While preschoolers will be too young to grasp the details of the Passover story, they will understand, and get excited about, some of the traditions and symbols. Teach children about getting ready for Passover, welcoming guests and family, setting a seder plate and finding the afikomen with these fun read-aloud books.
“And Then Another Sheep Turned Up” by Laura Gehl
Every time this family of sheep gets ready to celebrate its seder, someone else shows up at the door. Can they make more room?
“Afikomen Mambo” by Rabbi Joe Black
Rabbi Joe Black’s lyrics set a joyful tone and build anticipation for the Passover seder and the traditional, joyful hunt for the afikomen.
“Company's Coming” by Joan Holub
Family and friends arrive to visit and take part in a family’s Passover celebration. The Four Questions are asked, foods on the seder plate are sampled, and there’s a hunt for the afikomen.
“Dayenu! A Passover Song” by Miriam Latimer
A family is shown celebrating together, while the lyrics from one of the most well-known and best-loved Passover songs and accompanying illustrations depict the Israelites’ departure from Egyptian slavery and their exuberant walk toward freedom.
“Is It Passover Yet?” by Chris Barash
This family is cleaning, prepping and coming together for a very special holiday — but how will the children know when it’s here?
“The Littlest Levine” by Sandy Lanton
Poor Hannah. She’s always being told she’s too little for this, too little for that. But now that Passover is almost here, the day is coming when being the littlest Levine means having a very big role indeed.
“More Than Enough” by April Halprin Wayland
When we sing "Dayenu" ("it would have been enough") during the Passover seder, we're singing about Torah, Shabbat and freedom. In this story, we notice so many more things to be feel grateful for as we enjoy the springtime pleasures of Passover.
Find more Passover activities, book lists, videos, and recipes on the PJ Library website.
Editor’s note: This article was originally published in March 2020, and updated in March 2021.