For Adults

COLORING THE SILENCE: AN ADULT COLORING BOOK FOR REFLECTION (2017)

In a world of constant interruption that values speed over reflection, Sandy Eisenberg Sasso offers an interactive way to find the quiet we need to get in touch with our deepest selves. Designed to give you peace, inspiration, and a much-needed pause amid the business of daily life, Coloring the Silence contains twenty-five illustrations for coloring along with twenty-five reflections and prayers for meditation.

SOUL FEAST: AN INSPIRATIONAL ADULT COLORING BOOK (2016)

Inspired by the bestselling book, Soul Feast: An Inspirational Adult Coloring Book allows the reader to bring these powerful, spiritual reflections to life through coloring. Designed to give you both peace and inspiration, this beautiful coloring book contains 25 illustrations for coloring in along with 25 quotes and prayers for reflection. Exploring important spiritual practices such as “Coloring as Prayer” and “Spiritual Reading,” Soul Feast: An Inspirational Adult Coloring Book is perfect for meditation and relaxation.

JEWISH STORIES OF LOVE AND MARRIAGE (2015)

Jewish Stories of Love and Marriage offers a treasury of tales that speak to the tenderness and passion, difficulties and blessings of love. Jewish tradition overflows with love stories from the Bible, Talmud, and Midrash. Folktales continue the tradition, and contemporary writers highlight the way their faith and love interweave and enrich each other.

From Adam and Eve to the Song of Songs, from legends of Solomon to the letters of Alfred Dreyfus, these are stories that tell of heartbreak and devotion. They tell of how people fall in love and how they grow in love. The narratives are as old as the Bible and as new as the twenty-first century. They come from places as far-ranging as Yemen and New York. The relationships are heterosexual and homosexual, arranged and spontaneous, young and mature. Though they reflect the times and places in which they were told, they have a universal message about longing and romance, relationship, respect, and commitment.

Noted storyteller Peninnah Schram and Rabbi Sandy Eisenberg Sasso collect these tales for the first time, inviting readers to delve into these stories alone and together, at engagements, weddings, and anniversaries, to recall what once brought people close and what continues to hold them in love.

"Reading [this book] is like going to one hundred Jewish weddings—and being inspired by the story behind each one. It will make you want to shout 'Mazel tov!'" - Ari L. Goldman, author of The Search For God at Harvard and Being Jewish
"This lovely collection of tales should be the first on any list of wedding gifts." - Dan Ben-Amos, University of Pennsylvania; editor of Folktales of the Jews
"Jewish Stories of Love and Marriage…is beautifully and uniquely imagined and assembled." - Dan Wakefield, author of The Story of Your Life: Writing a Spiritual Autobiography

MIDRASH: READING THE BIBLE WITH QUESTION MARKS (2013)

Midrash is the paperback version of God’s Echo.

Rabbi Sasso explores how Midrash originated, how it is still used today, and offers new translations and interpretations of more than twenty essential Midrash texts.

GOD’S ECHO: EXPLORING SCRIPTURE WITH MIDRASH (2007)

The Rabbis of old believed that the Torah was divinely revealed and therefore contained eternal, perfect truths and hidden meaning that required elucidation. The meaning of a text was more complicated than simply reading it. And meaning changed over time. This understanding of how the Bible mystically relates to all of life is the fertile ground from which midrash emerged.

“The rabbis believed that nothing in the Bible, not the choice of words or their spellings, not the order of events or the relationship of one text to another, was haphazard or inconsequential. Everything was there with purpose. They deemed it their responsibility to discover connections and harmony where on the surface none appeared to exist. A text may contain multiple meanings. Time is of no consequence. They felt free to read back into old stories what happened in future eras, and to see in the early stories of Genesis a foreshadowing of future events.”
In this engaging book, Rabbi Sasso explores how midrash originated, how it is still used today, and offers new translations and interpretations of more than twenty essential midrash texts.

"This book…can change for the better the way we all look at Scripture. Not as magic, but as a spiritual meaning for our times." - Sr. Joan Chittister
"This book helps us identify that moment when we experience God in down-to-earth, personal language so that people with no training in philosophy can grapple with some of the deepest philosophical issues that we all confront. What a treasure!" - Rabbi Elliot Dorff

For Children

WHO COUNTS?: 100 SHEEP, 10 COINS, AND 2 SONS (2017)

“One sheep makes a difference. Without her something is missing. Now my flock is complete.”

