Happy Hanukkah to those of you who celebrate the Festival of Lights! Why not commemorate the season with the gift of books, or rather, books introducing Hanukkah to your young children? From straight non-fiction to humor to animal stories, there are many different kinds of books for young readers that explore the holiday of Hanukkah. I asked some of my librarian, teacher and blogger friends to recommend their favorite Hanukkah stories to share with the children in their lives, and here is what they said:
(All synopses are taken from the respective publisher’s web site.)
Age 7 and Up
Eight Winter Nights: A Family Hanukkah Book by Laura Krauss Melmed, illustrated by Elisabeth Schlossberg “Moishe's Miracle author Laura Krauss Melmed and illustrator Elisabeth Schlossberg celebrate Hanukkah in joyful action rhymes, festive poems, and exuberant scenes of family life. From traditional holiday foods to the story of the Maccabees, they capture the warm sights, sounds, and tastes of this wintertime festival.”
Holidays Around the World: Celebrate Hanukkah: With Light, Latkes, and Dreidels by Deborah Heligman “In Celebrate Hanukkah Deborah Heiligman welcomes readers to a holiday celebrated by Jewish communities around the world. The vivid photography of National Geographic illustrates the joyous celebrations of Jewish people around the world — including Ghana, Uganda, India, Israel, Peru, the United States and Poland, as they light menorahs, spin dreidels, and make latkes.
The richly informative back matter details many facts, such as the story of U.S. astronaut Jeffrey Hoffman, who brought a menorah and a dreidel on his Space Shuttle mission in 1993. Hoffman observed the traditional spinning of the dreidel, but wisely left the menorah unlit in the proximity of several thousand liters of rocket fuel! Also included are the author's sure-to-please latke recipe, Hanukkah blessings, and a Hanukkah song.”
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