8 Great Haggadot if You Have Young Children at Your Seder

A Passover seder is more than a fancy meal. It’s an opportunity to use all our senses to retell the story of the Exodus from Egypt, one of the most spectacular in the entire Bible.

One of the primary lessons of the seder is that we all must feel as if we personally were rescued from slavery. For these ideas to be accessible to even the youngest children, everyone tastes, touches, smells, hears, and sees symbols from the story, using a guide book called a Haggadah.

We’ve rounded up various family Haggadot (plural of Haggadah) recommended by the Early Childhood Educators of Reform Judaism and the Families with Young Children staff of the Union for Reform Judaism.

What makes these Haggadot different from all other Haggadot? Although they are designed with young, wiggly, giggly children in mind, they provide enough substance to keep adults and older children challenged. They are child-friendly but not childish. All of them are mostly in English, with Hebrew translated into English, and Hebrew intended to be read aloud transliterated (using English letters for Hebrew pronunciation).

Feel free to use your imagination, pick and choose different parts from among these (and other Haggadot), and improvise. 

1 & 2. Home Haggadah Options

Perhaps this year, you are unable to travel and will be unexpectedly hosting a seder at your home. If you need a Haggadah that is particularly geared for your family with young children, download and print a Passover Seder for 2- to 3-Year-Olds that combines storytelling with music, movement, and exploration of number concepts. 

Looking for seder ideas for slightly older kids? Check out Passover Seder for 4- to 5-Year-Olds for more.

3. A Children’s Haggadah  

Set in large type and beautifully illustrated by Devis Grebu, this Haggadah is widely used at community and school seders, but equally well suited for family gatherings. It includes melodies for traditional seder songs, just a little Hebrew, and a fold-out section about how to set the seder table.

4. In Every Generation: A PJ Library Family Haggadah 

This new, full color Haggadah strives to make everyone at the seder feel comfortable from first-timers, young, old, people who aren’t Jewish, and others. The illustrations feature the diversity of Jewish peoplehood and it’s organized so older children and adults can learn and follow the story of Passover while younger children are engaged in the experience of the seder.

5. Family Haggadah: A Seder for All Generations 

Richly detailed illustrations make this Haggadah a feast for the eyes. Every step of the seder is explained and illustrated to delight your guests whether it is their first seder or their 50th.  Poems, stories, and songs, including both lyrics and musical scores, ensure everyone can participate.

6. A Family Haggadah I: For Families With Young Children

This new full-color edition of a classic includes symbols in the margins to let participants know when it is time for a song or when a section may interest a particularly curious young child.

7. The Kveller Haggadah

Colorful and clear, this Haggadah has special sections – “Memory Lane” and “Top Secret” – to enrich the holiday’s core rituals. 

8. A Different Night: The Family Participation Haggadah  

This Haggadah is useful for all types of seders, whether or not children are present. It’s also useful as a spring board to introduce active elements into the seder each year as children grow and learn.

Still looking for the right Haggadah for your seder? Check out 16 Unique Haggadot to Enliven Your Passover Seder.