customs and activities-lighting the menorah, playing dreidel, eating latkes and doughnuts, and exchanging gifts. The words to the song run across the bottom of each page; however, the music has been omitted, making it difficult for people who don't know the tune. The double-page watercolor illustrations with heavy black outlines have a stylized, 1970s feel. Children will find the shiny foil candle flames appealing.

Description from School Library Journal

Chanukah Lights

(Night Glow Board Book)

By Judith Moffatt
Rhyming couplets explain the holiday in Judith Moffet's Chanukah Lights. Stories, songs, spinning dreidels and fried latkes lend a festive feel. This addition to the Night Glow board books series boasts collage illustrations with glow-in-the-dark accents.

Description from Publishers Weekly
Hanukkah
Hanukkah

(A Chubby Board Book)

By Alan Benjamin
A toddler's introduction to the holiday includes all its highlights -- from dreidel to latkes to the menorah. A delightful new holiday board book in the popular chubby format -- bright, sturdy, and sized just right for little hands.

Let There Be Lights!

By Camille Kress
In her second beautifully illustrated board book, Camille Kress introduces to toddlers the symbols and images of Chanukah -- menorah, dreidel, latkes. Ms. Kress's gentle humor and rich watercolors celebrate the warmth of this family holiday celebration. With Tot Shabbat, Let There Be Lights! is the perfect gift for families with toddlers.

Description from Publisher

It's Hanukkah!

(Board Book)

By Santiago Cohen
In a palette that radiates the warmth and glow of the menorah's candlelight, Santiago Cohen walks young readers through the pleasures and traditions of this most cherished holiday. The text, based on a Hebrew children's song, serves as a counting book as well as a celebration of ritual and family. The traditions of Hanukkah unfold, one night at a time, until the eighth and last night, when all the candles are illuminated.

Description from Publisher
Hanukkah Lights, Hanukkah Nights
Hanukkah Lights, Hanukkah Nights

By Leslie and John Kimmelman
A young reader's introduction to the symbols and traditions of Hanukkah is also a counting book that follows an extended family's joyful observance through the eight days.

Rainbow Candles:
A Hanukkah Counting Book

By Myra Shostak
"Rainbow Candles, I see ONE Hanukkah has just begun." An eight-night Hanukkah counting rhyme for preschoolers. Colorful,laminated board book.

Description from Publisher

A new board book from a publisher known for excellence in concept as well as execution is always a treat. Simple rhymes count the colored candles, and each night's Hanukkah treat piles up on the floor with the others till, at the end, there is a full menorah and a full floor. The primary colors are bright, the little girl is precious, and the book is a winner.

Description from Children's Literature


This board book is popular with all the children I read it to and it's easy to see why. The rhymes are simple and fun, the illustration feaure an adorable little girl, and the numbers encourage children to read along. An excellent book for toddlers and preschoolers.

Lori's Description


Hanukkah's Here
(Mini Soft Shapes)

By Kate Davis
Little ones learn and play with Hanukkah's Here!, a mini Soft Shapes book by Kate Davis, illus. by Bob Filipowich. Each squishy spread of this 4" 4" book features a question on the left ("What has candles/ burning bright?") and a pop-out play piece (a yellow menorah) on the right.

Description from Publisher's Weekly

Our best-selling series of floatable, huggable, colorful foam books for children come in a chunky size for little hands! These mini books still have pop-out shapes on every spread and still are great for bathtime, playtime, anytime. Perfect for gift baskets, Mini Soft Shapes are a surefire hit year-round!

Description from Publisher

Eight Nights of Chanukah Lights

By Dian Curtis Regan
The candles glow for all eight nights.
Gather around the Chanukah lights!

Description from Publisher

The Story of Chanukah

By Francis Barry Silberg
The highlight of this story is how God kept an almost-extinguished flame kindled in the Temple for eight days. The miraculous burning flame is still a reminder to Jews of God's constant protection and love. Rabbi Francis Barry Silberg explains the story of Chanukah on a level even the youngest child can understand, and Pam Levy's illustrations vividly depict the wonder and beauty of this special Jewish holiday.

