Hanukkah begins at sunset on Dec. 2. It celebrates Jewish independence from a Seleucid Syrian king and the miracle in which one day’s worth of holy oil burned in the rededicated Temple for eight days.
In celebration of the Festival of Lights, here are nine picture books that commemorate the feast:
1. Just Enough is Plenty by Barbara Diamond Goldin
Malka was already worried how her family could afford to celebrate Hanukkah. But when an even poorer stranger arrives at their doorstep, her family welcomes him in.
2. Hanukkah Haiku by Harriet Zeifert
This book pairs folk art with a haiku for each day of Hanukkah.
3. Chanukah Lights Everywhere by Michael J. Rosen
A brother and sister find Hanukkah lights all around them—from passing cars to the moon above them.
4. The Ugly Menorah by Marissa Moss
Rachel keeps her grandmother company on the first Hanukkah since her grandpa died. In return, grandma tells her the story of her old menorah. As she lights the candles, something magical happens.
5. The Chanukkah Guest by Eric Kimmel
A bear wanders into the home of a woman on the first night Hanukkah. Being nearly blind and deaf, the woman mistakes him for a rabbi and treats him with all the courtesy of a season.
6. The Count’s Hanukkah Countdown by Tilda Balsley and Ellen Fischer
The Count and Grover learn about Hanukkah when Israeli Muppet friends Brosh and Avigail visit Sesame Street.
7. Toby Belfer Never Had a Christmas Tree by Gloria Teles Pushker
Toby Belfer teaches the traditions of Hanukkah from the perspective of a young girl from the only Jewish family in a Southern, rural community.
8. The Magic Dreidels by Eric Kimmel
Jacob is distraught when he loses his new brass dreidel down the well. To console him, a mischievous (if well-intentioned) goblin offers him two magical dreidels in its stead. A retelling of the folk tale “The Tablecloth, the Donkey and the Stick” in a Hanukkah setting.
9. How Do Dinosaurs Say Happy Chanukah by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague
Yolen and Teague’s Mesozoic monsters return to teach your little dinosaur how to celebrate Hanukkah.