Where I live there is a relatively small Jewish community, and no dedicated Jewish bookstore. I wanted books with Jewish themes to read to my daughter and to the children who come to our Shabbat Tot activity sessions, so I have started to buy them online, sight unseen. To help anyone else in the same situation, I thought I would offer short reviews and recommendations.
Jewish books for toddlers and young children
Apples and Honey – A Rosh Hashanah Story (2+ years)
Bubbe Isabella and the Sukkot Cake (2+ years)
Naamah, Noah’s Wife (2+ years)
It’s Tu B’Shevat (2+ years)
How the Rosh Hashanah Challah Became Round (3+ years)
Something from Nothing (3+ years)
Lots of Latkes (3+ years)
Bim and Bom – a Shabbat Tale (3+years)
Where to buy Jewish books for children
I’ve bought books from synagogue gift shops – in Perth, Temple David has a small selection. I’ve been lucky to find some second hand, but that requires a certain degree of serendipity!
Now I’ve decided the easiest thing is to do it online, and I can recommend the following websites:
If The Book Depository don’t have the title you are looking for, they will often refer you to Abe Books, who sell second hand books. I’ve bought half a dozen second hand books so far, and they have all been excellent quality.
There are no doubt others, but these have been reliable and in the case of the Book Depository, very speedy in delivery to Australia.