Please welcome Vivian Kirkfield today with her list of Picture Books about Passover and Easter. We are giving away a signed copy of her book, Pippa’s Passover Plate! Please enter using the Rafflecopter at the bottom.
Both Easter and Passover are holidays that cluster around springtime. They give us an opportunity to reflect on the past and look forward with hope for the future. Whether you celebrate the religious aspects of these holidays or not, the following books are appropriate for sharing with children all over the world. One of the most important things we can do to encourage inclusivity and understanding is to share information with our kids about diverse cultures
Passover and Easter Picture Books
Sammy Spider’s Passover Shapes by Sylvie Rouss, illustrated by Katherine Kahn
When the Shapiro family clean the house in preparation for Passover, Sammy Spider and his mom are swept from their web. As they build a new one, Sammy learns all about the holiday and helps out at the Seder meal in a very special way.
Many of the Passover children’s books are board books with very little story involved. Here we have a story kids will engage with – about a spider, no less – and the traditional elements of the holiday are woven into the fabric of the story. [picture book, ages 3 and up]
The Easter Egg by Jan Brett
When Hoppi tries to help the Easter Bunny deliver eggs, everything goes wrong, and Hoppi hides in the woods, but when he saves a robin’s egg and cares for it, he learns the true meaning of Easter.
Beautiful illustrations combine with a heartfelt story that young children will connect with. Most kids struggle with mastering tasks and skills and they will understand Hoppi’s disappointment. [picture book, ages 3 and up]
More Than Enough by April Wayland, illustrated by Katie Kath
As the story unfolds, we accompany two children as they shop, prepare charoset, get dressed, and go to Nana’s for the Seder meal. They eat, pray, sing, play the Afikommen game, and finally, get tucked into bed.
The illustrations are charming and the refrain of Danyenu, a traditional Seder song, weaves through each page. I love the glossary that helps explain words or concepts that might be unfamiliar. The addition of the kitten adoption is a lovely touch that young readers will appreciate. [picture book, ages 3 and up]
Egg by Kevin Henkes
Three pastel eggs hatch. But there’s another one that doesn’t open. The little chicks help their sibling emerge, only to discover it is a very different creature indeed. After the frightened chicks run away, they return and a new friendship develops.
A lovely story of friendship and family. Sparse text and simple illustrations combine for a perfect story for little ones. But older kids can appreciate the message of diversity and inclusion. [picture book, ages 4 and up]
The Passover Lamb by Linda Marshall, illustrated by Tatjana Mai-Wyss
Miriam knows the Four Questions by heart and can’t wait to go to Grandma’s house to celebrate the first night of Passover with a Seder meal. But on the farm, the well-being of the animals must be considered, and when one of the brand-new lambs needs to be fed every four hours, Miriam must find an ingenious solution so that she and her family can go.
Children will love the drama of the little lamb who needs constant attention and the clever girl who figures out a way to participate in the Seder meal while fulfilling her obligation to care for the lamb. And I love that this story evolved from a true event in the life of the author. [picture book, ages 6 and up]
We’re Going On an Egg Hunt by Laura Hughes
A charming family of rabbits goes hunting for Easter eggs in this lift-the-flap counting adventure where you never know what you will run into or hop over.
I love this book because it is a wonderful read-aloud. And the counting aspect and the lift-the-flaps make this a guaranteed page-turner for young kids. [picture book, ages 3 and up]
A Sweet Passover by Lesléa Newman, illustrated by David Slonim
Young Miriam loves matzah and every day of Passover, she enjoys it. But too much of a good thing is…too much, and by the eighth day, Miriam is longing for something different and refuses to eat any more matzah. With help from her Grandfather and his matzah brei, Miriam learns the true meaning of Passover.
I love the counting aspect of this book…eight days of Passover and eight days of eating matzah…kids will appreciate the humor and connect with the multigenerational aspect in this story. The illustrations are very kid-friendly – bright, colorful and full of joy! [picture book, ages 5 and up]
The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes by Du Bose Hayward, illustrated by Marjorie Flack
Mother Bunny has twenty-six children, but she doesn’t let that keep her from pursuing her dream of becoming the Official Easter Bunny. Teaching her children to accept responsibility is only part of her plan to make her dream a reality. (Ages 4-7)
This is one of my favorite books, for Eastertime or anytime. Children will relate to Mother Bunny who strives to make her dream come true. But they will also connect with Mother Bunny’s children who master tasks and skills so they can help out around the house so mom can do her thing. Quite a modern-day girl-power story even though it was written more than seventy-five years ago. [picture book, ages 4 and up]
Pippa’s Passover Plate by Vivian Kirkfield, illustrated by Jill Weber
A charming mouse must confront her natural enemies, Cat, Snake, and Owl, in order to locate the special Seder plate in time for the holiday. Unexpected friendships blossom and the animals celebrate together. (Ages 2-6)
Children will cheer for Pippa as she hunts for her dish. They will relate to her fear of scary things. Pippa is a great role model because she finds ways to overcome her fears and move forward. The color palette and illustrations are joyous! The book is a PJ Library selection and there are activities for kids and resources for parents on their website. [picture book, ages 2 and up]
Signed Copy of Pippa’s Passover Plate GIVEAWAY!
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Writer for children – reader forever…that’s Vivian Kirkfield in five words. She’s got a bucket list that contains many more than five words – but she’s already checked off skydiving, parasailing and banana-boat riding. When she is not looking for ways to fall from the sky or sink under the water, she can be found writing picture books that she hopes will encourage young kids to become lovers of books and reading.
She is the author of Pippa’s Passover Plate (Holiday House, Feb 2019); Four Otters Toboggan: An Animal Counting Book (PomegranateKids, March 2019); Sweet Dreams, Sarah (Creston Books, May 2019); Making Their Voices Heard: The Inspiring Friendship of Ella Fitzgerald and Marilyn Monroe (Little Bee Books, Spring 2020); From Here to There: Inventions That Changed the Way the World Moves (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Fall 2020).
Vivian lives in the quaint New Hampshire town of Amherst where the old stone library is her favorite hangout and her young grandson is her favorite board game partner. You can visit Vivian on her website, Picture Books Help Kids Soar, where she hosts the #50PreciousWords Writing Challenge every March. Or connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Linkedin, and just about anywhere people are playing with picture books.
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