Description from Publisher

Chanukah Is ...

By Martin Lemelman
This delightful board book for preschoolers offers an outstanding introduction to this fun-filled holiday.

Description from Publisher

Four Tiny Tot Hanukah Books

(Board Book Set)
Just right for little hands, these colorful board books hit the spot for gift giving before or during Hanukah. Although each book has but six sides of rhymed information, Scharfstein manages to pack a lot in, as exemplified by I Am a Latke, which offers a quick, happy recipe ("Peel that potato!/ Snip, snip, snip!/ Chop that potato!/ Rip, rip, rip./ Add eggs,/ salt and onions too./ Mush it and squish it./Goo, goo, goo!"). Other titles are I Am a Draydel, I Am Hanukah Gelt and I Am a Hanukiah (a menorah). Occasionally, outside background is helpful, such as knowing that "tzedakah" is charity giving, or why the Hanukiah is lit from right to left. Older children and parents may have to step in with the details.

Description from Publishers Weekly
Winnie the Pooh and the Hanukkah Dreidel
Disney's Winnie the Pooh and the Hanukkah Dreidel
Pooh and his friends make their very own Hanukkah dreidels out of clay. Little ones will love to sing "The Dreidel Song" along with Pooh

Description from Publisher

Hanukkah: A Chubby Board Book (Dreidels Included)

By Alan Benjamin
The perfect way to introduce preschoolers to the Festival of Lights, this irresistible package comes with a chubby board book about Hanukkah and two wooden dreidels. The brightly illustrated book describes the many ways Hanukkah is celebrated.

Description from Publisher


This glowing picture book focuses on one family's celebration of Hanukkah. It's the eighth and final night of the holiday and Mama, Papa and Grandma Rose are lighting the menorah, while the children--Nora, Dan, Ruthie, Sam and baby Moe--begin their own preparations for the family celebration. Nora and Dan make latkes, Ruthie makes decorations, Sam makes clay dreidels and tries to teach baby Moe how to say "Hanukkah." The festive family meal is followed by songs, dances and gifts. Finally, as the evening ends and the candles burn low, Moe giggles "Hanuk-kah!" Schotter's somewhat bland text may confuse children with its odd blend of poetry and prose, but Hafner's watercolors of the cozy house filled with the warmth of love and family beautifully evoke this special celebration's pleasures. A one-page "Story of Hanukkah" and a glossary of Hanukkah words are included.

Description from Publishers Weekly


A Jewish family celebrates a happy Hanukkah in the 1950s. Nora leads her four siblings off to make gifts and latkes, spin the dreydel, and they all play until supper. After dinner, the children open presents and enjoy an extended family hug. Hafner's cartoon-lined figures are softened to good effect with watercolor and colored pencil, and the nighttime setting of the story is warm with candlelight and family delight. A final note gives a short explanation of the holiday.

Description from School Library Journal

Fun Shapes Chanukah

By Frank Daniel
A square becomes a box of Chanukah gelt and a dreidel in this delightful, die-cut board book with simple text and full-color illustrations by the author.

Description from Publisher

Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel

By Stephen Carpenter
Celebrate the holiday season with this musical board book. Children can press the button and sing along to "Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel".

Description from Publisher

It's Tu B'Shevat

By Edie Stoltz Zolkower
As a boy and his family plant a sapling, they imagine all the wonderful things the tree will provide: shade, fruit, breezes, a home for birds, and even a place for the boy to hang a tire swing. Together, they celebrate Tu B’Shevat, the birthday of the trees.

Description from Publisher


This ode to the trees features a family planting trees for Tu B'Shevat and enjoying the "fruits" of their labor. They enjoy the shade, the fruits the tree provides, the clean air, a home for the birds, and a place for the family to relax every year. Finally, on the next Tu B'Shevat, the boy and his family pick a new spot and plant a new sapling to start the cycle anew. The warm illustrations and lyrical rhymes will be sure to engage young readers. An excellent choice for teaching about the importance of trees to toddlers and preschoolers.

