THESE PURIM-RELATED BOOKS were sent out by PJ Library this year and in past years.
Baby & Toddler Books
Below are Purim-related selections made for families with children between the ages of 6 months and 2 years.
It's Party Time! A Purim Story
Author: Jonny Zucker
Photographer: Jan Barger Cohen
Purim is one of the happiest holidays in the Jewish calendar. This family can't wait to dress up, eat yummy foods, and -- yes -- head to a party!
It's Purim Time!
Author: Latifa Berry Kropf
Photographer: Tod Cohen
Children in a Jewish preschool are preparing to celebrate Purim. As their teacher reads the story of Queen Esther, the children shake their groggers (noisemakers) when wicked Haman's name is mentioned. Among other activities, a snack of hamantaschen (fruit-filled Purim cookies) is shared and the class poses for a Purim photograph.
||When It's Purim|
Author: Edie Stoltz Zolkower
Illustrator: Barb Bjornson
"Make a circle, nice and flat, pinch three corners, Haman's hat." In this board book, a family of woodland creatures makes hamantaschen (three-cornered, fruit-filled Purim cookies).
Preschool & Kindergarten Books
Below are Purim-related PJ Library selections made for families with children between the ages of 3 and 5 years.
Author: Naomi Howland
Illustrator: Naomi Howland
Soon it will be Purim, and it's time for a little old lady to bake her better-than-best hamantashen. Her pets are all too busy to help her with the baking, but chances are they'll have time to taste the results of her work. Sound familiar?
Cakes and Miracles
Author: Barbara Diamond Goldin
Hershel's blindness doesn't keep him from living life. He helps his mother by doing chores, but wishes he could do even more for her. When an angel appears in Hershel's dream and encourages him to make what he sees when he closes his eyes, the boy sneaks into the kitchen, transforming his mother's cookie dough into beautiful hamantaschen (three-cornered fruit-filled cookies) that can be sold to raise money for the family at Purim.
The Mystery Bear
Author: Leone Adelson
Illustrator: Naomi Howland
When Little Bear wakes up early from hibernation, he's hungry. Smelling delicious food, he follows his nose to a lively Purim parade. He is invited to join the festivities, and everyone is impressed by his clever "costume." A village boy, Itzik, is wearing a bear suit and insists that their guest is a real animal, but no one believes him. The Purim fun continues, and all ends well.
||Sammy Spider's First Purim|
Author: Sylvia Rouss
Illustrator: Katherine Janus Kahn
The Shapiro family is getting ready for the exciting holiday of Purim. Young Josh is making a grogger (noisemaker) to take to a celebration at the synagogue. Sammy Spider wants to join in the fun, but his mother reminds him, "Spiders don't celebrate holidays; spiders spin webs." Sammy's can't help himself and gets caught in Josh's grogger. Will Sammy escape and get home to his mother?
Early Elementary Books
Below are Purim-related PJ Library selections made for families with children 6 to 8 years of age.
Author: Kelly Terwilliger
Illustrator: Barbara Johansen Newman
There's nothing more fun on Purim than putting on a Purim play. On this farm, even the animals get into it! But can the timid sheep really pull off playing Haman?
Author: Ronni Schotter
Illustrator: Marylin Hafner
With her cousins sick, Frannie is disappointed that her neighbor, Mrs. Teplitzky, has offered to take part in her family's annual Purim play. Mrs. Teplitzky, a former actress, arrives in a splendid costume. The elderly widow turns out to be a superb villain and steals the show. She also becomes a friend.
The Purim Superhero
Author: Elisabeth Kushner
Illustrator: Mike Byrne
Nate loves aliens, and he really wants to wear an alien costume for Purim. His friends, however, are all dressing as superheroes, and he wants to fit in. What will he do? With the help of his two dads, he makes a surprising decision.
||Queen Esther Saves Her People|
Author: Rita Golden Gelman
Illustrator: Frane Lessac
Long, long ago a young Jewish woman named Esther was chosen to be the Queen of Persia. The king's prime minister proceeds to scheme against the kingdom's Jewish citizens. How will Esther find the courage to stand up for the rights of her people?
Author: Erica Silverman
Illustrator: Susan Gaber
In this Jewish variation on the Cinderella story, Raisel is raised by her grandfather, a poor scholar. When he dies, Raisel finds work in a faraway village as helper to a rabbi's cook, a jealous and mean-spirited woman. Raisel catches the eye of the rabbi's son, and, through an act of kindness, earns three wishes on Purim. Enter a costume and magical transportation to a ball. Sound familiar?
||The Story of Esther|
Author: Eric Kimmel
Illustrator: Jill Weber
The Purim story, full of drama, brings together a mighty king, a jealous scoundrel, and a wise uncle. At its center is a clever heroine, Queen Esther. It was her courage that saved the Jewish people at a dangerous time.
||The Story of Queen Esther|
Author: Jenny Koralek
Illustrator: Grizelda Holderness
The king may have married Queen Esther because she was beautiful, but she was smart and brave, too, which is why she was able to save her people.
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