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[dreidel] HANUKKAH BOOKS
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[book] MRS. GREENBERG'S MESSY HANUKKAH
By LINDA GLASER
Albert Whitman
From Booklist: Ages 5 - 7. What's the first night of Hanukkah without latkes? But Rachel's parents are too busy to think about cooking, so Rachel pays a visit to elderly Mrs. Greenberg, whose sparkling kitchen begs to be invaded by an energetic little girl with potato pancakes on her mind. Pretty soon potatoes, flour, and eggs coat the floor, and an exhausted Mrs. Greenberg has collapsed in a chair. When Rachel's parents arrive, they focus on the mess, and a tearful Rachel apologizes. Then Mrs. Greenberg comes to the rescue, declaring firmly, "My house hasn't felt this lived in in years." Pattern and bright color abound in Cote's lighthearted, cartoonlike pictures, which channel the glow of the menorah on the table right onto the happy faces of the characters as they sit down to eat Rachel's latkes. A recipe, at the front of the book, completes this lively package, suggested for children who are already familiar with the holiday.
BLURB: Though it's the first night of Hanukkah, Rachel's family won't really be celebrating until next week. But Rachel wants to celebrate now, so she comes up wtih a good idea: while her parents do errands, she'll visit her neighbor, Mrs. Greenberg, and they can make latkes together. The two head into Mrs. Greenberg's shiny, tidy kitchen and begin grating the potatoes. But Rachel's gratings slide off the table and onto the floor. Before long, Rachel has dropped an egg, spilled the flour, and dribbled the oil. Mrs. Greenberg is exhausted, Rachel's mom and dad are horrified, and Rachel is afraid she's ruined a friendship by making this terrible mess. She is relieved and delighted to find that Mrs. Greenberg thinks it's a wonderful mess--her house hasn't felt so lived-in in years
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[book] Happy Hanukkah, Corduroy
A Board book
by Don Freeman with Lisa McCue (Illustrator)
2009, Viking
Ages 0 – 2
Celebrate the festival of lights with Corduroy. Corduroy’s having a Hanukkah party for all of his friends. First they light the menorah, then they eat yummy potato pancakes. After they open presents, there’s time for a game of dreidel. Introduce little boys and girls to all of the Hanukkah traditions with Corduroy, one of the most beloved children’s books characters for over forty years.
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[book] A Chanukah Present For Me!
A Board book
by Scholastic
2009, Scholastic
Ages up to 3
It looks like a wrapped gift
A great miracle happened...and now it is time for a great celebration. DO NOT OPEN UNTIL CHANUKAH is a playful holiday format that mimics a wrapped gift box. With glitter flocking and an embossed "bow," this simple story highlights the most popular Chanukah icons and traditions as family members share their favorite parts of the holiday, like doughnuts. From the menorah to latkes to chocolate gelt, DO NOT OPEN UNTIL CHANUKAH is the gift that keeps on giving.
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[book] Hanukkah Lights
A Board book
by David Martin
2009, Candlewick
Ages 1 – 3
Candles on the menorah, ready to light! At Hanukkah, there are many much-anticipated rituals — latkes to eat, dreidels to spin, presents to give and receive, and shiny gold treats. Add some free-form fun, from shadow puppetry to singing and dancing, and you have a warm, truly child-friendly celebration.
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[book] HOPPY HANUKKAH!
BY LINDA GLASER
2009, Whitman
Ages 2 – 5
Violet and Simon, two small bunnies, are excited about Hanukkah. Simon is ready to light all the candles and then blow them right out! But Mama and Papa explain how to celebrate Hanukkah by lighting one candle each night at sunset and placing the menorah in the window for all to see. Grandma and Grandpa come over, too, and there are latkes and presents and a dreidel game. Linda Glaser's simple, cozy story is just right for children first learning about this holiday. Daniel Howarth's charming paintings show a happy family passing on their tradition.
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[book] MY CHANUKAH PLAYBOOK
BY SALINA YOON
2009, Little Simon
Ages 3 – 5
Chanukah is coming and it's time to learn about the celebration of lights and light the candles on the menorah! With 8 foiled board play pieces and interactive notches on every spread, children can learn about learn the meaning of celebrating Chanukah and some of the delicious foods, festive games, and songs that are shared during the holiday. The final spread features a full length menorah with bold candles and a slots above each candle where the play pieces slip in to bring foiled light to each candle.
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[book] MENORAH UNDER THE SEA
BY ESTHER SUSAN HELLER
2009, Kar-Ben
Ages 5 - 9
Diving for sea urchins at the bottom of the frigid sea, marine biologist David Ginsburg brings Hanukkah to Antarctica with a most unusual holiday celebration. The book contains pictures of his trip. He dives down and makes a menorah of urchins (no candles), and then on the surface lights his travel menorah with his other Jewish scientists stationed at the South Pole.
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[book] WHEN I GROW UP, I WILL WIN THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE
BY ISABEL PIN
Translated from German by Nancy Seitz
Ages 4 - 8
The boy in this book is having trouble admitting - much less closing - the large gap between his aspirations and his everyday actions. This boy knows that when he's older he will love his neighbor, but for now he's all too happy to pick on his sister. This boy even knows that one day he will be given the Nobel Peace Prize: for standing up to bullies, helping the poor, protecting animals and the environment - for all his good deeds. But with his bold claims continually contrasted by pictures that tell a very different story, even this boy eventually has to admit it's time to stop boasting and take the first step. With cheeky artwork that offers a great big reality check to the high-minded protagonist, this book uses humor to underscore the importance - and the difficulty - of trying to live up to our own ideals.
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[book] Can I Have a Cell Phone For Hanukkah?
The Essential Scoop on Raising Modern Jewish Kids
By Sharon Duke Estroff
Broadway Books
How do you help your child choose between mandatory baseball practice and Hebrew school? How can you plan a birthday party (not to mention bar or bat mitzvah party!) for your child without sacrificing your values, sanity, and pocketbook? How can you keep peace on the homework homefront? And how do you deal with Santa envy-let alone the entire month of December? What if your child is invited a party on Shabbat? How do handle Santa envy? As any modern Jewish parent knows, balancing family traditions and the realities of contemporary culture can be incredibly challenging. Answering questions both old and new, Jewish and secular, internationally syndicated parenting columnist and award-winning Jewish educator and mother of four, Sharon Duke Estroff illuminates the ways that Jewish tradition can be used to form a lasting, emotional safety net for modern families. Can I Have a Cell Phone for Hanukkah? is an instant classic. Click the book cover to read more.








