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Hanukkah Books for Children- Ten Favorites for a Special Holiday

by Karen Gallagher
A great way to spend time with your family during the holiday is to read entertaining children's Hanukkah books together.  You may already have some nice Hanukkah books on your bookshelf, but it is always nice to add new titles to your collection.


To keep your children’s interest, seek out Hanukkah books with the meaning of the holiday interwoven in fun, spirited stories that they will want to read over and over again.


Here is a list of ten favorite Hanukkah books that children will surely enjoy:


(1)   Mrs. Greenberg’s Messy Hanukkah by Linda Glaser- Rachel is eager to start celebrating Hanukkah, so she pays a visit to Mrs. Greenberg, her elderly neighbor, to help make latkes.  In no time, Mrs. Greenberg’s normally pristine kitchen is a big mess with egg, flour and oil all over the place. Rachel and her parents are worried that Mrs. Greenberg will be upset, but in fact she is thrilled that her home is filled with so much activity and warmth.
(2)   Moishe’s Miracle by Laura Krauss Melmed- In a unique and mysterious Hanukkah story, Moishe has received a frying pan from a stranger that produces hundreds of plump, delicious latkes. The one catch- only Moishe can see it. No one knows what will happen if someone else uses the frying pan!
(3)   The Hanukkah Mice by Ronne Randall- Young children will love opening the flaps to discover the shiny foiled pictures of different Hanukkah traditions on every page.  The Hanukkah Mice is an endearing story right to the very end when the menorah with eight bright candles is revealed.
(4)   Runaway Dreidel! by Leslea Newman- A magic dreidel comes to life and takes a little boy on an adventure through city streets and country roads.  The Hanukkah tradition of spinning a dreidel takes on a whole new meaning in this fun story.
(5)   Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins by Eric Kimmel- In this Caldecott Honor Book, Hershel outsmarts the goblins haunting the synagogue so that the town people can celebrate Hanukkah again.
(6)   The Borrowed Hanukkah Latkes by Linda Glaser- A nice companion to Mrs. Greenberg’s Messy Hanukkah, Rachel needs to borrow potatoes from Mrs. Greenberg after her family has run out of latkes.  Rachel then invites a very stubborn and lonely Mrs. Greenberg to join her large family in a festive Hanukkah celebration.
(7)   When Mindy Saved Hanukkah by Eric Kimmel- The miniature Klein family lives behind the walls of a synagogue.  Right before Hanukkah, Mindy’s father gets injured, so she sets out to face some over-sized obstacles to bring home a candle for the menorah herself.
(8)   The Runaway Latkes by Leslie Kimmelman- Three rambunctious latkes leap from Rebecca Bloom’s frying pan and lead her on a wild chase through town.  A growing crowd joins Rebecca in her pursuit and they witness a miracle when the latkes land in Applesauce River.
(9)   Eight Wild Nights: A Family Hanukkah Tale by Brian Cleary- Children will relate to the preparations of a large family getting ready to celebrate Hanukkah together.

(10) It’s a Miracle! A Hanukkah Storybook by Stephanie Spinner- A collection of   eight short stories, one for each night of Hanukkah, reflect the miracle in different ways.  These silly, imaginary and inspiring stories will capture the attention of children and teach them about a sense of faith.


Any of these highly entertaining and inspirations Hanukkah books would make a great addition to your home.  Start a tradition of reading new Hanukkah books each year with your children.  The lessons and values taught through these stories are wonderful, and the time you spend sharing them with your children is invaluable.

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