The story of Purim is very meaningful for Jewish people for religious and cultural reasons, and it can have special significance for anyone whose faith uses the Old Testament. But it also is a great example of a story where a young woman is the hero who saves her people.
Not only is it important for girls and boys to hear stories where a woman is the hero, but it’s also important to provide children with examples of real people exhibiting courage and conviction. These are two character traits that most adults would like to see children develop and maintain throughout their lives, so why not start by encouraging them to find role models, such as Queen Esther? Here are some book recommendations to help you share the story of Purim with the children in your life.
The Story of Esther: A Purim Tale by Eric A. Kimmel and Jill Weber
Cakes and Miracles : A Purim Tale by Barbara Diamond Goldin and Jaime Zollars
The Purim Costume by Peninnah Schram
The Queen Who Saved Her People by Tilda Balsley and Ilene Richard
When It’s Purim (Very First Board Books) by Edie Stoltz Zolkower and Barb Bjornson