Happy Hanukkah, folks. The Jewish festival of lights starts this evening at sundown. Last year readers and fellow bloggers helped me compile the following list of book recommendations, which I re-post with gratitude and pleasure. Also be sure to see the blog Wild Rose Reader, which offers a whole bunch of suggestions.
My First Chanukah, by Tomie DePaola
Eric Kimmel's Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins; The Magic Dreidels; Zigazak! A Magical Hanukkah Night; and The Chanukkah Guest (For even more Hanukkah picture books by Eric Kimmel, visit his web site.)
Steven Schnur's Tie Man's Miracle
The Borrowed Hanukkah Latkes, by Linda Glaser
In the Month of Kislev, by Nina Jaffe
Hanukkah Lights: Holiday Poetry, an easy reader compiled by Lee Bennett Hopkins. (This is one of our favorite "discoveries" last year. My son and I read it many times.)
Chanukah Lights Everywhere, by Michael J. Rosen
The Christmas Menorahs: How a Town Fought Hate, by Janice Cohn
Deborah Heiligman's Celebrate Hanukkah
All-of-a-Kind Family books by Sydney Taylor
Hanukkah Lights, Hanukkah Nights, by Leslie Kimmelman
Shira's Hanukkah Gift (a.k.a., Kugel Valley Klezmer Band), by Joan Betty Stuchner
Hanukkah, O Hannukah, by Susan L. Roth
Elijah's Angel: A Story for Chanukah and Christmas, by Michael J. Rosen
There's No Such Thing as a Chanukah Bush, Sandy Goldstein, by Susan Sussman
I Have a Little Dreidel, by Maxie Baum
The Eight Crazy Nights reference comes from Adam Sandler's "Chanukah Song."
Edited to add these recommendations and comments from reader Heidi Estrin, who hosts The Book of Life podcast and directs the library at Congregation B'Nai Israel, in Boca Raton, Florida. Thanks, Heidi!
When Mindy Saved Hanukkah, by Eric A. Kimmel
The Runaway Latkes, by Leslie Kimmelman, a riff on the gingerbread man
The Eight Nights of Chanukah, by Leslea Newman, sung to the tune of 12 days of Xmas
Alexandra's Scroll, by Miriam Chaikin, a chapter book historical novel set in the time of the Maccabees
Hanukkah Moon, by Deborah da Costa, picture book about Mexican Hanukkah customs
Letter on the Wind: A Chanukah Tale, by Sarah Lamstein, a mystical and beautiful picture book about faith in God
Like a Maccabee, by Barbara Bietz, a contemporary family story with a soccer theme
Kelly, from MsAbcMom, adds:
Latkes, Latkes, Good to Eat, by Naomi Howland
Wild Rose Reader's Elaine remembers one more:
Moishe's Miracle: A Hanukkah Story, by Laura Krauss Melmed
I'd like to suggest a few more titles for your list, if I may. How about:
- When Mindy Saved Hanukkah by Eric A. Kimmel (I know you listed Kimmel, but this one is such a favorite of mine I had to mention it)
- The Runaway Latkes by Leslie Kimmelman, a riff on the gingerbread man
- The Eight Nights of Chanukah by Leslea Newman, sung to the tune of 12 days of Xmas
- Alexandra's Scroll by Miriam Chaikin, a chapter book historical novel set in the time of the Maccabees
- Hanukkah Moon by Deborah da Costa, picture book about Mexican Hanukkah customs
- Letter on the Wind: A Chanukah Tale by Sarah Lamstein, a mystical and beautiful picture book about faith in God
- Like a Maccabee by Barbara Bietz, a contemporary family story with a soccer theme
Posted by: Heidi | December 04, 2007 at 09:58 AM
Wow, Heidi. Thanks so much. I'll add these later this afternoon when I have some time to link them, too. Excellent!
Posted by: Susan T. | December 04, 2007 at 10:36 AM
I have another, Latkes, Latkes, Good to Eat. I read thqt one at a storytime at our local Border's this year. It was a cute story and the kids like to chime in chanting the title throughout the story.
Posted by: Kelly | December 05, 2007 at 09:22 AM
Oh, good. Thanks, Kelly.
Posted by: Susan T. | December 05, 2007 at 09:52 AM
I never got around to posting a review of MOISHE'S MIRACLE: A HANUKKAH STORY, which was written by Laura Krauss Melmed and illustrated by David Slonim, at Wild Rose Reader. It's a really good book. I used to read it aloud in my library. It's about a poor milkman and a magic pan. It's a winner of the National Jewish Book Award and was a New York Times Top Ten Picture Book of the Year.
Thanks for putting the list together!
Posted by: Elaine Magliaro | December 05, 2007 at 07:16 PM
Muchas gracias, Elaine! That's great. I will add it when I get a chance. I found several from this list at the library today and am looking forward to sharing them with Jr. I do enjoy a good list.
Posted by: Susan T. | December 05, 2007 at 07:19 PM