Hanukkah's coming! And here begins my annual hunt for a Hanukkah book that's written for Jewish children. See, many, many Hanukkah books are actually written for non-Jews, to explain this crazy holiday. Jewish children don't need to be told what a menorah or latke is. They know. They want stories about crazy Hanukkah hijinks and there just aren't that many. (Also, you really don't need *that* many books about the miracle of the oil.) Here are a few of my favorites:
The Borrowed Hanukkah Latkes by Linda Glaser, illustrated by Nancy Cote
As the Hanukkah party guest list keeps growing, Rachel's mom keeps sending her next door to borrow more latke ingredients, chairs, and other necessary items. Rachel keeps inviting Mrs. Greenberg to come to the party, but she just won't come! How can Rachel help spread the Hanukkah joy?
The Chanukkah Guest by Eric A. Kimmel, illustrated by Giora Carmi
I love this hilarious tale about a Bubba who thinks she's inviting the rabbi in to eat her latkes, only to discover she's fed them all to a hungry bear! (Sadly out-of-print)
The Ugly Menorah written and illustrated by Marissa Moss
Rachel doesn't understand why her grandmother insists on using her ugly, old menorah. But then grandma tells her how, when she and Rachels recently-passed grandpa were first married, they didn't have money to buy a menorah and so grandpa made the old, ugly, one. (Also sadly out-of-print)
Biscuit's Hanukkah by Alissa Capucilli, illustrated by Pat Schories
Mostly because I get excited to find a series character who's obligatory holiday book is about Hanukkah, not Christmas.
Which ones would you add?
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