Lori's Description

When It's Purim

By Edie Stoltz Zolkower
Introduce toddlers to a beloved Purim tradition with sprightly rhyme and brightly colored illustrations depicting animals making hamantaschen. The new holiday board book will delight preschoolers and their parents and teachers with its whimsical animal illustrations.

Description from Publisher

This board book shows animals making hamantaschen to give as gifts to friends (mishloach manot). The bright illustrations and simple rhyming text will be a hit with toddlers.

Lori's Description

Purim!

By Camille Kress
In her third board book, Camille Kress continues on a voyage through the Jewish calendar. From the author of Let There Be Lights! and Tot Shabbat, Purim! introduces toddlers and preschoolers to the festive holiday's symbols and celebrations. Through her delightful watercolor illustrations and inviting description, young readers will learn about the heroes and villains of a story called Purim. The sweet smells of hamantashen, the click-clack sounding of the groggers, and the mystery of the masquerade -- all come to life on the pages of this charming board book.

Description from Publisher


Camile Kress (Tot Shabbat, Let There Be Lights!, A Tree Trunk Seder, The High Holy Days) brings another board book to her beautiful collection. Soft watercolor illustrations effectively work with a very short text. She introduces the holiday as being a time for "laughter, silly noises, and things topsy-turvey" and then quickly focuses on the Biblical story that is the basis for the holiday. A wonderful choice for reading aloud with toddlers.

Lori's Description

Esther & the Mighty King

By Alice Joyce Davidson
The good king listened to her, Stopped the plan without delay, And Queen Esther saved her people Who rejoiced that very day! The king made Esther his wife, but God had even bigger plans for her than being a queen. A story about the amazing ways God can use those who trust him. Children ages 4 and under will adore these colorful sturdy board books. Each specially shaped, die-cut book offers bright, four-color illustrations and rhyming verses that make favorite Bible stories come alive to young minds.

Description from Publisher

My First Passover Board Book

By Clare Lister
New title in the top selling My First series that continue our focus on early language development.

Introduce babies and toddlers to the most important holiday in the Jewish year with this delightful addition to the My First books. Helping your child count the candles on the menorah and pointing out the Hebrew letters on a dreidel will aid in building early learning skills while the scenes of children acting out the Passover story give insight into the holiday's traditions.

Description from Publisher

From the Haggadah to the plague of locusts to matzo ball soup, Passover is filled with many intriguing traditions, stories, and foods. Very young children will love learning about this most important Jewish holiday with DK's extra-sturdy little board book. Crisp photos and preschool age-appropriate language tell the story of Passover, and describe Seder preparations, a song (with musical notation), and some of the colors of Passover (blue yarmulke, green parsley, red wine, silver candlestick). Scenes of costumed children acting out the story of Passover will help readers grasp the historical significance and rituals of the holiday. Along with its companion title, My First Hannukah Board Book, this handy guide will be a real favorite for kids who are beginning to ask "Why is this night different from all others?"

Description from Amazon.com

What I Like About Passover

By Varda Livney
Passover is here!
It's time for asking the four questions,
eating crunchy matza,
and finding the afikoman.
The Seder is so much fun.
What do you like best about Passover?

Description from Publisher

A new board book gives youngest readers a share of the Passover celebration. In Varda Livney's What I Like About Passover, cheerfully colored cartoons show a girl as she lists her favorite elements of the holiday, from the seder plate (its contents are labeled in Hebrew) and the Haggadah to "being with all of you!" (she sits amid a multigenerational crowd at the holiday table). Explanations of the rituals don't appear; this title is for those who, like the narrator, are at home with the holiday.

Description from Publishers Weekly

A little girl recites what she likes about this Jewish holiday, such as bright candles, the Seder plate, "crunchy matza," and "being with all of you!" Each page is completely covered with softly colored, clearly defined illustrations that show just the right amount of detail. There is one concept per page except for the opening spread, picturing the lighting of the candles, and the last, showing a family at the Seder table. No explanations of any of the Passover objects or activities are given so most children will need some clarification for concepts like "the four questions" or an unfamiliar word such as "afikoman." A welcome addition when shared with a knowledgeable adult.

