Thematic Reading List: 8 Nights of Hanukkah Reading
What goes well with Hanukkah gifts? Hanukkah stories! We are sharing 16 Hanukkah stories, 2 for each night. A perfect pairing for gift time or bedtime.
The Borrowed Hanukkah Latkes
By: Linda Glaser
Illustrated by: Nancy Cote
A young girl finds a way to include her elderly neighbor in her family’s Hanukkah celebration.
Chanukah Lights Everywhere
By: Michael J. Rosen
Illustrated by: Melissa Iwai A young boy counts the candles on the family menorah and the lights he sees in the world around him on each night of Hanukkah, in a story which includes information on the history and significance of the celebration.
|Daddy Christmas and Hanukkah Mama
By: Selina Alko A child relates how the family celebrates both Christmas and Hanukkah, enjoying the rich traditions of both religions.
|The Eight Nights of Chanukah
By: Leslea Newman
Illustrated by: Elivia Savadier The wondrous days of Chanukah come to life through the eyes of a young child, whose family gathering grows bigger and bigger as the holiday progresses.
|Hanukkah Around the World
By: Tami Lehman-Wilzig
Illustrated by: Vicki Wehrman Celebrate Hanukkah with an Australian blizzard drink, Polish latkes, Tunisian debla cookies, and explore how Hanukkah is celebrated around the world. Includes brightly colored maps and boxed information on the presence of Jews in each spotlighted country.
|The Hanukkah Mice
By: Steven Kroll
Illustrated by: Michelle Shapiro A family of mice enjoys the doll house and furnishings that Rachel receives as gifts on the eight nights of Hanukkah.
|Is it Hanukkah Yet?
By: Chris Barash
Illustrated by: Alessandra Psacharopulo From snow on the ground to making applesauce and latkes to lighting the menorah, this story shows the seasonal and traditional ways we know Hanukkah is on its way.
|It’s a Miracle: a Hanukkah storybook
By: Stephanie Spinner
Illustrated by: Jill McElmurry Every night of Hanukkah Grandma tells a story at bedtime, in a book that includes the Hanukkah legend.
|Latke, the Lucky Dog
By: Ellen Fischer
Illustrated by: Tiphanie Beeke A family rescues a dog from a shelter during Hanukkah, and the pup proceeds to create holiday hijinks as he gets used to his new home.
|Latkes and Applesauce
By: Fran Manushkin
Illustrated by: Robin Spowart When a blizzard leaves a family housebound one Hanukkah, they share what little food they have with some starving animals who later return the favor.
|Nonna’s Hanukkah Surprise
By: Karen Fishman
Illustrated by: Martha Aviles Rachel is excited to go spend the holidays with her Italian cousins and beloved Nonna, but is also upset about missing Hanukkah. Her parents assure her that they can still celebrate the holiday and pack up dreidels, chocolate gelt, and candles. They even surprise Rachel with a cool new menorah featuring girl Maccabee warriors.
|Potatoes at Turtle Rock
By: Susan Schnur and Anna Schnur-Fishman
Illustrated by: Alex Steele-Morgan Annie leads her family on a nighttime journey around their farm to celebrate the first night of Hanukkah. At each stop along the way Annie uses riddles (and potatoes) to mark old traditions and start new ones.
By: Leslea Newman
Illustrated by: Kyrsten Brooker In this rhyming tale in the style of “The Night before Christmas,” a family’s preparations for Chanukah are disrupted by a wildly spinning dreidel.
|Sadie’s Almost Marvelous Menorah
By: Jamie Korngold
Illustrated by: Julie Fortenberry A little girl breaks her handmade Hanukkah menorah but learns that, even broken, it can still have a role to play in the holiday celebration.
|The Story of Chanukah
By: Francis Barry Silberg
Illustrated by: Pamela R. Levy A simple history of the celebration of Chanukah, including the corruption of the Temple, the bravery of Judah the Maccabee, and the miraculous eight-day flame that reminded the Jews of God’s light and their freedom to worship.
|ZigaZak! A Magical Hanukkah Night
By: Eric A. Kimmel
Illustrated by: Jon Goodell Two evil spirits wreak havoc on the town of Brisk’s Hanukkah celebration, until the town’s wise rabbi puts a stop to their mischief.