Celebrating Hanukkah with Books

Celebrating Hanukkah with Books

Hanukkah starts November 27. Here are some terrific books to enjoy.

The Story of Hanukkah by David A. Adler, illustrated by Jill Weber

This nicely illustrated book tells the history of Hanukkah. It tells of the battle of a small band of Jews (known as Maccabees) against the armies of King Antiochus IV. It tells more about the Jews’ fight for religious freedom than of the miracle of the oil. The last pages have a latke recipe and directions for playing the dreidel game.


Hanukkah by Josie Keogh (sorry, no link)

This early
reader gives clear, colorful photos of families celebrating different parts of
Hanukkah. Each photo is joined with a single sentence. It would be a good book
for readers who already know about Hanukkah.


The Hanukkah Mice by Steven Kroll, illustrated by
Michelle Shapiro

When Rachel
got a dollhouse on the first night of Hanukkah, a mouse family was very
interested. They played that night in the house after Rachel was asleep. Each
night, Rachel got one more piece of furniture as a gift and each night, the mouse family
delighted in being in the house. But where were the latkes and other food
coming from?


This is the Dreidel by Abby Levine, illustrated by Paige

Max and his
little sister, Ruth, are getting ready for the Festival of Lights celebration
by shining the menorah and choosing the candles. They take part in of
traditional activities, including playing dreidel, singing songs, eating
latkes, and listening to Grandpa read the story of Hanukkah.


Hanukkah Crafts by Karen E. Bledsoe

There are 10
Hanukkah crafts to try, including a dreidel mobile, Hanukkah magnets, holiday
cards, and a Star of David ornament. The last pages include patterns, a
glossary, a bibliography, and websites.


Light the Candles: A
Hanukkah Lift-the-Flap Book

by Joan Holub, illustrated by Lynne Cravath

The kids in
this book light candles in the menorah, open presents, eat latkes and chocolate
coins, play the dreidel game, and more. Each candle is introduced by a simple


Caleb’s Hanukkah by Lisa Bullard, illustrated by Constanza

Caleb and
his family celebrate Hanukkah by cooking, sharing Hanukkah history, getting together
with family, and playing the dreidel game. A dreidel craft, a glossary, and
resources are at the end.


Hershel and the
Hanukkah Goblins
Eric Kimmel, illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman

A bunch of
goblins are haunting an old synagogue and preventing the village people from
celebrating Hanukkah. Hershel comes along and tricks the goblins, saving
Hanukkah. This would be a great read-aloud, especially if someone is good at
scary voices.


Papa’s Latkes by Michelle Edwards, illustrated by
Stacey Schuett

It’s the
first Hanukkah since Mama died. Two little girls and Papa try to make latkes
and celebrate without her. The latkes aren’t like Mama’s but they help the
three feel close to her and each other.


Hanukkah Lights selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins,
illustrated by Melanie Hall

lively short poems by different poets help celebrate Hanukkah. The pictures
perfectly match the poems.


Hanukkah at Valley
Stephen Krensky, illustrated by Greg Harlin

This is
quite a beautiful book. It tells the story of General George Washington’s
conversation with a Jewish soldier on the first night of Hanukkah. The soldier
told Washington the story of the Maccabees and the miracle that Hanukkah
celebrates. It is said to be based on actual events.


One Yellow Daffodil by David A. Adler, illustrated by
Lloyd Bloom

Hanukkah, two children help a flower seller to once again embrace his religious
traditions. This story deals with the Holocaust in a sensitive way through its
lovely story and characters you’d like to meet.


By the Hanukkah
 by Sheldon Oberman, illustrated by
Neil Waldman

grandfather tells about Hanukkah during World War II, when his family was forced
to celebrate behind locked doors and closed curtains. The illustrations are
cheerful and warm.


One Candle by Eve Bunting, illustrated by
K. Wendy Popp

Grandma and
her sister tell the story of their Hanukkah while they were in a German
concentration camp. The way they created a candle is just lovely.

and Stella and the Perfect Gift
Dara Goldman

This is a Hanukkah-Christmas story. Jewish Boris and Christian Doris are best friends. They each sell something of their own to get the money to buy a gift for the other. This is a lovely story.

What are some of your favorite Hanukkah books? Please write them in the Comments Box!


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