Description from School Library Journal

Let's Ask Four Questions

(Board Book)

By Madeline Wikler
The traditional four questions asked by the youngest child at the Passover seder in board book format with amusing, colorful pictures.

Description from Publisher


This board book is an excellent way to get young children excited about their special role in the Passover Seder. The four questions are each asked in a simple text that young children can understand. Bright, colorful illustrations show how things are on "all other nights" and how they are during Passover. A perfect way to help prepare toddlers and preschoolers for the Four Questions or even a book for them to use to read along during part of the Seder service.

Lori's Description

A Tree Trunk Seder

(Board Book)

By Camille Kress
How is this book different than all other books?

Fourth in her series of holiday board books, this time Camille Kress invites us to a woodland Passover seder. In A Tree Trunk Seder, toddlers and parents will meet an adorable squirrel family and join them as they celebrate with matzah, a Haggadah, a seder, laughter, and song! The warm watercolor illustrations bring to life Passover traditions that take place in the Jewish home.


Camile Kress (Tot Shabbat, Purim!, Let There Be Lights!, The High Holy Days) brings another board book to her beautiful collection. Soft watercolor illustrations effectively work with a very short text. A family of squirrels is shown going through the different parts of the Seder. Children will adore the animals and will relate to the warmth shown for their family celebration. A good choice for reading aloud with toddlers.

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Where Is the Afikomen?

(Board Book)

By Judyth Saypol Groner
Look for the hidden matzah... is it under, on top, behind, or next to? A toddler treasure hunt.

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Toddlers will squeal with delight as they help the narrator search for the afikomen. She searches several places, but finds her grandmother's hat, wine, and a missing doll. An excellent choice for reading aloud in preparation for the holiday of Passover.

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The Story of Passover

By Bobbi Katz
Warm, detailed illustrations and a sturdy board book enhance this easy-to-understand retelling of the story of the Jews' fight for freedom and Exodus from ancient Egypt.

This is Passover

By Santiago Cohen
The traditional elements of Passover are presented, one by one, as the Seder table is specially set for the whole family to enjoy Passover together. This rhythmic read-aloud celebrates all of the elements that make this Jewish holiday bright. Bright, folk-art illustrations reflect the warmth and intimacy of the holiday in a book that will familiarize children with the traditions of the Passover Seder.

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The author of It's Hanukkah! is back with a Passover themed entry. This charming board book borrows from the style of "The House That Jack Built" to explain the key parts of the Passover Seder. As each item is added to the narrative on the left side of the page, the object is added to the illustration of the table on the right side of the page. Eventually, the entire family congregates to begin the Seder. Children will love the predictability of the additive rhymes and will be engaged by the search for the new objects on the Passover table. An excellent choice for families to read aloud together.

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Let's Have a Seder!

(Board Book)

By Miriam Sagasti
The author of Let's Celebrate Shabbat is back with another superb board book. Pictures are bright and detailed and encourage children to find something new with each reading. The illustrations feature a family participating in a Seder with their animal friends, including a lamb, panda, bear, dog, rabbit, and a donkey. Filled with simple, lyrical rhymes, this book will engage any toddler or preschooler!

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I Have Four Questions

By Judyth Saypol Groner
A colorful retelling of the classic questions asked by the youngest child at the Passover seder.

The Story of Miriam and Baby Moses

By Patricia A. Pingry
This little board book tells the story found in Exodus of Miriam's courage in the face of danger to her brother Moses. Here is the hiding of baby Moses, his discovery by Pharaoh's daughter, and the triumphant exodus from Eqypt. Parents can use this little book to introduce the figure of Moses to a child and discuss Miriam's courage.

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Miriam and Baby Moses

By Alice Joyce Davidson
Children ages 4 and under will adore these colorful, sturdy board books. Each specially shaped, die-cut book offers bright, four-color illustrations and rhyming verses that make favorite Bible stories come alive to young minds.

Miriam had a brother: Moses was his name. Her brother was in danger and the Pharaoh was to blame. Miriam's baby brother, Moses, had a special destiny, so God helped Miriam protect Moses from the wicked Pharaoh. God has something special for each one of us to do as well, and wonderful ways of seeing that we fulfill it!