[book] How to Spell hannukkah
How to Spell Chanukah
18 Writers on 8 Nights of Lights
by Emily Franklin

Algonquin Books November 2007
What a holiday. No pestilence, no slavery, no locusts, no cattle disease or atonement. synagogue, no guilt, no mortar, and no real lesson to be absorbed and passed down to my Jewish offspring. "Thank God," writes Joshua Braff, one of eighteen Jewish writers- Adam Langer, Tova Mirvis, Steve Almond, Peter Orner, and others-who extol, excoriate, and expand our understanding of this most merry of Jewish holidays and offer up nervy, irreverent, and, yes, even nostalgic takes on a holiday that has a special place in Jewish hearts . . . and stomachs. There are profound questions: "Chanukah unearths a debate that's been going on for centuries. Yes, I'm talking about potato latkes: grated or mashed?" (Amy Klein). There are confessions: "Perhaps here is where I should mention that my 100 percent Jewish father was-and remains-obsessed with Christmas" (Jennifer Gilmore); revelations: "Shocker of all shockers, the first Jewish governor in the United States was elected in . . . Idaho! Swear" (Jill Kkargman); and tender recollections: "You are reminded of your real gifts: a family who you get to come home to" (Laura Dave). And there's even a comic strip by Eric Orner, the mastermind behind Ethan Green. From the hilarious to the snarky, the poignant to the poetic, this collection proves there are as many ways to spell Chanukah as there are ways to celebrate it.








[book] The Latke Who Couldn't Stop Screaming
A Christmas Story
by Lemony Snicket and Lisa Brown (Illustrator)

McSweeney's, November 2007
Ages 4 - 8
Latkes are potato pancakes served at Hanukkah, and Lemony Snicket is an alleged children's author. For the first time in literary history, these two elements are combined in one book. A particularly irate latke is the star of The Latke Who Couldn't Stop Screaming, but many other holiday icons appear and even speak: flashing colored lights, cane-shaped candy, a pine tree. Santa Claus is briefly discussed as well. The ending is happy, at least for some. People who are interested in any or all of these things will find this book so enjoyable it will feel as though Hanukkah were being celebrated for several years, rather than eight nights.








In the spirit of the runaway matzo ball, latka, pancake, ginger bread man, etc etc
[book] Runaway Dreidel!
by Leslea Newman with Kyrsten Brooker, Illustrator

November 2007 Square Fish reprint from 2002 edition
Ages 4 - 8
Set to the cadences of "The Night Before Christmas" ("Twas the first night of Chanukah and on the fifth floor/ There was holiday bustling and bustling galore"), Newman's (Matzo Ball Moon) verse narrative describes a runaway dreidel that finds a home in the night sky. The chief virtue of this forgettable tale may be its having occasioned more of Brooker's (Nothing Ever Happens on 90th Street) idiosyncratic mixed-media art, oil paintings into which she seamlessly applies cut-paper photo elements. Everything in these illustrations is affectionately skewed, from the slightly oversize heads of the characters to the Brooklynesque street scenes occasioned by the boy narrator's pursuit of the toy. The dynamically dizzy world happily challenges readers to stay on their toes. Ages 4-8.








[book] Hanukkah Moon
by Deborah Da Costa and Gosia Mosz

Kar Ben Books September 2007
Ages 6 - 10
When Isobel is invited to Aunt Luisa's for Hanukkah, she's not sure what to expect. Aunt Luisa has recently arrived from Mexico. "At Aunt Luisa's you'll get to celebrate the Hanukkah Moon," Isobel's father promises. Isobel's days at Aunt Luisa's are filled with fun and surprises - a new camera, a dreidel piñata filled with sweets, and a mysterious late night visit to welcome the luna nueva, the new moon that appears on Hanukkah. An unusual Hanukkah story with a multi-cultural focus, this title celebrates a little-known custom of the Latin-Jewish community.







[book] The Golden Dreydl
by Ellen Kushner and Ilene Winn-Lederer

June 2007, Charlesbridge
Sara finds Chanukah celebrations boring. When her Tante Miriam arrives and gives her a Golden Dreydl, everything changes. The dreydl, an enchanted princess in disguise, takes Sara on a journey to a magical world. When the princess is taken by the Demon King, who possesses the power of the Tree of Life, it is Sara who must use her wit to save the princess and return her to her parents -- King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba. A delightful holiday tale that weaves together threads of Jewish folklore and tradition with fantasy and humor.






[book] Eight Wild Nights
A Family Hanukkah Tale
by Brian P. Cleary. illustrated by David Udovic

Kar Ben Books August 2006
Ages 5 - 10
With humor and rhyme, a Jewish family celebrates and survives the eight days of Hanukkah. Every family will relate to this roller coaster of joys and adventures as an assortment of relatives and friends descend on the household. During the eight days of Hanukkah, a family celebrates with a wide circle of family and friends in this rollicking story. Using clever and catchy rhymes, Cleary tells of a holiday filled with food, stories, mishaps and fun. A dog drools and sheds, Grandpa Dave teaches the kids to play poker, a cousin melts the gelt in an old VCR, and Uncle Morris shows up with seventeen new step-cousins. It's enough to make anyone crazy, but somehow all the tumult just adds to the fun, and Hanukkah has never been so exciting. Udovic's exuberant illustrations are highly expressive and convey the joyous nature of the holiday. An introduction briefly tells the story of Hanukkah and describes how it is celebrated. A Sydney Taylor Award Notable Book of 2007








[book] Best Hanukkah Ever
by Barbara Diamond Goldin with Avi Katz

November 2007, Cavendish
Ages 4 - 8
A family gives each other humorous gifts when it misunderstands the rabbi's advice. Ages 4-8.












