Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Favorite Picture Books for the Old Testament

Old Testament Stories are a classic Waldorf Third Grade topic. It can be two blocks or three. I'm working on doing these stories right now with a tutoring client, and so I'm beefing up my collection of picture books. In previous years I checked these out from the library, but because of COVID I prefer to buy books right now. That way I will know for sure I have them when I need them and they won't be in quarantine or in some other way unavailable.

I have LOTS of notes for this block on my website since it was the very first Waldorf block I taught. Back in 2006, when the girls were still quite small (ages 1, 2, and 4) and I was first researching the curriculum used in Waldorf education, I was so eager to teach a real Waldorf main lesson block that I offered to teach Sunday School at my church! I knew that I had a ton of resources and teaching ideas inside my Waldorf books. And we did the Old Testament stories and the Waldorf Third Grade class plays for years and years. It was really fun. And I always thought quite funny that the church never noticed that we never got to the New Testament!

Because we now belong to PJ Library, Zac gets a free Jewish children's book each month. That has been really interesting for us, since I didn't know a lot about Judaism when we started. I've added some of those titles in as well.

If you have favorite picture books for this topic, please share your ideas!

The Dreamer

by Cynthia Rylant (the Creation)

Light: The First Seven Days

by Sarah Waldman

Clarence's Topsy-Turvy Shabbat

by Jennifer Tzivia MacLeod (the 7th day of Creation)

Noah's Ark

by Jerry Pinkney

The Tower of Babel

by William Wiesner

The Shofar Must Go On....

by Lina Schwartz
Very happy to find a story for Rosh Hashanah that will help my students connect this holiday with the birth (day 1) and the binding of Isaac (day 2).


by Brian Wildsmith


by Margaret Hodges


by Brian Wildsmith

Miriam's Cup: A Passover Story

by Fran Manushkin

The Four Questions

by Lynne Sharon Schwartz

Welcoming Elijah: A Passover Tale with a Tail

by Lesléa Newman

Night Lights: A Sukkot Story

by Barbara Diamond Goldin (wandering in the desert for 40 years)

The Shadow of a Flying Bird

by Mordicai Gerstein (the death of Moses)

Psalm Twenty-Three

illustrated by Tim Ladwig

Psalm 23

illustrated by Barry Moser

David and Goliath

by Beatrice Schenk de Regniers

King Solomon and the Bee

by Dalia Hardof Renberg

Solomon and the Trees

by Matt Biers-Ariel

The Story of Daniel in the Lion's Den

by Michael McCarthy

Queen Esther the Morning Star

by Mordicai Gerstein

Esther's Story

by Diane Wolkstein

The Book of Jonah

by Peter Spier

The Story of Hanukkah

by David Adler

Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins

by Eric Kimmel

Other interesting books that I'm adding to my collection this year are Hanukkah at Valley Forge by Stephen Krensky and Daughters of Fire: Heroines of the Bible by Fran Manushkin.

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