With Hanukkah quickly approaching, I thought some books about the holiday would be appropriate. We are not Jewish, but I do enjoy teaching my kids about other holidays and traditions.
Hanukkah Moon by Deborah da Costa.
This book is specifically about Rosh Hodesh, which is the the first night of the new moon. They introduce some classic Hanukkah symbols such as the Hanukkiah (menorah), the dreidel and latkes. A few Spanish words are also introduced! The pictures are beautiful and it is very well written!
The Hanukkah Hop by Erica Silverman
Upbeat, colorful, and rhyming. The books brings Hanukkah to light in a very fun way. The illustrations are so bright and colorful! And combined with the rhyming, this book is so entertaining! They introduce many Yiddish and Hanukkah words, and briefly go over the Hanukkah story!
The Chanukkah Guest by Eric A. Kimmel
This story doesn’t have a lot to do with Hanukkah, but it’s such a cute story anyway! An old woman is preparing latkes for a visit from the Rabbi. She ends up mistaking a bear for the Rabbi and the bear eats all the latkes!
Hanukkah at Valley Forge by Stephen Krensky
Based on facts, this story is about George Washington meeting a polish soldier on the first night of Hanukkah. The soldier tells the story of Hanukkah and Washington relates to it.
Our Eight Nights of Hanukkah by Michael J. Rosen
This book goes through Hanukkah traditions for each of the 8 nights of Hanukkah. It’s an endearing story of traditions central to the holiday, and special traditions just for that family.
On Hanukkah by Cathy Goldberg Fishman
This is a pretty simple book with beautiful illustrations. It tells the story of Hanukkah and traditions in a wonderfully simple way that is perfect for the younger kids.
Hanukkah The Festival of Lights by Jenny Koralek
This book tells the story of Hanukkah in more detail than most kids books. It is very factual and concise, but is a great learning tool for kids to know the meaning behind the holiday!
Latkes, Latkes Good to Eat by Naomi Howland
A cute story about a girl who is taking care of her 4 younger brothers, this story adds in a bit of magic to the Hanukkah story. It’s a fun book about a kind hearted family who give all they have and help others despite needing help themselves.
How Do Dinosaurs Say Happy Chanukkah? by Jane Yolen
I’m cheating a bit with this book, because it was already checked out from the library. We have read almost all of the other “How Do Dinosaurs…” books though, so I’m going out on a limb to recommend this one.
I have personally read all of these books and only recommend books that I feel are appropriate. If you have any suggestions please leave a comment so I can check it out!