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Moses & the Pharaoh

By Alice Joyce Davidson
Children ages 4 and under will adore these colorful, sturdy board books. Each specially shaped, die-cut book offers bright, four-color illustrations and rhyming verses that make favorite Bible stories come alive to young minds.

God told a man named Moses "Do this right now for me-- Go and tell the Pharaoh He must set My people free." Children learn about God's miraculous love and care in this story of Moses leading the people of Israel out of Egypt.

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Moses in the Bulrushes

By Kath Mellentin
Classic Biblical stories, long-time favorites of young children, are presented in interative dimension in these multiple format interactive books. There's something new and different on every spread--a pop-up, a pull tab, a lift-the-flap, a changing picture, and a double gatefold. With simple texts and bold illustrations, these cleverly designed books perfect for every little reader.

Moses in the Bulrushes

By Henrietta Gambill
When we are worried and we feel alone, we can remember baby Moses and the God who never left him but was always watching over him to keep him safe!.

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A Basket Bed for Baby Moses :
A Surprise Flap Book

By Alice Joyce Davidson
Lift-up flaps add fun and surprise to this favorite children's Bible story, retold in rhyme.

Moses Leads His People

By V. Gilbert Beers


My First Passover

By Tomie de Paola
Describes with illustrations and simple text the special parts of a Seder meal which celebrates the Jewish feast of Passover.

A Touch of the High Holidays: A Touch and Feel Book

(Board Book)

By Devorah Glazer
The High Holidays offer a wide variety of experiences and sensations: The bumpiness of an etrog, the soft velvet feel of a Torah scroll cover, the stickiness of honey dripping from an apple. Now, this whole world of sensations has been made available to the curious young child’s fingertips.

Veteran preschool educators and parents have long known that toddlers and preschoolers learn through hands-on experiences. A Touch of the High Holidays introduces the three-and-under crowd to the meaning of these special days through a series of textured holiday symbols. Simply put, touch strengthens Jewish identity while offering welcome respite from the "don’t touch!" world of the young child.

Author Devorah Glazer leavens her informative text with gentle verse – a plus for parents who will be fulfilling requests to read this little gem over and over again. Glazer originally wrote the book for her sons, ages three and one, after her search for a hands-on holiday book came up empty: "I have always been fascinated with the way children are open to creating worlds through words, and I wanted to write a book that would enhance their Jewish identity that was also very interactive," said Glazer, a Brandeis University graduate.

In addition to the innovative tactile areas, the vivid and polished illustrations are simple yet exquisite. This compelling artistry is a specialty of the Seva group, a cooperative of illustrators who use computer-driven graphic design techniques to give their drawings an inner glow. Seva artists have illustrated 14 books, as well as zany cartoons and portraits, which appear in major international publications.

Laminated board pages were constructed to withstand tossing, tearing, and teething. Textured pieces were firmly attached and tested for safety, ensuring that A Touch of the High Holidays will last through many joyous seasons.

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Happy Birthday, World: A Rosh Hashanah Celebration

By Latifa Berry Kropf
Rosh Hashanah comes to life when a little boy celebrates the birthday of the world as he would celebrate his own birthday! At this birthday party he enjoys apples and honey, holiday candles and the blowing of the shofar.

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This board book does an excellent job at relating Rosh Hashanah into terms that a child can understand: a birthday. The book talks about how both involve candles (but at this birthday, the candles are not blown out), gifts (but at this birthday, tzedekah is given), and so on. Bright illustrations enhance the text. A wonderful resource for toddlers and preschoolers!

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The High Holidays

By Camille Kress
Introduce your child to the symbols and themes of the High Holidays and Jewish autumn festivals. A Brand New Year is hte fifth in the series of Jewish holiday board books by Camille Kress. Using her renowned watercolor illustrations and engaging poetry, Rosh HaShanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, and Simchat Torah are all introduced to the young child.

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The Shofar Calls to Us
The Shofar Calls to Us

By Judyth Saypol Groner
Tekiyah, shevarim, teruah! Listen to the shofar welcome the New Year

It's Rosh Hashanah

By Ellie Gellman
It's a New Year. Benjy and Sara have grown. They can do many new things this year. What new things can you do?

