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. Click on the appropriate link below.

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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)

Buy this book here.

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)

Buy this book here.

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.

Planting Friendship: Peace, Salaam, Shalom by Melissa Stoller, Callie Metler, and Shirin Rahman, illustrated by Kate Talbot (Clear Fork)

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Purim

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

Purim Goodies by Amalia Hoffman (Gefen)

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Find a hamantaschen recipe here.

Find a coloring page here.

Esther Didn’t Dream of Being Queen by Allison Ofanansky, illustrated by Valentina Belloni (Apples & Honey Press)

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Find the reading guide here.

Women’s History Month (March)

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.

Dear Mr. Dickens by Nancy Churnin, illustrated by Bethany Stancliffe (Albert Whitman & Co)

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Find the teacher guide here.

Martin and Anne: The Kindred Spirits of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Anne Frank by Nancy Churnin, illustratedd by Yevgenia Nayberg

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Find the teacher guide here.

Find Kindred Spirits project page here.

Esther Didn’t Dream of Being Queen by Allison Ofanansky, illustrated by Valentina Belloni (Apples & Honey Press)

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Find the reading guide here.

A Queen to the Rescue: The Story of Henrietta Szold, Founder of Hadassah by Nancy Churnin, illustrated by Yevgenia Nayberg

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Find the teacher guide here.

National Poetry Month (April)

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.

Poised Across the Sky (for adults) by Sydell Rosenberg (Kattywumpus Press)

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Passover

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.

Find a matzah pizza recipe here.

Big Dreams, Small Fish by Paula Cohen (Levine Querido)

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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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Find the teacher guide here.

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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Mimouna

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

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

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Find the teacher guide here.

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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Find the teacher guide here.

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

Find a coloring page here.

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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Find the teacher guide here.

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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Find the teacher guide here.

Yom Kippur

Find a tzedakah activity here.

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.

Simchat 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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Find the teacher guide here.

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

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Sigd

Pumpkin Pie for Sigd by Jennifer Tzivia MacLeod, illustrated by Denise Damanti (Apples & Honey Press)

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Hanukkah

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 the teacher guide here.

Find a coloring page here.

Dreidel Day by Amalia Hoffman (Kar-Ben Publishing)

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Find a coloring page here.

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

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Computer Science Education Week (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
Find a coloring page here.

Avi the Ambulance and the Snowy Day by Claudia Carlson and Ann Koffsky, illustrated by CB Decker (Apples & Honey Press)

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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.

The Incredible Shrinking Lunchroom by Michal Babay, illustrated by Paula Cohen (Charlesbridge)

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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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Honey on the Page: A Treasury of Yiddish Children’s Literature by Miriam Udel, illustrated by Paula Cohen (NYU Press)

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

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Find a coloring page here.

The Klezmer Bunch by Amalia Hoffman (Gefen Publishing House)

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Find a coloring page here.

Shabbat

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

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.

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

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Interfaith

Planting Friendship: Peace, Salaam, Shalom by Melissa Stoller, Callie Metler, and Shirin Rahman, illustrated by Kate Talbot (Clear Fork)

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