The Babka Sisters

  • Interest Level: Preschool - Grade 2
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

The great babka bake-off is on! Esther and Hester’s new neighbor, Sylvester, will gladly be their babka tester, and decide which sister’s Babka is the best. With cat Lester and dog Chester, the new friends enjoy a delicious Shabbat.

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Interest Level Preschool - Grade 2
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Picture Books
Copyright 2023
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Kar-Ben Publishing ®
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2023-05-02
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV050000, JUV013070, JUV033020
Dewey [E]
Dimensions 10.625 x 8.875
Features Awards, Original artwork, Reviewed, and Starred Reviews

Author: Lesléa Newman

Leslea Newman has created 80 books for readers of all ages. Her awards include two National Jewish Book Awards, the Massachusetts Book Award, and the Sydney Taylor Body-of-Work Award. She lives in Holyoke, Massachusetts.

Illustrator: Tika and Tata Bobokhidze

Tika and Tata Bobokhidze are sisters—like the Babka Sisters! They live in the country of Georgia, and both have a passion for drawing. Their illustrations include many different techniques, using various colors and styles. Their work combines digital medium and hand-drawn textures.

Summer Constellations: 2023 Stars So Far

By Megan Ciskowski, Associate Publicist It’s time to look up and celebrate the stars! Keep reading to discover which 2023 titles have earned review recognition for excellence and quality from the first six months of the year. Picture Books The Babka Sisters Grade Level: PreK – 2Age… View →


  • Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC) Choices 2024, Winner, 2024
  • Winner of the Bookstagang Best of 2023 Picture Book Award, Best Future Classics, Winner, 2023


Children's Literature Comprehensive Database (CLCD)

“A fun, colorful story that inspires baking and friendship. Reviewer Rating: 5” —Children’s Literature

Kirkus Reviews

“Newman’s little culinary romp is infectiously happy and fun to read aloud. Detailed instructions for baking a babka are included. The steps are many; the results are delicious. Entertaining, lighthearted, and yummy.”―Kirkus Reviews


“This book’s ingredients of wordplay, dessert, and family combine smoothly into a delicious treat.”―starrred, Booklist

Jewish Book Council

“This sweet, tasty tale of bab­ka and love…is a fun read-aloud (per­haps best paired with some heav­en­ly babka).”―Jewish Book Council

Book Riot

“A cute, rhythmic picture book. A lot of fun to read aloud.”―Book Riot