Hanukkah Books for the Family
Hanukkah starts in two weeks. Here are some books to get your celebration started!
Latke was rescued from an animal shelter on the first night of Hanukkah. He feels really lucky until he gets in all sorts of trouble. He eats the Hanukkah treats, tears the presents, chews up one of the dreidels… But slowly, Latke figures out the rules in his new house.
Mindy and her family are very small (inches tall). They live behind the walls of the Eldridge Street Synagogue. In order to get ready for Hanukkah, someone must go into the synagogue to grab a candle. Papa is hurt so it is up to Mindy to get it. She will be successful, but first she must journey far into the synagogue and escape a hungry cat.
Steve Satlow is a Jewish boy who loves baseball and he especially loves Jackie Robinson. When Jackie Robinson and his family move into his neighborhood, Steve is really excited. He even gets to help the Robinsons decorate their Christmas tree. When Steve tells them his family doesn’t have a tree, Jackie, wanting to be kind, buys one for them. What will the Satlows do now? This is a true story.
It is almost Hanukkah when two brothers travel all alone to Palestine, where their older brother lives. They travel by cart, train, and finally ship, through a number of trials and dangers. Along the way they keep their spirits up by telling the story of Hanukkah and lighting their grandmother’s lamp. The lamp has only enough oil to last for a single night, but it recreates the Hanukkah miracle by providing enough light for most of the journey. This is a lovely story.
Each night of Chanukah, a boy counts the candles on the menorah. He also counts the lights he sees in his home and neighborhood. This book includes information on the history and significance of the celebration.
Each night of Hanukkah, after Owen lights the menorah, his Grandma tells him a bedtime story. Each night it’s a different story with a different character – each one seems both new and oddly familiar.
Moishe is a milkman who is kind to everyone in his poor village. When he receives a magic frying pan that produces an unlimited supply of Hanukkah latkes, he feeds his neighbors and changes his wife’s heart.
During a Michigan winter, there’s a scarlet fever epidemic in town. A Jewish family helps make Christmas special for their sick neighbors by making their own Hanukkah miracle.
At the last minute, the guest list for the Hanukkah party went from 9 to 17. How will Rachel’s mama feed all of them? Their next door neighbor is generous with all they need, but now Rachel must convince her to join their party. This is a wonderfully warm story.