Since Hanukkah starts this Sunday, December 2, I put together a list of recommended Hanukkah books! Some of these were favorite books of mine that I used to use in my classroom, and others came wonderfully recommended from my friend Lauren (from Happily Ever Elephants) or the wonderful reviewers at The Horn Book. So, here you go— 6 wonderful books to help you get ready for Hanukkah!(Hopefully this gives you time to get your hands on some of these if you want them…).
**Hanukkah Hamster by Michelle Markel— Published in September of this year, Hanukkah Hamster is a delightfully sweet story of finding family and sharing traditions during the busy holiday season. This is definitely a new book worth checking out!
**Light the Menorah! A Hanukkah Handbook by Jacqueline Jules— An informational handbook of Hanukkah, Jules teaches readers about the history, rituals, blessings and reflections for each night, and games, songs, food, and crafts for an 8-day celebration!
**All-of-a-Kind Family Hanukkah by Emily Jenkins— Anyone who loves the All-of-a-Kind Family series will delight in this Hanukkah story. Anyone who has felt too small to help or is the youngest in the family will also identify with the main character here! Includes a glossary and info about the original series, the neighborhood, and Hanukkah.
**Hanukkah Bear by Eric Kimmel— A light and humorous story of mistaken identity. Though both the story and illustrations will make young readers giggle, we do get snippets of information about Hanukkah prayers, the dreidel game, and latkes. Kimmel includes a recipe for latkes and the history of Hanukkah and its contemporary celebrations.
**The Dreidel That Wouldn’t Spin: A Toyshop Tale of Hanukkah by Martha Seif Simpson— The story of the most beautiful dreidel ever made, for sale in a toy shop. Unfortunately, it will only spin for children have the true spirit of Hanukkah in their hearts. Includes informational notes on Hanukkah, dreidels, and the Hebrew letters on the dreidels and their meanings.
**Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins by Eric Kimmel— A long-time favorite to read during Hanukkah or during a Caldecott study, Kimmel tells the story of Hershel outsmarting the King of the Goblins and his band of followers so that the people of the nearby village can celebrate Hanukkah safely and happily. Not quite as educational as some of the books above, this will still be a delightful read for all ages.
What are your favorite books about Hanukkah?
Up tomorrow, a LONG list of our current favorite Christmas reads!