[book cover click here] The Eight Nights of Chanukkah
by Leslea Newman, Elivia Savadier (Illustrator)
November 2005, Abrams
Ages 4 -7
Three challahs, two maccabees, and a present waiting for me.....
Why three challahs?...
Incorporating the popular music of 12 Days of Christmas into a Chanukah book, this is perfect for children of any religious orientation. "On the first night of Chanukah..." begins the familiar tune in a book that sees the wondrous days of Chanukah through the eyes of shy young child. The child's family grows bigger and bigger as the holiday gets closer and closer. Each night, one new item or person is added to the celebration-and there is always a present for every child in the room! The accumulating text makes this book fun to read (and sing!) aloud while the bright and cheerful illustrations allow a young reader to count each object added. Educational and a joy for adults and children, The Eight Nights of Chanukah is a wonderful book for the whole family to share. Leslea Newman is the author of fifty books for both adults and children. Click the book cover above to read more.







did you hear about the kid who thought his grandfather owned a sweet shop. Oops.. it was a sweat shop.

[book cover click here] Hanukkah, Shmanukkah!
by Esmé Raji Codell, LeUyen Pham (Illustrator)
Fall 2005, Hyperion
Ages 5 and up
Old Scroogemacher is as sour as a pickle and has a tongue like horseradish. He's a tyrant to the poor workers in his waistcoat factory (sweatshop), and even on the last night of Hanukkah, he has the nerve to set the clocks back. When his nephew Moshe protests, Scroogemacher shrugs. "Hanukkah, shmanukkah," he says. "It's just another night to me." Oy vey, was he wrong! Who would have thought that not one, not two, but THREE mysterious rabbis would visit him that night? As Scroogemacher travels back and forth with his wise guides from the time of the Maccabees to present-day tenements, and then on to the wonders and horrors of the future, he begins to understand that good things can happen from a little remembering. Especially on Hanukkah, shmanukkah. But do the rabbis manage to turn Scroogemacher into a mensch? What do you think, can a leopard change its spots? Click the book cover above to read more.







[book cover click here] Four Sides, Eight Nights
A New Spin on Hanukkah
by Rebecca Tova Ben-Zvi, Susanna Natti
Fall 2005, Roaring Brook Press
Ages 5 and up
Four sides of a toy, eight nights of celebration, forty-four candles burning in honor of an ancient miracle, two-thousand-one-hundred-seventy-some years of Hanukkah -- everything you ever wanted to know about the Hanukkah holiday, centered of the children's game of dreidel (a spinning top). Jokes, history, customs, trivia, science facts (just how fast does a dreidel spin?) come to life with wacky and informative illustrations throughout. Rebecca Tova Ben-Zvi makes her latkes with sweet potatoes and plays dreidel year-round. Writing as Rebecca O'Connell, she is the author of The Baby Goes Beep. A librarian and storyteller, she lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Click the book cover above to read more.







[book] HANUKKAH: A COUNTING BOOK IN ENGLISH, HEBREW, AND YIDDISH
by Emily Sper

October 2001. Ages 3-6. A small 9 inch by 7 inch paperboard book that counts up from one through eight for the eight nights of the holiday. Die cuts show the correct number of candles on each spead. Each page includes Hebrew and Yiddish words, with transliterations also. Hmmm.... Makes me think of making a counting book for that song sung at Seders of "echad Mi Yode-ah?" hmmmm...




[book] The Golden Dreydl
by Ellen Kushner and Ilene Winn-Lederer

June 2007, Charlesbridge
Sara finds Chanukah celebrations boring. When her Tante Miriam arrives and gives her a Golden Dreydl, everything changes. The dreydl, an enchanted princess in disguise, takes Sara on a journey to a magical world. When the princess is taken by the Demon King, who possesses the power of the Tree of Life, it is Sara who must use her wit to save the princess and return her to her parents -- King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba. A delightful holiday tale that weaves together threads of Jewish folklore and tradition with fantasy and humor.






[book] How to Spell Chanukah
18 Writers on 8 Nights of Lights
by Emily Franklin

Algonquin Books November 2007 What a holiday. No pestilence, no slavery, no locusts, no cattle disease or atonement. synagogue, no guilt, no mortar, and no real lesson to be absorbed and passed down to my Jewish offspring. "Thank God," writes Joshua Braff, one of eighteen Jewish writers- Adam Langer, Tova Mirvis, Steve Almond, Peter Orner, and others-who extol, excoriate, and expand our understanding of this most merry of Jewish holidays and offer up nervy, irreverent, and, yes, even nostalgic takes on a holiday that has a special place in Jewish hearts . . . and stomachs. There are profound questions: "Chanukah unearths a debate that's been going on for centuries. Yes, I'm talking about potato latkes: grated or mashed?" (Amy Klein). There are confessions: "Perhaps here is where I should mention that my 100 percent Jewish father was-and remains-obsessed with Christmas" (Jennifer Gilmore); revelations: "Shocker of all shockers, the first Jewish governor in the United States was elected in . . . Idaho! Swear" (Jill Kkargman); and tender recollections: "You are reminded of your real gifts: a family who you get to come home to" (Laura Dave). And there's even a comic strip by Eric Orner, the mastermind behind Ethan Green. From the hilarious to the snarky, the poignant to the poetic, this collection proves there are as many ways to spell Chanukah as there are ways to celebrate it.
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[book] Hanukkah Moon
by Deborah Da Costa and Gosia Mosz

Kar Ben Books September 2007
Ages 6 - 10
When Isobel is invited to Aunt Luisa's for Hanukkah, she's not sure what to expect. Aunt Luisa has recently arrived from Mexico. "At Aunt Luisa's you'll get to celebrate the Hanukkah Moon," Isobel's father promises. Isobel's days at Aunt Luisa's are filled with fun and surprises - a new camera, a dreidel piñata filled with sweets, and a mysterious late night visit to welcome the luna nueva, the new moon that appears on Hanukkah. An unusual Hanukkah story with a multi-cultural focus, this title celebrates a little-known custom of the Latin-Jewish community. .








