Hanukkah Book Recommendations
Hanukkah this year starts tomorrow, December 22, and lasts through December 30. To celebrate, we are sharing our top 5 favorite children's books about Hanukkah! These books are great for all children, even those who do not celebrate Hanukkah. Exposing children to different holidays is a great way to promote acceptance of people who believe in different religions. Even if you have different beliefs and follow a different religion, knowledge of others is important for creating peace and acceptance in this world. We want to wish everyone who is celebrating a very Happy Hanukkah! Feel free to Comment below with your favorite Hanukkah books!
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The Story of Hanukkah, by David A. Adler, is an informative book about the origins of Hanukkah. It is a great book for educating children about why people celebrate this holiday. It is written with simple sentences and modified vocabulary so it is easier for children to understand. The beautiful pictures help to tell the story. At the end of the book, it also has some directions for traditional Hanukkah traditions, like how to make latkes (potato pancakes) and how to play dreidel!
Hanukkah Bear is written by Eric A. Kimmel and follows the adventures of a big, brown bear. In this book, a bear smells latkes coming from the village. He follows the scent to an elderly lady's home. The lady has poor vision and hearing and assumes the bear is the rabbi and invites the bear in to celebrate Hanukkah with her. When the bear leaves, the rabbi comes and they have to figure out who ate all the latkes! This is a humorous book for all children that introduces the traditions of Hanukkah.
Latke, the Lucky Dog is written by Ellen Fischer. It is another book that describes the traditions of Hanukkah in a fun way for children. In this book, a family adopts a dog, Latke, on the first day of Hanukkah. Latke misbehaves and has to learn how to behave during all the Hanukkah traditions. Throughout the book, he reminds himself that he is a lucky dog to have such a wonderful family!
Little Red Ruthie: A Hanukkah Tale is a book written by Gloria Koster. Ruthie is ready to go to her grandma's house to celebrate Hanukkah. She packs up a basket with sour cream and applesauce to go with her grandma's latkes. On her way, she goes through the forest and runs into a wolf. She has to convince the wolf that latkes taste better than she does! It is a sweet, basic story about the traditions of Hanukkah. At the end of the book, there is a recipe to make Ruthie's potato latkes!
How Do Dinosaurs Say Happy Chanukah? is a book by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague. It is a great book that follows the same pattern as the other How Do Dinosaurs...? books. This book starts with dinosaurs misbehaving during Chanukah traditions, like fidgeting during the menorah blessing, blowing out the Hanukkah candles and writing their names on all the presents. The book ends with the dinosaurs learning appropriate behavior during Hanukkah celebrations such as sharing the dreidel, singing along with the prayers and spending time with family. It is a light-hearted and funny book that teaches children's about the traditions of Hanukkah!
Disclosure: We are not sponsored by any of these book authors or publishers. We are simply sharing our favorite books and providing links to Amazon in case you are interested 😊