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Celebrating the Festival of Lights

To our friends who will celebrate the Festival of Lights beginning this weekend, a very Happy Hanukkah to you! We wish you a de-lightful December holiday. Because we think reading together is a wonderful way to share with our children, we thought you might enjoy some books that help teach about the traditions of Hanukkah in a fun and entertaining way. You and your children can read these wonderful books throughout the holiday season as well as through the year ahead!

Here are some of our favorites:

Suitable even for your youngest:

The Eight Nights of Chanukah Author: Leslea Newman / Illustrator: Elivia Savadier
A child's family grows bigger and bigger as Chanukah approaches. Each night, one new item or person is added to the celebration and joy.

Hanukkah: A Counting Book Author: Emily Sper / Illustrator: Emily Sper
Count the number of candles lighted each night of Hanukkah in English, Hebrew, and Yiddish!

How Do Dinosaurs Say Happy Chanukah? Author: Jane Yolen / Illustrator: Mark Teague
From the warm glow of holiday candles to the fun of family gatherings, dinosaurs love to celebrate the Festival of Lights. Sometimes the excitement of Chanukah can lead to some unexpected dinosaur behaviors!

Preschool & Kindergarten Books Age:

The Chanukah Guest Author: Eric Kimmel / Illustrator: Giora Carmi
Old Bear, teased from hibernation by the smell of latkes, comes to Bubba Brayna's cottage. Thinking her guest is the rabbi in a lovely fur coat, Bubba gives Old Bear a warm welcome and all the latkes he can eat!

Mrs. Greenberg's Messy Hanukkah Author: Linda Glaser / Illustrator: Nancy Cote
When Rachel makes latkes with her neighbor and friend, Mrs. Greenberg, it turns into a very messy affair.

Eight Winter Nights Author: Laura Melmed / Illustrator: Elisabeth Schlossberg
Short poems describe food, fun, traditions and togetherness associated with Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights.

Elementary Books:

In the Month of Kislev Author: Nina Jaffe / Illustrator: Louise August
In this holiday tale reminiscent of the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, a rich merchant learns some important lessons about Hanukkah.

Jeremy's Dreidel Author:Ellie Gellman / Illustrator: Judith Friedman
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?

Nathan Blows Out the Hanukkah Candles
Author: Tami Lehman-Wilzig with Nicole Katzman / Illustrator: Jeremy Tugeau
Nathan is, as his mother says, "wired differently," and his behavior proves annoying and embarrassing to his brother, Jacob. In the end, though, Nathan teaches his brother something special about Hanukkah and its meaning.

Special thanks to the The PJ Library, where you can find many more great selections! If you have some favorites you'd like to recommend, add a comment, or head on over to Facebook and post on our wall.

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