Introductory Hebrew Books
for Children

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My Hebrew Dinosaurus :
To Read and Color

By Peter Fernandez
An Alef-Bet with a prehistoric twist! From Abbasaurus (daddy dinosaur) through Tayarasaurus (tourist), this dinosaur romp through the Hebrew alphabet, set in Israel, will delight young and old. With glossary and pictures to color.

The Living Letters

By Lieba Rudolph
The letters in the prayerbook come to life and begin their journey to G-d. But will they have the strength to make such a long trip? This depends on the children who are saying them. Illustrated in Disney-like color to depict just how precious the prayers of children are to G-d. Sure to become a family favorite.

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(Winnie the Pooh)

By A. A. Milne
Add Yiddish to the thirty-one languages into which A. A. Milne's classic Winnie-the-Pooh has been translated. Follow our Bear as he climbs the tree in search of honey (Krakh! "Oy gevalt!") and as he sings "Cottleston Pie" (translated here Varshever, varshever, varshever tort). And savor Ernest H. Shepard's memorable black-and-white illustrations.

Longtime Pooh lover and noted Yiddish scholar Leonard Wolf has meticulously translated this British classic into the German-Jewish language that is alive and well and being reclaimed by young and old. Now fluent speakers and students alike can add the Best Bear in All the World to their Yiddish libraries.

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Hebrew Alphabet Coloring Book

By Chaya Burstein

Beginners Dictionary of Prayerbook Hebrew

By Ethelyn Simon and Irene Resnikoff
Students of Prayerbook Hebrew will find this an indespensable tool. The Beginner's Dictionary of Prayerbook Hebrew was specifically designed to be easy to use. Most Hebrew dictionaries list words alphabetically by root forms. If you do not know the root, you cannot look up the word. This dictionary lists words exactly as they appear in Jewish prayerbooks. Therefore, you do not need to know any Hebrew grammar in order to find the words you want. Over 1000 entries include:
  • Every word appearing more than 50 times in most Jewish prayerbooks
  • Vocabulary from the most common Jewish prayers
  • Important synagogue and temple words
  • Names of Jewish festivals
  • Special section on the names of G-d
  • Pronunciation key for all entries

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Tall Tales Told in Biblical Hebrew

By Ethelyn Simon and Irene Resnikoff
Tall Tales Told in Biblical Hebrew offers supplementary reading practice for anyone learning Biblical Hebrew. These 19 stories have been adapted from folktales so familiar that most students will find them easy to read. The repetitive nature of folktales makes them ideal tools for learning a new language. Some of the stories included in this volume are Jack and the Beanstalk, Cinderella, Rumpelstilskin, and Sleeping Beauty. Stories are arranged in increasing order of length and difficulty. Tall Tales Told in Biblical Hebrew also includes a complete Hebrew-English English-Hebrew glossary.

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The First Hebrew Primer

By Ethelyn Simon, Irene Resnikoff, and Linda Motzkin
The First Hebrew Primer is a simple, straightforward guide to Biblical Hebrew. Thirty lessons provide enough information and practice to enable you, with the aid of a Hebrew-English dictionary, to understand most biblical texts. The goal of the Primer is to teach students to read and understand Biblical Hebrew as quickly as possible; therefore, the lessons emphasize recognition and translation - not memorization. The thirty lessons incorporate:
  • Verb, grammar, and spelling charts
  • Vocabulary lists
  • Oral reviews
  • Exercises
  • Stories
  • Biblical quotes
  • Book of Ruth
This revised third edition introduces several new terms and clarifies grammatical points, but will look the same to long-time Primer readers. The key change we have made is the inclusion of new explanatory endnotes. Many readers have expressed a desire to deepen their knowledge of Biblical Hebrew, but have unanimously endorsed the clear, uncomplicated tone of the Primer. We have responded by adding these optional supplementary notes. Students may read the notes to enrich their understanding of Hebrew grammar or concentrate solely on the main text. Either way, the Primer provides a sound foundation for more advanced studies in the Hebrew Bible.

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Thank You Hashem
Offerings of thanks to G-d for light, bread, parents, and other wonderful things in life introduce the alphabet and words in the Hebrew language.

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A Jerusalem Mystery

By Aaron Frankel

What do you use when you are bored with standard Hebrew workbooks and exercises? Aaron Frankel and his Hebrew school students designed the ideal Hebrew workbook for the intermediate grades. A Jerusalem Mystery is an interactive, full-color activity book for grades 7-9, in which students learn Hebrew while "touring" Jerusalem and solving a mystery.

Students learn about Jerusalem's ancient and modern landmarks and holy places by translating and following clues. Along the way, word games and short exercises tutor students in simple written Hebrew and the basics of Hebrew grammar: pronouns and prepositions, verb roots, and the present tense. A Jerusalem Mystery is an easy-to-use, fun-filled workbook that will fascinate even the most inattentive students. It includes a special vocabulary card and a map of Jerusalem.

