Whether you’re celebrating Hanukkah or teaching your children the beliefs of others, here are some fun books for you to read with your little ones..
1. The Hanukkah Hop! Rachel and her parents prepare the house for their family to visit for Hanukkah. They’ll light candles, play dreidel, eat latkes, and dance the Hanukkah Hop! By Erica Silverman, illustrated by Steven D’Amico
2. The Hannukkah Mice: It’s the first night of Hanukkah, and the mouse family secretly looks on as Mr. Silman lights the first Hanukkah candle. Then they watch Rachel Silman open a gift from her family, a beautiful dollhouse with a wraparound porch and tiny lace curtains. Just the right size for the Hannukkah Mice! By Steven Kroll, illustrated by Micehlle Shapiro
3. It’s a Miracle! A Hannukkah Storybook: Every night of Hanukkah, after Owen — the Official Candle Lighter — lights the menorah, Grandma Karen kicks off her cowboy boots and tells him a bedtime story. Stories of a girl who dreams of becoming a rabbi, an amazing story of the alien who gets lost in a little girl’s backyard, a silly story about a boy who wants to be a baby…and whose parents let him! By Stephanie Spinner, illustrated by Jill McElmurry
4. Light the Candles: Hanukkah is here! There are so many fun things to do-light candles in the menorah, open presents, eat latkes and chocolate coins, play the dreidel game, and more. With the turn of each page, another candle is added to the menorah and another fun element of Hanukkah is depicted. Children can lift the flaps and see all the special ways there are to celebrate this joyful holiday. By Joan Holub, illustrated by Lynne Avril Cravath
5. D is for Dreidel: 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! By Tanya Lee Stone, illustrated by Dawn Apperley