[book] Eight Wild Nights
A Family Hanukkah Tale
by Brian P. Cleary. illustrated by David Udovic

Kar Ben Books August 2006
Ages 5 - 10
With humor and rhyme, a Jewish family celebrates and survives the eight days of Hanukkah. Every family will relate to this roller coaster of joys and adventures as an assortment of relatives and friends descend on the household. During the eight days of Hanukkah, a family celebrates with a wide circle of family and friends in this rollicking story. Using clever and catchy rhymes, Cleary tells of a holiday filled with food, stories, mishaps and fun. A dog drools and sheds, Grandpa Dave teaches the kids to play poker, a cousin melts the gelt in an old VCR, and Uncle Morris shows up with seventeen new step-cousins. It's enough to make anyone crazy, but somehow all the tumult just adds to the fun, and Hanukkah has never been so exciting. Udovic's exuberant illustrations are highly expressive and convey the joyous nature of the holiday. An introduction briefly tells the story of Hanukkah and describes how it is celebrated. A Sydney Taylor Award Notable Book of 2007.








[book] LUMINOUS ART
Hanukkah Menorahs Of The Jewish Museum
by Susan L. Braunstein

2004.
Yale University Press
A magnificent array of Hanukkah menorahs and lamps that shed light on the Jewish traditions that produced them The ceremonial kindling of lights each night during the eight-day holiday of Hanukkah commemorates an ancient victory for religious freedom-the liberation and rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem in 164 BCE. As their diversity and beauty attest, Hanukkah lamps are singularly important as a form of ceremonial art and are among Judaism's best-loved traditional objects. This superbly illustrated book showcases more than 100 Hanukkah lamps selected from the extensive collection of The Jewish Museum in New York. The featured lamps date from the Renaissance to our own time, and were created from a wide variety of materials in virtually every part of the world, including the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and North Africa.








[book] My First Hanukkah Board Book
Ages Under 5. 2001. Using the same educational, eye-catching format as Dorling Kindersley's other My First books, this chunky little board book provides an explanation of Hanukkah appropriate for preschoolers. From the origin of the holiday to musical notation for a favorite Hanukkah song to a description of some of the yummy foods eaten during the festivities, My First Hanukkah Board Book packs a whole lot in a small package. In addition to divulging the details of the Festival of Lights, the book helps children develop vocabulary, early literacy, and counting skills ("How many candles are lit on these menorahs?"), and practice their shape and color identification skills. Children can tell their own stories based on the bright, colorful photographs of the rituals, games, and foods of the holiday, or they can read along with their parents as they begin the preparations for Hanukkah.






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[book] HANUKKAH, OH HANUKKAH
by SUSAN L. ROTH

September 2004. DIAL
Ages 2 and Up. A familiar Hanukkah song gets a sweet, if surprising, treatment in a compact book that uses mice as characters (it's not every day one gets to see a mouse wearing a yarmulke). As the song "Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah" says, the family lights the menorah; has a party; and, in a clever, eye-catching spread, dances the hora. Roth's torn-paper collages work best when there are only a few characters on the page, but even though it's more difficult to see what's going on in the crowded spreads, the art still shines with holiday cheer. Here, the music is appended, and everyone will enjoy singing along. (booklist) Click the book cover above to read more.






[book] PAPA'S LATKAS
by MICHELLE EDWARDS

October 2004. DIAL
Ages 5 to 7. For Selma and her little sister Dora, this is their first Chanukkah without Mama (she passed away last Summer). When Papa comes home with everything they need for latkes, Selma is worried. Mama always made the Chanukkah latkes. Can they make them without her? Click the book cover above to read more.






[book] PAPA'S LATKAS
By JANE BRESKIN

1996.
Ages 3 to 5. Another in Zalben's growing list of holiday books about Beni the Bear and his Jewish family. Because Mama doesn't want to make the traditional potato pancakes this year, the scene is set for a latke-making contest. Goldie, Max, Rosie, Leo, Blossom, and Molly each take a turn, but it isn't until Papa takes over that Beni declares a winner--Papa's latkes are the best. Zalben adds a touch of light comedy to the story, which concludes with the family's gathering to enjoy a few other holiday traditions with their pancake feast. While still homey and beautifully executed, the pictures seem a trifle less ornate than in previous books in the series, and Zalben offers no background on the holiday. She does, however, supply words and music to the traditional song "O Chanukah," along with instructions for making Papa's pancakes. Click the book cover above to read more.






[book] A Confused Hanukkah
An Original Story of Chelm
by Jon Koons, Illustrated by S. D. Schindler

September 2004, Dutton
Ages 5 and up. Hanukkah is fast approaching in the village of Chelm, but the Rabbi is away. Unfortunately, not one of the villagers remembers how Hanukkah is supposed to be celebrated. So they send Yossel, a simple young man, to the neighboring village to learn what he can. Yossel makes a wrong turn, but he does find some people celebrating a holiday. The question is: Is it the right holiday? Not really, since it involves an evergreen tree topped by a matzo ball and a chubby butcher dressed up as Hanukkah Hershel. This original story, based on the legendary town of fools, is perfect for interfaith families and anyone looking for a good chuckle at holiday time. Trust me, not even Chelm residents would be this confused, but it is funny nevertheless. Click the book cover above to read more.






