Educators/Parents

Looking for books, teacher guides, and activities to enhance your religious school programs? The Book Meshuggenahs can help! Check out this page for our award-winning, traditionally-published books for kids with Jewish-themes and Jewish-characters organized by holidays throughout the school year, along with free corresponding teacher guides, and activities, for all ages — preschool through high school, teaching everything from Jewish values to holidays, music, arts, and STEM. Looking for something you don’t see yet or have questions about? Reach out to the Book Meshuggenahs directly. We look forward to hearing from you!

Are you looking for books for a specific holiday? Search for that holiday by holding down the control key (or command key on a Mac) and hitting the letter F. This will bring up the search box. Then type in the name of the holiday.

Holocaust Remembrance Day

Martin & Anne: The Kindred Spirits of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Anne Frank by Nancy Churnin, illustrated by Yevgenia Nayberg (Creston Books)

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Find the teacher guide here.

Find Kindred Spirits project page here.

The Brave Cyclist: The True Story of a Holocaust Hero by Amalia Hoffman, illustrated by Chiara Fedele (Capstone Publishing)

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Find the teacher guide here.

Tu B’shvat

Find a tree activity here.
Find a coloring page here.

Happy Birthday, Trees by Karen Rostoker-Gruber, illustrated by Holly Sterling (Kar-Ben Publishing)

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Find the teacher guide here.

Purim

Find a Purim puppet activity here.
Find masks, mishloach manot bags, and crazy crown crafts here.
Find a coloring page here.

Maddie the Mitzvah Clown by Karen Rostoker-Gruber, illustrated by Christine Grove (Apples & Honey Press)

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Find the teacher guide here.

Find a coloring page here.

Sweet Tamales for Purim by Barbara Bietz, illustrated by John Kanzler (August House)

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Find a sweet tamales recipe here.

Purim Goodies by Amalia Hoffman (Gefen)

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Find a hamantaschen recipe here.

Find a coloring page here.

Women’s History Month (March) / Pi Day—March 14th

Hedy Lamarr’s Double Life: Hollywood Legend and Brilliant Inventor by Laurie Wallmark, illustrated by Katy Wu (Sterling Children’s Books)

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Find the teacher guide here.

National Poetry Month (April)

H is for Haiku: A Treasury of Haiku from A to Z by Sydell Rosenberg, illustrated by Sawsan Chalabi (Penny Candy Books)

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Find the teacher guide here.

Passover

Find a Passover puppet activity here.
Find a Passover seder plate activity here.
Find a Passover hidden picture activity here.
Find a coloring page here.

The Family and Frog Haggadah by Karen Rostoker-Gruber and Rabbi Ron Isaacs, illustrated by Jackie Urbanovic (Behrman House)

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Find coloring pages here.

Find instructions to make your own Frog puppet for your seder here.

The Best Four Questions by Rachelle Burk, illustrated by Mélanie Florian (Kar-Ben Publishing)

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Find activities here.

Passover Scavenger Hunt by Shanna Silva, illustrated by Miki Sakamoto, (Kar-Ben Publishing)

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Find the curriculum guide here.

Kayla and Kugel’s Almost-Perfect Passover by Ann Koffsky (Apples & Honey Press)

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Frogs in the Bed: My Passover Seder Activity Book by Ann Koffsky (Behrman House)

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Find a coloring page here.

How It’s Made: Matzah by Allison Ofanansky, photography by Eliyahu Alpern (Apples & Honey Press)

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A Sweet Passover by Lesléa Newman, illustrated by David Slonim (Abrams)

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Matzo Ball Moon by Lesléa Newman, illustrated by Elaine Greenstein (Clarion Books)

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Welcoming Elijah: A Passover Tale with a Tail by Lesléa Newman, illustrated by Susan Gal (Charlesbridge)

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Only Nine Chairs: A Tall Tale for Passover by Deborah Miller, illustrated by Karen Ostrove (Kar-Ben Publishing)

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A Sweet Meeting on Mimouna Night by Allison Ofanansky, illustrated by Rotem Teplow (Groundwood Books)

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Israeli Independence Day/Yom Ha’atzmaut

Shmulik Paints the Town by Lisa Rose, illustrated by Catalina Echeverri (Kar-Ben Publishing)

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Find the teacher guide here.

Fast Asleep in a Little Village in Israel by Jennifer Tzivia MacLeod, illustrated by Tiphanie Beeke (Apples & Honey Press)

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Shavuot

Find a coloring page here.

Yossi and the Monkeys by Jennifer Tzivia MacLeod, illustrated by Shirley Waisman (Kar-Ben Publishing)

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Cheesecake for Shavuot by Allison Ofanansky, photography by Eliyahu Alpern (Kar-Ben Publishing)

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The Fourth of July

Irving Berlin: The Immigrant Boy Who Made America Sing by Nancy Churnin, illustrated by James Rey Sanchez (Creston Books)

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Find the teacher guide here.

Find the Make America Sing project here.

Tisha B’Av

Tisha B’Av: A Jerusalem Journey by Allison Ofanansky, photography by Eliyahu Alpern (Kar-Ben Publishing)

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Rosh Chodesh–the first day of every month

New Month, New Moon by Allison Ofanansky, photography by Eliyahu Alpern (Kar-Ben Publishing)

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Rosh Hashanah

Find a honey plate activity here.
Find a coloring page here.

What’s the Buzz?: Honey for a Sweet New Year by Allison Ofanansky, photography by Eliyahu Alpern (Kar-Ben Publishing)

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Here is the World by Lesléa Newman, illustrated by Susan Gal (Abrams)

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Yom Kippur

Find a tzedakah activity here.

Here is the World by Lesléa Newman, illustrated by Susan Gal (Abrams)

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Sukkot

Find a maze activity here.
Find a coloring page here.
Find a paper chain activity here.

