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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

25+ Picture Books for Hanukkah, Chanukkah, Hanukah, and Chanukah

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The great thing about Hanukkah books is that they're supposed to be full of miracles and the unbelievable. So don't even have to think twice when latkes get up to walk away or an old woman thinks a bear is a human or a polar bear decides NOT to eat a lonely traveler for lunch.

I've grouped these books for older kids and younger kids, but it really depends on the maturity of the child, so mix and match!  I've started with the ones for older kids and sort of worked back.

Chanukah and Hanukkah books for elementary aged kids:

Simon is saved rather than eaten by a polar bear. The pictures in this book are just beautiful:

Simon and the Bear: A Hanukkah Tale


Bears are well represented in Chanukah books. And Hanukkah books. In this story, Bubba Brayna doesn't realize her guest is a bear:

The Chanukkah Guest



Latkes taste even better after they've gotten their heart rate up running around all over town:

The Runaway Latkes



The basic story from beginning to end:

The Story of Hanukkah




A goblin gives Jacob special dreidels, but first he has to foil Fruma Sarah's plans to steal them:



The Magic Dreidels: A Hanukkah Story



Kids who like scary books will love Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins by Eric Kimmel. It's a Caldecott Honor book too!



Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins

Zigazak also by Eric Kimmel has goblins and stuff but isn't as scary:



Zigazak! A Magical Hanukkah Night

Moishe's Miracle by Laura Melmed isn't even a little scary and has a nice moral and all.



Moishe's Miracle: A Hanukkah Story

The nice thing about this one is that it weaves quite a lot of the actual Hanukkah story into the picture book:

Grandma's Latkes

Nothing ever seems to go as planned whenever a golem gets involved. This one is sort of a Jewish Strega Nona:

The Golem's Latkes


A really neat book suitable for preschoolers and up that shows how olives go from the tree to olive oil:


Harvest of Light

A book with very cool photographs in which a Hanukkah menorah is made from sea life:


Menorah Under the Sea

An engineer is lost on Hanukkah but makes friends and discoveries:


Engineer Ari and the Hanukkah Mishap

Jodie discovers that she's old enough to be of use on an archeological dig:


Jodie's Hanukkah Dig

A Hanukkah story in which a boy learns to deal with his feelings about his autistic brother's sometimes difficult behaviors:


Nathan Blows Out the Hanukkah Candles

A boy makes a dreidel for his blind father:


Jeremy's Dreidel (Hanukkah)


Caleb's Hanukkah
Caleb describes how his family celebrates Hanukkah with four "chapters" worth of information. What's nice about this book is that many of the pages have little sidebars with even more information, so it can be adjusted up or down depending on the child's comprehension and interest.



Hanukkah and Chanukah books for preschoolers (and even younger):


Your basic, informative Hanukkah book, lots of information presented for the littlest kids:

My First Hanukkah Board Book



It's the dreidel song, but with Winnie the Pooh. It's not the greatest, but still...it has Winnie the Pooh and a song.

Disney's Winnie the Pooh and the Hanukkah Dreidel 



Chanukah Bugs is a fun pop up for the little ones...


Chanukah Bugs: A Pop-up Celebration (Bugs in a Box Books)

This is another fun one for the little bitties:



Hanukkah Lights, Hanukkah Nights


A simple celebratory story that shows most of the traditions with just a sentence or two on most pages, the menorah narrates the story while getting brighter and brighter each night!

Hooray for Hanukkah!



This one has cute, fun rhymes:

The Hanukkah Hop!



There seem to be a few Hanukkah books with mice in them. This one has a little mouse family that finds a dollhouse Chanukah gift to be just the right size:

The Hanukkah Mice


More mice in this book. It's the Hanukkah Oh Hanukkah song set to pictures, but they're really nice pictures:
Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah



A little boy and his family find something new each night:

Chanukah Lights Everywhere



A little dog has a tough time fitting into his new family but has a nice Hanukkah anyway:

Latke, the Lucky Dog



Rachel's neighbor is as stubborn as she is, so she has to really think hard to get her elderly neighbor to join in the Hanukkah festivities:

The Borrowed Hanukkah Latkes



Never too many latkes:

Lots of Latkes: A Hanukkah Story



Dinosaurs come to every Jewish holiday. Of course.

Dinosaur On Hanukkah



And so does Sammy Spider:

Sammy Spider's First Hanukkah 

If you're looking for more Hanukkah posts, I have:




1 comment:

Alison Edelstein said...

We have some of these books at our house! What a great list! Thanks for sharing at the Thoughtful Spot Blog Hop! :)

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