[book] Spin the Dreidel!
by Alexandra Cooper

October 2004, S&S
A plastic dreidel turns IN A window cut out of this board book's spine, allowing youngsters to play the game while reading rhymes that are also instructions . Click the book cover above to read more.










[book] Hanukkah Lights
Holiday Poetry (I Can Read Book 2)
by Lee Bennett Hopkins

HarperCollins (October 1, 2004)
Lee Bennett Hopkins was born in the Holy Land of Scranton, Pennsylvania, in 1938. Mr. Hopkins began teaching sixth grade at a public school in Fair Lawn, New Jersey, in 1960. He became a resource teacher, providing curricular support materials for the elementary school teachers. It was while serving in this position that Mr. Hopkins first used poetry to help children with reading problems. In 1968 Mr. Hopkins became a curriculum and editorial specialist at Scholastic, Inc. Mr. Hopkins is widely recognized as the nation's spokesperson for Children's Poetry. In this book, he stresses poetry and not GIFTS. Each of the 12 poems captures the holiday spirit. Click the book cover above to read more.










[book] It's Hanukkah Time
by Latifa Berry Kropf, Tod Cohen

Kar-Ben Publishing (September 1, 2004)
A preschool prepares for Hanukkah. The kids mail invitations, create gifts and decorations, and make some donuts for Hanukkah. Then the parents and grandparents arrive. Ages 2-6. Click the book cover above to read more.










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[book] LOTS OF LATKES
A HANUKKAH STORY
by Sandy Lanton. Illus Vicki Jo Redenbaugh

October 2003. kar-ben
Ages 3- 8. Long ago in a faraway village, an old woman, Rivka-Leah, invites four friends to a Hanukkah dinner. Each guest plans to bring something to share. Moshe, a dairy farmer, will bring sour cream. Chana, who works in an apple orchard, will come with applesauce. Others will bring fish and jelly doughnuts. But then a cow kicks over the sour cream. The apples of the orchard are rotten. All these problems result in each of the four friends coming with latkes instead (not even a prune Danish?). Everyone has a good time. Cartoon illustrations in soft colors are appropriate for the lighthearted story. Click the book cover above to read more.






[book] It's a Miracle!
A Hanukkah Storybook
by Stephanie Spinner (Author), Jill McElmurry (Illustrator)

Atheneum; (October 2003)
Ages 4-8. Every night of Hanukkah, after 7 year old Owen -- the OCL - The Official Candle Lighter -- lights the menorah, Grandma Karen kicks off her cowboy boots and tells him a bedtime story. On the first night there's the inspiring story of a girl who dreams of becoming a rabbi (just like Owen's cousin, Shira). There is a story about a dentist who trains a parrot named Dreidel. On the fourth night there's the amazing story of the alien who gets lost in a little girl's backyard. And on the seventh night there's the silly story about a boy who wants to be a baby...and whose parents let him! Join Owen in discovering how each of these stories is also a celebration of his own heritage in this heartwarming book about faith, family, and the miracle of Hanukkah. Includes Hanukkah prayers at the end and backgrounder. Click the book cover above to read more.






[book] The Stone Lamp
Eight Stories Of Hanukkah Through History
by Karen Hesse, Brian Pinkney)

Hyperion. Fall 2003
Ages 9 and up. The story of Hanukkah is the story of triumph of light over darkness, of the small miracles that give hope to an entire people. The meaning of Hanukkah Shines "Through History, through these events." In a series of eight powerful and evocative free-verse poems, award-winning author Karen Hesse captures the resilient spirit of the Jewish people through the voices of eight children at Hanukkah. The children-from Tamara in 12th-century (York, 1190) England and Jeremie in 13th-century France to Havva in 17th-century Turkey and Ori in 20th-century Israel-have all experienced loss and hardship. But they are united by love, family, and their cherished stone lamp. The stone lamp provides each with comfort and hope, for every time its wicks are lit, the endurance of the Jewish people is re-illumined. Each night of Hanukkah (and story) is introduced with a short description about the period of history of the place where the subsequent event occurred. The synopsis is then followed by a poem in the voice of the highlighted child. Click the book cover above to read more.






[book] Hanukkah!
by Roni Schotter and Marylin Hafner

October 2003.
This National Jewish Book Award recipient is now available as a BOARD BOOK for Ages 0 to 3. The perfect way to introduce preschoolers to the Festival of Lights, this irresistible package comes with a chubby board book about Hanukkah and two wooden dreidels. The brightly illustrated book describes the many ways Hanukkah is celebratedClick the book cover above to read more.







[book] Hanukkah!
by Roni Schotter and Marylin Hafner

THE NON BOARD VERSION AND AWARD WINNER
This National Jewish Book Award recipient is now available as a BOARD BOOK for Ages 0 to 3. The perfect way to introduce preschoolers to the Festival of Lights, this irresistible package comes with a chubby board book about Hanukkah and two wooden dreidels. The brightly illustrated book describes the many ways Hanukkah is celebrated. Click the book cover above to read more.







[book] THE LIGHTS OF HANUKKAH
A BOOK OF MENORAHS
By Barbara Rush

October 2003. 62 color photos of Menorahs. Click the book cover above to read more.