Oh, no! The man is missing his sheep! The woman is missing her coin! The father is missing his son! Can you help them find what they are looking for?

Who Counts? is a creative retelling of three popular parables: the lost sheep, the lost coin, and the prodigal son. As young readers count to help the characters find what’s missing, Who Counts? teaches that every one of us counts in God’s eyes and that everyone should feel counted.

The stories are beautifully illustrated with modern-day characters and a diversity of ethnicities so that all children will be able to see themselves in the stories.

ANNE FRANK AND THE REMEMBERING TREE (2014)

Sandy Sasso’s newest publication is now available for pre-order!

I had always looked into the windows of the houses around the courtyard. In most windows, I saw people working and children playing. When the soldiers came, people began covering their windows, so I couldn’t see inside anymore.

But the tiny attic window of the narrow brick house behind Otto Frank’s business offices had no window shade. For a long time, the rooms were empty. Then one day, Otto’s whole family came to live there. They called their new home the Secret Annex…

This is a story of Anne Frank and her sister Margot, who loved a tree, and the tree who promised never to forget them.

"Sandy Eisenberg Sasso’s book represents a wonderful and important relationship with the world’s biggest and best children’s museum, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, which features one of the most unique permanent exhibitions on Anne Frank in the U.S. The Museum is proud of her work, and looks forward to generations of children and families enjoying this important story." - Dr. Jeffrey Patchen, president & CEO, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
"Rabbi Sasso’s book imagining what Anne Frank’s tree witnessed will engage the imaginations of generations of children to come while teaching about Anne and Margot Frank and the Holocaust." - Eva Mozes Kor, Holocaust survivor and founder of CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center
"Anne Frank would have turned 85 at the time of this inspiring publication by Sandy Eisenberg Sasso; yet she had her last glimpse of the tree that narrates the story in August 1944. Sasso does a wonderful job of looking through a child's eye, giving the reader a true perspective of what Anne described as the bare chestnut tree, on whose branches little raindrops shined, appearing like silver, in the winter of 1944, six months before she and the other occupants of the Secret Annex in Amsterdam were rounded up by the Gestapo." - Yvonne Simons, Executive Director, The Anne Frank Center USA

CREATION’S FIRST LIGHT (2014)

While there are many books of creation, few if any talk about the light of the first day and how it differs from the lights of the sun and the moon. Legend and imagination combine to tell the story of creation’s first light, what happened to it and the surprising places where we can still find it.

This is a beautifully illustrated creation story for children of all ages. Based on the first chapter in Genesis, it would be of particular interest to all those on a spiritual journey; libraries and schools; new parents, grandparents, and the entire family.

2013 Finalist for the National Jewish Book Award

"Sandy Sasso is known for her thoughtful books which tap into children’s natural spirituality. This beautifully written and il­lustrated picture book does not disappoint. The text integrates the days of creation and selected Bible stories to discuss how the light of creation and the light of the soul have been passed down through the generations.

The illustrations on each double-page spread are brightly colored, artistically designed, interpret the text and show move­ment. They are a treat for the eyes.

Suitable for families and children of all ages, this book is highly recommended. Parents will enjoy the discussions with children that this book will encourage and it is an excellent ad­dition to school and synagogue libraries. If you liked Sandy Sasso’s books God’s Paint Brush and In God’s Name, you will want to add this beautiful book to your collection." - Diane Levin Rauschwerger
"Since the"beginning of the beginning" of Torah study, people have often wondered what the first light of relation was. Many of us picture the impunity, of course, as the Torah states the God said, "Let there be light. God saw that the alight was good, and God separated the light from the darkness...and there was evening and morning that first day." (Genesis 1:3-5)
But moving along in the creation story, God creates the Light of the sun, moon, and stars on the fourth day (Genesis 1:14-19) which has puzzled us throughout he ages in the text. What is "Creation's First Light" exactly? To get to a truth, when dealing with such lofty concepts,e need to look toward poets and dreamers to hell our minds open and our spirits soar. We know this much - the Light is good.
And who better to take us on a journey of Midrahic imaginings than the poet Sandy Eisenberg Sasso with equally beautiful drawings by Joani Rothenberg. No need to go past the fourth day, as the artists take us on a journey from the point of light's creation to the light inside your eyes and hearts at this very moment. My six-year-old loved this book and I know that you will too. Don't get hung up on Biblical translations, this is about the journey of the Light inside all of us." - Jewish Book Council
"In Creation’s First Light, Sandy Sasso has drawn on one of the most beautiful Jewish myths, that of the light of the first day, and retold it in a wonderful way that children will never forget." - Howard Schwartz, author of Leaves from the Garden of Eden: One Hundred Classic Jewish Tales
"A beautiful story to help us remember that the original light of the creator shines in each and every one." - Eric Kimmel, author of Hershel And The Hannukah Goblins and the Golem’s Latkes

