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June 1, 2016

Happy Hanukkah and Happy Reading!

I love Hanukkah. I love the latkes (potato pancakes), the applesauce, the jelly doughnuts, the dreidels (spinning tops), and the gelt (chocolate candy coins). I love lighting the shamash on my menorah and the way my windowsill looks with the soft lights from the candles.

It’s really important to learn about the reasons we all partake in these traditions, as the holiday is about a really important time in Jewish History, one that can be shared by some of my favorite (yes, you guessed it) books.

Here are a few wonderful titles that can help you teach your class or family about these eight candle-latke-dreidel-filled nights:


When Simon and the Bear: A Hanukkah Tale begins, Simon is leaving the old country and his mother reminds him to celebrate Hanukkah during his sea voyage. As it turns out, Simon does need a miracle—several, in fact. By demonstrating courage, faith, and selflessness, Simon learns a thing or two about miracles in this wondrous story.

In I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a DreidelBubbe starts with an accidental bit of a dreidel, but that first bite leads to a taste for oil, latkes, applesauce, gelt—even menorahs! Will her family be able to reconnect with her and bring her home for the last night of Hanukkah?

Clifford and Emily Elizabeth are celebrating their first Hanukkah in Clifford Celebrates HanukkahThey love hearing the story of Hanukkah, eating latkes (fried potato pancakes) and jelly donuts, and playing dreidel. After dinner, Clifford and Emily Elizabeth take a trip into town to see the giant menorah. But when they get there, they discover that one light is broken. Could Clifford save the holiday?

Eight Wild Nights: A Family Hanukkah Tale showcases the wonders and traditions of the Hanukkah season in an amusing rhythmic text and brought to life with rich, colorful illustrations. This funny holiday read is sure to get each and every member of the family laughing! It even includes a paragraph summarizing the holiday.


Dreidel, Dreidel, Driedel! will help you and the youngsters gathered for the holiday sing and read the familiar words to this Hanukkah song. Featuring sturdy pages, this book is an excellent choice for holiday celebrations– and might even inspire you to make a dreidel of your own!

What’s your favorite part of this holiday?


You can find all these books in Reading Club flyers and online now!


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