Thematic Reading List: Celebrate Hanukkah
These six books celebrating Hanukkah have been published within the last ten years and are a beautiful addition to reading collections and Hanukkah festivities.
|Is it Hanukkah Yet?
By: Chris Barash
Illustrated by: Alessandra Psacharopulo
From snow on the ground to making applesauce and latkes to lighting the menorah, this story shows the seasonal and traditional ways we know Hanukkah is on its way.
By: Eric A. Kimmel
Illustrated by: Mike Wohnoutka
On the first night of Hanukkah, Old Bear wanders into Bubba Brayna’s house and receives a delicious helping of potato latkes when she mistakes him for the rabbi. Includes a recipe for latkes.
|The Dreidel That Wouldn’t Spin: a toyshop tale of Hanukkah
By: Martha Seif Simpson
Illustrated by: Durga Bernhard
The most beautiful dreidel a shopkeeper has ever seen will not spin for the two children who insist they must own it, but perhaps it would spin for a child with the true spirit of Hanukkah in his heart.
|Hanukkah in Alaska
By: Barbara Brown
Illustrated by: Stacey Schuett
A little girl describes the short, harsh days of winter in Alaska and her efforts to keep a moose from destroying trees and the swing in her back yard, which she finally succeeds in doing with the help of a Hanukkah treat. Includes facts about Hanukkah and the aurora borealis.
|A Hanukkah with Mazel
By: Joel Edward Stein
Illustrated by: Elisa Vavouri
Misha has no one to celebrate Hanukkah with until he discovers a hungry cat in his barn. The lucky little cat inspires Misha to turn each night of Hanukkah into something special.
|Hanukkah Cookies with Sprinkles
By: David Adler
Illustrated by: Jeffrey Ebbeler
Sara learns about the Jewish tradition of tzedakah when she shares food with a hungry stranger.