Topic: PURIM - books for 1st and 2nd Grade Readers

Purim is a joyous celebration and fun holiday. It's a celebration with origins in the Book of Esther. The story tells how brave Esther saved her people from the machinations of Haman, an arrogant and egotistical advisor to the king of Persia.

There is good information at the following sites:

Judaism 101 (
Purim ( is our list of Practice Readers for First and Second Grade level readers with Purim as the focus.

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bookcover of PURIM  (Rookie Read-About Holidays) by Carmen Bredeson
(Rookie Read-About Holidays)
by Carmen Bredeson

This book uses photos to introduce children to the Jewish holiday of Purim, which commemorates Queen Esther of Persia and how she saved the Jews.

sample page #1 from PURIM  (Rookie Read-About Holidays) by Carmen Bredeson
sample page #2 from PURIM  (Rookie Read-About Holidays) by Carmen Bredeson

Reading Information:
Word Count: 301
Page Count: 32
Accelerated Reader: 1.9 / points: 0.5
AR quiz: 7471
--sample pages available

bookcover of BARNYARD PURIM  by Kelly Terwilliger
Barnyard Purim
by Kelly Terwilliger
Johansen Newman (Illustrator)

4.00 avg rating — 8 ratings 

In this cute book is very popular with reviewers which have given it very high ratings.  In the story farmer Max goes off to a 'Purimspiel', which gives the animals the idea to do their own play. 

What they don't know is that fox is going to try to make trouble.

Word Count: 1,052
Page Count: 32
Accelerated Reader:  2.5 / points: 0.5
AR quiz: 149751
-- available as ebook

compiled by Pam
updated March 2014