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Eight Children's Books for Celebrating the Eight Days of Hanukkah

Updated: Jan 14

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These eight picture books are perfect for celebrating the eight days of Hanukkah. From adventures to cookies to heart felt sweet lyrical tales, these eight books have something for every reader.


"At this time of year, when the sun is most hidden, the holiday of Hanukkah celebrates the rays of hope and light. Often, it is through simple and unrecognized miracles that we are able to feel the warmth of hope and light." ~ Rafael Goldstein


A cat and dog create a Hanukkah miracle, just in the nick of time in this updated reissue of the beloved holiday classic.


The Menashes love latkes and applesauce during Hanukkah. But a blizzard begins and erases any hope that they'll harvest potatoes and apples in time. When a stray cat and dog show up, there's not a lot of food to offer them, but kindness prevails, and they're invited in. It turns out that the dog--Latke--and the cat--Applesauce--save the day.


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Celebrate Hanukkah with Family!


Every December, a little girl in Virginia looks forward to receiving a crate of oranges from her grandparents in Miami, but this year is even better. The family is taking a driving trip to visit Nonna and Nonno in Florida!


At Nonna and Nonno's house, they pick grapefruit and oranges under the sun. They dance the salsa and play in the waves at the beach.



Best of all, they celebrate Hanukkah together. The girls help Nonna make latkes, and buñuelos stuffed with almonds and guava jelly. It's eight days of light and love.


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Sara watches from her apartment window as her mom goes to work. One day, she sees an old man pick up a bruised apple from the discarded pile next to Sol's Market. Why would he do that?


She wonders if he's hungry, as she eats her own breakfast. She wonders if he's lonely, as she shares Shabbat dinner with Mom and Grandma.


As Hanukkah approaches, a season of light and hope, Sara discovers that tzedakah can be as bright and colorful as a Hanukkah cookie with sprinkles.


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A young girl learns about her family history as she creates her own personalized Hanukkah menorah.


In Ava's family, it's a Hannukah tradition for each person to bring their own personalized menorah to a special gathering on the eighth night. Now that Ava is old enough to join in the fun, she needs to figure out what kind of menorah will best represent her.


Will she be able to find the inspiration she needs from listening to her relatives' stories?


Trisha's grandmother's old saying about the stars being Holes in the Sky turns out to be Miss Eula's, too, convincing Trisha that she has miraculously discovered another unforgettable grandmother.


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A perfect gift for the holiday season, no matter what you celebrate!


I am a mix of two traditions.

From Daddy Christmas and Hanukkah Mama.

How lucky am I?


Holiday time at Sadie's house means golden gelt sparkling under the Christmas tree, candy canes hanging on eight menorah branches, voices uniting to sing carols about Macabees and the manger, and latkes on the mantel awaiting Santa's arrival.


Selina Alko's joyous celebration of blended families will make the perfect holiday gift for the many Americans who celebrate both Christmas and Hanukkah.


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Ruby and her family celebrate Hanukkah in a brand-new way by Laura Gehl


Ruby's cousin Avital is sad because her mom is going to be away on a work trip during Hanukkah.


To help make sure Avital still has a happy holiday, Ruby plans an enormous eight-night treasure hunt.


But will she be able to think up a good enough surprise for Avital to discover on the final night?


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With dazzling images and engaging text, readers learn about the historical and cultural significance of Hanukkah and why it is celebrated around the world.


From the lighting of the menorah to the special foods that are shared to the spinning of the dreidels, they'll get insights about this holiday's traditions and the Jewish faith.


This book also offers fascinating facts, a recipe, and a Common Core-aligned activities.


National Geographic supports K-12 educators with ELA Common Core Resources.

Visit www.natgeoed.org/commoncore for more information.


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Celebrate Hanukkah--and learn the meaning behind the holiday--with this new Big Golden Book!


It's Hanukkah time! Preschoolers will learn all about how people celebrate Hanukkah--from eating latkes, spinning dreidels, exchanging gifts, and lighting the menorah. And they'll also learn why they celebrate--from the destruction of the Temple, the bravery of the Maccabees, and the miracle of that little bit of oil that lasted for eight nights.


Filled with colorful illustrations and simple, yet informative text, this Big Golden Book is perfect for reading again and again. Share it with your family this Hanukkah!


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Celebrate Hanukkah with a collection of funny and festive poems from the author of the hugely popular Kindergarten, Here I Come!


"A warm and welcoming Hanukkah story."-Kirkus Reviews


The candles are lit and the latkes are frying - Hanukkah is here! Welcome in the holiday with poems - and a sheet of stickers! - from author D. J. Steinberg that highlights the family fun, dizzying dreidels, and mighty Maccabee stories that Hanukkah is sure to bring.


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