Even before I had kids, I liked to collect picture books about the Jewish holidays. I would use them in the classroom and knew that one day I would have them for my children. For years my collection of books was rather sparse. Thankfully, these days more and more authors are creating, and publishers are printing books about holidays like Chanukah, Passover, Sukkot, Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and beyond.
The selection of Chanukah books is much, much smaller than those available for Christmas this time of year. Still, there are so many more Chanukah books compared to when I was a child. While quickly searching around the book case in NHL and JSL’s room, I found the following Chanukah books. These include board books, along with soft and hard cover books that we have received and/or purchased in the past.
- Eight Nights of Chanukah Lights – Dian Curtis Regan
- Where Is Baby’s Dreidel – Karen Katz
- Hanukkah Lights – Ben Lakner
- Rainbow Candles – A Hanukkah Counting Book – Myra Shostak
Hard and Soft cover books:
- Chanukah Lights Everywhere – Melissa Iwai
- Happy Hanukkah, Biscuit! – Alyssa Satin Capucilli
- Mrs. Greenberg’s Messy Hanukkah – Linda Glaser
- D is For Dreidel – A Hanukkah Alphabet Book – Tanya Lee Stone
- It’s a Miracle – A Hanukkah Storybook – Stephanie Spinner
Of course, we also have some new books that will be added to our collection at the start of Chanukah when we light our candles on December 1. Hanukkah Haiku by Harriet Ziefert came from the PJ Library. I bought Eight Wild Nights – A Family Hanukkah Tale by Brian P. Cleary and Hoppy Hanukkah! by Linda Glaser from a Scholastic Book Club flyer sent home from school.
I know we have many others, but I wanted to share some of our Chanukah book collection with everyone. Whether you are Jewish or not, it is a great idea to expose your children to other traditions.
So what have you read recently? Please be sure to link up to your Tuesday Tales and/or leave a comment below. Include something you read on your own, with a child or someone else. Tuesday Tales are all about spreading the love for books.
I love this! We have a ton of Chanukah books too. We just got some new ones from PJ Library as well, but my favorite is Latkes and Applesauce by Fran Manushkin.
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