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Passover Books for Kids

From matzoh to asking the four questions, Passover is full of traditions and rituals -- teach your little one about the holiday with these reads.
 
Matzah Man, The
Matzah Man, The
by Naomi Howland Illustrated by Naomi Howland

In this lively adaptation of "The Gingerbread Boy," a bold little man made of matzah jumps out of the baker's oven and leads him and everyone in the neighborhood — all of whom are preparing for Passover — on a merry chase.

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Only Nine Chairs
Only Nine Chairs
by Deborah U. Miller
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This Is the Matzah
This Is the Matzah
by Abby Levine Illustrated by Paige Billin-Frye

First introduced in This Is the Pumpkin, Max and his family now prepare to celebrate Passover. In cumulative verse reminiscent of "The House That Jack Built," Max and his sister Ruth shop for matzah in the Passover aisle of the grocery store.

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The Little Red Hen and the Passover Matzah
The Little Red Hen and the Passover Matzah
by Leslie Kimmelman Illustrated by Paul Meisel

Oy gevalt! The Little Red Hen likes baking matzah, but she's not so crazy about doing everything herself. Would it be too much to ask her friends Dog, Horse, and Sheep to help plant and harvest some wheat for the delicious Passover treat? Couldn't they at least help schlep the wheat to the mill?

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Mrs. Katz and Tush
Mrs. Katz and Tush
by Patricia Polacco
In this special Passover story, Larnel Moore, a young African-American boy, and Mrs. Katz, an elderly Jewish woman, develop an unusual friendship through their mutual concern for an abandoned cat named Tush. Together they explore the common themes of suffering and triumph in each of their cultures.
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Shlemiel Crooks
Shlemiel Crooks
by Anna Olswanger Illustrated by Paula Goodman Koz
Two crooks, following the inspiration of Pharaoh's ghost, fail to steal a precious shipment of kosher wine from Israel and lose their horse and wagon in the process.
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A Sweet Passover
A Sweet Passover
by Lesléa Newman Illustrated by David Slonim

Miriam loves spending time with her family during Passover, and all week long she is happy to eat lots of matzah. But when she wakes up on the last day of the holiday, she is sick of matzah and refuses to eat it ever again.

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Hooray! It's Passover!
Hooray! It's Passover!
by Leslie Kimmelman Illustrated by John Himmelman
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Sammy Spider's First Passover
Sammy Spider's First Passover
by Sylvia A. Rouss Illustrated by Katherine Janus Kahn

Sammy Spider watches longingly as the Shapiro family celebrates Passover. He wants to help Josh find the afikomen (hidden matzah), but his mother reminds him, "Spiders don't celebrate Passover. Spiders spin webs." And his first attempt at spinning a new web yields some surprising results.

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The Carp in the Bathtub
The Carp in the Bathtub
by Barbara Cohen Illustrated by Joan Halpern
Two children try to rescue the carp their mother plans to make into gefilte fish for the Seder.
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The Matzah That Papa Brought Home
The Matzah That Papa Brought Home
by Fran Manushkin Illustrated by Ned Bittinger
Follow the events of a traditional Passover Seder in this imaginative cumulative rhyme in the style of on "The House That Jack Built." From singing "Dayenu" to opening the door as an invitation to Elijah and much more, one family celebrates a fulfilling Passover Seder.
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The Secret Seder
The Secret Seder
by Doreen Rappaport Illustrated by Emily Arnold McCully
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Miriam's Cup: A Passover Story
Miriam's Cup: A Passover Story
by Fran Manushkin Illustrated by Bob Dacey

Miriam watched over her baby brother in the bulrushes, led the women in song when crossing the Red Sea, and kept the Israelites alive in the desert with water from her miraculous well.

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What Is Passover?
What Is Passover?
by Harriet Ziefert Illustrated by Lillie James
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Passover around the World
Passover around the World
by Tami Lehman-Wilzig Illustrated by Elizabeth Wolf
This book introduces children to the different traditions and customs from all different areas around the world that Jews use to celebrate the Passover holiday.
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Mouse in the Matzah Factory
Mouse in the Matzah Factory
by Francine Medoff Illustrated by Nicole in den Bosch
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