BKLYN Kids Presents: Hanukkah Books to Feast Upon


Hanukkah Books to Feast Upon 

The year 2013 was a special year as the first night of Hanukkah coincided with Thanksgiving. Although the two holidays do not fall on exactly the same night this year, Hanukkah celebrants this year are looking forward to turkey and pie, followed by latkes and donuts in the same long weekend.

Here are some Hanukkah books that are worth checking out after feasting on all your holiday favorite foods:

Book Cover: Meet the Latkes
Meet the Latkes written by Alan Silberberg

Meet the Latke Family. They are just like your family, but they are potato pancakes...and they get a little mixed up with the details of Hanukkah. Fans of Mo Willems' Piggie and Elephant series and Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein will love this must-read-out-loud Hanukkah book that attempts to tell the story of Hanukkah.

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Book Cover: The Golden Dreidel
The Golden Dreidel/The Golden Dreydlwritten by Ellen Kushner, illustrated by Kevin Keele

Although dozens of Hanukkah books exist for young readers, older readers deserve a great Hanukkah book, too. Luckily, this magical middle grade Hanukkah book fits the bill. Sara is celebrating Hanukkah with her family when a mysterious relative named Tante Miriam shows up with a special gift: a golden dreidel as a big as a book! When everyone goes to sleep, the dreidel turns into a free-spirited girl with golden hair who teleports Sara to a magical land of Demon kings and heroes from Jewish folklore. Fans of fantasy classics like Coraline, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and The Phantom Tollbooth will feel at home with The Golden Dreidel. 

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Book Cover: Nathan Blows Out the Hanukkah Candles
Nathan Blows Out the Hanukkah Candles written by Tami Lehman-Wilzig and Nicole Katzman, illustrated by Jeremy Tugeau

When Jacob's mom invites Steven and his family over to light the candles for Hanukkah, Jacob is worried his brother, Nathan, will embarrass him in front of his new friend. Nathan has autism and has trouble deciphering the traditions of blowing out candles on a birthday cake from watching the candles melt on the Hanukkah menorah. Thanks to Nathan, the two families will create a new Hanukkah tradition that everyone will want to continue!

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Book Cover: Hanukkah Moon
Hanukkah Moon written by Deborah de Costa, illustrated by Gosia Mosz

Because Judaism follows a lunar calendar, Hanukkah observers know that the sky will only show a sliver of the moon on the first night of Hanukkah, and a new moon (a pitch black sky) by the eighth night. In this coming-of-age story, Isobel will learn all about the Hanukkah moon from her Aunt Luisa, a newly arrived immigrant from Mexico.  Aunt Luisa hangs a Feliz Januca banner over the fireplace and has a giant pinata in the shape of a dreidel! She also tells Isobel they will be celebrating the Hanukkah Moon. Is that like a blue moon or a man on the moon? This picture book for older readers glimpses into feminist Latin-Jewish Hanukkah traditions.

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Book Cover: Hershel & the Hanukkah Goblins
Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins written by Eric A. Kimmel, illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman

The delightful story relates how Hershel outwits the goblins that haunt the old synagogue and prevent the village people from celebrating Hanukkah..

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Book Cover: The Trees of the Dancing Goats
The Trees of the Dancing Goatswritten and illustrated by Patricia Polacco

During a scarlet fever epidemic one winter in Michigan, a Jewish family helps make Christmas special for their sick neighbors by making their own Hanukkah miracle. Based on a memory from the author's childhood.

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Book Cover: Oskar and the Eight Blessings
Oskar and the Eight Blessingswritten by Tanya and Richard Simon, illustrated by Mark Siegel

A young Jewish refugee from Nazi Germany arrives in New York City on the seventh night of Hanukkah and receives small acts of kindness while exploring the city.

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Book Cover: How Do Dinosaurs Say Happy Chanukah
How Do Dinosaurs Say Happy Chanukah?written by Jane Yolen, illustrated by Mark Teague

Illustrations and rhyming text present some of the different ways a well-behaved dinosaur can celebrate the eight days and nights of Chanukah.

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Book Cover: Chanukah Lights Everywhere
Chanukah Lights Everywhere!written by Michael J. Rosen, illustrated by Melissa Iwai

A young boy counts the candles on the family menorah and the lights he sees in the world around him on each night of Hanukkah. Includes information on the history and significance of the celebration.

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Book Cover: Mrs. Greenberg's Messy Hanukkah
Mrs. Greenberg's Messy Hanukkahwritten by Linda Glaser, illustrated by Nancy Cote

When Rachel makes latkes with her friend Mrs. Greenberg, the project turns out to be a very messy one. Includes a recipe for latkes.

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Book Cover: When Mindy Saved Hanukkah
When Mindy Saved Hanukkahwritten by Eric Kimmel, illustrated by Barbara McClintock.

Jewish family living behind the wall of a synagogue must battle a frightening cat if they want candles for their Hanukkah menorah..

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Book Cover: Hanukkah at Valley Forge
Hanukkah at Valley Forgewritten by Stephen Krensky, illustrated by Greg Harlin

During the Revolutionary War, a Jewish soldier from Poland lights the menorah on the first night of Hanukkah and tells General George Washington the story of the Maccabees and the miracle that Hanukkah celebrates. Based on factual events.

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Book Cover:It's a Miracle! A Hanukkah Storybook
It's a Miracle! A Hanukkah Storybookwritten by  Stephanie Spinner, illustrated by Jill McElmurry

Every night of Hanukkah Grandma tells a story at bedtime. Includes the Hanukkah legend, blessings, and a glossary.

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Book Cover: Latke, the Lucky Dog
Latke, the Lucky Dogwritten by Ellen Fischer, illustrated by Tiphanie Beeke

A family rescues a dog from a shelter during Hanukkah, and the pup proceeds to create holiday hijinks as he gets used to his new home.

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