Happy New Year! To begin the new academic and Jewish calendar, we’d like to share with you some holiday reads for all the children in your life, Jewish or otherwise.

To start the year on a sweet note, Jews traditionally dip apples in honey. In What’s the Buzz?: Honey for a Sweet New Year, children ages 3-11 learn about the intricacies of a bee-hive, and will follow the honey-making process from pollen to plate. Children interested in finding out more will enjoy the archaeological, historical, and scientific “fun facts” about bees and beekeeping in the Land of Israel at the end of the book.

In the Jewish tradition as well as the secular, the new year is a time for self-improvement and refection. Starting in the month before Rosh Hashanah (which starts this Wednesday night) and ending on Yom Kippur (this year, September 14), many Jews enact a series of rituals as a part of that process. Some of these rituals lend themselves to creative enhancements, such as tashlich, the practice of throwing breadcrumbs in a river to represent casting away wrong-doing. Susan Schnur’s beautifully illustrated Tashlich at Turtle Rock blends tradition with relevant modern-day adaptations.

To see all of our past book suggestions for Jewish holidays, click here.

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