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Teacher's Guide Also Available

Writing it Right

By Chaya Kushnir
Teaches children to write Hebrew script in a logical, fun, and illustrated way.

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Ani Tefilati

By David Brody and Dena Thaler
Fully illustrated, this prayer program captures the interest of young students who have a reading knowledge of Hebrew. Perfectly suited for primary grades in day schools or elementary-level students in supplementary schools, this combination prayer book and workbook invites young readers to explore the meaning of the prayers. Students are encouraged to respond to each prayer in an individual and dynamic fashion, thus creating their own personal prayer book in an enjoyable way. The authors have identified the major themes of the prayers, encouraging children to draw out their meaning. A teacher's guide, in Hebrew and English, leads instructors through each prayer, providing historical background and a novel approach to teaching the prayers.

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Let's Learn the Alef Bet

By Ruby G. Strauss
Identifying the Hebrew letters is the first step in developing reading skills. This reading readiness book teaches beginning readers in easy stages:
  • Circle the letters that are the same
  • Circle the letter that is different
  • Circle the "saying sounds"
  • Connect the letters that sound the same
  • Practice the names of the letters
  • Say the names of the letters and place them in the correct order
Students learn to recognize the Hebrew letters--their shape and sound, how to tell them apart, and the correct order of the alef bet. The ideal introduction to Derech Binah: The Hebrew Primer.

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Derech Binah: The Hebrew Primer

By By Ruby G. Strauss
with Ahuva Schuller
and Lillian W. Adler
This best-selling primer has taught hundreds of thousands of children to read Hebrew. Special focus on:
  • Visual Discrimination--Find the letter that doesn't belong. Connect the letters that are the same.
  • Auditory Discrimination--Connect the letters that sound the same. Hebrew rhyming words.
  • Print Writing--Each lesson includes a ruled machberet page for students to practice forming block print letters.
  • Reading Games--Playful pages enliven the continuous drill work required for a firm reading foundation.
  • Prayer Practice--Blessings, prayers, Hebrew songs, and the Four Questions. All presented in large, clear type.
  • Speed Reading--A playfully competitive approach to encourage reading fluency.
  • Words to Read and Understand--Students practice reading the alef bet with real Hebrew words, both modern and prayer.
Derech Binah introduces look-alike letters together, along with reading exercises to help discriminate between them. Depend on the primer that has already brought a generation of students to Hebrew literacy.

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The Alef-Bet Book
(The Israel Museum, Jerusalem)

by Florence Cassen Mayers
A bilingual ABC book with illustrations of artifacts from the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. The book contains outstanding art and layout; a particularly unusual feature is that - because a Hebrew book opens from left to right - the alphabet in this book has been arranged back to front.

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Sam the Detective and Alef Bet Mystery

By Amye Rosenberg
Learning the Hebrew alphabet becomes a page-turning adventure as Sam the Detective takes students through an alef bet sleuthing escapade.

Mem sounds like M. This mad mouse magician makes magic and mischief into his mini-monster machine. Color the mem monsters he made.

With Sam as their guide, students will color in pictures to reveal the Hebrew letters hidden within, trace & print the letters, learn the vowels, recognize the letters and vowels in simple syllables and words, and the best part is that children will laugh and play the whole way through.

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Too Young for Yiddish

By Richard Michelson
Michelson, best known for such witty collections of verse as Animals That Ought to Be, returns to the intergenerational themes of his Grandpa's Gamble for this nostalgic volume, handsomely illustrated by Waldman (The Golden City) in a sepia-toned palette recalling old family albums. Aaron, a baseball enthusiast who roots for the Brooklyn Dodgers, watches as his zayde (grandfather) moves in, bringing his library of Yiddish books ("Had Zayde really read them all? Each with its own ideas and mysteries. Each with its own secret world"). But Zayde declines to teach Aaron Yiddish: "[In America] Jews should speak English just like everyone else." Not until after Aaron has graduated from high school does he realize the importance of learning about Zayde's Yiddish heritage. In the end, Aaron teaches his own son Yiddish. Michelson sprinkles the text with Yiddish and the publisher has bound the book "back to front," like a Yiddish book. The story possesses both power and pathos, and its message, that Yiddish is an endangered language, is urgent. The afterword, which will hold readers' attention as well, describes Aaron's real-life counterpart, founder of the National Yiddish Book Center. Michelson's delivery, from its grown-up protagonist to its exhortation to learn a language not readily available to most children, may make the book best suited to sharing with a grandparent or parent.

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Alef Bet Fun
A guide, with exercises and games, for learning the names and sequence of the letters of the Hebrew alphabet.

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