Sukkot Treasure Hunt by Allison Ofanansky, photography by Eliyahu Alpern (Kar-Ben Publishing)

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Find the teacher guide here.

Simhat Torah

Find a torah activity here.

Creation Colors by Ann Koffsky (Apples & Honey Press)

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Find a coloring page here.

How It’s Made: Torah Scroll by Allison Ofanansky, photography by Eliyahu Alpern (Apples & Honey Press)

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The Patchwork Torah by Allison Ofanansky, illustrated by Elsa Oriol (Kar-Ben Publishing)

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Chanukah

Find a spin art activity here.
Find an edible activity here.
Find a shamash holder activity here.
Find a coloring page here.

Kayla and Kugel’s Happy Hanukkah by Ann Koffsky (Apples & Honey Press)

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Find a coloring page here.

Farmer Kobi’s Hanukkah Match by Karen Rostoker-Gruber, illustrated by CB Decker (Apples & Honey Press)

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Find a coloring page here.

Dreidel Day by Amalia Hoffman (Kar-Ben Publishing)

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Hannah’s Hanukkah Hiccups by Shanna Silva, illustrated by Bob McMahon (Apples & Honey Press)

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Harvest of Light by Allison Ofanansky, photography by Eliyahu Alpern (Kar-Ben Publishing)

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How It’s Made: Hanukkah Menorah by Allison Ofanansky, photography by Eliyahu Alpern (Apples & Honey Press)

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Like a Maccabee by Barbara Bietz, illustrated by Anita I. White (Yotzeret Publishing)

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Judah Maccabee Goes to the Doctor by Ann Koffsky, illustrated by Talitha Shipman (Apples & Honey Press)

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Hanukkah Delight! by Lesléa Newman, illustrated by Amy Husband (Kar-Ben Publishing)

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Runaway Dreidel! by Lesléa Newman, illustrated by Kyrsten Brooker (Henry Holt)

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The Eight Nights of Chanukah by Lesléa Newman, illustrated by Elivia Savadier (Abrams)

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Computer Science Education Week (always around 12/9)

Find a STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) activity book here.

Hedy Lamarr’s Double Life: Hollywood Legend and Brilliant Inventor by Laurie Wallmark, illustrated by Katy Wu (Sterling Children’s Books)

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Find the teacher guide here.

Find other STEM resources here.

Jewish life

Guarding your health: A Jewish value
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DIJ – Do It Jewish: Use Your Jewish Creativity! by Barbara Bietz, illustrated by Daria Grinevich (Intergalatic Afikoman)

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Just Like Rube Goldberg: The Incredible Story of the Man Behind the Machines by Sarah Aronson, illustrated by Robert Neubecker (Beach Lane Books)

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Find the teacher guide here.

Find the discussion guide here.

Find the Alter Ego project here.

A Crowded Farmhouse Folktale (Yiddish Folktale) by Karen Rostoker-Gruber, illustrated by Kristina Swarner (Albert Whitman)

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Find the teacher guide here.

Find a coloring page here.

Find a gratitude journal here.

Noah’s Swim-a-Thon by Ann Koffsky (Apples & Honey Press)

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Find a coloring page here.

Avi for President by Ann Koffsky (Menucha Publishers)

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Joey and the Giant Box by Deborah Lakritz, illustrated by Mike Byrne (Kar-Ben Publishing)

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Say Hello, Lily by Debbi Lakritz, illustrated by Martha Graciela Avilés (Kar-Ben Publishing)

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Sarah Builds a School by Ann Koffsky, illustrated by Leslie Ginsparg Klein (Menucha Publishers)

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Beyond Lucky by Sarah Aronson (Dial Books)

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Find the Jewish educator’s guide here.

A Zombie Vacation by Lisa Rose, illustrated by Angeles Ruiz (Apples & Honey Press)

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Find coloring page here.

Find “Why do you float in the Dead Sea” here.

My Name is Wakawakaloch! by Chana Stiefel, illustrated by Mary Sullivan (HMH BFYR)

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The Klezmer Bunch by Amalia Hoffman (Gefen Publishing House)

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Gittel’s Journey: An Ellis Island Story by Lesléa Newman, illustrated by Amy June Bates (Abrams)

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My Name is Aviva by Lesléa Newman, illustrated by Ag Jatkowska (Kar-Ben Publishing)

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Ketzel: The Cat Who Composed by Lesléa Newman, illustrated by Amy June Bates (Candlewick)

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A Kiss On the Keppie by Lesléa Newman, illustrated by Katherine Blackmore (Marshall Cavendish)

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Remember That by Lesléa Newman, illustrated by Karen Ritz (Clarion Books)

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Baby’s Blessings by Lesléa Newman, illustrated by Hiroe Nakata (Kar-Ben Publishing)

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Shabbat

Find a kiddush cup activity here.
Find a placemat activity here.

The Sundown Kid: A Southwestern Shabbat by Barbara Bietz, illustrated by John Kanzler (August House)

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Clarence’s Topsy-Turvy Shabbat by Jennifer Tzivia MacLeod, illustrated by Jennie Poh (Kar-Ben Publishing)

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Sadie’s Shabbat Stories by Melissa Stoller, illustrated by Lisa Goldberg (Clear Fork)

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Find the teacher guide here.

Find the trailer and coloring pages here.

Rise & Shine by Karen Ostrove, illustrated by Kimberley Scott (Kar-Ben Publishing)

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Fish and Scales: A Kosher Tale by Deborah Uchill Miller (illustrated by Kraen Ostrove, Kar-Ben Publishing)

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Shabbat Shalom, Hey! by Ann Koffsky (Kar-Ben Publishing)

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