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Tamar's Sukkah

By Ellie Gellman
Something's missing, Tamar decides, as she studies her family's sukkah. It takes a lot of friends -- each one a little bigger -- to add the decorations, furnishings, and snacks that make it "just right."

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Tamar is getting ready to celebrate the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, a fall harvest holiday recalling the time when the Israelites wandered in the desert and lived in huts. Each child in the neighborhood helps her to decorate her sukkah, or booth. When it is decorated to everyone's satisfaction, the friends enjoy some refreshments together. Tamar realizes, ``A sukkah full of friends is quite right. It is exactly what a sukkah should be.'' This very simple text and three-color illustrations convey the fun of Sukkot at a child's level and tells something about cooperation and friendship as well.

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Let's Build a Sukkah

By Madeline Wikler
Hammer the nails.
Build the walls.
Gather the branches.
Cover the roof.
Decorate the sukkah and come inside!

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What Can You Do With A Bagel?
What Can You Do With A Bagel?

By Harriet K. Feder
Chuckle at the bagel antics of our toddler, his cat and dog.

You Can Do a Mitzvah

By Judyth Saypol Groner
A mitzvah is something you do to help someone else and you're never too young to start.

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Bright illustrations show children performing various mitzvot. The limited plot makes this too advanced for toddlers. Parents of preschoolers and younger elementary children can use this as a stepping stone to start a discussion about mitzvot.

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My Jewish Home

By Rabbi Andrew Goldstein
Follow a toddler through each room of his house and find the ritual objects that make it a Jewish home.

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My Jewish Home

By Martin Lemelman
Captioned pictures depict representative objects or concepts linked with the Jewish home, such as the mezuzah, Shabbat candles, and Passover.

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Ying-Ling Does Mitzvot

By Neva Goldstein-Alpern
Ying-Ling Does Mitzvot aims to present episodes of Jewish life in a manner easily understood by young children. Ying-Ling is a Torah-observant baby panda and a lovable, cuddly childhood friend. Spend the day with Ying-Ling and his family in Ying-Ling Does Mitzvot -- a joyous way to share the daily mitzvot with your child.

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Following Tilly Bee: A Book to Touch and Feel
Let's take a walk with Tilly Bee and see what we can see.
Come into the world of the Land of Milk and Honey
and give God thanks for all the things that He has made
that are soft and fluffy as can be.

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By Amy Wilson Sanger
The third book in our World Snacks series will satisfy hungry minds with its introduction to the comfiest of Jewish foods. Pages burst with bagels, knishes, tsimmes, and latkes—and lots and lots of matzoh. There’s even… a scoop of noodle kugel in my fancy-schmancy bowl next to fruit-filled hamentaschen and some nutty rugelach rolls.

Filled with tasty mixed media and cut-paper collages, Let’s Nosh! will have bubelahs large and small coming back for seconds.

Perfect gift for any Jewish holiday and appropriate for kosher households

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This board book features a vast array delectable Jewish foods. Lyrical rhymes make this a delightful choice for read-alound sharing. The book features bright photographs and cut-paper collages that will have children ready for some more. Children that are not familiar with Jewish food may need some assistance from an adult reader; there is a glossary on the back cover to explain the foods and Yiddish terms in more detail. An excellent choice for toddlers and preschoolers.

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Count with Mendel

By Naftali Cisner
Children will love learning to count with their adorable friend Mendel!

The playful illustrations and strong Jewish content in this sturdy board book enable kids to learn and have fun at the same time. For babies to preschoolers.

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Beginning of the World

By Neva Goldstein-Alpern
The story of Creation is retold beautifully in The Beginning of the World, a Judaica Press Tiny Tanakh book. These stories, recounted in simple, rhythmic words and illustrated with dramatic pictures are a wonderful way to teach Torah to your toddler.

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The Creation Story

By Brenda C. Ward
A simple retelling of the story of how God created the world. Using wonderful four-color photography to tell the story of the creation, this sturdy board book features costumed babies to appeal to toddlers.

