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Passover Children’s Books

Selection of Passover Children's BooksToday, I did an Amazon search for Passover Children’s Books and found 381 books that satisfied those three key words. The books on that list cover several different genres and reading levels. Many were published within the last few years while others have withstood the test of time. Finding the right book for a child or a classroom filled with children can be challenging when there are so many options.

During the last couple of months, I have reviewed a cross section of Passover books and interviewed a few authors on my website. I primarily focused on an elementary audience that was interested in picture books. However, my Passover reviews include a few books that do not fit neatly into that category. Feel free to use this list as a starting point for your Passover children’s book search.

Do you have any favorite Passover books that you would like to share? 


1. Miriam’s Cup: A Passover Story (Scholastic Inc., 1998) By Fran Manushkin Illustrated by Bob Dacey

2. The Secret Seder (Hyperion Books for Children, 2005) By Doreen Rappaport Illustrated By Emily Arnold McCully

3. The Matzah that Papa Brought Home (Scholastic, Inc. 1995) By Fran Manushkin and Illustrated by Ned Bittinger

4. Abuelita’s Secret Matzahs (Emmis Books, 2005) By Sandy Eisenberg Sasso and Illustrated by Diana Bryer

Reviews for the above books can be found via this LINK.


1. General- Early Reader

Passover (Millbrook Press, 2006) By Cathy Goldberg Fishman and Illustrated by Jeni Reeves.

2. Fractured Tale

The Matzo Ball Boy (Dutton Children’s Books, 2005) By Lisa Shulman and Illustrated by Rosanne Litzinger.

3. Midrash Tale

Nachshon, Who Was Afraid to Swim: A Passover Story. Kar-Ben, 2009) By Deborah Bodin Cohen and Illustrated by Jago.

4. Folklore

Rachel’s Gift (Tundra Books, 2003) By Richard Ungar.

5. Multicultural Passover Books

Passover Around the World (Kar-Ben, 2007) by Tami Lehman-Wilzig and Illustrations by Elizabeth Wolf.

6. Modern Israel

Jodie’s Passover Adventure. (Kar-Ben Publishing, 2012) By Anna Levine and Illustrated by Ksenia Topaz.

Reviews for these 6 books can be found via this LINK.


1. The Story of Passover. (Holiday House 2014) By David A. Adler and Illustrated by Jill Weber.

2. Let My Children Cook!: A Passover Cookbook for Kids. (The Judaica Press, Inc., 2014) By Tamar Ansh and Illustrated by Evigeniy Ognarov.

3. The Longest Night: A Passover Story. (Random House Children’s Books, 2013) By Laurel Snyder and Illustrated by Catia Chien.

4. Stone Soup and Matzoh Balls: A Passover Tale In Helm. (Albert Whitman & Company, 2014) By Linda Glaser and Illustrated by Maryam Tabatabaei.

Reviews for these books can be found via this LINK.


1.  Matzo Ball Moon. (Clarion Books, 1998) By Lesléa Newman and illustrated by Elaine Greenstein.

2. A Sweet Passover. (Abrams, 2012) By Lesléa Newman and Illustrated by David Slonim.

Reviews for Lesléa Newman’s two Passover books can be found via this LINK.

Her interview is posted HERE.


Frogs in the Bed: My Passover Seder Activity Book (Behrman House, 2014) By Ann D. Koffsky.

Reviews for Ann D. Koffsky’s book can be found via this LINK. Her interview is posted HERE.

About Sandra Bornstein

Sandy Bornstein lived as an expat in India. Her award-winning memoir, May This Be the Best Year of Your Life, highlights what she learned as the only American teacher at an international Bangalore school. After living abroad, Sandy continues to explore the world and write about her travels. You can follow Sandy's adventures at www.sandrabornstein.com.

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