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7 fun Hanukkah Books to consider reading this holiday season with the family.
Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights, is a Jewish holiday that typically falls in December. In 2023, the holiday started at nightfall on December 7, 2023.
While there may not be as many Hanukkah books as there are for some other holidays, there are still several great books that celebrate the spirit of Hanukkah and its traditions.
“Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins” by Eric Kimmel
This is a delightful children’s Hanukkah book that tells the story of Hershel of Ostropol as he outwits a series of goblins who are trying to prevent Hanukkah celebrations.
Find Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins on Overdrive courtesy of your local library.
“The Chanukkah Guest” by Eric Kimmel
Another wonderful children’s Hanukkah book by Eric Kimmel, this story follows an old woman who mistakes a bear for a rabbi and invites him inside to celebrate Hanukkah.
“The Borrowed Hanukkah Latkes” by Linda Glaser
In this charming children’s Hanukkah book, Rachel’s family accidentally takes the neighbor’s potatoes, and in the spirit of Hanukkah, they decide to share their latkes.
Find The Borrowed Hanukkah Latkes on OverDrive with your local library.
“The Miracle of the First Poinsettia: A Mexican Christmas Story” by Joanne Oppenheim
This diverse book explores the cultural exchange between a Mexican girl and a Jewish family during the holiday season, touching on both Hanukkah and Christmas traditions.
“Oskar and the Eight Blessings” by Tanya Simon and Richard Simon
This heartwarming Hanukkah picture book tells the story of a young Jewish refugee arriving in New York City on the seventh night of Hanukkah and the unexpected kindness he experiences.
Find Oskar and the Eight Blessings on Overdrive.
“The Hanukkah Mice” by Ronne Randall
This is a sweet and simple Hannukah book for young children that tells the story of mice celebrating Hanukkah in a warm and cozy setting.
Read The Hanukkah Mice with your Kindle Unlimited paid membership.
“Queen of the Hanukkah Dosas” by Pamela Ehrenberg
This children’s Hanukkah book combines the traditions of Hanukkah with a South Indian celebration, creating a unique and heartwarming story about family and cultural diversity.
Find Queen of the Hanukkah Dosas on OverDrive.
Remember that the availability of books may vary, so it’s a good idea to check with local bookstores or libraries to find these titles. Whether you’re looking for books for children or families of all ages, these stories capture the spirit of Hanukkah and the values associated with the holiday.
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