Hanukkah Through the Ages: Books for Kids

Jewish families have celebrated Hanukkah for thousands of years by lighting candles that celebrate miracles and the bravery of the Maccabees as they recaptured the Temple of Jerusalem. As a child, one of my favorite parts of the holiday was to light my special menorah—made out of fabric and Velcro so the candles "burned" all day and night during Hanukkah.

For other Hanukkah traditions, try one of these great reads.

Bubba Brayna makes the best latkes in the village, but this year she can't see or hear well enough to realize that a Hanukkah Bear is in the house—eating all her latkes! Everyone will giggle at this delightful story of mistaken identity.

Yitzi and the Giant Menorah is a story set in the fabled land of Chelm, where no one ever gets anything right—except Yitzi on the last night of Hanukkah.

Oskar and the Eight Blessings: Oskar is sent far from his family as a small boy after Kristallnacht, but his snowy Hanukkah journey through New York City is full of small blessings that give him hope.

You can't celebrate Hanukkah without a song!  Sing along with the mice in this illustrated version of the joyous song: Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah.

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