So many Chanukah book to read for children of all ages…how do you choose from among them? It isn’t easy, but the folks at PJ Library are ready to help with “The Ultimate List of Children’s Books About Chanukah.” Here are a eight of the books culled from their long list.
Hanukkah: A Counting Book Written by Emily Sper Illustrated by Emily Sper AGES: 6 Months to 2 Years PUBLISHER: Scholastic, Inc. Count the number of candles lighted each night of Hanukkah in English,
Hebrew and Yiddish! Chanukah Lights Everywhere Written by Michael Rosen Illustrated by Melissa Iwai AGES: 2 to 3 Years, 3 to 4 Years PUBLISHER: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt A little boy counts the Hanukkah lights and, at the same time, considers all the light in the world around him.
Latke, the Lucky Dog Written by Ellen Fischer Illustrated by Tiphanie Beeke AGES: 4 to 5 Years PUBLISHER: Kar-Ben Publishing Latke the dog has just joined a new family -- on the first night of Hanukkah! He's lucky -- but it turns out he has to learn a few things in his new home. Will he be lucky enough to still be with the family by the eighth night of Hanukkah?
All-of-a-Kind Family Hanukkah Written by Emily Jenkins Illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky AGES: 5 to 6 Years PUBLISHER: Penguin Random House Remember the characters from the classic All-of-a-Kind series? They're back in this sweet picture book. Rejoin Ella, Henny, Sarah, Charlotte, and especially Gertie as this loving Lower East Side family prepares for a Hanukkah feast.
Jeremy's Dreidel Written by Ellie Gellman Illustrated by Judith Friedman AGES: 7 to 8 Years PUBLISHER: Kar-Ben Publishing At a dreidel-making workshop, Jeremy’s friends think he’s molding a secret code on his clay dreidel. But he’s really making a special gift for his father, who is blind. How will he get his friends to appreciate his special dreidel?
Hanukkah Cookies with Sprinkles Written by David A. Adler Illustrated by Jeff Ebbeler AGES: 6 to 7 Years PUBLISHER: Apples and Honey Press Sara and her family are getting ready for Hanukkah -- which means delicious foods, including cookies! But then she notices one man who doesn’t seem to eat much at all, let alone Hanukkah treats. Sara decides to try and help.
Like a Maccabee Written by Barbara Bietz Illustrated by Anita White AGES: 8+ Years PUBLISHER: Yotzeret Publishing Only one thing stands between victory for Ben and his soccer team: a school bully who torments Ben. Feeling misunderstood by those who love him most, Ben finds an unexpected friend in his grandfather.
Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins Written by Eric A. Kimmel Illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman AGES: 8+ Years PUBLISHER: Holiday House Hershel finds a way to outwit the goblins that haunt the village synagogue and are keeping the villagers from celebrating Hanukkah. Sign up for free Jewish children's books