This year Hanukkah overlaps with Christmas. In our secular household we celebrate both, so I will share the books we will be reading during Hanukkah (it starts on December 20) with the hope that maybe you can still find them in the library. This week we read another batch of Christmas books together (one or two each night), and Smarty was powering on through Daisy Meadows Fairies books.
I was glad to get A Family Hanukkah by Bobbi Katz again from the library. The book is long, and could be about Christmas celebrations except different food choices and a dreidel game. But it does include a good description of the story of Hanukkah – something that I failed to find in most of Hanukkah books we read last year. It also explains the tradition of lighting a Menorah.
It’s a Miracle! by Stephanie Spinner is my favorite Hanukkah book. I think this year we will split the reading into 8 nights, because otherwise the story gets really long. Every night after the candles are lit, grandma tells a new story to the main character. The first story is about a young girl who dreamed to become a rabbi, then there is another one about a soldier who convinced other families to pray for his sick wife, etc. It’s a good read, and there is a surprise in the end.
The Borrowed Hanukkah Latkes by Linda Glaser/Nancy Cote belongs to our home library. The story focuses around attempts by a young main character to involve their elderly neighbor in Hanukkah celebration. It doesn’t explain why Ms Greenberg doesn’t have anyone to celebrate with, but it’s not really important for the story line. As an additional bonus, there is a latkes recipe in the book. Here is an important tip from me – lots of oil and a really hot pan!
The Best Hanukkah Ever by Barbara Diamond Goldin/Avi Katz is a pretty entertaining story of a family who listens to their rabbi’s advice of selecting “a perfect gift”. They all think hard about what their gifts will be. A lot of unhappiness is ensued until the problem is solved through the wisdom of a child. It’s a fun read, and the book is not hard to follow for younger kids.