THE SHEMA IN THE MEZUZAH: LISTENING TO EACH OTHER (2012)


2012 National Jewish Book Award for Best Illustrated Children’s Book

In a divided world where the one who shouts the loudest often gets the most attention, a story about compromise and listening.

The townspeople have mezuzahs but cannot agree on how to put them up on their doorways. Should they place them horizontally or vertically, standing up or lying down? To end their arguing, they consult the wise rabbi of the town, who advises them to carefully read the Shema in the mezuzah to find the answer.

This lively tale, based on a twelfth-century rabbinic debate, introduces children ages 3 to 6 to the words of the Shema, the Jewish people s affirmation of faith, and the custom of putting up the mezuzah. A spirited disagreement over how to affix the mezuzah results in compromise and harmony when the townspeople learn to truly listen to one another.

Best-selling, award-winning children s author Sandy Eisenberg Sasso helps young people discover that there is often more than one solution to a problem, and that living together and creating home requires cooperation and listening to one another.

"A delightful and instructive tale with beautiful drawings." - Israel Drazin

BUT GOD REMEMBERED (2008)


“Best Book of the Year” –Publishers Weekly
“Best Book of he Year” – American Library Association’s Booklist
“Top Pick, Youth Religion Books” – American Library Association’s Booklist
A Children’s Book Council Not Just for Children Anymore! Selection

This lively collection of four stories gives voices and names to women from biblical and ancient times whom we seldom remember. But God Remembered imagines and remembers, and weaves the stories of:

Lilith, the first woman in the garden of Eden, and her determination to have men and women treat each other as equals; Serach, the musician, who, with her song, reveals to her grandfather Jacob that his son Joseph is still alive, and whose courage to speak out heals the wrongs of another generation; Bityah, who draws the baby Moses from the Nile and with a mother’s bravery encourages him to become who he will be, proving that taking a risk to do what’s right can change the world; the bold-spirited Daughters of Z, who struggle against discrimination with great daring–and extraordinary results.

But God Remembered is a modern reclaiming of the Bible, a celebration of courageous and wise women from ancient tradition. These stories invite children of all ages to remember, and to bring their own faith and dreams to life.

"Enriches our imagination and nurtures the seeds of remembrance planted by souls." - Dr. Elisabeth Schussler Fiorenza
"A charming re-embroidery of ancient and modern midrash." - Tikva Frymer-Kensky

BUTTERFLIES UNDER OUR HATS (2006)

Now available in paperback!

“Once there was a town called Chelm where there was no luck. If something could go wrong, it did. The roofs of the houses always leaked. The sidewalks were cracked. The gardens grew only weeds. Nothing was ever right.” So begins best-selling children’s author, Sandy Eisenberg Sasso (nearly 500,000 copies of her books are in print), in this charming, original story inspired by a Jewish folktale. Through her remarkable storytelling, Sandy Sasso has brought to life the mythical town of Chelm, and created another classic for reading aloud and discussing with children.

