8 Days of Hanukkah Picture Books to Share with Your Family!
The Festival of Lights
“At this time of year, when the sun is most hidden, the holiday of Hanukkah celebrates the rays of hope and light. Often, it is through simple and unrecognized miracles that we are able to feel the warmth of hope and light.”
In a world where conflicts can sometimes overshadow the joyous moments we strive to celebrate, we find solace in the universality of storytelling and the timeless traditions that bind us together. As we approach the festival of Hanukkah, a time of light and reflection, we offer a collection of eight picture books that transcend political divides and seek to celebrate the richness of Jewish culture. In times of uncertainty, these stories serve as a reminder of the enduring power of love, community, and the faithfulness of God. Let us come together through the joy of literature to appreciate the beauty of diversity and the resilience of communities, fostering a spirit of understanding and empathy for one another.
May your candles burn bright this season.
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Daddy Christmas & Hanukkah Mama by Selina Alko
Daddy Christmas & Hanukkah Mama by Selina Alko is a heartwarming and festive picture book that beautifully blends the traditions of Christmas and Hanukkah in a multicultural family. The story celebrates the unique ways the family comes together to enjoy both holidays, emphasizing love, diversity, and the joy of shared traditions. The vibrant illustrations add to the warmth and charm of this delightful holiday tale.
The Eight Knights of Hanukkah by Leslie Kimmelman, illustrated by Galia Bernstein
With a blend of fantasy and festive spirit, this story weaves together the magic of Hanukkah with the excitement of dragons and the bravery of knights, creating a crowd-pleasing adventure for readers of all ages.
A Great Miracle: The Story of Hanukkah by Betty Morrow, illustrated by Howard Simon
This 49 page book has the more battle details than most of the titles on our list. It also expands the coverage to the lives of the Maccabees and Israel throughout their entire conflict with Syria. A great choice for older kids and teens.
Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins by Eric Kimmel, illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman
An RA team favorite! This folktale of a town overrun by goblins and rescued by a traveler is sure to be a crowd pleaser, especially with older listeners.
In the Month of Kislev: A Story for Hanukkah by Nina Jaffe, illustrated by Louise August
A stingy wealthy man and his household finds humility and a changed course in this Hanukkah story. A wonderful little fable.
The Miracle Jar: A Hanukkah Story by Audrey Penn, illustrated by Lea Lyon
From the author of The Kissing Hand comes a heartwarming tale of a family hoping for a miracle during Hanukkah. As they light the menorah, they pray that their jar of cooking oil will last all eight nights, just like the miraculous oil of their ancestors. Will they experience a modern-day Hanukkah miracle?
The Night Before Hanukkah by Natasha Wing, illustrated by Amy Wummer
Natasha Wing expands her beloved The Night Before series with this delightful Hanukkah edition. Perfect for newcomers to Jewish traditions, the book showcases a modern family's celebration of Hanukkah while offering a brief history of the holiday. With vibrant illustrations and simple verses, it's an engaging choice for even the littlest listeners on your lap.
The Runaway Latkes by Leslie Kimmelman, illustrated by Paul Yalowitz
A humorous tale in the spirit of the Runaway Gingerbread story, complete with lively community engagement. A delightful read that's sure to bring a chuckle!
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