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[book] ONE CANDLE
by Eve Bunting, K. Wendy Popp (Illustrator)

October 2002. Ages 4-8. Joanna Cotler Books. Grandma makes a hanukkiah from a raw potato and threads. And so the story begins. Publishers Weekly writes, "On the first night of Hanukkah every year, Grandma recites her experience as a 12-year-old in Buchenwald, when she risked her life to steal a potato and margarine to improvise one Hanukkah light. The text feels somewhat forced until Grandma starts speaking, and then the audience will be gripped. Popp's (Sister Anne's Hands) uncannily lifelike, sympathetic group portraits, bathed in soft lighting that visually bridges them to sepia-toned flashback scenes of Buchenwald, evoke the abiding tenderness of family rituals respectfully observed. It would be a pity for the mistake on the cover (the candle is on the wrong side of the menorah here and several times in the interior art) to deter readers from the unusually moving story within" Also they serve sour cream with brisket.. a kosher no no. Also, there is a full moon, and there is never a full moon during Hanukkah.






[book] YESTERDAY'S SANTA and THE CHANUKAH MIRACLE
by Sarah Hart-Snowbell

2002. Annie can't believe her eyes! The "Santa" in the mall looks so much like her grandfather's friend, Simon. A Jewish Santa? Annie lines up to get a closer look-and ends up "placing an order". Simon Greenbaum, flat broke, has taken the job at the Winter Castle to earn a few dollars between jobs, he tells her. And after all, with his long white beard, he looks just like Santa already. "Don't breathe a word to your Zaideh that you saw me here," he says. "If you don't tell him that I'm a Santa Claus, I won't tell him what you asked for. It's a deal?" When Annie's parents find out, however, that she has placed an order with Santa for a Christmas tree, they are disappointed and tell Annie that she must learn to be her own person and stand up for her own beliefs in order to earn the respect of others.






[book] CHANUKAH LIGHTS EVERYWHERE
by Michael J Rosen. Illustrated by Melissa Iwai

October 2001. Ages 3-7. Count the cats and they correspond to the candles. Okay. The story of how lots of other neighbors who practice other religions have candles, too.






[book] Biscuit's Hanukkah
by Alyssa Satin Capucilli, Pat Schories (Illustrator), Mary O'Keefe Young (Illustrator)

HarperFestival; Board edition (October, 2005) A board book with the number of candles and story telling








[book] Happy Hanukkah, Biscuit!
by Alyssa Satin Capucilli, Pat Schories (Illustrator)

October 2002. Ages 2-6. Let's light the candles, Biscuit! Biscuit tries to do everything that his friend does, but that silly puppy keeps getting into scrapes. He wants to be part of the Hanukkah celebration, too. Will he be able to give Sam the perfect Hanukkah present?






[book] Happening Hanukkah: Creative Ways to Celebrate
by Debra Mostow Zakarin, Amanda Haley (Illustrator)

8/2002. Similar in format to Chronicle's Crafty Girl series, Happening Hanukkah: Creative Ways to Celebrate by Debra Mostow Zakarin, illus. by Amanda Haley, describes how to make various presents, from gift coupons (promising such services as breakfast in bed) to hand-painted sweatshirts. The author also provides instructions for making candy dreidels, lighting the menorah, and more. Ages 8-12.






[book] Invisible Kingdoms:
Jewish Tales of Angels, Spirits, and Demons
by Howard Schwartz, Stephen Fieser (Illustrator)

October 2002. Ages 4-8. Come to a world where angels, ghosts, and demons walk amongst the living and anything is possible. Here, in nine tales of the supernatural, invisible creatures take shape and roam the earth to aid or interfere in the lives of humans. A magic staff makes a man see ghosts, a handsome demon tricks a village girl into marriage, and an angel directs a young man through a dangerous venture -- in the guise of a goat! Howard Schwartz's vibrant retelling of mystical Jewish folktales id full of magic and wonder. The stories span many centuries and range in origin from Middle East to Eastern Europe. Weather you believe in angels, ghosts, and demons os for you to decide, but not before you enter these invisible kingdoms and step into a world where the impossible takes shape and anything can happen!






[book] D Is for Dreidel: A Hanukkah Alphabet Book
by Tanya Lee Stone, Dawn Apperley (Illustrator)

Summer 2002. D is for Dreidel / Just twist it and spin / If it stops on gimel / Shout "hooray," you win! / Children will love learning about Hanukkah in this dreidel-shaped alphabet book! Every page contains a letter of the alphabet along with sweet, rhyming text and words that correspond with that letter. And as an added bonus, at the end of the book is the complete story of Hanukkah! This is a fantastic introduction to the holiday!






[book] ZIGAZAK! A Magical Hanukkah Night
by Eric A Kimmel. Illustrated by Job Goodell

October 2001. Ages 4-8. Doubleday. It just isn't a Jewish holiday without a new book by Mr Kimmel. Kimmel (the author of Gershon's Monster) tells the story of how there are sparks of good in all things, even in the tricks of little mischievous demons. It is an unusual Hanukkah tale of magic and mischief. As the residents in the shtetl of Brisk prepare to celebrate the start of the eight day of Hanukkah, two mischievous creatures descend upon the town.. They say the magic word of ZIGAZAK and they make dreidels dance and latkas fly. They run to the rabbi, who helps them to understand that when life gives you bad-apples, you make applesauce. The monsters do not scare the rabbi and flying latkas are just as tasty as ones that are still. Using reverse psychology he might beat the monsters at their own game, and teaches everyone that one should bring light from darkness.. thus the message of the holiday.






[book] HOORAY FOR HANUKKAH!
by Fran Manushkin. Illus by Carolyn Croll.

August 2001. Ages 5-8. Random House. It is the turn of the Century (1900s). Push the darkness away, let light dispel the darkness. A family's menorah chronicles the holiday celebration from its point of view.






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[book] The Kid's Cartoon Bible
by Chaya M. Burstein

July 2002. JPS. Award-winning author-illustrator Chaya Burstein combines her talents as a storyteller and an artist to bring alive the Bible for young readers. Opening with the Five Books of Moses, her colorful and imaginative drawings vividly tell the story of the earth's creation, Moses' triumphs over Pharoah's magicians, God's blessing of Joshua before the deliverance to the Promised Land, and more. Burstein continues with artful depictions of the works of the Prophets and Writings, including the popular stories of Ruth, Esther, and Daniel. Children and adults will appreciate her Bible people-finder, an index locating dozens of personalities within the text.






