Picture Books for Hanukkah

  • Kimmel, Eric A.
    Simon and the bear : a Hanukkah story
    Summary:Stranded on an iceberg on his way to America, Simon remembers his mother’s parting words and lights the first candle on his menorah while praying for a miracle, which soon arrives in the form of a friendly polar bear.

  • Simon, Richard
    Oskar and the eight blessings
    Summary:A young Jewish refugee from Nazi Germany arrives in New York City on the seventh night of Hanukkah and receives small acts of kindness while exploring the city.

  • Martin, David
    Hanukkah lights
    Summary:Beautiful illustrations and simple language bring the holidays to life.

  • Jenkins, Emily
    All-of-a-kind family Hanukkah
    Summary:In 1912 New York, Gertie feels left out while Mama and her four older sisters cook Hanukkah dinner, but Papa comes home and asks her help with an important task.

  • Koster, Gloria
    Little Red Ruthie : a Hanukkah tale
    Summary:Heading through the forest to her Bubbe Basha’s house to make latkes (potato pancakes) on the first night of Hanukkah, Little Red Ruthie encounters a hungry wolf. Includes a recipe for latkes.

  • Ehrenberg, Pamela
    Queen of the Hanukkah dosas
    Summary:A boy is worried that his little sister’s climbing will spoil the first night of Hanukkah, when his family combines his father’s Jewish traditions with his mother’s East Indian cooking.

  • Levine, Arthur A.
    The Hanukkah magic of Nate Gadol
    Summary:Introducing Nate Gadol, a new larger-than-life holiday hero who brings Hanukkah wonder and generosity to all those in need. He is a generous spirit whose magic can make things last exactly as long an they’re needed. When the Glaser family immigrates to the United States, their first Hanukkah looks like it will be a meager one. And their neighbors are struggling too, with money scarce and Christmas around the corner. Even Santa’s spirits are running low. Luckily, Nate Gadol has enough magic to make this a miraculous holiday for all.