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Hanukkah Books & Read-Alouds for Kids



If you're looking for books to read to your family in celebration of Hanukkah this year, we've got you covered with a list of books that you can find in the library, as well as read-aloud's that you can find online.


Read Alouds

"Hanukkah Bear" written by Eric A. Kimmel, illustrated by Mike Wohnoutka


Bubba Brayna can’t see or hear well. When a bear arrives at her house on Hanukkah night, she thinks he is her rabbi! They light the menorah, play the dreidel game, and eat up all the delicious latkes. What will happen when Bubba’s rabbi shows up himself?


Listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MuusbslB_TM




"Shmelf the Hanukkah Elf" written by Greg Wolfe, illustrated by Howard McWilliam


In this delightfully inventive holiday tale, an elf named Shmelf takes a journey from the North Pole... and discovers all the joys of Hanukkah.

Shmelf is one of Santa's most important elves. He's part of the List Checking department, and he makes sure all the good boys and girls get their presents!


But when Shmelf finds out that some children are missing from Santa’s list, he goes to investigate.



Find at the Library

"Hoppy Hanukkah" written by Linda Glaser, illustrated by Daniel Howarth


Violet and Simon, two small bunnies, are excited about Hanukkah. Simon is ready to light all the candles and then blow them right out! But Mama and Papa explain how to celebrate Hanukkah by lighting one candle each night at sunset and placing the menorah in the window for all to see. Grandma and Grandpa come over, too, and there are latkes and presents and a dreidel game. Linda Glaser's simple, cozy story is just right for children first learning about this holiday.




"D is for Dreidel: A Hanukkah Alphabet" by Greg Paprocki


Celebrate all things Hanukkah in this A to Z primer... Introduce your little one to the Festival of Lights in this fun collection of twenty-six illustrations featuring Hanukkah-themed concepts, such as latkes, gelt, the menorah, and of course dreidels.




"Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel" by Stephen Carpenter


Celebrate the Feast of Lights with a festive game of "Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel."








Got a suggestion that's not on this list? Let us know in the comments what your favourite Hanukkah book is. Hanukkah Sameach!



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