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How do you decide on a Haggadah?

haggadah for kids

There are basically a million versions of the Haggadah out there so how do  you choose the right one? Do you go with the holiest, most solemn and serious book you can find (no), or maybe something a little shorter and way more fun to make sure your kids are as into the seder as everyone else (yes)?

1. DIY Seder

This site lets you build your own Haggadah according to your family’s needs. All you do is answer a few questions and then print out the pages you need! And if you don’t want to print anything out, just bring your iPad to the table. As the title suggests, DIY Seder is for those who like to be a little creative, so if building a matzah house or showing your kids a Passover word cloud is the kind of thing you dig, go with this.

2. My Haggadah: Made it Myself

Cool Mom Picks says this is the coolest Haggadah for kids. It inspires creativity by asking kids to write and draw, for example, everything they’d pack in a suitcase if they had to leave their homes in a hurry and it manages to go through the story of Passover without ever getting too silly or patronizing. In short, it rocks.

3. Richard Codor’s Joyous Haggadah

Is there anything better than illustrations that entertain both kids and grownups? No. You’ll love Richard Codor’s drawings. We’ve even heard of people picking this book up and reading the whole thing through when it wasn’t even Passover.

4. A Children’s HaggadahA Children’s Haggadah sticks closely to the traditional Haggadah while offering up songs, recipes and other enhancement to help kids get engaged. We love the illustrations, especially the accordion fold-out seder table.

5. The New American Haggadah

jonathan safran foer's haggadah

Edited by Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close author Joanthan Safran Foer and translated by Nathan Englander with commentary from foodie intellectual Michael Pollan and kids’ book author Lemony Snicket (whom you may remember from that time he told us about things that scare him), The New American Haggadah asks thoughtful questions that will inspire great discussions with both grown-ups and (older) kids. And with illustrations and typography by Oded Ezer, it’s more than easy on the eyes, it’s stunning.

Photo by Louen Chou via Flickr

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