We worked with the independent bookstore The Book House in Millburn, New Jersey, to put together a list of books about Hanukkah for children. We love these six stories and hope your family enjoys them too!
By Michelle Markel, illustrated by André Ceolin
About the book: A lost hamster helps a lonely immigrant cab driver celebrate Hanukkah away from his family in Israel.
The Story of Hanukkah
By David A. Adler, illustrated by Jill Weber
About the book: A kid-friendly version of the true story of Hanukkah.
Way Too Many Latkes: A Hanukkah in Chelm
By Linda Glaser, illustrated by Aleksandar Zolotic
About the book: The best latke-maker in Chelm forgets her latke recipe and send her husband to the rabbi for advice in this hilarious Hanukkah tale. (Is there ever such a thing as too many latkes? I vote no!)
Daddy Christmas & Hanukkah Mama
By Selina Alko
About the book: A mixed-faith household celebrates the holidays.
Dear Santa, Love, Rachel Rosenstein
By Amanda Peet and Andrea Troyer; illustrated by Christine Davenier
About the book: Rachel Rosenstein is determined to get a visit from Santa, but ends up learning a lot more about other cultures in her quest.
Shmelf the Hanukkah Elf
by Greg Wolfe, illustrated by Howard McWilliam
About the book: Shmelf comes from the North Pole to deliver gifts to Jewish children for the 8 nights of Hanukkah!
Julie Lepore is the publisher of Macaroni Kid Summit Short Hills SOMA, N.J.
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