[book] THE MAGIC MENORAH
A Modern Chanukah Tale
by Jane Breskin Salben. Illus by Donna Diamond

October 2001. Ages 7-10. Simon and Schuster. Zalben (see Pearl's Eight Days of Chnukah) offers this chapter book in which a schamltzy, Borscht Belt genie (jin) appears from a menorah when it is rubbed. Fishel the genie grants young Stanley three wishes, and Stanley learns what is really important in life.






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[book] THE JAR OF FOOLS: EIGHT HANUKKAH STORIES FROM CHELM by Eric Kimmel. Illustrated from Mordicai Gerstein.
September 2000. Kimmel's lastest Hannukah book. Kimmel changes some famous stories, repackaging them as Hanukkah tales. You know, put a latka here, and poof, it's a Hanukkah folktale. But seriously, here are 8 cute tales with a recurring cast of Chelm characters.
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[book] MY TWO GRANDMOTHERS by Effin Older. Illustrated by Nancy Hayashi
September 2000. Ages 3-7. Harcourt. Lily has a grandmother who celebrates Xmas and one that celebrates Hanukkah. Lily hosts a grandmas party for her extremely elderly Bubbe Silver and Grammy Lane.
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[book] THE RUNAWAY LATKES by Leslie Kimmelman. Illustrated by Paul Yalowitz.
September 2000. Ages 4-7. Albert Whitman. The latkes that Rebecca Bloom is frying jump out of the pan just like a runaway gingerbread man. Everyone gives chase till the runaway falls into a river made of applesauce.
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[book] MOISHES MIRACLE: A HANUKKAH STORY by Laura Kress Melmed. Illustrated by David Slonim
October 2000. HarperCollins. Ages 4-8 Baila and Moishe are given a magic fryingpan that makes as many latkes as one wants by the milkman. Not for feminists. Nice illustrations.
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[book] OUR EIGHT NIGHTS OF HANUKKAH by Michael Rosen. Illustrated by Dyanne Disalvo-Ryan.
September 2000. Ages 6-10. A multicultural cast celebrate Hanukkah at home, at temple and at the homeless shelter.
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[book] JASON'S MIRACLE. A HANUKKAH STORY. By Beryl Lieff Benderly.
September 2000. Ages 9-13. Albert Whitman. Jason is 12 years old. Why can't his family celebrate xmas and have Santa? Poof. He is transported back to the time of the Macabees. He aids in their revolt against the Greek-Syrians. The Macabees weren't willing to lose their Jewish culture and religion and give in to the popular assimilationist Greek ways. Hmmmm.
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[book] The Menorah's Story by Mark H. Podwal
Reading level: Ages 4-8 Hardcover - 24 pages (October 1998) Greenwillow.
Mark Podwal, physician and top Jewish illustrator, arrives with this book in time for the holiday that explains the meaning of the holiday and the events surrounding the miracles, with great pics.
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[book]Latkas Latkas Good To Eat by Naomi Howland
Hanukkah meets shtetl meets Sorcerers Apprentice. After Sadie, a girl, does a good deed for an older woman, she is given a magic pan. The magic pan cooks. But when Sadie's brothers overhear the magic words that start the pan, they don't hear the words that stop the pan from frying. Oy, what a tumult of greed and generosity erupt. (psssstt.... dont tell anyone, but the magic words are the meaning of Nes Gadol Haya Sham).
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[book]Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins by Trina Schart Hyman (Illustrator), Eric A. Kimmel
Reading level: Ages 4-8. (1994). SOFTCOVER An original story in the tradition of the old Yiddish folk tales about Hershel Ostropolier. This book is welcome both as a Hanukkah story and as a story of hobgoblins who try to ruin Chanukkah for the village.
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[book]Eight Tales for Eight Nights : Stories for Chanukah by Peninnah Schram, Steven M. Rosman
Paperback (January 1996) Jason Aronson Inc.
Peninnah Schram, one of America's foremost Jewish story tellers, co-writes this book chock full of tales for the eight nights of the holiday, including tales from the Sephardic, Marrano, Persian, Eastern European, Israeli, and North American traditions. lovely and lively.
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[book]Arthur Yorinks's The Flying Latke by Arthur Yorinks and William Steig (Illustrator)
Reading level: AGES 4-8
Hardcover - 32 pages (October 1999) Written by two Caldecott Medal recipients and Newbury Prize winners. Mixes both lives pics and illustrations. When Danny's family gets together, it's a mess. Arguing. Shouting. This. That. Oy, enough already! Yet, this Chanukah it's louder than ever, and all over a Buick. Go figure. Go figure that when Uncle Izzy throws a latke out the window, the FBI thinks it's a UFO and the air force tries to shoot it down! Who knew, because of a latke, that the whole family, who can't get along for five minutes, would be trapped in their house for eight days and eight nights? Well, Arthur Yorinks and William Steig knew, for they created not only this book, but a small miracle. A little zany at first. And if you look not too closely you will notice that the pictures of the characters include William Steig, the publisher David Saylor, the publisher Judith Rovenger, as well as the Famed Maurice Sendak and Vladmimir Radunsky
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[book]The Very Best Hanukkah Gift by Joanne Rocklin, Catharine O'Neill (Illustrator)
Reading level: Ages 7-11 Hardcover novel (October 12, 1999). No, don't worry. It is not "The Ice Storm" meets Hanukkah. This is the story of Daniel Bloom, the middle child. He is scared of Rusty, the neighbor's dog, and he has to go visit the house. While his family celebrates Hanukkah, Daniel's dread grows. But then Rusty finds Daniel's missing lucky dreidel. Daniel is warming up to Rusty. And then on the eighth night of Hanukkah, with the candles burning bright, an ice storm knocks out the power and the Blooms' invited party guests can't come to their party. So the Bloom's invite the other building residents, including Rusty, to share their Hanukkah meal. (note -- some have criticized the book for making Daniel seem a tad too wimpish)