"Joani Rothenberg’s luminous illustrations are the perfect complement to a vibrant, inspiring story." - Eric Kimmel

ADAM & EVE’S NEW DAY (2006)

The abridged, board book version of “Adam and Eve’s First Sunset”

"What makes this book awesome is the illustrations. Also, although Adam and Eve are the main characters, it's not preachy or ostentatious so you could probably enjoy it even if Adam and Eve aren't part of your family's theological canon." - Katie Luther

I AM GOD’S PAINTBRUSH (2006)

The abridged, board book version of “God’s Paintbrush”

ABUELITA’S SECRET MATZAHS (2005)en Español


2005 Sugarman Family Children’s Book Award
2006 Best Book of Indiana in Children’s Literature Award

Abuelita’s Secret Matzahs tells the fascinating and little-known story of the Cryptojews, while illustrating the universal importance of faith for people of all religious denominations. Jacobo loves to visit his abuelita, his grandmother, especially at Easter time. But Abuelita has a big secret. During semana santa, Holy Week, his grandmother never makes bread, only tortillas made without yeast. She never eats pork, and she lights two candles on Friday nights. But whenever Jacobo asks her questions, she answers, “Ah, mijito, my child, it is the way of our family.” One day, Abuelita is finally ready to share her secret. “Sit with me on the porch. It is time to tell you the secret of our family . . .”

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"An outstanding example of children's literature. The characters are wonderfully written and it is beautifully illustrated." - Winner, 2006 Best Books of Indiana competition

GOD’S PAINTBRUSH (2004)

Selected as Outstanding by Parent Council
Special Merit Award, VBPA

For preschoolers—a first lesson in finding your place in God’s creation. This simple, beautiful book helps parents and children explore spirituality together by inviting children of all faiths and backgrounds to encounter God through everyday experience and the imagination.

Adapted from Sandy Eisenberg Sasso’s award-winning God’s Paintbrush, playful text and lively illustrations guide very young children in finding faith through colors, song, and dance. Preschoolers will delight in turning the sturdy pages and beginning the journey of finding joy and meaning in their world.

"I am a Preschool teacher in a Christian school. We have many children of different faith backgrounds that attend our school. Sandy Eisenberg Sasso has taken the topic of faith and made it possible to discuss with any person of any denomination, religion or culture.

The book is very thought provoking and allows children of all ages to think about God in a personal way; to realize that He has a unique relationship with each one of us. Each time I read one of her books to my class, the children respond to the messages from the heart. I recommend this book to any teacher, parent or caregiver." - Rita A. Colotti
"An excellent way to honor the imaginative breadth and depth of the spiritual life of the young." - Dr. Robert Coles, Harvard University

ADAM & EVE’S FIRST SUNSET: GOD’S NEW DAY (2003)

One of the “Best Spiritual Books of the Year” – Spirituality & Health Magazine

What will Adam and Eve do when the sun begins to set for the first time? Is it their fault? Does it mean that God is angry? Award-winning author Sandy Eisenberg Sasso has created another profound story—a beautiful recasting of the biblical tale of Adam and Eve in the Garden—for today’s children, their parents, and their teachers. This is the story of Adam and Eve’s first test of trust and faith and how they learned to find hope and light—even in the dark.

"This book is a reminder of how well Sandy Sasso knows the minds of children. But it may surprise—and delight—readers to find how well she knows grown-ups, too." - Marian Harris

NAAMAH, NOAH’S WIFE (2002)

The abridged, board book version of “Noah’s Wife: The Story of Naamah”

"This book is a gem for two reasons: the illustrations and the fact that it is a feminist retelling of a bible story that is appropriate for the youngest of readers and listeners. My 6 month old is fascinated with the illustrations. My only qualm is the whole idea of feeding the Noah story to preschoolers in any guise—it's a pretty harsh issue of theodicy even for us adults." - Katie Luther

NOAH’S WIFE: THE STORY OF NAAMAH (2002)

“Best Book of the Year” – Publishers Weekly

Previously titled, “A Prayer for Earth.” When God tells Noah to bring the animals of the world onto the ark, God also calls on Naamah, Noah’s wife, to save each plant on earth. In this new story, based on an ancient text, Naamah’s wisdom and love for the natural harmony of the earth inspires us to use our own courage, creativity and faith to carry out Naamah’s work today.

"A lovely tale…Children of all ages should be drawn to this parable for our time." - Tomie dePaloa

CAIN & ABEL: FINDING THE FRUITS OF PEACE (2001)

Cain and Abel were born into God’s garden called Earth, a world of bright days for working in their fields and peaceful nights to share the stories of their dreams. The first children, the first brothers, they were so much alike yet so different–Cain a shepherd, Abel a farmer.

They lived side by side, surrounded by trees where wonderful, exotic fruits of many kinds grew: everywhere orapples, rasdew, and banangerines ripened all on a single branch. The air was sweet with the smell of pinango, limeberry and waterloupe.

