Color with Your Kids for Rosh Hashanah

Celebrate Rosh Hashanah with art

Our kids love when we play what they want, don’t they? I remember going camping with another family, when our girls were young elementary age and their kids were 4 and 18 months. The toddler could spend hours in a dry creek bed picking up and making piles of sticks and stones. When we all started doing the same thing – even though we were actually looking for “fairy stones” (a specific kind of stone) – he looked absolutely tickled. Wow, he got us to do what he wanted. On another camping trip, our girls and I got out acrylic paints and meandered away the afternoon, exploring color and … [Read more...]

The Dot – #JewishBookFun4Kids – #6

Rosh Hashanah art can begin with dots!

The Dot, written by Peter H. Reynolds, was a discovery for me that sparked an instant passion. Thanks to our reading specialist daughter, Laura Pajor, for knowing that I’d totally groove on the idea. And I’ve been saving it to share until before Rosh Hashanah, because there’s a great tie-in with the holiday. In this story, little Vashti was sitting glumly in art class, with a blank sheet of paper in front of her. She was sure that she could not draw. At first, her teacher tried to jolly her along. Then she said something that made all the difference: “Just make a mark and see where it … [Read more...]

The Treasure – #JewishBookFun4Kids – #5

Jewish values, sameach b'chelko

Uri Shulevitz is a favorite author of mine. Short on copy. Long on meaning. Enhanced with magnificent illustrations. In true Shulevitz fashion, “The Treasure” starts simply, on a blank page, with just these words: “There once was a man and his name was Isaac.” Isaac was a poor man who was often hungry. In a dream, a voice told him to look for a treasure under a bridge in the big city. He walked and walked to get there, only to meet a guard who laughed at him and told him to go home, because he would just as likely find a treasure under the stove in his own house. When he got home, he did … [Read more...]

Rosie Revere Engineer – #JewishBookFun4Kids – #4

Jewish values, adam yehidi nivrah

Rosie Revere Engineer, written by Andrea Beauty and illustrated by David Roberts, was totally new to me, until our reading specialist daughter, Laura Pajor, mentioned it. And now, I’m crazy about it. It’s written in comfortable verse (not forced, not over simplified). “This is the story of Rosie Revere,                               who dreamed of becoming a great engineer.” Little Rosie wants to build amazing things. So during the day, she looks in the trash for bits and pieces she can use in her creations. At night, she makes “gadgets and gizmos,” which she tucks under her bed, so that no … [Read more...]

Harold and the Purple Crayon – #JewishBookFun4Kids #3


Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crocket Johnson holds a special place in my heart, because I used to read it to our daughter. And, I have a confession to make. One night, while I was reading it to Sarah for maybe the 10th time, I had an “aha” moment that stopped me. Cold. I realized what an absolutely amazing story this is. Yet, like many of you (I’m guessing), I was double-tasking in my head. While I was reading words and turning pages, I was also making mental lists of lunches to assemble, forms to fill out, laundry to fold. In the process, I had missed the nuance and the wonder. Never … [Read more...]