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Bible Friends Plus Book:
Adam and Eve
This cuddly gorilla friend introduces Bible favorites to young children. The stories of Adam and Eve, will come alive to toddlers and young children with the help of these friendly plush Bible Friends.

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Noah's Ark

(Reader's Digest Association)

By Joshua Morris
Set sail in Noah's Ark -- a stand-up book that's also a toy ark! Noah's Ark teaches children to trust in God, and its peek-through windows and chunky shape provide hours of playtime fun.

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This ark shaped board book is a great introduction to the classic Bible story for little fingers and young minds. The simple text is appropriate for the youngest children and the delightful animal illustrations are colorful and engaging. The interpretation touches on the basics of the story, which is appropriate for toddlers, but parents and teachers will want to introduce a more detailed version for the preschooler and older children.

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Come Aboard Noah's Ark

By Deborah Chancellor
Sit down two by two and share this great story. The story of Noah's Ark is given an appealing new treatment in this oversized shaped board book. Charming rhyming text makes this book the perfect introduction to a favorite story from the Bible. A lost sheep is hidden in each picture to add a "hide-and-seek" element to every storytelling session

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Inside Noah's Ark

By Charles Reasoner
Die-cut in the shape of Noah's Ark, this thick, big-trim board book gives kids a fantastical inside view of a bustling, floating menagerie. Make your way through one level of this jam-packed boat after another, with die-cut doors and windows allowing for a peek ahead and behind. With a simple rhyming text and eye-catching artwork, there will be no doubt why Noah's Ark is every kid's favorite Bible story.

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Noah's Ark

By Maria Grazia Boldorini
Starting with its cover, each page of this entertaining little board book is die-cut in a different size and shape. When the book is closed, kids see parts of every page, picturing Noah’s ark completely built, and with all its animals aboard. Turning each vividly colored page cuts away sections of the ship, allowing boys and girls to see the hull being constructed, the parade of embarking animals, the animals in their separate compartments, and their return to dry land when the rains have ended. Here is a delightful introduction to a famous Bible story for pre-school kids.

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Noah's Ark:
Mini House Book

By Peter J. Lippman
A colorful and imaginative take on the biblical tale of Noah and his ark, this three-dimensional sculptural board book takes you on board during that enormous flood. You'll get to know Lippman's winningly drawn animals who work together to make sure this ship is in top shape throughout the storm! The surprising pages are fun to look at and unfold, as the pictures and story awaken a young reader's imagination. Perfect for ages 1 and up.

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Noah & the Big Boat

By Alice Joyce Davidson
Colorfully illustrated with rhyming verse that children will understand and enjoy, the story of Noah reveals the caring nature of God. The simple type is specially designed for young readers.

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Bible Friends Plus Book:
Noah and the Ark
This cuddly elephant friend introduces Bible favorites to young children. The story of Noah will come alive to toddlers and young children with the help of these friendly plush Bible Friends. This little elephant holds a miniature Bible story board book.

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Noah's Ark (Panorama Series)

By Annie Kubler and Pam Adams
A Noah's Ark that is worth exploring in Large and Giant editions. Fresh insights and visual perspectives restore the vision of Creator and creation working together.

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Bath Time on Noah's Ark
Beginners Bible - Bath Time on Noah's Ark
At last! A Noah's Ark book that really floats! As children scrub in the tub, they can read about bath time on Noah's Ark, see the animals, and even create their own 40 days and 40 nights of rain. Made from sturdy, non-toxic vinyl, this bath-time book is truly good, clean fun.

Joseph & the Splendid Coat

By Alice Joyce Davidson
These colorful books introduce favorite Bible characters to eager young hearts. Children ages 4 and under will adore these colorful sturdy board books. Each specially shaped, die-cut book offers bright, four-color illustrations and rhyming verses that make favorite Bible stories come alive to young minds.

Joseph helped the pharaoh With a very clever plan. Then the pharaoh knew that Joseph Was a very special man. Joseph's brother's jealousy and the good that came out of Joseph's journey to Egypt remind children that God can bring good things out of bad things.

