What is Passover?
Passover is one of the most important festivals in the Jewish year. It begins on the 15th day of Nisan, which is the first month of the Jewish calendar, and is celebrated for 7 days. It celebrates the story of Exodus, where God punished the Pharaoh and Moses led the Jewish people out of Egypt and slavery.
To learn more about the festival, take a look at That Nursery Life’s article on how to mark Passover in your setting.
Passover is a great time to introduce your children to the rituals of, and their significance for, people of the Jewish faith. To help you out, TNL have put together a list of five books to help you and your early years explore Passover.
1. Pippa’s Passover Plate
Pippa is in a panic as the Seder is about to start, but she can’t find her special Passover plate! While she searches she enlists the help of her friends and neighbours and ends up inviting them all to the Seder meal! A great way to learn about the foods that go into the Passover meal when, spoiler alert, Pippa finally finds her plate!
2. A Sweet Passover
Miriam absolutely loves Passover, and all the matzah bread that’s involved! But, eventually, she gets sick of eating matzah bread and can’t be convinced to eat any more. Until, that is, Grandpa makes matzah brie (kind of like French toast made with matzah)! During the story Miriam, and your early years, will learn that there is more to Passover than just yummy bread!
3. Grover and Big Bird's Passover Celebration
Part of the Shalom Sesame series, in this story Big Bird joins Grover for Passover in Israel. They encounter some difficulties, however, and may not get to the Seder in time! A wonderfully colourful book which will clearly and simply explain the traditions of Passover for your early years.
4. My First Passover
This simple introduction to Passover from Dorling Kindersley covers many parts of Passover in a format that is accessible to all ages, giving insight into the Passover festival in a simplified, easy-to-digest way.
5. The Passover Mouse
When a mouse steals the unleavened bread just before Passover, it seems like everyone’s preparations are ruined. But when the townsfolk work together, they learn they can still save the holiday! Based on an original tale from the Talmud, this story shows the teamwork, community and kindness that are all part of Passover.
How are you marking Passover in your setting? Let us know on the TNL socials @thatnurserylife – we’d love to hear what you’ve been up to!