The live­ly hol­i­day of Purim has much to teach us about courage, brav­ery, and Jew­ish sur­vival but it is also great fun. Here is a selec­tion of children’s books which fea­ture Purim and have a cast of Jew­ish chil­dren in cos­tume and out.

The Book of Elsie by Joanne Levy

Elsie cre­ates a fundrais­er for her synagogue’s Purim par­ty, and when anti­semitism strikes she encour­ages her com­mu­ni­ty to remain strong and brave. Ages 8 – 12

A Per­sian Princess by Bar­bara Dia­mond Goldin, illus­trat­ed by Steliyana Doneva

Raya learns impor­tant lessons about Purim and about life from her lov­ing grand­moth­er. Ages 5 – 9

Duct Tape Purim by Car­olyn Bernhardt

A fun and unusu­al approach to crafts for the hol­i­day of Purim. Ages 7 and up

Queen Vashti’s Com­fy Pants by Leah Rachel Berkowitz, illus­trat­ed by Ruth Bennett

Vashti’s bold deci­sion to defy the king empow­ers her to make her own choic­es. Ages 5 and up

Sweet Tamales for Purim by Bar­bara Bietz, illus­trat­ed by John Kanzler

In Ari­zona, Rebecca’s tra­di­tion­al­ly pre­pared haman­taschen meet with mis­for­tune but her friend Luis saves the day by pro­vid­ing his family’s tra­di­tion­al­ly pre­pared tamales. Ages 5 – 8

Esther Didn’t Dream of Being Queen by Alli­son Ofanan­sky, illus­trat­ed by Valenti­na Belloni

Esther grad­u­al­ly finds self-con­fi­dence and grows into the queen who is able to save the Jew­ish peo­ple. Ages 6 – 11

The Purim Pan­ic by Lau­ra Gehl, illus­trat­ed by Olga Ivanov and Alek­sey Ivanov

Ruby los­es an impor­tant ring but she finds it with the help of her grog­ger-shak­ing younger broth­er. Ages 4 – 7

Meet the Haman­taschen: A Purim Mys­tery by Alan Silberberg

A zany mys­tery in the spir­it of Purim, turn­ing rea­son on its head. Ages 4 and up

The Queen Who Saved Her Peo­ple by Til­da Bal­s­ley, illus­trat­ed by Ilene Richard

A sto­ry told in rhyme about Esther, Mordechai, Haman, Aha­suerus, and a rich sup­port­ing cast of oth­ers. Ages 5 – 10

The Purim Cos­tume by Penin­nah Schram, illus­trat­ed by Tam­my L. Keiser

Rebec­ca shows that Vashti was an impor­tant part of the Purim sto­ry with­out whom Esther could not have saved her peo­ple. Ages 6 – 9

The Purim Super­hero by Elis­a­beth Kushner

Nate dis­cuss­es Purim cos­tumes with his fathers and learns that he can be unique while still fit­ting in with the crowd. Ages 4 – 9

Cakes and Mir­a­cles: A Purim Tale by Bar­bara Dia­mond Goldin, illus­trat­ed by Jaime Zollars 

Her­schel, an under­es­ti­mat­ed blind boy, shows his fam­i­ly that he can cre­ate some­thing won­der­ful. Ages 7 and up

Michal Hoschan­der Malen is the edi­tor of Jew­ish Book Coun­cil’s young adult and children’s book reviews. A for­mer librar­i­an, she has lec­tured on top­ics relat­ing to lit­er­a­cy, run book clubs, and loves to read aloud to her grandchildren.