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The Story of Joshua

By Patricia Pingry
This small book of heavy board, features brightly colored paintings and uses only 200 words to tell the story of the Old Testament hero, Joshua who leads his people into the Promised Land.

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Samson & His Strength

By Alice Joyce Davidson
These colorful books introduce favorite Bible characters to eager young hearts. Children ages 4 and under will adore these colorful sturdy board books. Each specially shaped, die-cut book offers bright, four-color illustrations and rhyming verses that make favorite Bible stories come alive to young minds. A simple, joyous introduction to God's Word that is fun to hold and fun to share. Samson loved Delilah And she'd question him each hour. "Please, Samson, you must tell me Where you get your strength and power." Samson meets Delilah and finds that Philistine spies can't be trusted. A story of how God uses our gifts to bring him glory.

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David & the Big Giant

(Board Book)

By Alice Joyce Davidson
Colorfully illustrated with rhyming verse that children will understand and enjoy, the story of David shows the truimph of faith in action. The simple type is specially designed for young readers.

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The Story of David

By Patricia A. Pingry
This little book tells in about 200 words, the Story of David introduces the young child to the concept of courage and trust in God as it tells the story of David, Israel's greatest king.

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Jonah and the Whale
(Baby Flap Book)

By Parker Smith

Picture Me With Jonah and the Whale

By Dandi
Your child joins Jonah on his adventure and they learn to put their trust in God. When you put your child's photos inside the covers, he or she becomes part of the story, sharing in Jonah's story as he is swallowed by a friendly whale and learning his lesson about doing God's will.

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The Story of Jonah

By Nadine Wickenden
Watch the classic Bible story of Jonah and the fish come alive for children in this delightful retelling. The playful illustrations capture a child's imagination, while the simple rhyming text teaches an important lesson about obedience. Shaped like the great fish that swallowed Jonah, the pages of the book are fun for a young child to turn. Discussion questions and a closing prayer enhance the story's main points and provide memorable moments between adult and child.

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Jonah & the Big Fish

By Alice Joyce Davidson
Colorfully illustrated with rhyming verse that children will understand and enjoy, the story of Jonah teaches the importance of obeying God's word. The simple type is specially designed for young readers.

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The Whale's Tale

By Joshua Morris
These three-dimensional Bible storybooks are not only fun to read -- kids can play with them too! The ark- and whale-shaped books come to life with clever cutouts. Littlest ones learn the stories of Noah and Jonah as they read and play with these super-sturdy board books.

In The Whale's Tale, young children can take an adventure with Jonah in a stand-up book that's also a toy whale! The Whale's Tale teaches children to obey God, and its peek-through windows and chunky shape provide hours of playtime fun.

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The Story of Jonah

By Patricia Pingry
This well known story of the Bible is told in simple and easily understood words for toddlers. This board book version is filled with delightfully bright watercolor paintings.

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Jonah and the Whale

By Carolyn Larsen
The story of Jonah and how God kept him safe -- inside a whale's belly! Toddler's favorite Bible stories come to life through simple words and lively songs in this unique new series featuring a musical audiocassette stored in the front cover of each sturdy board book.

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Jonah and the Big Fish

By Brenda Ward
A simple retelling of the story of how Jonah, when he disobeyed God, ended up in the stomach of a big fish. Illustrated with photographs of babies dressed up as the main characters.

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The Story of Jonah and the Whale

By Carol Wedeven
Refusing to preach the message of God to a foreign land, Jonah the prophet discovers the true power of God when, during a sea voyage, he is swallowed by a whale, in a young child's introduction to a familiar Bible story.

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The Story of Daniel

By Patricia Pingry
Board book for toddlers tells the story of Daniel, how he prayed without ceasing, defied a King's order and survived a night spent with the lions. Parents can use the simple words and bright pictures of this book to introduce the Biblical character of Daniel.

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Bible Friends Plus Book:
Daniel and the Lion's Den
This cuddly lion friend introduces Bible favorites to young children. The story of Daniel in the Lion's Den will come alive to toddlers and young children with the help of these friendly plush Bible Friends. This little lion holds a miniature Bible story board book.

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