Monday, December 19, 2011

Hanukkah Books for the Family: Part 1

As a Christian, I've had only a little exposure to books about Hanukkah. Researching for this week’s and next week’s Books post has been a real treat. I hope you enjoy the books I’ve chosen!

Chanukah Lights Everywhere by Michael J. Rosen
Each night of Chanukah, a boy counts the candles on the menorah and then the lights he sees in his home and neighborhood. This book also includes information on the history and significance of the celebration.

It’s a Miracle! A Hanukkah Storybook by Stephanie Spinner, illustrated by Jill McElmurry
Each night of Hanukkah, after Owen lights the menorah, his Grandma tells him a bedtime story. Each night it’s a different story with a different character. And each story seems both new and oddly familiar.

Moishe’s Miracle by Laura Krauss Melmed, illustrated by David Slonin
Moishe is a milkman who is kind to everyone in his poor village. When he receives a magic frying pan that produces an unlimited supply of Hanukkah latkes, he feeds his neighbors and changes his wife’s heart.

The Trees of the Dancing Goats by Patricia Polacco
During a Michigan winter, there’s a scarlet fever epidemic in town. A Jewish family helps make Christmas special for their sick neighbors by making their own Hanukkah miracle.

Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins by Eric Kimmel, illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman
A bunch of goblins are haunting an old synagogue and preventing the village people from celebrating Hanukkah. Hershel comes along and tricks the goblins, saving Hanukkah. This would be a great read-aloud, especially if someone is good at scary voices.

Papa’s Latkes by Michelle Edwards, illustrated by Stacey Schuett
It’s the first Hanukkah since Mama died. Two little girls and Papa try to make latkes and celebrate without her. The latkes aren’t like Mama’s but they help the three feel close to her and each other.

Hanukkah Lights selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins, illustrated by Melanie Hall
Twelve lively short poems by different poets help celebrate Hanukkah. The pictures perfectly match the poems.

Did you enjoy these books? Check back next Monday for more! And please, let me know about other Hanukkah books by writing them in the Comments box!

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