But jealousy, anger, and fear took all of this away. Cain and Abel’s happiness came to an end, and with it, the trees’ ability to grow these special fruits.

In a world often hurt by violence, this retold biblical story gives children and adults a starting point for discussing anger and its effects on those around us. By harnessing the power we have to deal with our emotions in positive ways, we can once again cultivate the fruits of peace–and change the world for the better.

"Sandy Eisenberg Sasso is a gifted writer, and once again has written a book that is beautifully done and inspirational. The book is timely, in that it tells about the destructiveness of anger but also the reality of hope. I recommend this book for all ages. It's a wonderful way to teach children but also to teach adults about the ramifications of their actions." - Kathleen S. Bostrom
"Extraordinary…In true Sasso fashion we are given the beautiful imagery. We need to envision a different ending to the continuing story of anger turned into violence." - Vivian Gussin Paley, author of The Kindness of Children

GOD SAID AMEN (2000)


One of the “Best Spiritual Books of the Year” – Spirituality & Health Magazine
Nautilus Award

Also titled, “A Tale of Two Mountains.” Water and oil, light and dark, summer rain and desert wind: In this fable of opposites, award-winning author Sandy Eisenberg Sasso shows children and adults of all faiths and backgrounds how self-centered actions affect people around us, and how by working together we can work with God-to create a better world.

"A beautiful story of sharing and interdependence, beautifully illustrated,…a favorite of our youngsters. Engaging…" - Jewish Book World

FOR HEAVEN’S SAKE (1999)

Selected as Outstanding by Parent Council

People said “for heaven’s sake” to Isaiah a lot. Everyone talked about heaven. “Thank heavens.” “Heaven forbid.” But no one would say what heaven was or where to find it. After his grandfather died Isaiah was told that Grandpa had gone to heaven. Isaiah wondered exactly where and what heaven was. He became determined to find out, and sought answers from many different people. In this charming story, award-winning author Sandy Eisenberg Sasso teaches that heaven is often found in the places where you least expect it.

"I delighted in Isaiah’s search and his discovery that heaven is just where it ought to be—where you’d least expect it. A warm and wise story for young and old alike." - Douglas Wood, author of Old Turtle

WHAT IN GOD’S NAME? (1999)

The abridged, board book version of “In God’s Name.”

"My baby loves this book, especially the pages with the mother and father. It manages to be diverse and inclusive without seeming stilted or preachy. Lovely little book." - Katie Luther

GOD IN BETWEEN (1998)


Visionary Award, Coalition of Visionary Retailers, Runner-Up

From award-winning author Sandy Eisenberg Sasso comes a new story to delight children and adults from all faiths and backgrounds. This is the magical, mythical tale of a poor village at the foot of a hill–a topsy-turvy town with no roads and no windows, where the people sneeze through tall weeds and trip over rocks as big as watermelons. Surely God would help them, they decide. But “how” can God be found? The story, grounded in Jewish wisdom, teaches that God can be found where we are.

"A God-inspired imagination is hard to find, but I found one of the best here. This book is just one more example of what God wants to say to us, regardless of our sectarian difference—it will bless our children." - Tony Campolo

IN GOD’S NAME (1994)en Español


Selected as Outstanding by Parent Council
Finalist, Hungry Mind Review Books of Distinction
Special Mention, New York Times Book Review
Selected by One Spirit/Book-of-the-Month Club
A Children’s Book Council, Not Just for Children Anymore! Selection

Everyone and everything in the world has a name. What is God s name? Like an ancient myth in its poetic text and vibrant illustrations, this modern fable about the search for God’s name celebrates the diversity and, at the same time, the unity of all the people of the world. Each seeker claims he or she alone knows the answer. Finally, they come together and learn what God’s name really is, sharing the ultimate harmony of belief in one God by people of all faiths, all backgrounds.

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"What a lovely, healing book" - Madeleine L’Engle
"Children are open and honest about what they believe. This is a wonderful book allowing us— especially adults—to see the many ways that God is revealed in this world. Through this beautifully illustrated and well-written children's book, we are able to see the "origins" of our different names for God. This is both a book of inclusion and a book of discovery. I have used this book with children and with adults—as children discover and adults re-discover the way God is revealed in our world. Enjoy!" - Janice