So far September has been happening but I want to let you all in on a little secret. September is about to get a whole lot better pretty soon. We have some ideas a brewing and some new things to share with you all. Things might change a little visually as well as content wise! Oh man I am excited for it all and I hope you all are too!
Today I want to share a few books about Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur as these two High Holidays are coming up and I found some fun, informative, children’s books! Rosh Hashanah is Monday and Yom Kippur is on Sept 23rd. I found three books for y’all. I was going to choose one and share just one of them but they are so different that I couldn’t pick just one.
The first book is, On Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, by Cathy Goldberg Fishman. This story gives you a strong foundation of what these two holidays are, and how they are celebrated. The illustrations give off this ethereal feeling that is beautiful to look at. The story is a little lengthy because it is explaining the different parts of the holiday. I learned a lot about these two holidays from this book, like why people eat honey and apples for Rosh Hashanah. So if you are looking for a very informative book this is the one for you!
The second book I found is, New Year at the Pier by April Halprin Wayland. This book is a story of a little boy, Izzy, who is making a ‘I’m sorry list’, that the book explains everyone writes or thinks of the things they are sorry for before Rosh Hashanah. He thinks of four things that he is sorry for and then eventually gets around to apologizing to each person. It is a very sweet story about how to apologize and forgive friends/family. He struggles internally whether or not to apologize a couple of times but overcomes his fears and does it, a great message for any little to read.
Lastly I found a fun book about one little girls Rosh Hashanah tradition of making applesauce with her mom, Apple Days: A Rosh Hashanah Story, by Allison Sarnoff Soffer. This story has very little information about Rosh Hashanah, so it’s not the best if you want to learn about the holidays. It does however throw a twist into the story and Katy, the little girl, has to overcome a major change in her plans. It is a great book about overcoming unexpected challenges, no matter how big or small. I also love this story because at the end they give you the recipe for the applesauce Katy loves to make, what a great activity for you and your little!
Easy Peasy no cooking activity cut up some apples and drizzle honey on them for a snack on Rosh Hashanah!
Make the Applesauce from Apple Days!
Make a list with your little about a few things they are sorry for and then let them go!