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What My Children Are Reading: Hanukkah Books


This week, we've been reading a few Hanukkah books as we learn about this holiday and some of the traditions that go along with it. I'm determined to make latkes for the first time this year, but haven't attempted it yet. I may have to enlist my husband for that job since he's really the cook in our family!

Eight Winter Nights: A Family Hanukkah BookOne of the best books we read this week was Eight Winter Nights: A Family Hanukkah Book by Laura Krauss Melmed. This is a fun book in which the family enjoys a different tradition on each night of Hannukah. They light candles, eat latkes, visit with family, unwrap presents and more, as each day of the holiday passes. Pages range from simple two-line descriptions to longer poems and songs about applesauce and dreidels. We all really enjoyed this book and it honestly taught us a lot about the different customs and traditions.

Eight Wild Nights: A Family Hanukkah TaleThe next book has a similar name but a very different feel. Eight Wild Nights: A Family Hanukkah Tale by Brian P. Cleary is a much funnier book that also brings us into the home of a family celebrating Hanukkah. But this family is a bit more interesting. Once again, we see some of the traditions of the holiday, but we also see Grandpa teaching the kids to play poker and blackjack, a cousin putting chocolate gelt in the VCR and a story of the miracle of one day worth of toilet paper lasting more than a week. It's definitely not a serious look at the holiday, but if you're looking for a funny Hanukkah-related book, this is a good one.

Biscuit's HanukkahFinally, M picked out Biscuit's Hanukkah by Alyssa Satin Capucilli, in which this lovable dog helps a little girl build a menorah for her friend. I was actually hoping to do a related craft project with the kids based on this one ~ it offers the perfect opportunity for something like that since we see them making the menorah out of clay. But we haven't gotten to it yet. This board book is s a very cute introduction to the holiday for younger kids.


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  1. Oohhhh, those look good. I want to pick up a few Hanukkah books.

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  2. Thanks for joining WMCIR! The second book on your list sounds like fun even though some of it will probably go over Anna's head (like poker and blackjack). It's good to see that we will find some new Hanukkah books to read next year.

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  3. There's a wonderful picture book that's about both Christmas and Hanukkah that my boys have enjoyed twice from the library...but we can't remember the name of it!

    It might be a little old for your kids anyway...it's about a quilt that was lost by a Jewish family during WWII and is found serendipitously by a Christian family new to the area - they meet, etc. It's a really wonderful story - if I think of the title, I'll tell you!!

    Sue

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