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Great Hanukkah Picture Books

Selected by Lisa Kleinman, editor of  Jewish Parenting and the mother of three boys, who has been reading Hanukkah stories to her children for more than 15 year. Find more Hanukkah books at

Eight Wild Nights
by Brian P. Cleary, illustrated by David Udovic
Publisher: Kar-Ben
As an extended family gathers to celebrate, dreidel players turn to poker, latkes are served with ice cream, and Grandpa regales the crowd with the story of a "different" eight-day miracle. With humor and rhyme, a Jewish family celebrates and survives the eight days of Hanukkah.

Chanukkah Guest
by Eric A. Kimmel, illustrated by Giora Carmi
Ages 4-7
Publisher: Holiday House, Inc
On the first night of Chanukah, Old Bear wanders into Bubba Brayna's house and receives a delicious helping of potato latkes when she mistakes him for the rabbi.

Hershel & the Hanukkah Goblins
by Eric A. Kimmel, illustrated by: Trina Schart Hyman
Ages 4-7
Publisher: Holiday House
It is the first night of Hanukkah. Hershel of Ostropol discovers a village that isn't celebrating. They are too scared of the goblins that haunt the old synagogue. Hershel comes up with several ingenious ideas for tricking the goblins in this original Hanukkah tale. The intriguing full- color illustrations will keep even the youngest "reader" fascinated.

Zigazak! A Magical Hanukkah Night
by Eric Kimmel, illustrated by Jon Goodell
Publisher: Doubleday
As the residents in the shtetl of Brisk prepare to celebrate the start of the eighth day of Hanukkah, two mischievous creatures descend upon the town. They recite the magic word of ZIGAZAK and they make dreidels dance and latkas fly. The town's residents, rich and poor, young and old, run to the rabbi, who helps them to understand that when life gives you bad apples, you make applesauce.

Sammy Spider's First Hanukkah
by Sylvia A. Rouss, illustrated by: Katherine Janus Kahn
Ages 4-7
Publisher: Kar-Ben
Sammy watches longingly as Josh Shapiro lights another candle and receives a brightly-colored dreidel each night of Hanukkah. "Spiders don't spin dreidels, spiders spin webs!" Sammy's mother reminds him. Then on the last night, Sammy gets his own spinning surprise.