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[book]Melly's Menorah/With over 50 Full-Color Peel-Off Stickers! by Amye Rosenberg
Reading level: Ages 4-8 Paperback (October 1991) Aladdin Paperbacks. When the family's menorah is lost in the move to their new house, Little Melly produces a menorah made of cookie dough which is baked to save this important day.
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[book]The Rugrats' Book of Chanukah by Sarah Willson, Barry Goldberg (Illustrator)
Reading level: Ages 4-8 Hardcover - 32 pages (October 1997)
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[book]The Power of Light by I. B. Singer
Reading level: Ages 4-8. 86 pages. (Sep 1990) Eight tales by Nobel laureate Isaac Bashevis Singer--one for each night of the Hanukkah celebration--tell of a world in which miracles abound, love triumphs, and faith prevails.
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[book]The Peddler's Gift by Maxine Rose Schur, Kimberly B. Root (Illustrator), Diane Arico (Editor)
Reading level: Ages 4-8. 32 pages (october 1999)
Leibush, a boy, tells us how everyone in the village thinks that the meek, shy, vulnerable, trusting, shlemazel peddler Shimon ("Shnook") from Pinsk is a village idiot. One night Leibush steals a dreidel from the peddler. It fell from his bags. Racked by guilt, Leibush goes out into the stormy night to return it and finds Shimon alone in the synagogue, singing in a beautiful, vibrant voice. Shimon is glad that Leibush is not a good thief. They shelter together in the synagogue during the storm, and the boy gains forgiveness and realizes that the unworldly peddler is wise, strong, and kind. The detailed, realistic pictures express the quiet humanity of the story in soft tones of grey and blue--except for the storm scene, when the boy learns the truth and the world is bathed in holy light.
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[book]The Magic Dreidels: A Hanukkah Story by Eric A. Kimmel, Katya Krenina (Illustrator)
Reading level: Ages 4-8. 1997. While attempting to retrieve his new dreidel from the well, Jacob meets a goblin who gives him two magic dreidels in its place, but when Jacob is tricked by Fruma Sarah and loses both of them to her, he decides to return to the goblin for help in getting them back.
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[book]Grandma's Latkes by Malka Drucker, Eve Chwast (Illustrator)
Reading level: Ages 4-8 Paperback (October 1996) Harcourt Brace. As Molly and her grandmother prepare latkes, her grandmother recalls the Hanukkah story of the tyranny of Antiochus, the faith of Mattathias, the bravery of the Maccabees, and the miracle of the oils. Full-color illustrations.
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[book]The Borrowed Hanukkah Latkes by Linda Glaser, Nancy Cote (Illustrator)
Reading level: Ages 4-8. 32 pages (September 1997) Albert Whitman & Co. It's the last night of Hanukkah and there are only three little potatoes left--not enough to make latkes for the relatives. Rachel has the solution--she will borrow some potatoes from Mrs. Greenberg. And then she will invite Mrs. Greenberg, who is all alone, to share Hanukkah with them. But though Mrs. Greenberg has a heart of gold, she is a stubborn as an ox--she doesn't want to be a bother. Luckily, Rachel is one smart and equally stubborn little girl.
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[book]The Miracle of the Potato Latkes : A Hanukkah Story by Malka Penn, Giora Carmi (Illustrator
Reading level: Ages 4-8 (September 1994). Tante Golda's potato latkes are the most delicious in all of Czarist Russia, and every year at Hanukkah, she prepares a big batch of latkas for all her friends and neighbors. One year, there is a drought, and potatoes are scarce. She has none of her own, so she asks each of her friends if she can borrow just a few. But their cupboards are bare too. Poor Tante Golda is so disappointed--Hanukkah without latkes is like a day without sunshine. Then a miracle occurs, just when things seem their worst, and Tante Golda's Hanukkah feast is saved by divine intervention. A recipe for potato latkes, to be followed with adult supervision, adds the final savor. The miracle of Hanukkah rendered in an appealing, concrete way that even young children will grasp
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[book]Papa's Latkes. by Jane Breskin Zalben.
Reading level: Ages 4-8 Hardcover (September 1996) Henry Holt & Company, Inc.
Another in Zalben's growing list of holiday books about Beni the Bear and his Jewish family. Because Mama doesn't want to make the traditional potato pancakes this year, the scene is set for a latke-making contest. Goldie, Max, Rosie, Leo, Blossom, and Molly each take a turn, but it isn't until Papa takes over that Beni declares a winner--Papa's latkes are the best. Includes song and recipes
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[book]The Ugly Menorah by Marissa Moss.
Reading level: Ages 4-8 Hardcover - 32 pages (October 1996) FS&G
This is my FAVORITE Hanukkah book.
On the first Hanukkah since Rachel's grandpa passed away, Rachel is keeping her grandma company. "Where is your menorah, Grandma?" Rachel asks. When Grandma points to a plain wooden board with tin cylinders, Rachel can't help crying out, "It's so ugly!"
But then Rachel listens as Grandma tells the menorah's history, and Grandpa seems to fill the house again.
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Note to Parents:
According to Rabbi Cherie Koller-Fox of Cambridge Mass, here are 8 Hanukah happening you can do at home
Night 1: Friends Night Over for Kindling of Lights
Night 2: Music Night. Play instruments and sing songs
Night 3: Tzedakah Night. Do a mitzvah, like work at a shelter or home for aged 2nite
Night 4: Present Night
Night 5: Book and Video Night
Night 6: Tickets Night to a Jewish/Cultural Event
Night 7: grandparents Night
Night 8: Homemade Presents Night




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