Two years ago I did a blog post on my top books for the 8 nights of Hanukkah. This year I am revising that list a bit to include some recent titles (and I have removed a few older ones that are now, alas, difficult to find). The Jewish holiday of Hanukkah begins on Saturday, December 8 at sundown. Because the Jewish calendar is based on the moon, the holidays fall at different times on our calendar each year. These Hanukkah stories are wonderful to share with children of any faith! This year I am very excited to be presenting a Hanukkah storytime, complete with a lesson on dreidel spinning, at the public library where I work. Here are some of my favorite Hanukkah stories to read aloud:
Hear Eric Kimmel read the story himself at this link.
For another take on Hanukkah favorites for kids of all ages, I recommend the Jewish Library Association's new Hanukkah Read-up, a printer-friendly list of recommended titles for different ages.