Book Review | The Bedtime Shema: A Goodnight Book
by Sarah Gershman

Score: 4

This is a beautifully illustrated, wonderfully unique book for very young children and their families. I wish it had been around when my children were younger, as it would have been tremendously helpful in teaching us about Jewish bedtime prayer rituals and soothing some of the fears my young children had about being alone in the dark, the “monsters” under the bed, etc. The included CD is a masterful production as well, creating a soft sound for falling asleep or learning the Hebrew of the nighttime prayers.

The book’s language is simple and perfect for small children who want that final bedtime snuggle with mom or dad, grandma or grandpa before falling asleep. The child pictured is delightfully unisex. Each drawing uses tranquil colors and peaceful settings to reflect calm, exactly what parents want in a pre-bedtime book.

This would make a great gift for a new baby or even someone converting to Judaism. It is a wonderful resource to have in the library for young families looking for ways to strengthen their Jewish practice.

I highly recommend this book for all Jewish libraries.

Grade Level: Pre-K-2

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