Books for Young Readers to Celebrate Hanukkah!

In 2020, Hanukkah begins at sundown on Thursday, December 10th, and continues through Friday, December 18th. PJ Library, a Jewish early literacy organization, writes, “Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, brings joy and sparkle during a dark time of the year. Beginning on the 25th of the Jewish month of Kislev, which falls in November or December in the Roman calendar, Hanukkah is a time to eat delicious latkes (potato pancakes), play dreidel (a traditional game featuring a spinning top), enjoy gathering with family and friends — and, of course, light Hanukkah candles.” The website nicely describes the origins of the holiday, and also has great family activity and book suggestions. Gathered together here are titles that are great to share with younger readers divided into two categories – read-alongs in which narration follows the text of the story and eBooks which are great for parents to share with their little ones. The titles also offer links to our catalog in case you would like to place holds on books which can be picked up in the Library’s vestibule once you receive notification that they are ready and waiting for you. Enjoy and have a happy and safe holiday season!

Read-Alongs

Latke, the Lucky Dog by Ellen Fischer
Grades 1-2
OverDrive
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Dreidel Day by Amalia Hoffman
Preschool-1st Grade
OverDrive
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Emanuel and the Hanukkah Rescue by Heidi Smith Hyde
Kindergarten-3rd grade
OverDrive
Hoopla
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Hanukkah Bear by Eric A. Kimmel & Mike Wohnoutka
Kindergarten-3rd Grade
OverDrive
Hoopla
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Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins by Eric A. Kimmel & Trina Schart Hyman
Kindergarten-3rd Grade
OverDrive
Hoopla
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Sadie’s Almost Marvelous Menorah by Jamie Korngold
Kindergarten-3rd grade
OverDrive
Hoopla
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Francesco Tirelli’s Ice Cream Shop by Tamar Meir & Yael Albert
Grades 2-3
OverDrive
Hoopla
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Harvest of Light by Allison Ofanansky
Kindergarten-3rd Grade
OverDrive
Hoopla
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eBooks

Daddy Christmas and Hanukkah Mama by Selina Alko
Kindergarten-3rd grade
OverDrive
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Is It Hanukkah Yet? by Chris Barash & Alessandra Psacharopulo
Kindergarten-3rd grade
OverDrive
Hoopla
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Engineer Ari and the Hanukkah Mishap by Deborah Bodin Cohen and Shahar Kober
Kindergarten-3rd grade
OverDrive
Hoopla
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Hanukkah Moon by Deborah da Costa & Gosia Mosz
Kindergarten-2nd Grade
OverDrive
Hoopla
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Jeremy’s Dreidel by Ellie B. Gellman & Maria Mola
Kindergarten-3rd grade
OverDrive
Hoopla
Library Catalog

Honeyky Hanukah by Arlo Guthrie & Dave Horowitz
Preschool-2nd Grade
OverDrive
Library Catalog

All-of-a-Kind Family Hanukkah by Emily Jenkins & Paul O. Zelinsky
Kindergarten-2nd Grade
OverDrive
Library Catalog

Elmo’s Little Dreidel by Naomi Kleiberg and Christopher Moroney
Preschool-1st Grade
OverDrive
Library Catalog

Hanukkah Around the World by Tami Lehman-Wilzig & Vicki Wehrman
Kindergarten-3rd Grade
OverDrive
Hoopla
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Eight Winter Nights: A Family Hanukkah by Laura Krauss Melmed & Elizabeth Schlossberg
Kindergarten-3rd Grade
OverDrive
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The Miracle Jar: A Hanukkah Story by Audrey Penn & Lea Lyon
Kindergarten-3rd Grade
OverDrive
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Sammy Spider’s First Taste of Hanukkah: A Cookbook by Sylvia A. Rouss, Genene Levy Turndorf & Katherine Janus Kahn
Grades 3-4
OverDrive
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Nathan Blows Out the Hanukkah Candles by Tami Lehmarr Wilzig, Nicole Katzman & Jeremy Tugeau
Kindergarten-3rd Grade
OverDrive
Hoopla
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The Night Before Hanukkah by Natasha Wing, Amy Wemmer & Marcie Millard
Kindergarten-2nd Grade
OverDrive
Library Catalog

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